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8.2: Muhammad and Islam

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    1. Summarize the early life of Muhammad and the origins of Islam.
    2. Analyze the differences and similarities among the three main monotheistic religions.
    3. Explain the process of spatial diffusion and the various forms it may represent.
    4. Outline the main divisions of Islam and the approximate percentages of the followers of each division.
    5. Explain how Islamic fundamentalism influences the debate between a religious state and a secular state

    Figure 8.8 The Holy Mosque in Mecca, the Most Holy Site for Muslims


    The black rectangular structure in the photo is the Kaaba.

    Menj – The Hajj Makkah – CC BY-ND 2.0.