AP World History Primary Document Excerpt for Analysis
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Source: The Koran Interpreted, trans. Arthur J. Arberry, 2 vols. (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1955), Vol. 1, pp. 41-46, 50-55, 65, 71-72.
About the Document
The religion of Islam was revealed to an Arabian merchant named Muhammad in 610 C.E. Within about twenty years, by the time of Muhammad's death in 632, the religion was on firm footing within the Arabian Peninsula. The next few decades would see Islam spread quickly into Egypt and North Africa, as well as into the Middle East.
Shortly after Muhammad's death, in the 650s, an "official" version of God's words to Muhammad, as well as Muhammad's sayings, was written down. The Qu'ran is a document much like the Judeo-Christian Old Testament, containing the mythos of the religion, as well as its basic tenets and practices. Not surprisingly, given the influence of both Judaism and Christianity (or perhaps because, as some scholars suggest, the supreme God in each is actually the same being), there are many things that the three religions share in common. The following excerpt not only discusses some of the basic beliefs of Islam, but also illustrates some of the similarities between these three monotheistic religions.