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Ch 15: The Origins of Islam

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Let us help you review facts about the origins and tenets of Islam. Our instructors discuss Mohammed, the Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith, how Islam spread and Muslim learning.

The Origins of Islam - Chapter Summary

By watching this chapter's lessons, you can review information about Mohammed and the founding of Islam. Our instructors will explain the Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith, and you'll learn about the Quran and Sharia law. Another lesson explores the Caliphates and how Islam spread.

You'll compare Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and explore accomplishments in Islamic societies and look at the Muslim way of life. After viewing these lessons, you should understand:

  • Conflicts in early Christianity
  • Mohammed and the origins of Islam
  • The Five Pillars of Islam and their connection to daily Muslim life
  • Similarities and differences in the three major monotheistic religions
  • How Islam grew in Arabia and throughout the world
  • Scientific, medical and artistic accomplishments in the Islamic world
  • How Islamic beliefs influence daily life

These lessons are taught by experts in their fields, and you can watch anytime on a computer or mobile device. After each lesson, there is a short multiple-choice quiz that lets you assess what you've learned. A jump feature in the lessons' timelines let you quickly find topics that you want to re-watch, and written transcripts allow you to read along with the narrator as you watch the lessons.

8 Lessons in Chapter 15: The Origins of Islam
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Early Church Conflicts: Arianism and Iconoclasm

1. Early Church Conflicts: Arianism and Iconoclasm

This lesson explores two conflicts that occurred in the early church: Arian Christianity, which taught a taboo belief regarding the Holy Trinity, and iconoclasm, which was the destruction of religious images.

Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

2. Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

Out of the deserts of Arabia would come a man who would change the world. He was Mohammed, founder of the religion of Islam, and this lesson serves as a brief summary of his life and the founding of the religion of Islam.

Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran & Sharia Law

3. Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran & Sharia Law

The Five Pillars of Islam are the foundation of the world's second largest faith. They are characterized by a simplicity that encourages peaceful cooperation between people, which is one reason for the religion's widespread devotion. This lesson will detail each of the five and show how they relate to the daily lives of practicing Muslims.

People of the Book: Comparing Judaism, Christianity and Islam

4. People of the Book: Comparing Judaism, Christianity and Islam

The religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are often seen as competing doctrines and faiths by observers and adherents. Yet, a summary investigation of their doctrines illustrates they have much in common. This lesson will examine these similarities in greater detail.

The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates

5. The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates

After the death of Mohammed, Islam continued to spread through Arabia, the Middle East and Africa. This lesson is an overview of Islam's progress from the faith of Mecca to a faith for all the world.

Muslim Learning: Scientific, Artistic, Medical & Literary Accomplishments

6. Muslim Learning: Scientific, Artistic, Medical & Literary Accomplishments

The Abbasid caliphate (750-1258 CE) oversaw the Golden Age of Islam. Learn about the accomplishments of Muslim scholars in art, literature, science, medicine and mathematics during this time.

The Sunnah: Influence on Islamic Beliefs & Daily Life

7. The Sunnah: Influence on Islamic Beliefs & Daily Life

The Sunnah is a collection of guidance rules for Muslims that helps them in almost every imaginable situation, from what to have to eat during holidays to how to pray. It is also very important in Islamic Law.

5 Pillars of Islam Project Ideas

8. 5 Pillars of Islam Project Ideas

The Five Pillars of Islam are very important tenets of the religion. These projects can help your students learn more about Islam and what it means to people in their daily lives.

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