|TELOS - Islam in Historical Perspective
Islam means "submission" (to the will of God), and is the fastest growing religion in the modern world. Islam's prophet, Mohammed, lived in the Western part of what is now Saudi Arabia in the 7th century; his legacy, the recitation in Arabic ("Quran" means recitation) of God's words became the basis for beliefs that motivated millions. For non-Muslims Islam has become associated, as a result of the actions of a relatively small number of violent fanatics, with 9/11 and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the vast majority of Muslims are neither
Arab nor fanatics; understanding their role in Islam is essential to grasping what this religion means in the 21st Century.
Dr. Alan Miller is professor (emeritus) of religion, Miami (Ohio) University, and has taught courses on the religions of man, ancient and modern.
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