The World and Its People

Chapter 18: Southwest Asia

Student Web Activity

"The Religion of Islam"

In this chapter, you have read about the countries of Southwest Asia. The major religion throughout this region is Islam. The prophet Muhammad began to preach the religion of Islam in A.D. 613. When he died in 632, most of the people of the Arabian Peninsula had converted to this new religion. One hundred years after his death, Islam had spread throughout most of Southwest Asia and across North Africa. Today, with followers from North America to Southeast Asia, Islam continues to grow.

Destination Title: Religion of Islam Home Page

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Start at the Religion of Islam home page.

  • Find the menu on the left and click Islam.
  • Read the information on this page, and then click on Pillars.
  • Read the material and then answer the following questions.

What beliefs do Islam, Judaism, and Christianity share?
What is the Shahada?
What are the five pillars of Islam?
When do Muslims pray?
Draw a Venn diagram. This is a diagram of two circles that overlap slightly. In the overlapping section, list areas of similarity between Islam and Christianity. In each separate area, list features of one of the religions that are different from the other religion.
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