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The history of Islamic civilization, from the Prophet Muhammad's time to the present.

Rightly Guided Caliphs of Islam - Profile of Abu Bakr
Rightly Guided Caliphs of Islam - Profile of Abu Bakr

Battle of Uhud
In 625 A.D. (3 H.), the Muslims of Madinah learned a difficult lesson during the Battle of Uhud. Against all odds, it looked like the small group of defenders would win the battle against the invading army from Makkah. But at a key moment, some fighters left their posts out of greed and pride, ultimately causing the Muslim army a crushing defeat.

Rightly Guided Caliphs of Islam - Profile of Abu Bakr
Rightly Guided Caliphs of Islam - Profile of Abu Bakr

Rightly Guided Caliphs of Islam - Profile of Abu Bakr
Rightly Guided Caliphs of Islam - Profile of Abu Bakr

Rightly Guided Caliphs of Islam - Profile of Abu Bakr
Rightly Guided Caliphs of Islam - Profile of Abu Bakr

Rightly Guided Caliphs of Islam - Profiles of the Rightly Guided Caliphs
Rightly Guided Caliphs of Islam - Profiles of the Rightly Guided Caliphs

The Dead Sea in Islamic Tradition
The Dead Sea is known as a place of healing, but according to Islamic tradition, it also stands as a sign of God's punishment.

Female Companions of the Prophet Muhammad
These honorable people were community members in the early years of Islam who protected, followed, and believed in the Prophet Muhammad. They are known as the Companions of the Prophet.

Islam in America During the Slavery Years
Muslims have been part of the American landscape since pre-Columbus times. Indeed, early explorers used maps that were derived from the work of Muslims, with their advanced geographical and navigational information of the time. There were also many Muslims among the slaves brought to the U.S. from Africa.

Islam in America During the Civil Rights Era
Most people, when they think of African-American Muslims, think of the "Nation of Islam." Certainly, Islam took hold among African-Americans and inspired many to move beyond black nationalist movements.

Islam in America Today
The number of Muslims in the United States today is estimated to be between 6-8 million. According to several surveys commissioned between 2006-2008, African-Americans make up about 25% of the Muslim population of the U.S.

The Crescent Moon - A Symbol of Islam?
What is the history behind the crescent moon symbol? What does it symbolize or mean? How and when did it become to be known as a symbol of Islam?

Muslim Women in History
Despite the stereotypes, Muslim women have always played a vital role in the Muslim community, and not only in traditional roles. Early Muslim women served the community through scholarship, teaching, nursing, and other important activities.

The Hijrah Calendar
Muslims measure the passage of time using the Islamic (Hijrah) calendar, which was first introduced by the close companion of the Prophet, 'Umar ibn Al-Khattab.

Books on Islam in America
Learn more about the history of Islam and Muslims in the United States. These books and resources give background, historical perspective, and information about the lives of early American Muslims, both well-known and anonymous.

1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World
This traveling UK exhibition & educational program reveals some of the best kept secrets and scientific contributions made by ancient Muslim scholars.

PBS Empire of Faith
This 2001 PBS documentary looks at the contributions of the Islamic world through history.

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