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The rise of Islam

Islam is the second largest religion in the world with over 1 billion followers. The 2001 census recorded 1,591,000 Muslims in the UK, around 2.7% of the population.


History, Religion, Literature


The seventh century CE is a crucial period of both religious and world history due to the rise of Islam. This century saw the leadership of Muhammad, the writing of the Qur’an, and the beginning of the Arab conquests of the Near East. By looking at a variety of primary sources, this session will examine the events surrounding the rise of Islam and the relationships between Jews, Christians and Muslims at this time.

Why this is important

It is about the beginning of one of today’s major world religions, and its relationship to other key religions at the time.

Key descriptors

Islam; Judaism; Christianity; seventh century

Year groups

Years 11, 12, 13


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