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World Religions: General Research Guide: Islam

The guide is designed for students in RELI 1301 and 1301H and for persons with general interest in the major faith traditions of the world.

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Islam is a monotheistic religion originating from the visions of Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him, in the seventh century C.E.   The major branches of Islam are Suni and Shia. Five Pillars of Islamic practice are witness, prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and pilgrimage. The sacred text is the Koran.

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