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Pilgrims gather at the Grand Mosque of Mecca. The Ka'bah is the stone structure at the center of the Grand Mosque.

About the religion

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which authorities have blamed on Islamic extremists, have highlighted the tensions and contradictions in the practices of the world's 1 billion Muslims. Learn more about Islam's history and sacred texts.

The influence of Islam
  · The five pillars of Islam
· The articles of faith
  · Mohammed

  · Glossary

Muslims throughout the world

This map
shows the prominence and location of Sunni and Shiite Muslims. [501K PDF]

· "Islam: A Short History" by Karen Armstrong (Modern Library)
· "The Oxford History of Islam" by John L. Esposito (Oxford University Press)
· "The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an" by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, (Amana Publications) 
· "The Holy Qur’an/English/Arabic" by Maulana Muhammad Ali (Ahamadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam Lahore)
Web sites
· · Afghanistan Online
· Islam Q & A


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