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Islam and African Empires

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Sharia
body of Islamic law that includes interpretation of the Quran and applies Islamic principles to everyday life
Medina
the second holiest city; where Muhammad lived after fleeing Mecca
Muhammad
Founder of Islam, considered the greatest prophet in Islam
Minaret
the tower attached to a mosque from which calls to prayer are made five times a day
Sultan
military and political leader with absolute authority over a Muslim country
Hajj
a pilgrimage to Mecca, performed as a duty by Muslims
Mosque
A Muslim house of worship
Kaaba
a black stone building in Mecca that is shaped like a cube and that is the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrine
Sunni
a follower of the majority branch of Islam, which feels that successors to Muhammad are to be chosen by the Muslim community
Allah
Arabic word for god
Hijra
the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina to escape persecution a.d. 622: regarded as the beginning of the Muslim Era.
Caliph
successor to Muhammad as political and religious leader of the Muslims
Oasis
a spot of fertile land in a desert, fed by water from wells or underground springs
Dervish
Muslims that have taken a vow of poverty, and work to support the communities in which they live.
Shiite
a member of one of the two major Muslim sects; believe that the descendents of Muhammad's daughter and son-in-law, Ali, are the true Muslim leaders
Mecca
City in western Arabia; birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad, and ritual center of the Islamic religion.
Abu Bakr
The first caliph after death of Muhammad
Koran
The sacred book of Islam, containing the religious and moral code
Arabia
A peninsula between the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf where Islam origniated and the Muslim empires had their beginnings.
Five Pillars of Islam
the basic duties of Islam, including belief in Allah and Muhammad the prophet, prayer, charity or almsgiving, fasting, and pilgrimage to Mecca
Moor
Muslim people of north Africa
Jihad
A holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal
Fatwa
religious ruling by a muslim cleric, binding as a legal decision
Bazaar
An area in a city that merchants bring goods to sell.
Hijab
a headscarf worn by Muslim women
Caravan
a group of traders traveling together
Sufis
Mystics within Islam; responsible for expansion of Islam to southeastern Asia
Bedouin
Nomads of the Arabian Peninsula with a culture based on herding camels and goats.