An introduction to the history of islam spread

Please click this link to download the chapter. Converts seriously observed the five pillars of Islam, namely; daily prayers including the Friday congregational prayer, fasting, compulsory alms-giving and pilgrimage to Mecca hajj.

Abu Bakr, the first caliph, lives no more than two years after the death of Muhammad.

How did Islam Spread? By Sword or By Conversion?

The governor of Syria, Mu'awiya, wages a prolonged campaign against him to avenge the murder of the caliph Othmanhis kinsman. If we were to compare the attitude of the Muslim rulers towards the minorities living under their rule during the nineteenth century—with the attitude of the Europeans and the Americans towards their minorities, I dare to say that the record of the Muslims would be much better.

Ibn Umar kept the task of suppressing the revolts that had broken out in the desert. To conclude therefore, what is the significance of the Jakhanke movement?

After lengthy negotiations, both parties signed a peace treaty for the term of ten years. This principle seeks to convey the message of Islam to all human beings in the world and to establish a model Islamic community on a world-wide basis.

Conversion to Islam also came about as a result of the breakdown of historically religiously organized societies: Also, according to Kano Chronicles, during the reign of Yaji, the King of Kano from tothe Wangarawa came from Melle bringing the Mohammedan religion.

An introduction to the history of the spread of Islam

A real Islamization therefore only came about in the subsequent centuries. Most of Western writers, especially under the influence of the Church, have never failed to accuse Islam of spreading by force of the sword.

In the first place, it challenged traditional African religion, weakening the basis on which some of the Sudanese states such as Kanem and ancient Ghana rested, contributing to their downfall.

The first jihad in the Western Sudan which has accounts was that waged by the head of the Sudanese confederation. The Muslims conquered many places such as Egypt, the Roman Empire and the Persian Empire but they merely conquered the lands.

In all these explanations the religion itself is left out of the question. A real Islamization therefore only came about in the subsequent centuries. Many rulers made considerable efforts to encourage Muslim institutions such as Islamic tax and legal systems or the provision of facilities such as mosques, through the appointment of Muslim officials such as judges and butchers who observe the Islamic code and to lead prayers, celebrating Muslim festival and ordering every town under their control to observe the ritual prayers.

So the remainder of the chapter looks at some key moments: Much of the subsequent styles, and techniques associated with the peaceful spread of Islam in Senegambia is their creation. Trade Islam promoted trade between West Africa and the Mediterranean.

Why do they deserve attention in our study of the spread of Islam in West Africa? He was defeated by the combined action of his Christian foes in Iberia and the agitation of Almohads the Muwahhids in Morocco.

They furthermore began the ambitious project of building mosques across the empire, many of which remain today as the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world, such as the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus.

During the following Abbasid period an enfranchisement was experienced by the mawali and a shift was made in the political conception from that of a primarily Arab empire to one of a Muslim empire [18] and c.

3: Islam in West Africa. Introduction, spread and effects

Unlike Christianity, Islam is not a just a religion or a mass of doctrines or beliefs and rituals, but rather a complete way of life or civilization. Many of them went on lecture or missionary tours to convert people, while others became advisers to Sudanese Kings on how to become effective rulers.

Toynbee praises this tolerance towards the Peoples of the Book after comparing it with the attitude of the Christians towards Muslims and Jews in their lands. It is clear from this that some of the main factors of the spread of Islam were the motivation, righteousness and strict adherence to the teachings of Islam from the early Muslims.

The Almoravid Conquest In Northern Africa From the yearthe Almoravids began to spread their religious way to the Berber areas of the Sahara, and to the regions south of the desert. Earlier generations of European scholars believed that conversions to Islam were made at the point of the sword, and that conquered peoples were given the choice of conversion or death.

So dedicated were the Jakhanke to the spirit of peaceful spread of Islam that when a Serahuli religious hothead, Momodou Lamin Drammeh opted to wage war to convert Bundu eastern Senegal into Islam, the Jakhanke disowned him and fled further down to present eastern Gambia.

The army of Heraclius we shall indeed, with your help, repulse from the city. We Christians enjoy the fine advantage of being far better versed than others in the art of killing, bombarding and exterminating the Human Race. They worked with the rulers as advisors, councilors etc.

They paid a special tax; they were not supposed to wear certain colors; they could not marry Muslim women. Expansion ceased and the central disciplines of Islamic philosophytheologylaw and mysticism became more widespread and the gradual conversions of the populations within the empire occurred.The spread of Islam in Africa began in the 7th to 9th century, brought to North Africa initially under the Umayyad Dynasty.

Extensive trade networks throughout North and West Africa created a medium through which Islam spread peacefully, initially through the merchant class.

Spread of Islam

It is undeniable that the Muslim/Arab Empire spread by military force all over the Middle East; but this did not automatically translate into the spread of Islam as a religion. Ira M. Lapidus, in his A History of Islamic Societies writes: “The question of why people convert to Islam has always generated intense feeling.

Islam means 'surrender' (to God), and from the same root anyone who follows Islam is a Muslim. It is on Mount Hira, according to tradition, that the archangel Gabriel appears to Muhammad.

He describes later how he seemed to be grasped by the throat by a luminous being. An Introduction to the History of the Spread of Islam A volume of this size is necessarily limited in the material it can cover. It may, therefore, not be comprehensive or indeed may have many shortcomings.

An Introduction to the Religion and History of Islam [I Ozigbo] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This book provides an account of the origins, development and character of Islam as a religion, civilisation and form of society. The more important factor for the spread of Islam is religious law of Islam (Sharia which is an inclusive, all-embracing, all-comprehensive way of thinking and living) which was designed to cover all manifestations of life.

An introduction to the history of islam spread
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