I was surprised to find Islam wasn’t that old

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I mean, relatively speaking. It was created in the 7th century, more than half a millennium after the death and resurrection of Christ. However, it became such a definitive part of a large part of the world from that point on, easily displacing Christianity and other religions in the Middle East before rapidly spreading further. I mean, this random 40 year old merchant starts claiming he’s the final prophet of God and by the time of his death 20 years later, he’s amassed an army of followers and converted most of the Arabian Peninsula into his personal empire.

I’m not a Muslim and I alway assumed it was a few hundred years older than that just because of how secure it was in the Middle East by the early Middle Ages. It’s amazing that it spread so far and in such a short period of time.
 
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Yet they claim that it was not spread by sword and blood. But, by people just wanting to be like others. When I used to listen to Muslim speakers, they’d claim that places like Malaysia became Muslim just through trading goods. It really is not an old religion, but the newest Abrahamic religion. Judaism is far older.
 
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Did you not learn that in primary school where you live?
No???? I’m American. My world history courses did cover various faiths and I’m fairly sure we discussed Muhammad’s origins but I don’t I would have realized how comparatively recent the 7th century is compared to other major religions.
 
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Like most religions, it incorporates much of its mythology from what people previously practiced, making it easily accepted among large groups of people. That goes for Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism.
 
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No???? I’m American. My world history courses did cover various faiths and I’m fairly sure we discussed Muhammad’s origins but I don’t I would have realized how comparatively recent the 7th century is compared to other major religions.
Okay. In the UK it is taught in primary school. For as long as I have known what Islam is, I have known that Islam is the youngest of the Abraham religions, and the youngest of the major world religions.
 

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