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Vocabulary on Arabia

Vocab for Arabian Peninsula History

TermDefinition
Nomad A person who moves from place to place rather than settling permanently
Oasis A fertile area in the midst of a desert
Clan A group of people related by blood or marriage
Allah God in the Islamic region
Monotheism A belief in one god
Pilgrimage A journey to a sacred place or shrine
Islam A monotheistic religion based on the teachings of Muhammad
Muslim A person who follows the religion of Islam, accepting Allah as the only god
Qur'an The Muslim holy book
Sunnah Muhammad's words and deeds, which serve as a guide for proper living
mosque A building for Muslim worship
caliph A ruler of the Muslim community
Shi'a A Muslim group that resisted the Umayyads' rule, believing that the caliph should be a relative of the prophet Muhammad
Sunni a member of the Muslim group that accepted the rule of the elected caliphs
Hijrah The move of muhammad and his followers to the city of Yathrib
Ka'aba The holiest shrine in Islam
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