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Islam Vocabulary

TermDefinition
sheikh The head of the tribe.
oases Green areas fed by underground water; often found in a desert.
caravan A group of traveling merchants and animals.
Makkah The holiest place in Arabia, also called Mecca (located in current day Saudi Arabia).
Kabba A low, square building in the middle of Makkah that was surrounded by statues of gods and goddesses.
Muhammed The last prophet or messenger of God, according to Islam. Islam is based on his teachings.
Qur'an Holy book of Islam.
caliph The successor to the messenger of God (Muhammad). An important Muslim political and religious leader.
sultan Military or political leader with absolute authority over a Muslim country. It means "holder of power".
mosques Muslim house of worship.
bazaar A marketplace.
minarets Part of a mosque - these are towers from which a crier calls believers to prayer five time a day.
crier The announcer at a mosque who calls believers to prayer five times a day.
Created by: vanbuskirk