Each book in this series deals with a topic in a History Study Unit at Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum. The text fills in the background to the period and gives an account of the course of events. Information is also conveyed by means of maps and diagrams. The reader is invited to analyze original source material, such as documents, illustrations and statistics, and thereby to develop appropriate skills. Focusing on Islam as a religion and a political power, this book describes its development from the life of Muhammad until the Ottoman Empire. After a brief description of Arabian life before the birth of Muhammed, the author traces the life of the prophet and the foundation of the new religion, and then discusses its growth, historical significance and scientific and cultural achievements.