For sites about the earliest period of the history of Islam, from 570 to 660 CE; covers the life of the Prophet Muhammad, and the Four Rightly Guided Caliphs. At the end of this period, Islam split into Shia, and Sunni; until today, the major divisions within the faith. This period also saw the formation of the first sect, the Kharijites.
Islamic History from 570 to 1000
Excerpts from "A Chronolgy of Islamic History: 570-1000 CE" by H.U. Rahman, covering the period to Abu Bakr's military expedition to Syria and Palestine in 633.
Medieval Sourcebook: Accounts of The Arab Conquest of Egypt, 642
A Coptic account from "The History of The Patriarchs of Alexandria", and an Arab account from Al-Baladhuri's "The Conquest of Alexandria".
Medieval Sourcebook: Pact of Umar, 7th Century
Supposed to have been the peace accord offered by the Caliph Umar to the Christians of Syria; it formed the pattern of later management of the status of non-Muslims.
Restatement of History of Islam and Muslims
An online book by Sayed Ali Asgher Razwy presents the Shia interpretation of early Islam, from 570 to 661 CE, as a movement launched by the Prophet Muhammad, consummated with the support of his vicegerent 'Ali ibn Abi Talib.
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