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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.
For sites dealing with the historical expansion of Islam outside the "heartlands" of North Africa, the Middle East, and the major Empires.
For sites dealing the history of Muslim communities which have become established since the fall of the Ottoman Empire, or which relate to the Islamic world's response to the West and that decline.
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