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15 09, 2017

Monotheism and polytheism – West Asian religion

By |2019-09-04T06:00:37-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

The Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar or Inanna What is polytheism? The earliest people in West Asia were all polytheistic: they all worshipped many gods. From 3000 BC to 539 BC, the Sumerians, the Akkadians, the Assyrians and the Babylonians all worshipped pretty much the same set of gods, despite their cultural differences. The most important of these gods was Ea. Ishtar was the most important [...]

26 07, 2017

Religion of Islam

By |2019-09-30T05:35:33-07:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, Religion|0 Comments

Tomb of Ali, the first Imam and the fourth caliph, in Iraq (it was rebuilt about 1500 AD by the Safavids) Where did Islam come from? Medieval Islam was closely related to Judaism and Christianity. Like Jews and Christians, Muslims - people who followed Islam - believed that there was only one God. They called this [...]

18 05, 2017

History of Islam

By |2018-04-09T23:10:26-07:00May 18th, 2017|History, Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

The religious faith of Islam, as it was practiced between about 650 and 1500 AD, was closely related to Judaism and Christianity. Like Jews and Christians, Muslims believed that there was only one God, whom they called 'Allah'. Muslims believed that Moses and Jesus had both existed, and that they were important holy men, and that Mohammed [...]