Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

How Did Islam Spread Throughout the World?

Did Islam spread by the sword? This infographic provides 5 factors that exposed non-Muslims to Islam 3 factors that ultimately led them to embrace it.

Did Islam spread by the sword? While there may have been some exceptional cases of forced conversion―in clear violation of Islamic teachings―this infographic describes some of the prominent factors in the Islamization of different regions of the world in history, including daʿwah, trade, intermarriage, migration, influencers, Islam’s emphasis on justice and unity, and the universality of Islam.

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How Did Islam Spread Throughout the World


Hassam Munir

Contributor | Hassam Munir is currently pursuing an MA in Mediterranean and Middle East History at the University of Toronto. His current primary research interests are Islamic intellectual history and the use of digital technology (and virtual reality in particular) as a pedagogical tool for the study of Islamic history. He has experience in the fields of journalism and public history, and was recognized as an Emerging Historian at the 2017 Heritage Toronto Awards.