Pronunciation: (is-läm', iz-, is'lum, iz'-), [key]
1. the religious faith of Muslims, based on the words and religious system founded by the prophet Muhammad and taught by the Koran, the basic principle of which is absolute submission to a unique and personal god, Allah.
2. the whole body of Muslim believers, their civilization, and the countries in which theirs is the dominant religion. Also called Muhammadanism.
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