Full Question: Discuss the rise of Islam and the creation of the Arab empires. What are the main tenets of Islam? What is the difference between Shi’ite and Sunni branches of the faith? How did this split come about? These are the 2 textbooks used for the course. No other sources needed. Reilly, K., Worlds of History; Volume 1, Fifth edition. Boston, Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013. Strayer, R. W., Ways of the World. A Brief Global History with Sources, Volume 1. Second Edition. Boston, Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009.