Assess the extent and impact of Muhammad's influence on the society at the time, and his role as the founder of the Islamic Faith.

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Muhammad; now credited as the creator and founder of Islam was born in 570BC in the powerful and holy Arab city of Mecca, and died in 632BC. During his lifetime, Muhammad would be contacted by God through the Angel Gabriel and employed by God to spread his message to the Arab world, this would start a Journey for Muhammad which would result in the change of Arab society forever through the expansion and influence of his religion; Islam. His influence on the society at the time would be the expansion of Islam.

The Arab world at the time was one of discontent, lack of stability, and ultimately home to a violent and uncivilised society. The social organisation was one of clans and tribes, basically groups which offered security, a sense of identity, and support to its members, although ruling over them with an iron fist; and constantly warring with enemy tribes for supremacy and dominance.

Each of the tribes of the Arab world all had a similar religious system at the time, one of a pagan system, with a strong belief in Polytheism and Animatism . All these social systems were going to be changed over time and be replaced with a more accepting and less conflicted Islamic society, but the transformation was going to be an interesting one - one that would detail and display the influence of Muhammad.

Muhammad's story isn't well documented until his early forties, before that however it is known that he was an orphan from the age of six, had modest surrounds during his childhood, but at the age of approximately 25 became wealthy when he married a rich widow, who later passed away. The documentation of Muhammad becomes extensive, when in 610BC, while spending time alone in a cave outside Mecca to...