Islam is paramount in Turkey, Persia, Arabia and Afghanistan.
In the neighbourhood of the Moslem capitals, Islam spread rapidly, but in such districts as Rajputana and specially Vijayanagar (Mysore) Hindu civilization and religion maintained themselves.
Two of the greatest religions of the world, Christianity and Islam, are Semitic in origin, as well as Judaism.
Islam, on the other hand, had no theoretic place in its scheme for tolerated religions; its principle was fundamentally intolerant.
Even more than Buddhism Islam has carried with it a special style of art and civilization.