Mohammed or Mahomet biography
Mohammed was born in 570 in Mecca, now in Saudi Arabia. His father died before he was born and he was raised in the desert. At age 40, Mohammed had the first of a series of revelations that became the basis for the Koran and the foundation of Islam. Through a combination of diplomacy and force, Mohammed united most of Arabia. He died in 632, the year of the first Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.