I know that this community is meant for those more well versed in Islam, but I have sincere desires to know more about the history of Islam and about the basic precepts. And truth be told, I actually purchased the "Islam for Dummies" and "Qur'an for Dummies" books because I find that I am having a lot of difficulty understanding a lot of reading material because I don't know a lot of terms because I don't have a background in Arabic. I'm embarrassed about that. Eeeek.
I was wondering if there are good tutorial websites or Podcasts out there for those just starting to learn about Islam? I can't seem to get all the Caliphs', Companions', exegetes', etc. names down right. I also can't keep track of the important battles, or know why they are important. Or what types of groups of Islam are out there, and what the differences are? And what the key beliefs of Islam are (in their Arabic term) are exactly? Or what the most cited chapters in the Qur'an are?
Is there a tutorial website you could recommend or a podcast? OR even a timeline of events? Or a "who's who" in Islam" Or a list of Quranic/Arabic terms?
I just want to make sure that I have a handy-guide as I embark on my pathway to discovering Islam.