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Frederick M. Denny's extensive fieldwork, experience, and scholarship, combined with his engaging writing style and passion for the subject, sets An Introduction to Islam, Third Edition apart. This text provides students with a thorough and unified topical introduction to the global religious community of Islam. It places Islam within a cultural, historical, political, social, and religious context and examines its connections with Jewish and Christian teachings and practices. The text's integration of the ...
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Frederick M. Denny's extensive fieldwork, experience, and scholarship, combined with his engaging writing style and passion for the subject, sets An Introduction to Islam, Third Edition apart. This text provides students with a thorough and unified topical introduction to the global religious community of Islam. It places Islam within a cultural, historical, political, social, and religious context and examines its connections with Jewish and Christian teachings and practices. The text's integration of the doctrinal and devotional elements of Islam enables students to see how Muslims think and live engendering understanding and breaking down stereotypes. An Introduction to Islam also reviews pre-Islamic Near Eastern religious history so students can see how Islam developed within an extended family of similar traditions. The third edition has a brand new chapter, "Whither Islam and the Muslims? Progressive Muslims with a Vision of an 'Islam without Borders'." This chapter focuses on Islam and Muslims in the post-9/11 world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780023285202
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 2/28/1985
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 368

Table of Contents


Preface     xiii
Religion and Common Life in the Pre-Islamic Near East
Early Civilizations and the Origins of Judaism and Christianity     3
Egypt the Land     3
Mesopotamia the Land     7
The Origins of Judaism     11
Abraham     11
Moses     15
Later Religious Development     16
The Prophets     17
From Ancient Israelite Religion to Judaism     19
Awaiting God's Messiah     20
Jesus of Nazareth     21
Paul     23
Christianity     24
Christianity and Judaism     25
Pre-Islamic Arabia: Beliefs, Values, Way of Life     29
Pre-Islamic Arabia: Beliefs, Values, Way of Life     29
Social Structure and Economy     31
Poetry     36
Pre-Islamic Religion     37
The Coming of Islam: The Prophet, His People, and God's Religion
Muhammad and the Early Muslim Community     47
Before Muhammad     47
Muhammad the Person     48
Muhammad the Prophet     51
The Qur'an     52
The First Muslims     54
The Development of Islam     55
The Qur'an's DivineMessage     59
The Hijra     61
Muhammad's Later Life     67
Muhammad's Personal Life     69
The Arab Conquests and Islamic Rule: The Struggle for a Unified Umma     72
Muhammad's Heirs     72
The Muslims' Foreign Conquests     73
Early Muslim Governments and the Spread of the Umma     75
Two Approaches to Politics and Rule     81
The Spread of the Islamic Empire     82
The Abbasids     85
Other Muslim Peoples     88
Islam's Achievements     91
The Islamic Religious System
The Basic Beliefs and Worship Practices of Islam     97
The Five Doctrines of Islamic Faith     97
The Five Acts of Worship     103
Purification     104
Ritual Impurity     105
The Pillars of Islam     109
The Nature and Function of the Qur'an     128
Language, Format, and Chronology     128
Recitation and Ritual Observances     132
Contents and Nature of the Qur'an     138
Interpretation of the Qur'an     140
The "Inimitability" of the Qur'an     145
The Prophet's Sunna as Preserved in the Hadith      149
Muhammad and Scripture     149
The Form of the Hadith     151
Major Collections of Hadith     155
The Prophet's and His Companions' Sunnas     158
Muhammad as an Ideal Human     159
Muslim Creeds and Theologies: Their Purposes and Varieties     164
Theology     164
Islamic Theology     166
Theological Issues     167
The Place of Reason     170
The Mu'tazilite Rationalists     171
Mu'tazilite Thought     172
Three Muslim Creeds     179
Orthodox Kalam and the Challenge of Philosophy     183
Law and the State in Classical Islamic Formulations     187
Islam as a Way of Life     187
The Shari'a and Fiqh     187
The Qur'an and the Law     188
The Legal Scholars     191
Schools of Law     193
The Five Principles     194
Sunni Law Schools     195
Shi'i Law Schools     197
Islamic Political Institutions: Forms, Functions, and Theories     198
The Sufi Way of Mysticism and Fellowship
Islamic Mysticism and the Disciplines of Esoteric Piety     211
Sufism     211
Asceticism in Early Islamic Contexts     217
Sufi Symbolism     221
Sufism as an Esoteric Discipline: The Tariqa or Way     223
Al-Junayd and Sober Sufism     225
Antinomian Sufism     227
Intoxicated Sufism: Al-Hallaj     229
States and Stations     231
Al-Ghazali and the Reconciliation of Shari'a and Tariqa     233
Masters and Disciples: The Forms and Functions of Sufi Orders     238
The Rise of Sufi Orders     238
Shaykhs and Faqirs: The Master-Disciple Relationship     239
The Qadiri Order: Islam's Major International Sufi Brotherhood     240
Other Classic Sufi Orders     242
Jalal al-Din al-Rumi and the Mawlawis     246
Rumi's Poetry     248
The Silsila or Spiritual Lineage     251
Dhikr and Sama': Remembrance and the Spiritual Concert     252
Sufi Theosophy: The Thought of Ibn 'Arabi     256
Patterns of Islamic Personal and Communal Life
The Islamic Life Cycle and the Family     263
Islamic Domestic Rites, Ceremonies, and Customs     263
Rites of Infancy and Childhood     263
Marriage (Nikah)     267
Divorce (Talaq)     272
Inheritance      274
Property     274
Interest     275
Family Life     276
Food and Eating Habits     278
Clothing, Ornamentation, and Toilet     279
Death Rituals     281
Mourning Customs     284
Ideals and Realities of Islamic Community Life     289
The Closeness of the Community     289
The Mosque     289
The Marketplace     293
Public Behavior     294
Recreation     297
Official Islam     300
Popular Islam     301
The Veneration of Saints     301
Distinctive Shi'i Ritual Practices     307
Islam in the Modern World
Major Movements and Trends in Renewal and Reform     315
Three Phases of Islamic History     315
The Wahhabis     318
Other Reform Movements     321
Some Modernist Thinkers     323
Islam and Nationalism     328
Three Forms of Islamic Revival: "Fundamentalism," Feminism, and Establishing the Umma in North America     340
Fundamentalism     340
Islam and the Status of Women     346
Islam and Muslims in North America     350
Whither Islam and the Muslims? Progressive Muslims with a Vision of an "Islam without Borders"     363
"Westoxication"     364
Modernity and Westernization in the Post-9/11 World     365
Progressive Muslims     369
Progressive Assertiveness     372
An Iranian Shi'ite Muslim's Voice in Human Rights and Rational Discourse     372
Muslim Women Scholar-Activists     375
Conclusion     377
Suggestions for Further Reading     381
Glossary     403
Acknowledgments     413
Index     415
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