An Introduction to Islam in the 21st Century / Edition 1

An Introduction to Islam in the 21st Century / Edition 1

by Aminah Beverly McCloud
     
 

This engaging introduction to Islam examines its lived reality, its worldwide presence, and the variety of beliefs and practices encompassed by the religion. Featuring essays from acclaimed scholars that are richly global in approach, the content explores the similarities and diversity of Islam across countries and regions in the present day.

A central theme of

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This engaging introduction to Islam examines its lived reality, its worldwide presence, and the variety of beliefs and practices encompassed by the religion. Featuring essays from acclaimed scholars that are richly global in approach, the content explores the similarities and diversity of Islam across countries and regions in the present day.

A central theme of this book is the deep contrast that exists between the commonly held images of Islam and the reality of how this religion is lived and practiced. While Islam is often thought of as a static and monolithic tradition, it is in fact fluid, dynamic, and characterized by enormous variety. By examining trends across different countries and regions, including Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe, it provides an accurate depiction of Islam in the 21st century. The book also addresses the historical context in which Islam emerged and its core elements, but then moves beyond this to include areas less typically covered, including the geographical diversity of the religion, the phenomenon of militancy, Islamophobia, and the teaching of Islam in the West. This combination of global, historical, and interdisciplinary coverage makes this the ideal text for courses focusing on the political, social and lived reality of Islam today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405193603
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/04/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors xv

Acknowledgments xviii

Part I Overview: Islam: Image and Reality 1

1 Introduction 3
Aminah Beverly McCloud, Scott W. Hibbard, and Laith Saud

2 The Historical Context 13
Aminah Beverly McCloud, Scott W. Hibbard, and Laith Saud

3 Religious Structures: Tawhid 31
Laith Saud

4 Islamic Beliefs: The Development of Islamic Ideas 51
Laith Saud

5 Islamic Political Theology 81
Laith Saud

Part II Islam and the Modern World 109

6 Islam and the State: Part I 111
Scott W. Hibbard

7 Islam and the State: Part II 135
Scott W. Hibbard

8 Muslims as Minorities in the West 157
Aminah Beverly McCloud

Part III Regional Studies 171

9 Islam in Africa 173
Babacar Mbengue

10 Islam in South Asia 203
Saeed A. Khan

11 Islam in Central Asia 217
Maria Louw

12 Islam in Indonesia and Malaysia 233
Aminah Beverly McCloud

13 Muslim Histories in Latin America and the Caribbean 249
John Tofik Karam

Part IV Islam in a Globalized World 269

14 The Ecology of Teaching about Islam and Muslims in the 21st Century 271
Aminah Beverly McCloud

15 Terrorism, Islamophobia, and the Media 285
Scott W. Hibbard

Conclusion: Image and Reality Reconsidered 309
Aminah Beverly McCloud, Scott W. Hibbard, and Laith Saud

Index 315

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