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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam
     

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam

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by Yahiya J. Emerick, Qasim Najar (Foreword by), Quasim Najar
 
Islam may be the most misunderstood faith in history. Most of us learn little or nothing about Islam in school; in fact, our knowledge of Muslims may be restricted to news reports on the Middle East and Louis Farrakhan. Surprise - the vast majority of Muslims aren�t Arabs, the Muslim Allah is very much the �one God� Christians and Jews believe in, many of the

Overview

Islam may be the most misunderstood faith in history. Most of us learn little or nothing about Islam in school; in fact, our knowledge of Muslims may be restricted to news reports on the Middle East and Louis Farrakhan. Surprise - the vast majority of Muslims aren�t Arabs, the Muslim Allah is very much the �one God� Christians and Jews believe in, many of the scientific and medical innovations we take for granted were passed on by Muslims, and the popular myths about Muslims often have little to do with the real beliefs of Islam.

CIG to Islam reveals fascinating facts about Islam, showing readers that Muslims, so often demonized in the U.S., are more like �us� than we think; they accept both the Old and New Testaments as holy books and accept Moses and Jesus as prophets. The book offers tips on Muslim culture, actual quotes from the Qur�an, the Prophet Muhammad, and prominent scholars, and answers to questions regarding everyday life from the Muslim perspective.

Includes:

  • The Qur�an - the Muslim Bible or something more?
  • A day in the life of a Muslim - prayers toward Mecca and keeping halal
  • The Islamic dress code and life ceremonies - and Ramadan and Hajj, the two Islamic holidays
  • The life of the Prophet Muhammad - and 1400 years of Islamic history
  • More than one type of Muslim - the Sunnis, the Shi�as, and the Sufis
  • Islam in the modern world - cultural revivalism and politics
  • The other side of the coin - the Arab-Israeli conflict and Islam

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780028642338
Publisher:
Alpha Books
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Series:
Complete Idiot's Guide Series
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet the Author

Yahiya Emerick is an American convert to Islam who has been involved in interfaith issues and education since 1990. He has a graduate degree in history, has authored 14 books for adults and children, and has been published in many magazines, including the Journal for Religion and Education.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Nana_V More than 1 year ago
Though not an idiot, I read this introduction to Islam shortly after 9/11 and found it informative, and even attractive. I come to this book repeteadly as a first-hand reference tool about the tenets of Islam and recommend its reading as a primer to anyone interested in finding out more about Islam from a Muslim-American convert's perspective. Now, despite the good intentions of the author, the book reaffirmed in my mind that Islamic morality is inferior, that the Ummah's or ulema's claims for Islam as a simple religion is disingenous or even misleading, and they - and the author - seem either unaware or uninterested of the wide body of Christian critical appraisals of Islam in existence. But, it's not the author's fault that the book didn't have a proselitistic effect upon me nor am I accusing the author of having proselytistic intentions in the book, at least not primarily. The author is not to be blamed for my free conscience exercising a choice for Christ and against Muhammad. The greatest praise I can give to Imam Yahiya Emmerich is that, if I didn't know who Jesus really is, and had grown in a home with little or no Christianity, before 9/11 I would've found his presentation intriguing and perhaps, persuasive. All these things considered, this book is a worth reading.
CSalah More than 1 year ago
Okay, even if you are not a complete idiot, this book is a must read. The author manages to present the faith of Islam as well as tackle the more sensitive questions in a thoughtful and factual manner. We need more like this!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up in a very sheltered family and knew nothing about Islam.My Evangelical background tended to make me fear Islam and think of it as a religion vastly different from Christianity.Now I have a healthy and positive view of Islam due to the book. I have read some other books about Islam but I had to grow in knowledge slowly because of my background.It's a good book for those with negative sterotypes as I have had.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Extremely well written book which puts the reader at ease in understanding an often misunderstood religion in the West. Every American should read this book to overcome our preconceived notions and gain a sound understanding for one of the 3 monotheistic religions revealed by God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only the most readable book on Islam, but one of the most informative book on Islam. I found it to be educational and entertaining. worth the money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very good and concise book that covers a lot with boring the reader to death. Out of many writing styled that used by the author is most focused to presenting information in a manner understandable by the common person yet in depth enough for those who want to do further studies into the subject. I highly personally have gained a great insight into Islam and Muslim after reading this book. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is wonderful book! I was very happy with the easy reading and accuracy of this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Defiantly a great introductory book on Islam. I found it to be very concise and clear, as well as to the point. If you want a clear look at Islam without reading huge wordy books, then this is your best bet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised about the great deal of information that the book (which was very readable) had concerning the faith of Islam and what Muslims believe in. The book is basically an overall review of the Islam and tells you a little bit about each part of their religion (beliefs, history, prayer, woman, Prophets, interfaith relations, ect¿¿¿.). I would recommend this book to those who want to gain some knowledge about the basic beliefs of Muslims and for those who are just curious about Islam.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book for getting the facts. Not too detailed,great for those who want to learn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be an excellent, clear and well-balanced report on Islam. For those who want to get a clear and easy look into understand Islam, then buy this book as soon as you can. I would suggest that this be the first book and you can follow it up with others like approaching the Quran.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful well-balanced book written by authors who come from various backgrounds. It is very easy to read and gives an open-minded view of Islam that is easy to understand. I would suggest everyone interested in the subject pick up this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Very clear and easy to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read and used other COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDES in the past and have found them extremely helpful and informative. I've even recommended the one on caring for aging parents on an Internet web site. So, my expectations when I picked up THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING ISLAM were high. I thought I'd be reading a well-balanced book about Islam. But what I found was a pathetic, apologist's fluff piece between two paperback covers. For instance, in a section about worshipping idols, the writer says that the Taliban's destruction of 2000-year-old Buddhist statues was understandable because there hadn't been any Buddhists living in Afghanistan in a thousand years. This, despite worldwide concern and pleadings to the Taliban to preserve these historical icons. The sections on women will leave most enlightened people stunned. The author explains away the half-as-much-as-men-inheritance rules in a cavalier manner, saying that men must take care of the women. But in another part about divorce, he says that while it is relatively easy for men to obtain a divorce simply by reciting "talaq" three times and sleeping on the couch until such time as they're sure she isn't pregnant, women must go through the legal system and they stand to lose everything they have, including their children who are over 7 years of age. The author explains away polygamy (really polygyny because only men are allowed to indulge in this practice of multiple marriages) by saying that at least the poor woman has a part-time husband instead of none at all! And, of course, he must treat each of the four wives equally. So, if he's a rich man they will all live in opulance. But if he's poor, they will all live in hovels. He even glosses over the divisions within the Islamic religion. It is by no means united. There are the Sunnis and the Shiites (not to mention the Sufis, in which you don't even have to be a Muslim to participate), but he fails to mention the Wahabbis. They are, of course, the division that is the most conservative, belive in jihad (in the truest sense of making war on the enemies of Islam) and the sect to which terrorist Osama bin Laden and his followers belong. To ignore inclusion of the Wahabbis is to ignore that it is the sect followed by most of the people living in Saudi Arabia---hardly a small number of Muslims, to be sure. I hope the uninformed reader won't expect THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING ISLAM to be a well-balanced, educational book. It isn't. I would not recommend it to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book, the best thing for those who just want a non-biased simple over look of Islam.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is a good introduction to the religion of islam as understood by muslims (not media and agenda minded scholars). it covers the basics as well as correct common misconceptions of islam and muslims.
Guest More than 1 year ago
hey this is a really good book. If you want to know about Islam then this is the book for you. i read a lot of books on Islam and this is clearly the best. It shows what Islam and muslims are truly all about.