Islam and the Ahmadiyya Jama'at: History, Belief, Practice

Islam and the Ahmadiyya Jama'at: History, Belief, Practice

by Simon Ross Valentine
     
 

Simon Ross Valentine has written the first scholarly evaluation of the teachings, beliefs, and lifestyle of the Ahmaddiya Jama'at, an Islamic reform group founded in nineteenth-century India that currently boasts millions of followers worldwide. To the great aggravation of other Muslims, the Ahmadis assert that prophets existed after Muhammad, a controversial

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Simon Ross Valentine has written the first scholarly evaluation of the teachings, beliefs, and lifestyle of the Ahmaddiya Jama'at, an Islamic reform group founded in nineteenth-century India that currently boasts millions of followers worldwide. To the great aggravation of other Muslims, the Ahmadis assert that prophets existed after Muhammad, a controversial belief that has led to fierce persecution, especially in South Asia, where the government has declared the Ahmadis to be non-Muslims.

Valentine explores other major claims made by the Ahmadis, including their assertion that Jesus, instead of dying on the cross (as Christians believe) or ascending to heaven after the crucifixion (as mainstream Muslims teach), in fact escaped from the Romans and settled in Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir and the alleged location of Christ's tomb. After an account of the life of the movement's founder, Ghulam Mirza Ahmad, Valentine discusses the history of the Ahmadis, their proselytization strategies, the role of mosques and madrasas, the position of women within the religion, and the Ahmadis' doctrine of a peaceful jihad.

Editorial Reviews

Choice

Valentine's work may be considered the most reliable introduction to the Ahmadiyya currently available... Highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231700948
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/14/2008
Series:
Columbia/Hurst Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Francis Robinson

The Ahmadiyya Jama'at is a very personal book, written from the position of a participant observer. It is the first accessible study of this Muslim community and is comprehensive in its coverage of their history, beliefs, and current existence. Simon Ross Valentine offers an inside view that will be of value to non-Muslims working with Muslims, and it is a view given with great respect.

Meet the Author

Simon Ross Valentine is a lecturer in religious studies at Bradford University.

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