“It is a splendid introduction—carefully researched and comprehensive, yet readable. It corrects many popular and erroneous notions about Islam that prevail in non-Muslim societies. For the general reader there are many profound insights of great consequence, for example, the passages on women, marriage, and inheritance, or the section on jihad, nearly always completely misunderstood in the press.
A straightforward, sympathetic account of the history and teachings of the only major religion to come into the world after Christianity. Schimmel (near Eastern languages, Harvard U.) presents a foundation for understanding the innovative sociological and political interpretations now appearing. First published in German (1990). Paper edition (unseen), $9.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)