Islam

Overview

With more than a billion followers worldwide, Islam is the second-largest religion and at the forefront of discussions concerning religious matters. Islam, Fourth Edition outlines the religion's founding by the prophet Muhammad, its different sects, and how it continues to grow and thrive throughout the world. The volume dispels the myths and mysteries surrounding Islam and provides readers with a modern understanding of this often misinterpreted faith.

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Overview

With more than a billion followers worldwide, Islam is the second-largest religion and at the forefront of discussions concerning religious matters. Islam, Fourth Edition outlines the religion's founding by the prophet Muhammad, its different sects, and how it continues to grow and thrive throughout the world. The volume dispels the myths and mysteries surrounding Islam and provides readers with a modern understanding of this often misinterpreted faith.

Almost from the start of civilization more than 10,000 years ago, religion has shaped human history. Today more than half the world's population adhere to a major religion or indigenous spiritual tradition. In societies throughout the world, increasing ethnic and cultural diversity has led to a variety of religions being practiced side by side. This makes it vital that we understand as much as we can about the world's religions.

Rigorously nonsectarian, the books in the World Religions series offer clear, accessible overviews of the major religious traditions of our time, including

Geographical distribution

Origins and history

Central beliefs, rituals, and sacred sites

Contributions to world civilization

Carefully chosen photographs complement the text, and sidebars, a map, fact file, glossary, bibliography, further reading, and index are included to help readers gain a more complete understanding of the subject at hand.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604131093
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: World Religions Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Modern Islamic World 8

Chapter 2 Muhammad and the Founding of Islam 16

Chapter 3 The Spread of Islam 34

Chapter 4 Quran, Hadith, and the Law 52

Chapter 5 The Variety of Religious Life in Islam 66

Chapter 6 Muslim Ritual Life 84

Chapter 7 The Patterns of Islamic Life 98

Chapter 8 Islam and the Modern World 116

Fact File and Bibliography 138

Further Reading and Web Sites 139

Glossary 140

Index 142

About the Author and Series Editors 144

Picture Credits 144

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