Islam

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Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world today. An understanding of its beliefs and practices has become essential knowledge not only for religious and political leaders but also for ordinary citizens who increasingly interact with Muslims as neighbors, coworkers, and schoolmates.

This book is designed to offer the general public a concise overview of the origins, basic beliefs, and common practices of Islam, as well as the reasons for its dramatic resurgence in recent...

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Islam: Origin and Belief

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Overview

Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world today. An understanding of its beliefs and practices has become essential knowledge not only for religious and political leaders but also for ordinary citizens who increasingly interact with Muslims as neighbors, coworkers, and schoolmates.

This book is designed to offer the general public a concise overview of the origins, basic beliefs, and common practices of Islam, as well as the reasons for its dramatic resurgence in recent times. Emory Bogle details the life mission of the prophet Muhammad and describes the spread of Islam after his death. He accounts for the rise and contemporary influence of Shi'i Islam, a topic of particular interest to Western readers. Bogle also explains the basic beliefs ("The Five Pillars") of Islam, as well as the role played by the Qur'an (Islam's scriptures), the hadith (the words and behavior of Muhammad), and the shari'a (Islamic law).

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US historian Bogle has traveled in and studied the Middle East for nearly 30 years, and has interacted with leaders and adherents of all sects of Islam. He turns all that into a concise overview for the general public of the origins, basic beliefs, and common practices of Muslims. He also details the life of Muhammad, outlines the history of the faith, and offers explanations for its recent resurgence. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292708624
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chronology
Chapter 1. Muhammad and the Origin of Islam
Chapter 2. Islamic Belief and Practice
Chapter 3. Islamic Expansion: 570 to 1517
Chapter 4. Shi'i Islam
Chapter 5. Confrontation with Modern Secularism
Chapter 6. Shi'i Response to Secularism
Notes
Select Bibliography
Glossary
Index
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