Islam

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This book is essential reading for anyone who desires a complete, balanced view of Islam beyond what appears on the nightly news, Written from a western Christian viewpoint, but with a detailed first-hand knowledge of Muslim life, Islam: Its Prophet, Peoples, Politics, and Power digs deep beneath the surface to reveal Islam as a rich, proud and powerful force in world affairs. Though Dr. Braswell's book is thorough and scholarly, his personal experiences and insights make it a practical travel guide as well. And ...

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Overview

This book is essential reading for anyone who desires a complete, balanced view of Islam beyond what appears on the nightly news, Written from a western Christian viewpoint, but with a detailed first-hand knowledge of Muslim life, Islam: Its Prophet, Peoples, Politics, and Power digs deep beneath the surface to reveal Islam as a rich, proud and powerful force in world affairs. Though Dr. Braswell's book is thorough and scholarly, his personal experiences and insights make it a practical travel guide as well. And despite the enormous scope of Islam, the book's clear organization and careful research have produced a valuable reference for ministers, missionaries, diplomats, businessmen, students and travelers.
— Historical overview of Islam
— Details of prayer rituals, social customs and traditions
— Special focus on Islam in North America
— Reference section including maps, diagrams and glossary

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Braswell, a professor of world religions who has spent much of his academic life living and teaching in Iran, tries to correct American stereotypes of Muslims in this well-balanced and judicious overview of the history and teachings of Islam. He opens with 20 questions constantly asked by modern Western society about Islam, and he structures the book around his answers, which concern the customs, practices and theology of the religion. In addition, Braswell examines in detail the intersections of a Muslim's personal and family life with his or her social life and political life. Finally, he demonstrates the ways in which Islam responds to contemporary issues like abortion and AIDS. Braswell's book should be required reading for all journalists, business people and tourists traveling to an Islamic culture. (July)
Library Journal
Structuring his book around 20 questions constantly asked about Islam, Braswell (world religions and missions, Southeastern Seminary) explores the history and development of the Islamic religion from Muhammad to the 20th century. In an even-handed manner, the author, who lived and taught in Iran for 20 years, paints an intimate portrait of the variety of ways in which the personal religious experience of Muslims informs their economic, social, and cultural lives. In addition, Braswell examines Islam's response to a number of social issues like abortion and homosexuality. A comprehensive survey that captures beautifully the living character of Islam; for all libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805411690
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/10/1996
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,413,261
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

George W. Braswell, Jr. is a professor of missions and world religions and serves as director of the D.Min. program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. A resident of Wake Forest, North Carolina, he is the author of several books including Understanding World Religions and Islam: Its Prophet, Peoples, Politics, and Power.

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