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Overview

Islam in the World has long been considered one of the best books for gaining an understanding of modern Islam. In it, Islamic-specialist Malise Ruthven presents a full overview of the religion in its historical, geographical, and social settings.

Earlier editions gave readers their first clear picture of the issues that had surfaced within Islam in the last half-century, as colonial conquest and globalization opened up Muslim countries to international scrutiny and influence. This updated edition adds a new preface and an extended afterword analyzing the major issues of today, including the impact of 9/11, the meaning of "the war on terror," and the war in Iraq. Islam in the World explains important differences within Islam that many Westerners are just beginning to learn about, including the rivalry between Sunnis and Shias, the relationship between Sufism and modern Islamism, and the debates about democracy raging throughout the Muslim World.

This invaluable overview will give readers a clear understanding of the different factors at play within modern Muslim societies, at a time when such an understanding could not be more important.

Provides an overview of the religion in its historic, political, and social setting.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An exceptionally insightful and thought-provoking introduction to Islam, explaining its basic religious beliefs, practices, and institutions as well as discussing its impact on...Muslim life today."--John L. Esposito (on the previous edition)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195305036
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 991,488
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Malise Ruthven is a writer and consultant on Middle Eastern affairs. He lives in the United Kingdom.

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Table of Contents

1 Introductory : pilgrimage to Makka 1
2 Muhammad the model 26
3 The Quranic world-view 80
4 Law and disorder 122
5 Sects and solidarity 174
6 Spiritual renewal 219
7 Challenge from the West 282
8 Afterword (2005) 352
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