Islam: The Straight Path / Edition 4

Islam: The Straight Path / Edition 4

by John L. Esposito
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195396006

ISBN-13: 9780195396003

Pub. Date: 07/02/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press

"This is an excellent, comprehensive, and highly accessible introduction to Islam and its civilization; Muslims and their societies in the pre-modern to the modern period; and contemporary intellectual and Political trends. In my opinion, it really is the single best introduction to Islam and Muslims today. The book keeps getting better and better with each new

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"This is an excellent, comprehensive, and highly accessible introduction to Islam and its civilization; Muslims and their societies in the pre-modern to the modern period; and contemporary intellectual and Political trends. In my opinion, it really is the single best introduction to Islam and Muslims today. The book keeps getting better and better with each new edition!"-Asma Afsaruddin, University of Notre Dome" "I have to commend OUP for its commitment to revising and updating this important book. Esposito writes in a lucid, accessible, and direct style that allows the book to be an excellent introduction for novice students. Esposito illustrates the rare ability of being comprehensive without being reductive."-Fabe Armanios, Middlebury College" "Now in a new edition, this exceptionally successful survey text introduces the faith, belief, and practice of Islam from its earliest origins up to its contemporary resurgence. John L. Esposito, an internationally renowned expert on Islam, traces the development of this dynamic faith and its impact on world history and politics. Lucidly written and expansive in scope, Islam: The Straight Path, Fourth Edition, provides keen insight into one of the world's least understood religions. It is ideally suited for use in courses on Islam, comparative religions, and Middle Eastern history and culture." "New To The Fourth Edition" "-A revised Chapter 5,"Religion and Politics," provides more focused and up-to-date coverage of Osama bin Laden's influence and the continued growth of extremism; the relationship of Islam to violence; the meaning ofjihad and the origins of a global jihad ideology; the role of suicide bombing; and the influence of Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi Islam." "-An updated Chapter 6,"The Struggle for Islam in the Twenty-First Century," covers Muslim responses to new social and political contexts and presents the diverse and competing positionsûfrom traditionalist to modernistûof contemporary Muslim leaders on issues of religious authority, women's rights, Shariah, violence, and terrorism." "-More extensive treatment of early Islam in Chapters 1 and 2" "-An enhanced art program featuring twenty-one photos and three maps" "-A new appendix that includes an extensive timeline of key events in the history of Islam" -A FREE 6-month subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online (oxfordislamic studies.com), edited by John 1. Esposito. Please look inside for details.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195396003
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/02/2010
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
127,531
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1 Muhammad and the Quran: Messenger and Message 1

Muhammad and the Muslim Community 2

Muhammad and the West 16

The Quran: The Word of God 19

Conclusion 34

2 The Muslim Community in History 36

Muhammad and the Medinan State 36

The Caliphate (632-1258) 40

Islam and the West: The Crusades and Muslim Response to Militant Christianity 61

The Sultanate Period: Medieval Muslim Empires 65

Islam in the West 73

3 Religious Life: Belief and Practice 85

Theology 85

Islamic Law 92

Popular Religion 124

4 Modern Islamic Reform Movements 141

From Imperial Islam to Islamic Revivalism 141

Revivalism in Islam 142

Modern Islamic Movements 152

Conclusion 184

5 Religion and Politics 187

The Islamic Resurgence 187

Ideological Worldview of Revivalism 193

A Quiet Revolution 233

Osama Bin Laden and Global Terrorism 235

The Globalization and Hijacking of Jihad 235

Sayyid Qutb: Martyr of Islamic Radicalism 237

The Making of a Terrorist and his Global Jihad 240

Terrorists and Suicide Bombing 242

Conclusion 247

6 The Struggle for Islam in the Twenty-First Century 250

The Struggle in Islam: The Debate 250

The Bifurcation of Society 251

The Ulama and Reform 252

Tradition: Anchor or Albatross? 254

A Spectrum of Reformers and Approaches 256

Cyberspace and High-Tech Islam 261

Critical Areas of Islamic Reform 266

The Challenge of Religious Pluralism 276

Global Muslim Multifaith and Intercivilizational Initiatives 279

The Challenge of Pluralism for Western Secular Democracies 282

Conclusion 291

Timeline 296

Glossary 309

Select Bibliography 313

Index 324

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