Islam: A Very Short Introduction

Islam: A Very Short Introduction

by Malise Ruthven
     
 

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Islam features widely in the news, often in its most militant versions, but few
people in the non-Muslim world really understand the nature of Islam.Malise
Ruthven's Very Short Introduction contains essential insights into issues such as
why Islam has such major divisions between movements such as the Shi'ites, the
Sunnis, and the Wahhabis, and the…  See more details below

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Islam features widely in the news, often in its most militant versions, but few
people in the non-Muslim world really understand the nature of Islam.Malise
Ruthven's Very Short Introduction contains essential insights into issues such as
why Islam has such major divisions between movements such as the Shi'ites, the
Sunnis, and the Wahhabis, and the central importance of the Shar'ia (Islamic law) in
Islamic life. It also offers fresh perspectives on contemporary questions: Why is
the greatest 'Jihad' (holy war) now against the enemies of Islam, rather than the
struggle against evil? Can women find fulfilment in Islamic societies? How mustIslam
adapt as it confronts the modern world?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Malise Ruthven's book answers the urgent need for an introduction to Islam... He addresses major isssues with clarity and directness, engages dispassionately with the disparate stereotypes and polemics on the subjects, and guides the reader surely through the urgent debates about fundamentalism."--Michael Gilsenan, New York University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191606465
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
10/23/1997
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
862,112
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Malise Ruthven is renowned as a commentator on Islam and the Arab world. A former scriptwriter with the BBC Arabic and World Services, his previous publications include Islam in the World and The Divine Supermarket: Shopping for God in America.

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