The revised, second edition of this authoritative text provides a survey of Islamic history and thought with new chapters on intellectual thought and medieval developments. Rippin examines the elements which come together to form Islam, in particular the Qur'an and the traditions from Muhammad.
Rippin (history, U. of Victoria, British Columbia) has written a well- organized, readable text which carefully describes the religious elements of Islam. The second edition distills two volumes, to make this an ideal basic introduction for students and the general reader. Without scholarly digression into controversy, yet reflecting a knowledge of the complexities of each topic, the author describes the basic elements of Islam<-->its prehistory, the Koran, and Mohammad<--> before turning to the development of its political, theological, legal and ritual theories; the alternatives, such as Shi'ism and Sufism; the intellectual developments of the Middle Ages; the changes brought by the modern world; feminism; and future visions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
'Highly recommended. An introduction that stands out due to its comprehensive coverage from a critical historical perspective attuned to the dynamics of constructing religious identities both in the past and present. Just the right amount of challenge for undergraduate students.'- F. Volker Greifenhagen, University of Regina, Canada
'With his pedagogical clarity, critical academic approach and vast knowledge, Andrew Rippin’s book is truly an authoritative and stimulating guide. The combination of classical and contemporary sources and a large number of examples from different epochs and regions provide the reader with a thorough introduction to Islamic studies.'-Göran Larsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
"This thorough work by Rippin is one of the best short introductions to Muslim thought...this is an excellent classroom textbook. Rippin lives up to his goal to treat Islam to 'the full rigor of analysis that humanistic and social-scientific study can provide.' Summing Up: Highly recommended."G.M. Smith, Deleware County Community College, USA in Choice
Praise for previous editions:
'Probably the best general account of what Muslims believe'-Robert Irwin, The Guardian
'Provides a scholarly and yet readable introduction to the Islamic tradition. Rippin presents a complex religious tradition in a condensed, well-documented and up-to-date work.'-Roxanne D. Marcotte, Studies in Religion
'Rippin manages to give an accessible and representative overview of the doctrinal and ritual developments of Islam.'-Oliver Scharbrodt, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
Andrew Rippin is Professor of History and former Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, Canada. He specialises in Islamic Studies and has written and edited several books on Islam and the Qur'an, including Classical Islam: A Sourcebook of Religious Literature and The Islamic World (both published by Routledge).