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From the Publisher"The ideal mixture of sympathetic description and criticalanalysis. Careful not only to present the full range of Musliminterpretations of important events, movements, texts, anddoctrines, but also to provide penetrating historical assessmentsof the key issues, this is the only introductory book thatintegrates the latest scholarship on Islamic history, thecanonization of the Qur’an, and the development of hadiths.Furthermore, this integrative approach also highlights theinterconnectedness of religion, theology, law, and politics ofIslam."
Herbert Berg, University of North Carolina Wilmington
"Designed as a student-friendly textbook, Brownexplores Islam's origins, major features, and lasting influence.Brown, who has lived and taught in Egypt and Pakistan, offers botha sympathetic description and a critical analysis." (IslamicHorizons, November 2009)