A New Introduction to Islam

A New Introduction to Islam

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by Daniel W. Brown
     
 

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The second edition of this student-friendly textbook explores the origins, major features and lasting influence of the Islamic tradition.

  • Traces the development of Muslim beliefs and practices against the background of social and cultural contexts extending from North Africa to South and Southeast Asia
  • Fully revised for the second edition, with
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The second edition of this student-friendly textbook explores the origins, major features and lasting influence of the Islamic tradition.

  • Traces the development of Muslim beliefs and practices against the background of social and cultural contexts extending from North Africa to South and Southeast Asia
  • Fully revised for the second edition, with completely new opening and closing chapters considering key issues facing Islam in the 21st century
  • Focuses greater attention on everyday practices, the role of women in Muslim societies, and offers additional material on Islam in America
  • Includes detailed chronologies, tables summarizing key information, useful maps and diagrams, and many more illustrations

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The events of September 11 and afterwards have forced us to ask questions about the nature and history of Islam. Daniel Brown's clear and authoritative book helps us to understand this world religion now at the center of controversy, discussion and debate. We may not necessarily agree with all the arguments in it, but it will enlighten us and clarify issues that we ignore at our peril." Akbar S. Ahmed, American University, Washington DC

"This excellent undergraduate textbook presents a thorough history of the Islamic faith." The Bookseller

"Brown's book is superb, one of the most lucidly organized introductions to Islam I've seen, informative and clear on all the major issues and historical events pertaining to Islam. It will prove to be a useful and practical guide for students and professors alike." Bradley Malkovsky, University of Notre Dame

"in my estimation Daniel Brown's A New Introduction to Islam is a very good beginning to an academic study of Islam. I would highly recommend it as an introductory college level textbook." Sasan Tavassoli, University of Birmingham

"Brown's book is a thoughtful and comprehensive guide to the study of the materials on and the ways of thinking about Islam." The Journal of Religion

“Easy to read, elegantly written, and at points humorous, Brown’s book bases itself solidly on the principle of critical thought, an ideal he never ceases to encourage throughout the work.” Hebert Berg, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

“Brown’s new introductory theory survey makes an excellent college textbook, as an introduction to both the religion and history of Islam and the scholarly debates currently peppering the field. Brown’s book is a thoughtful and comprehensive guide to the study of the materials on and ways of thinking about Islam.” Hebert Berg, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444357721
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/24/2011
Series:
Wiley Desktop Editions
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
832,830
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Daniel W. Brown has lived in Egypt and in Pakistan, where he spent his first 18 years. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, at the Institute of Islamic Culture in Lahore and at Cairo University, and has taught Islamic studies at Mount Holyoke, Amherst, and Smith colleges. He is the author of Rethinking Tradition in Modern Islamic Thought.

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