The A to Z of Islam

The A to Z of Islam

by Ludwig W. Adamec
     
 

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There is both unity and variety in the Islamic world. Muslims are not a homogeneous people who can be explained solely by their normative texts: the Koran and the Sunnah. Muslims differ vastly in their interpretation of Islam: modernists want to reinterpret Islam to adapt to the requirements of modern times while traditionalists tend to look to the

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There is both unity and variety in the Islamic world. Muslims are not a homogeneous people who can be explained solely by their normative texts: the Koran and the Sunnah. Muslims differ vastly in their interpretation of Islam: modernists want to reinterpret Islam to adapt to the requirements of modern times while traditionalists tend to look to the classical and medieval periods of Islam as their model of the Islamic state. The A to Z of Islam presents a concise overview of Islamic history, religion, philosophy, and Islamic political movements. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and cross-referenced dictionary entries, which include the biographies and thoughts of medieval thinkers, as well as those of modern members of the religious and political establishments. Articles describe the major sects, schools of theology, and jurisprudence, as well as aspects of Islamic culture. Together, this book represents a brief introduction to the field of Islamic studies.

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Booknews
Largely concentrating on influential individuals, institutions, and groups of people within Islam, Adamec (Middle Eastern studies, U. of Arizona) offers entries that discuss important historical information about Islam from its founding in the (Christian) year 610 to the current time. While brief biographies form the bulk of the material, there are also entries on philosophical and legal concepts, important geographical sites, and other pertinent information. Adamec includes a chronology of Islam that lists important events and the development of philosophical and political movements. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Journal Of Near Eastern Studies
A concise and affordable desk reference...
MESA Bulletin
...the publication of [this work] is a service to the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810871601
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/02/2009
Series:
A to Z Guide Series , #123
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Ludwig W. Adamec is professor of Middle Eastern studies at the University of Arizona and has been director of its Near Eastern Center for 10 years. He is the author of Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan (Scarecrow Press, 2003) and Historical Dictionary of Afghan Wars, Revolutions, and Insurgencies (Scarecrow Press, 2005).

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