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Vision of Islam [NOOK Book]

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This is one of the best introductions to Islam for a Western audience. The authors present a comprehensive study beginning with the revealed truths in the faith and expanding in ever-widening circles to embrace the whole vision of Islam.

Something is lost when Western thinkers approach Islam. They seem to see the religion in historical and cultural terms, obscuring Islam's own internal logic and its true beauty and spirituality. This clearly ...
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Vision of Islam

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Overview

This is one of the best introductions to Islam for a Western audience. The authors present a comprehensive study beginning with the revealed truths in the faith and expanding in ever-widening circles to embrace the whole vision of Islam.

Something is lost when Western thinkers approach Islam. They seem to see the religion in historical and cultural terms, obscuring Islam's own internal logic and its true beauty and spirituality. This clearly written introduction to Islam changes that, vividly explaining the Islamic perspectives that have rung true for Muslims for nearly 1400 years.

The book covers the four dimensions of Islam as outlined in the Hadith of Gabriel: practice, faith, spirituality, and the Islamic view of history. Drawing on the Koran, the sayings of the Prophet and the great authorities of the tradition, the text introduces the essentials of each dimension and then shows how it has been embodied in Islamic institutions throughout history.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice - M. Swartz
"This lucid and compelling account of Islam is written from what might be called a phenomenological perspective. Because its principal aim is to present Islam as a living faith from a Muslim perspective as reflected in the classical texts of the tradition, Murata and Chittick (comparative studies, SUNY, Stony Brook) go to some length to differentiate their work from the numerous historical, critically oriented introductions to Islam that have appeared over the last several decades.... The book i
George Washington University - Seyyed Hossein Nasr
“This work is one of the most successful introductions to Islam for a Western audience. A comprehensive study, which beginning from within the precinct of the revealed truths of the faith expands in ever widening circles to embrace the whole vision of Islam.”
Harvard University - William A. Graham
“This is a book that every introductory course on Islam should attempt to incorporate. It describes and elucidates extremely well the integrity and coherence of Muslim faith and piety and how they relate to practice and culture.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013766020
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Series: Vision of Reality , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 872,916
  • File size: 800 KB

Meet the Author

SACHIKO MURATA is professor of religious studies in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Stony Brook University, and author of The Tao of Islam: A Sourcebook on Gender Relationships in Islamic Thought; Chinese Gleams of Sufi Light; and The Sage Learning of Liu Zhi: Islamic Thought in Confucian Terms.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    A very good book a must read especially for Muslims growing up in the west and students of comparative religion.

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