A Brief Guide to Islam: History, Faith and Politics: The Complete Introduction

A Brief Guide to Islam: History, Faith and Politics: The Complete Introduction

by Paul Grieve

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Exploring the beliefs, history and politics of the ordinary people of Muslim countries, Grieve cuts through the complexities as he examines all aspects of Islam. He also addresses the big issues: can Islam support true democracy? Is true democracy what the West really wants for Muslim countries or are we merely seeking a cover of legitimacy for a policy of 'might is right'?

Paul Grieve is an unbeliever - he is not a born-again Muslim, a proselytizer or a frustrated desert romantic. His aim is to inform. The result is an accessible but never simplistic guide that challenges
stereotypical views, from women and banking to war and Malcolm X.

Complete with advice for visitors to Muslim countries, and with carefully chosen primary sources, maps and illustrations, this is the ideal summary for the reader looking for an unbiased overview of the religious and political world issues that have become part of our everyday lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472107558
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 02/07/2013
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Paul Grieve spent five years at the Mosquée de Paris and then at Cairo universities study

Table of Contents

A Stroll Through the City of God1
1In the Beginning6
IMuslims, Christians and Jews: Similarities6
IIMuslims, Christians and Jews: Differences11
IIIThe Torah, the Bible and the Qur'an14
IVThe Nature of Islam17
VThe Divide: Islam Misunderstood21
2The Coming of the Prophet28
IEarly History28
IIIslam and the Torah32
IIIThe Judeo-Christian Prophets and the Qur'an34
The Messenger Isa37
IVThe Life of Muhammad40
Islamic Dating53
Appendix 1The Constitution of Medina72
Appendix 2Muhammad's Wives76
3The Fundamentals of Faith79
IThe Noble Qur'an79
The Mysterious Letters84
Qur'an Reciters92
IIThe Hadith and the Sunna of the Prophet94
IIIThe Five Pillars of Islam98
The Perils of the Pilgrimage120
IVThe Commandments of Islam121
At the Heart of Faith125
Appendix 1Examples of Secure Hadiths from al-Bukhari and Muslim129
Appendix 2Surah 1, Al-Fatiha (The Opening)130
Appendix 3Common Arabic Expressions Invoking the Name of God131
Appendix 4The Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of Allah133
Appendix 5Muhammad's Farewell Sermon135
4Islam in the Modern World138
IThe Spread of Islam138
The Battle of Yarmuk142
Islam in Medieval Europe148
The Crusades through Arab Eyes151
IIIslam beyond the Empire155
IIIThe Arrival of the West in Dar al-Islam157
IVThe Great War and the Cairo Conference158
Piracy on the Tyne159
VIslam in the Modern World163
Hiro as Hero187
11th September 2001191
VIMuslim Communities in the West194
AppendixThe Balfour Declaration204
5The Practice of Islam205
IFaith without Priests, Feasts without Sacraments205
IIUnderstanding Shariah213
Fatwas in modern times216
IIISocial Prohibitions246
The Queen Boat250
IVWomen in Islam252
VIslamic Banking257
Shariah banking in Pakistan261
6The Development of Islam266
IMovements within Islam266
The Death of the Imam al-Husayn, Prince of Martyrs268
That Turbulent Priest286
The Oppressed and the Martyrs292
The Life and Times of Brother X304
IIWhat is a Fundamentalist?306
IIIThe Future315
Powerless in Gaza327
Under the Lid335
7Travelling in Dar al-Islam338
ICulture, Religion and Social Progress338
IIGod Without an Image341
IIIMosque Architecture346
IVThe Harams349
The Mysterious Ending of al-Hakim bi-amr Allah359
VTen Treasures of Islam364
VIThirty-five Famous Muslims370
VIIFace to Face397
AppendixExcerpt from The Life of Muhammad404

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