Recent incidents in the United States have drawn much attention towards Islam and its followers. Unfortunately, these incidents combined with the public's lack of knowledge about Islam and its intellectual heritage have caused many to view Islam in a negative light. In Islam Beyond Terrorists and Terrorism, Dr. Iftekhar Mahmood provides readers with a brief introduction to the life and contributions of the most influential Muslims throughout history. Dr. Mahmood details the lives of various Muslim scholars, scientists, philosophers, writers, politicians, rulers, religious figures, and military commanders, in an effort to educate both Muslims and non-Muslims.
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About the Author
Iftekhar Mahmood, Ph.D. is Senior Clinical Pharmacology/Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics Reviewer at the Food and Drug Administration.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 A Brief History of Islam Chapter 4 Khalid Bin Walid Chapter 5 Hasan al-Basri Chapter 6 Mohammad Bin Qasim Chapter 7 Abu Hanifa Chapter 8 Abd-ar Rahman I Chapter 9 Jabir Ibn Hayyan Chapter 10 Al-Jahiz Chapter 11 Ibn Hanbal Chapter 12 Al-Khwarizmi Chapter 13 Al-Mamun Chapter 14 Al-Kindi Chapter 15 Ibn Junayd Chapter 16 Al-Tabari Chapter 17 Al-Battani Chapter 18 Al-Razi Chapter 19 Al-Ashari Chapter 20 Al-Farabi Chapter 21 Al-Masudi Chapter 22 Abd-ar Rahman III Chapter 23 Firdowsi Chapter 24 Abu al-Wefa Chapter 25 Al-Haytham Chapter 26 Mahmud Ghaznavi Chapter 27 Al-Biruni Chapter 28 Ibnsina Chapter 29 Ibn Hazm Chapter 30 Nizam al-Mulk Tusi Chapter 31 Alp Arslan Chapter 32 Omar Khayyam Chapter 33 Al-Ghazali Chapter 34 Yusuf Ibn Tashfin Chapter 35 Ibn Tumart Chapter 36 Ibn Zuhr Chapter 37 Abd al-Mumin Chapter 38 Ibn Bajjah Chapter 39 Al-Idrisi Chapter 40 Ibn Tufyl Chapter 41 Ibn Rushd Chapter 42 Salahuddin Ayubi Chapter 43 Moinuddin Chishti Chapter 44 Fakhr al-Din Razi Chapter 45 Suharawardi Chapter 46 Altamsh Chapter 47 Al-Arabi Chapter 48 Saadi Chapter 49 Rumi Chapter 50 Baybars Chapter 51 Ibn Taymiyya Chapter 52 Mahmud Ghazan Chapter 53 Mansa Musa Chapter 54 Ibn Battutah Chapter 55 Hafiz Chapter 56 Ibn Khaldun Chapter 57 Timur Chapter 58 Jami Chapter 59 Mehmed II Chapter 60 Muhammad Askia Chapter 61 Babur Chapter 62 Suleyman the Magnificient Chapter 63 Akbar Chapter 64 Shah Abbas I Chapter 65 Shahjahan Chapter 66 Abd-al Wahhab Chapter 67 Siraj Ad-Dawalah Chapter 68 Tipu Sultan Chapter 69 Mirza Ghalib Chapter 70 Abd al-Qadir Chapter 71 Sir Syed Ahmed Khan Chapter 72 Muhammad Ahmad al-Mahdi Chapter 73 Mohammad Abduh Chapter 74 Jinnah Chapter 75 Iqbal Chapter 76 Ibn Saud Chapter 77 Ataturk Chapter 78 Sukarno Chapter 79 Khomeini Chapter 80 Faisal Chapter 81 Nasir Chapter 82 Sadat Chapter 83 Mujib ur-Rahman Chapter 84 Bibliography Chapter 85 Index
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The cardinal error the author has made is omitted the heart of Islam by not including sketches of the Prophet Muhammad himself, the first four rightly guided caliphs and the companions of the prophets, the four schools of thought (the four Imams). Also, conspicuous by their absence are the authors of the six authentic hadith (traditions)compilation. Instead, he saw it fit to add alcoholics and nominal Muslims like the debauched Mughal emperors, Mirza Ghalib and the British sycophant ,Jinnah. Personalities are important in Islam, but more important are philosophies and practice of Islam and it's appeal to universal values.
In the 'Biographies of the Most Influential Muslims', the author's analytical and critical thinking towards Islam and Muslims encompasses through the eyes of the history, shows breadth and depth, and throws inspirational insights into the Islamic world. These biographies written in a historical background are concise and make this book interesting and entertaining. These life sketches also encourage people to a supreme way of life building. This is a must read book for the Muslims to embrace and cherish their heritage and to the non-Muslims to recognize the contributions of the Muslims to the world. The book is also an eye opener for the western world. The book directs unity and global growth of mutual understanding and teaches both the Muslims and non-Muslims to understand each other for a greater universal harmony.
Greatness in their souls, sublime visions, outstanding inner strength, and determination characterized these influential Muslims who dedicated their lives and energies in search of knowledge. The life of each individual has universal appeal, enlightening and challenging to all human beings. Their endless efforts in pursuit of higher knowledge radiate highest qualities and possibilities in human beings. It is beneficial for every one to study these remarkable individuals and be inspired and strengthened and have one¿s focus directed towards noble causes. This book is not only a celebration for Muslims but it stretches every reader¿s mind beyond imagination. These biographies depict the open mindedness and progressive thinking of these pioneers indicating that the survival and progress of nations depend on their ability to learn from other cultures and religions. This is a balanced book written with good intentions for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
This book fills the gap in the long line of titles published after 9/11. The author carefully selected the most important personalities in the Islamic world, and provided their abreviated biographies. These biographies of the most influential Muslims were written with a lay reader like myself in mind. The book reads very well and an extensive index permits easy cross referencing. Its educational value can be fully appreciated by a reader intersted but not fully versed in the history of Islam.
Terrorists and terrorism seemed to be today's focus in the news and the entire world is contemplating, questioning, and worrying about how much more people have to suffer from such fear or loss. The biographies depicted in 'Islam Beyond Terrorists and Terrorism' offers great interest to the world. The contents will undoubtedly correct misunderstanding and fear towards this religion. The life skecthes are exceptionally concise and distinctive. Such greatness of mind and establishment capture the eyes of people who are ignorant of such intelligence and mastery of subjects in the Islamic world. Through this book, especially with the preface and introduction, the author attempts to promote progressive, constructive, free and intellectual thinking in the Islamic world. He condemns ignorance and close mindedness of certain groups in the Islamic world. In additon, he criticizes the corrupt political practices in the Islamic world and advocates for a democratic political stucture.