Islam is in the news every day, the attitudes and actions of Muslims the topic of much commentary. Muslims agree that the Qur’an – Islam’s holy book – and other early writings underlie their modern-day beliefs and actions. But these important sources are very difficult for outsiders to find, read, and understand. Consider how rarely a news article or analytical essay ever quotes Islamic scripture. As a result, observers miss a critical factor as they assess current events and trends. Islam in its Own Words is meant for the interested observer, rather than the scholar. It is the product of a careful combing of the Qur’an and other authoritative Islamic works to find short passages on major topics – passages that illuminate what Islamic doctrine actually is, shorn of modern-day accusations or defenses. Islam in its Own Words is by no means an exhaustive collection of every pertinent quotation, much less a commentary on Islamic theology.