This comprehensive guide offers an informative and insightful introduction to Islam both as a religion and as a political-economic force. It tells the story of Muhammad—and the rise of Islam; outlines the sacred book, the Koran; explains "the five pillars of faith"; explores the interplay between religion and government; describes the differences that divide Islam; and, above all, shows the influence of Islam on world affairs. This second revised edition provides crucial new material on the Islamic community today, including discussion of the Gulf War and the Salman Rushdie affair; the rise and ebb of fundamentalist fervor in Iran, Algeria, and elsewhere; and the relationships among different factions of the Islamic faith. There are also updated descriptions of internal politics in Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, and other Islamic nations. Complete with glossary, bibliography. and index, Understanding Islam is engrossing, essential reading for both students and all who seek a clearer understanding of the world in which we live.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of ContentsAuthor's Note
Chapter One: Basic Beliefs and Practices
Chapter Two: The Prophet Muhammad
Chapter Three: The Koran
Chapter Four: Law and Government in Islam
Chapter Five: The Advance of Islam
Chapter Six: Schism and Mysticism
Chapter Seven: The Islamic Community Today
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This book is very easy to read and understand. I found it gets right to the point in a way that I was looking for. It gave me insight into the religion in a factual way but also an emotional way. It help to sort out the different sects beliefs and history. I would recommend this book to anyone. Even if it was writen in several years ago it is still very relivant today.
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