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Understanding Islam

Thomas W Lippman

Understanding Islam

Thomas W Lippman

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"An excellent overview of the world's youngest major religion."-Los Angeles Times.

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A little over thirteen centuries ago, the prophet Muhammad converted a few Arab desert tribes to the belief in a single god, Allah, thus founding the religion of Islam. Within a century, that belief had created one of history's mightiest empires-and today Islam continues to shape events around the globe.

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 Islamis engrossing, essential reading for both students and all who seek a clearer understanding of the world in which we live.



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"An excellent overview of the world's youngest major religion."-Los Angeles Times.
- Publisher

A little over thirteen centuries ago, the prophet Muhammad converted a few Arab desert tribes to the belief in a single god, Allah, thus founding the religion of Islam. Within a century, that belief had created one of history's mightiest empires-and today Islam continues to shape events around the globe.

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 Islamis engrossing, essential reading for both students and all who seek a clearer understanding of the world in which we live.


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Table Of Contents

  • :author's Note
    introduction

    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

    glossary
    bibliography
    index

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 188246
  • Product Code 0452011604
  • EAN 9780452011601
  • Pages 208
  • Department Academic
  • Category World Religions
  • Sub-Category Islam & Muslim
  • Publisher Meridian Books
  • Publication Date Sep 1995
  • Dimensions 203 x 134 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.181kg

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