Introduction to Islam

ISBN-10: 013814477X
ISBN-13: 9780138144777
Edition: 4th 2011
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Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 1/4/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

The author's extensive field work, experience, and scholarship combined with his engaging writing style and passion for the subject sets this text apart. An Introduction to Islam, Fourth Edition, provides students with a thorough and unified topical introduction to the global religious community of Islam. It places Islam within a cultural, political, social, and religious context and examines its connections with Judeo-Christian morals. The text's integration of the doctrinal and devotional elements of Islam enables students to see how Muslims think and liveengendering understanding and breaking down stereotypes.An Introduction to Islam, Fourth Editionalso reviews pre-Islamic history so students can see how Islam developed historically

Preface
A General Introduction to Islam's Basic Teachings and Practices
Religion and Common Life in the Pre-Islamic Near East
Early Civilizations and the Origins of Judaism and Christianity
Egypt the Land
Mesopotamia the Land
The Origins of Judaism
Abraham
Moses
Later Religious Development
The Prophets
From Ancient Israelite Religion to Judaism
Awaiting God's Messiah
Jesus of Nazareth
Paul
Christianity
Christianity and Judaism
Pre-Islamic Arabia: Beliefs, Values, Way of Life
Pre-Islamic Arabia
Social Structure and Economy
Poetry
Pre-Islamic Religion
The Coming of Islam: The Prophet, His People, and God's Religion
Muhammad and the Early Muslim Community
Before Muhammad
Muhammad the Person
Muhammad the Prophet
The Qur'an
The First Muslims
The Development of Islam
The Qur'an's Divine Message
The Hijra
Muhammad's Later Life
Muhammad's Personal Life
The Arab Conquests and Islamic Rule: The Struggle for a Unified Umma
Muhammad's Heirs
The Muslims' Foreign Conquests
Early Muslim Governments and the Spread of the Umma
Two Approaches to Politics and Rule
The Spread of the Islamic Empire
The Abbasids
Other Muslim Peoples
Islam's Achievements
The Islamic Religious System
The Basic Beliefs and Worship Practices of Islam
The Five Doctrines of Islamic Faith
The Five Acts of Worship
Purification
Ritual Impurity
The Pillars of Islam
The Nature and Function of the Qur'an
Language, Format, and Chronology
Recitation and Ritual Observances
Contents and Nature of the Qur'an
Interpretation of the Qur'an
The "Inimitability" of the Qur'an
The Prophet's Sunna as Preserved in the Hadith
Muhammad and Scripture
The Form of the Had?th
Major Collections of Had?th
The Prophet's and His Companions' Sunnas
Muhammad as an Ideal Human
Muslim Creeds and Theologies: Their Purposes and Varieties
Theology
Islamic Theology
Theological Issues
The Place of Reason
The Mu'tazilite Rationalists
Mu'tazilite Thought
Three Muslim Creeds
Orthodox Kal?m and the Challenge of Philosophy
Law and the State in Classical Islamic Formulations
Islam as a Way of Life
The Shari'a and Fiqh
The Qur'an and the Law
The Legal Scholars
Schools of Law
The Five Principles
Sunni Law Schools
Shi'iLaw Schools
Islamic Political Institutions: Forms, Functions, and Theories
Islamic Law and the State in the Present Era
The Sufi Way of Mysticism and Fellowship
Islamic Mysticism and the Disciplines of Esoteric Piety
Sufism
Asceticism in Early Islamic Contexts
Sufi Symbolism
Sufism as an Esoteric Discipline: The Tariqa or Way
Al-Junayd and Sober Sufism
Antinomian Sufism
Intoxicated Sufism; Al-Hallaj
States and Stations
Al-Ghazadli and the Reconciliation of Shari'aand Tariqa
Masters and Disciples: The Forms and Functions of Sufi Orders
The Rise of Sufi Orders
Shaykhs and Faqirs: The Master-Disciple Relationship
The Qadiri Order: Islam's Major International Sufi Brotherhood
Other Classic Sufi Orders
Jalal al-Din al-Rumi and the Mawlawis
Rumi's Poetry
The Silsila or Spiritual Lineage
Dhikr and Sama': Remembrance and the Spiritual Concert
Sufi Theosophy: The Thought of Ibn 'Arabi
Patterns of Islamic Personal and Communal Life
The Islamic Life Cycle and the Family
Islamic Domestic Rites, Ceremonies, and Customs
Rites of Infancy and Childhood
Marriage (Nikah)
Divorce (Talaq)
Inheritance
Property
Interest
Family Life
Food and Eating Habits
Clothing, Ornamentation, and Toilet
Death Rituals
Mourning Customs
Ideals and Realities of Islamic Community Life
The Closeness of the Community
The Mosque
The Marketplace
Public Behavior
Recreation
Official Islam
Popular Islam
The Veneration of Saints
Distinctive Shi'i Ritual Practices
Islam in the Modern World
Major Movements and Trends in Renewal and Reform
Three Phases of Islamic History
TheWahhabis
Other Reform Movements
Some Modernist Thinkers
Islam and Nationalism
Three Forms of Islamic Revival: "Fundamentalism," Feminism, and Establishing the Umma in North America
Fundamentalism
Islam and the Status of Women
Islam and Muslims in North America
Whither Islam and the Muslims? Progressive Muslims with a Vision of an "Islam without Borders"
Westoxication
Modernity and Westernization in the Post 9/11 World
Progressive Muslims
Progressive Assertiveness
An Iranian Shi'ite Muslim's Voice in Human Rights and Rational Discourse
Muslim Women Scholar-Activists
Conclusion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Glossary
Acknowledgments
Index

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