Islam

ISBN-10: 0192853899
ISBN-13: 9780192853899
Edition: 2000
Authors: Malise Ruthven
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Description: Islam features widely in the news, often in its most militant versions, but few people in the non-Muslim world really understand the nature of Islam. Malise Ruthven's Very Short Introduction contains essential insights into issues such as why Islam  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.352
Language: English

Islam features widely in the news, often in its most militant versions, but few people in the non-Muslim world really understand the nature of Islam. Malise Ruthven's Very Short Introduction contains essential insights into issues such as why Islam has such major divisions between movements such as the Shi'ites, the Sunnis, and the Wahhabis, and the central importance of the Shar'ia (Islamic law) in Islamic life. It also offers fresh perspectives on contemporary questions: Why is the greatest 'Jihad' (holy war) now against the enemies of Islam, rather than the struggle against evil? Can women find fulfilment in Islamic societies? How must Islam adapt as it confronts the modern world?

Malise Ruthven is a former editor with the BBC Arabic Service and World Service in London and is the author of Islam in the World and Islam: A Very Short Introduction.

Islam, Muslims, and Islamism
The Quran and the Prophet
Divinity Unicity
The Shar'ia and its Consequences
Women and Family
The Two Jihads
Appendix: The Five Pillars of Islam
Citations and Further Reading
Index

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