Introduction to Islam for Jews

ISBN-10: 0827608640
ISBN-13: 9780827608641
Edition: 2008
Authors: Reuven Firestone
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
Publication date: 5/19/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Helping Jews understand Islam--a reasoned and candid view Muslim-Jewish relations in the United States, Israel, and Europe are tenuous. Jews and Muslims struggle to understand one another and know little about each other's traditions and beliefs. Firestone explains the remarkable similarities and profound differences between Judaism and Islam, the complex history of Jihad, the legal and religious positions of Jews in the world of Islam, how various expressions of Islam (Sunni, Shi`a, Sufi, Salafi, etc.) regard Jews, the range of Muslim views about Israel, and much more. He addresses these issues and others with candor and integrity, and he writes with language, symbols, and ideas that make sense to Jews. Exploring these subjects in today's vexed political climate is a delicate undertaking. Firestone draws on the research and writings of generations of Muslim, Jewish, and other scholars, as well as his own considerable expertise in this field. The book's tone is neither disparaging, apologetic, nor triumphal. Firestone provides many original sources in translation, as well as an appendix of additional key sources in context. Most importantly, this book is readable and reasoned, presenting to readers for the first time the complexity of Islam and its relationship toward Jews and Judaism.

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Survey of Islamic History
Why an Introduction to Islam Specifically for Jews?
Arabs and Israelites
Pre-Islamic Origins
The Emergence of Islam
Muhammad and the Jews of Medina
The Death of the Prophet and the Expansion of the Community
The Conquests
The Caliphal Dynasties
The Decline of the Muslim World
God, The Qur'an, and Islamic Law
God
The Five Doctrines or "Pillars of Faith"
The Evolution of a Formal Theology
The Qur'an
The Interpretive Tradition
The Prophetic Record
Islamic Law
The Workings of Shari'a
The Umma: Islam in Practice
The Umma and The Caliphate
The Five Pillars of Islam
A Sixth Pillar? Jihad
The Range of Practice among Muslims
Sufism
The Shi'a
Mosque and Clergy
The Calendar
The Muslim Life-Cycle
Personal Observance
Epilogue
Endnotes
Islam and Judaism: Some Related Religious Terminology
Glossary
Bibliography
Scriptural Index: Verses from the Qur'an and the Bible
Subject Index

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