Introduction to Islam

ISBN-10: 0023285192

ISBN-13: 9780023285196

Edition: 2nd 1994 (Revised)

Authors: Frederick M. Denny

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Frederick M. Denny's extensive fieldwork, experience, and scholarship, combined with his engaging writing style and passion for the subject, sets An Introduction to Islam, Third Edition apart. This text provides students with a thorough and unified topical introduction to the global religious community of Islam. It places Islam within a cultural, historical, political, social, and religious context and examines its connections with Jewish and Christian teachings and practices. The text's integration of the doctrinal and devotional elements of Islam enables students to see how Muslims think and live engendering understanding and breaking down stereotypes. An Introduction to Islam also reviews pre-Islamic Near Eastern religious history so students can see how Islam developed within an extended family of similar traditions. The third edition has a brand new chapter, "Whither Islam and the Muslims? Progressive Muslims with a Vision of an 'Islam without Borders'." This chapter focuses on Islam and Muslims in the post-9/11 world. Book jacket.
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List price: $79.80
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 7/12/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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
Later Religious Development
The Prophets
From Ancient Israelite Religion to Judaism
Awaiting God's Messiah
Jesus of Nazareth
Christianity and Judaism
Pre-Islamic Arabia: Beliefs, Values, Way of Life
Pre-Islamic Arabia: Beliefs, Values, Way of Life
Social Structure and Economy
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
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 Hadith
Major Collections of Hadith
The Prophet's and His Companions' Sunnas
Muhammad as an Ideal Human
Muslim Creeds and Theologies: Their Purposes and Varieties
Islamic Theology
Theological Issues
The Place of Reason
The Mu'tazilite Rationalists
Mu'tazilite Thought
Three Muslim Creeds
Orthodox Kalam 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'i Law Schools
Islamic Political Institutions: Forms, Functions, and Theories
The Sufi Way of Mysticism and Fellowship
Islamic Mysticism and the Disciplines of Esoteric Piety
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-Ghazali and the Reconciliation of Shari'a and 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)
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
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
The Wahhabis
Other Reform Movements
Some Modernist Thinkers
Islam and Nationalism
Three Forms of Islamic Revival: "Fundamentalism," Feminism, and Establishing the Umma in North America
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"
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
Suggestions for Further Reading
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