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Islam Beliefs and Observances

ISBN-10: 0764122266

ISBN-13: 9780764122262

Edition: 7th 2003

Authors: Caesar E. Farah

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Updated in a new edition, this timely study encompasses the history of an important worldwide religion, starting with its seventh-century Arabian prophet, Muhammad, and going on to describe Islam as it exists today. In this new edition, the author provides detailed information on the present days most militant sects and their power centers in countries that include Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and Indonesia, among others. He also offers a post-September 11th analysis of motivations that inspire some extremist Islamic factions to commit terrorist acts, describes the policies and acts of Western nations that have contributed to antagonism, and describes strategies being developed by the United States and its allies toward the Islamic world in general and terrorism in particular. The author explains theQuran, Islams Holy Scripture, and describes Islamic theology, pointing out its many connections with Judaism and Christianity. He describes the core of Islamic beliefs and obligations as they apply to each believer, and discusses the religions several most important sects. Islams history is broken down according to the countries where it exists as a major political and social force. The text is supplemented with endnotes, a comprehensive glossary, a bibliography, and an index.
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List price: $18.99
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Preface to the Seventh Editionp. viii
Preface to the First Editionp. ix
An Introduction to Islamp. 1
The Setting in Arabiap. 16
The Landp. 16
The Peoplep. 17
Traditionp. 19
Tradep. 21
Valuesp. 22
Religionp. 26
Jewish Settlementsp. 28
Christian Elementsp. 29
Evidence of Transformationp. 31
Muhammad the Prophetp. 35
The Rolep. 35
His Ministryp. 39
Oppositionp. 42
The Hijrahp. 46
The Commonwealthp. 48
The Struggle with the Qurayshp. 49
The Break with the Jewsp. 51
The Submission of Meccap. 54
The Submission of Arabiap. 57
The Farewell Messagep. 58
Muhammad the Manp. 61
The Genius in Himp. 61
His Personal Assetsp. 66
Marital Lifep. 67
His Status as Prophetp. 69
Versatility of the Messagep. 73
Foundations of Islam: The Qur'anp. 79
Conceptionp. 80
Arrangementp. 82
Stylep. 84
Biblical Affinitiesp. 86
The Meccan Periodp. 89
The Medinan Periodp. 92
Affinity with the Scripturesp. 93
Muhammad's Logicp. 96
Codificationp. 97
Exegesisp. 100
Translationp. 101
The Fundamentals of Islam: Beliefsp. 104
The "Shahadah"p. 104
"Al-Islam"p. 105
Allahp. 108
Cosmologyp. 112
The "Commandments"p. 113
Eschatologyp. 115
Predetermination and Free Willp. 119
The Fundamentals of Islam: Obligationsp. 126
Moral Obligationsp. 126
Ceremonial Obligationsp. 134
Shahadahp. 135
Salahp. 135
Zakahp. 142
Sawmp. 144
Hajjp. 145
Solidarity Through Institutional Unityp. 151
The Accident of Circumstancep. 152
The Caliphatep. 154
Jihadp. 158
The Shari'ah and Fiqhp. 159
The Sunnahp. 161
'Adatp. 165
The Familyp. 165
Social Institutional Observancesp. 166
Feastsp. 169
The "Public Good"p. 170
The Calendarp. 171
Economic Factorsp. 171
Heterodoxy and Orthodoxyp. 174
Kharijitesp. 175
Shi'itesp. 177
Isma'ilisp. 179
Qarmatiansp. 181
Assassinsp. 182
Druzesp. 183
Nusayrisp. 186
Matawilahp. 188
Zaydisp. 189
Shi'ah Extremismp. 190
Sunnismp. 190
The Corpus of Traditionp. 191
Ijma'p. 192
Qiyasp. 193
Madhahibp. 194
Hanafitep. 195
Malikitep. 196
Shafi'itep. 197
Hanbalitep. 199
Formalism and free Expressionp. 202
Outside Influencesp. 202
Classification of Schools of Thoughtp. 206
Murji'ites versus Qadaritesp. 207
Mu'tazilitesp. 208
Ash'arismp. 211
Sufismp. 214
Sufi Views Concerning the Journey to God and on Love and Beautyp. 219
Acceptance by Orthodoxyp. 255
Sufi Organization and Ordersp. 228
"Medievalism" and the Dawn of "Renaissance"p. 234
The "Medieval" Erap. 235
Wahhabismp. 237
Challenge to Reformp. 241
"Modernism"p. 243
Reformed "Traditionalism"p. 247
The Indian Reformist Movementp. 250
Radical Departuresp. 255
The Trend Towards Eclecticismp. 256
The Ahmadiyahp. 256
Babism and Baha'ismp. 259
The Role of Extra-Shari'ah Legislationp. 263
Islamic Resiliencep. 268
Islam in Southeastern Asiap. 269
Malaysiap. 269
Singaporep. 272
Indonesiap. 273
Thailandp. 281
Cambodiap. 282
Vietnamp. 284
Philippinesp. 285
Other Asian Countriesp. 289
Survival in Chinap. 292
Islam in the Former Soviet Unionp. 301
Islamic Dynamismp. 309
Islam in Africap. 309
Reasons for Gainp. 315
Islam in Americap. 321
"Bilalian" Islamp. 328
Malcolm X's Discovery of Mainline Islamp. 331
Islam in Europep. 336
Islam in Transitionp. 346
Indiap. 346
Pakistanp. 353
Myanmar (Burma)p. 356
Sri Lankap. 358
Afghanistanp. 360
Economic Advantages to the United States and Afghanistanp. 368
Shi'ah and Sunni in Iraqp. 369
Reassertion of Islam in Turkeyp. 372
"Islamization" of Sudan's Politicsp. 377
Swing of the Pendulum in Algeriap. 381
Islamist Gains in Tunisiap. 384
Current Trendsp. 388
The Challenge of the Islamic Revolution in Iranp. 390
Political Implications of Islamic Activismp. 393
The Islamic Anti-Israel Resistance Movementsp. 395
Reinforcing Moroccan Islamp. 397
Countering Islamic Militancy in Egyptp. 399
Fundamentalism and Secularismp. 404
Reinvigoration of Islamic Morality and Intellectp. 407
Islamic Humanismp. 411
Women and the Familyp. 414
Perspectives on Activist Islamp. 420
A Christian Evangelical View of Islamp. 420
What Are the Perceived Notions?p. 421
The Domestic Factorp. 422
Misuse of "Fundamentalism"p. 423
Patterns of Islamic Responsesp. 426
Explaining Islamic Activismp. 426
Watersheds for Islamic Activistsp. 429
The Tragic Events of September 11, 2001p. 430
An Appeal for Moderation?p. 433
Hatred of America as a Factorp. 436
Can Violence Be Avoided?p. 441
Questioning the Need for Violencep. 442
Excerpts of bin Laden's Statementp. 447
The Challenge to Western Hegemonyp. 448
Sociopolitical Islam: An Alternative?p. 452
Footnotesp. 457
Glossaryp. 473
Recommended Readingp. 482
Indexp. 495
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