Islam for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764555030

ISBN-13: 9780764555039

Edition: 2003

Authors: Malcolm Clark

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Published in tandem with 'The Middle East For Dummies', 'Islam for Dummies' explains the history, beliefs, and broad diversity of this rich religious tradition. It covers Islam's origins, its dissemination throughout the world, and debunks popular myths and misconceptions about Islam.
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List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/2/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go From Here
Understanding the Basics
Approaching Islam
Getting an Overview of Islamic Origins
Summarizing Islamic Beliefs
Dividing into Branches
Counting the Numbers
Locating Islam on the World Map
Tracing the Path of Islamic History
The Four Rightly Guided Caliphs
The Golden Age
Bridging the Gap
Three Great Later Empires
Submitting to God
Affirming the Unity of God: Tawhid
Clarifying the Terminology: Allah Equals God
Testifying to God's Supremacy
Defining the Attributes of God
Loving and Knowing God
Invoking the 99 Names of God
What Muslims Believe
Stating the Five Essential Beliefs of Islam
Explaining the Faith to Non-Muslims
Expounding the Faith: Dealing with Difficult Faith Issues
Naming some theological issues
Rejecting Formal Creeds
Standing Before God: Heaven and Hell
Understanding Other Beings beyond God and Humans
Going to Heaven or Hell: From Life to Death to Resurrection
Envisioning Heaven and Hell
Muhammad: The Man, the Book, and Rules of Law
The Prophet: Muhammad
Setting the Stage: Arabia before Muhammad
Telling the Story of Muhammad
Thinking about Muhammad Theologically
Relating Personally to Muhammad
Searching for the Historical Muhammad
The Book: The Qur'an
Introducing the Qur'an
Hearing the Qur'an
Treating the Qur'an with Respect
Gathering and Organizing the Qur'an
The Style of the Qur'an
Interpreting the Qur'an
Using the Qur'an in Daily Life
Opening the Qur'an: The Fatiha
Islamic Tradition and Law
Imitating Muhammad
Understanding God's Law
Becoming Familiar with Muslim Daily Life
The Five Pillars of Worship: Foundations of Islam
Purification: Getting Ready for Worship
The Shahada (First Pillar): Testifying
Salat (Second Pillar): Praying
Zakat (Third Pillar): Helping the Needy
Saum (Fourth Pillar): Reflecting and Fasting
Hajj (Fifth Pillar): Making the Pilgrimage to Mecca
Observing Other Religious Rituals and Customs
Rituals Linked to the Yearly Calendar
Marking Life's Transitions
Observing Everyday Customs
Looking at Women's Rituals
Muslim Ethics: Living the Good Life
Reviewing the Starting Points for Islamic Ethics
Applying Ethics to Practical Issues
Understanding Sexual Ethics
Outlining Ethics Regarding Marriage and Family
Recognizing That All Muslims Aren't the Same
Locating and Counting Shi'ite Muslims
Keeping the Faith in the Family
Reviewing Two Foundational Events of Shi'ism
Following the Line of the 12 Imams
Worshipping in Twelver Shi'ite Fashion
Thinking like Shi'ites
Interacting: Shi'ites, Sufis, and Sunnis
Searching for God
Believing in the Sufi Manner
Making a Contribution: Outstanding Individual Sufis
Organizing the Sufi Community
Acting in the Sufi Manner
Putting Faith into Verse: Sufi Literature
Establishing the Sufi Brotherhoods
Rejecting Sufism
Exploring Lesser-Known Sects Linked to Islam
'Ibadis (the early Kharijites)
Zaydis (or Fiver Shi'ites)
Isma'ili (or Sevener Shi'ite) Groups
On the Fringes of Islam and Beyond
Islam in America
Getting an Overview
Organizing the Muslim Community
Reestablishing a Black Muslim Community
Shi'ites in America
Sufis in America
Facing the Future as Muslim Americans
Considering Islam's Concept of Abrahamic Religions
Seeking Common Roots: Abrahamic Religion and Beyond
Belonging to the Same Family
Reading the Bible in the Qur'an
Muslims Facing Other Religions
Moving Toward Religious Dialogue
Seeking Common Ground
Ascertaining Muslims' Concerns
Hearing American Concerns Regarding Muslims
Facing the Major Issues
Knowing What's Needed from the Muslim Side
Knowing What's Needed from the Western Side
Meeting the Challenge of Modernity
Considering Islamic Democracy
Reclaiming Identity as an Islamic State
Forming a Shi'ite Islamic Republic
Reviewing the Globalization of Islamic Radicalism: bin Laden and Afghanistan
The Part of Tens
Ten Muslim Contributions to World Civilization
Transmission of Greek Writings
Algebra and Mathematics
Arabic Numbers
Engineering and Technology
Physics, Specifically Optics
Ten Noteworthy Muslims, Past and Present
Taking a Long Trip: Ibn Battuta
Gathering it All Together: al-Tabari
Wielding the Sword of Saladin
Glorifying the King: Akbar
Thinking Deep Thoughts: Ibn Rushd
Creating the First Philosophy of History: Ibn Khaldun
Becoming a Hero of the Revolution: Ali Shariati
Building Great Mosques: Sinan
Winning the Nobel Prize: Naguib Mahfouz
Listening to Umm Kulthum
Ten Islamic Regions in the News Today
South Asia
Southeast Asia and the Pacific
The Baltic States
Palestine and Israel
The Former Soviet Union
Counting the Years: The Muslim Calendar
Resources: Digging Deeper
Academic Resources
The Qur'an
Video Resources
Computer Software
Islam on the Web
And Finally ...
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