Introduction to Islam for Jews
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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
Publication date: 5/19/2008
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
|A Survey of Islamic History|
|Why an Introduction to Islam Specifically for Jews?|
|Arabs and Israelites|
|The Emergence of Islam|
|Muhammad and the Jews of Medina|
|The Death of the Prophet and the Expansion of the Community|
|The Caliphal Dynasties|
|The Decline of the Muslim World|
|God, The Qur'an, and Islamic Law|
|The Five Doctrines or "Pillars of Faith"|
|The Evolution of a Formal Theology|
|The Interpretive Tradition|
|The Prophetic Record|
|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|
|Mosque and Clergy|
|The Muslim Life-Cycle|
|Islam and Judaism: Some Related Religious Terminology|
|Scriptural Index: Verses from the Qur'an and the Bible|