Islam: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press, Oct 23, 1997 - Religion - 176 pages
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Islam features widely in the news, often in its most militant versions, but few people in the non-Muslim world really understand the nature of Islam.Malise Ruthven's Very Short Introduction contains essential insights into issues such as why Islam has such major divisions between movements such as the Shi'ites, the Sunnis, and the Wahhabis, and the central importance of the Shar'ia (Islamic law) in Islamic life. It also offers fresh perspectives on contemporary questions: Why is the greatest 'Jihad' (holy war) now against the enemies of Islam, rather than the struggle against evil? Can women find fulfilment in Islamic societies? How mustIslam adapt as it confronts the modern world?

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Review: Islam: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #7)

User Review  - Sarah Jane Smith - Goodreads

A poorly written, underwhelming, inconsequential and useless introduction to Islam, which frankly deserves better than 100+ pages of academic frottage disguised as accessible to the casual reader ... Read full review

Review: Islam: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #7)

User Review  - Monika Lysaght - Goodreads

Obscure vocabulary makes this particular introduction extremely tedious. Knowing how accomplished Mr. Ruthven is I can't quite understand how the concept of 'introduction' eluded him to the point ... Read full review

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