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)

User Review  - Daniel Wright - Goodreads

Those of us who are young enough to have gained our understanding of the world after 9/11 would do well to realise, and everyone else would do well to remember, that suspicion that Islam is ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Ryan - Goodreads

Very clear and succinct overview. Extremely informative, and while there is a little editorializing in the last few chapters, I think it's very fairly done and somewhat inevitable when trying to tackle a topic this broad. Read full review

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