Islam: An Introduction

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1992 - Religion - 166 pages
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"It is a splendid introduction--carefully researched and comprehensive, yet readable. It corrects many popular and erroneous notions about Islam that prevail in non-Muslim societies. For the general reader there are many profound insights of great consequence, for example, the passages on women, marriage, and inheritance, or the section on jihad, nearly always completely misunderstood in the press." -- BOOK JACKET.
  

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User Review  - Mei-yi - Goodreads

Good intro to Islam. However, the brevity of this volume means that descriptions and analyses of complex ideological and political factions within Islam are sacrificed into brief paragraphs. Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah Shourd - Goodreads

This book filled in a lot of blank that I had about the life of Muhammad, how Islamic religious texts are organized and the Shia/Sunni division. Very basic and decently written. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Arabia Before Islam
7
Muhammad
11
The Expansion of Islam
19
The Koran and Its Teachings
29
The Tradition
51
The Law
59
Theology and Philosophy
73
The Shia and Related Sects
91
Mystical Islam and Sufi Brotherhoods
101
Popular Piety and the Veneration of Saints
121
Modern Developments Inside Islam
127
Bibliography
145
Index
151
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Annemarie Schimmel is a Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages at Harvard University.

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