"Understanding Islam" provides a succinct, authoritative, and accessible introduction to one of the world's great religious traditions. The subjects covered include: the Prophet and his teachings; the Quran, Hadith, and Sharia law; the history of the Islamic empire; madrasas and jihad; Shia and Sunni Islam; the Five Pillars; art and divinity; Mecca, mosques, and mihrahs; angels, jinns, and holy men; and secular nationalism and Islamic revivalism. The author is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of History at Miami University of Ohio and a published author and editor. His completed and planned publications include works on Islam and Franco-Arab encounters and on the Turkish community in 9th century Samarra.
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