The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam

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Alpha, 2002 - Religion - 383 pages
Part 1 Introducing Islam p. 1 1 Why Has Islam Become So Important? p. 3 The Muslims Are Coming! p. 4 Why Didn't I Learn More About Islam in School? p. 5 Muslims, Muslims Everywhere! p. 7 Is There Really a Clash of Civilizations? p. 12 Bridging the Next Gap p. 13 2 Food for the Soul p. 17 The Core Beliefs of Islam p. 18 We All Have the Same God p. 18 The Universe Is Muslim! p. 20 Aladdin Rubbed the Wrong Lamp p. 21 Touched by an Angel p. 22 Accepting the Burden p. 22 Soul Soup p. 24 3 Looking at Life the Islamic Way p. 27 The Three-Fold Journey p. 28 Sin and Redemption p. 30 The Last Payday p. 33 4 All About Allah p. 37 God and Hollywood p. 38 There Is Only One God p. 39 Islam on God p. 40 Pagan Arab Beliefs Before the Coming of Islam p. 41 Do Muslims Believe in Original Sin? p. 43 How Close Is Close? p. 44 Allah Has Many Names p. 45 Part 2 The Spiritual World in Islam p. 47 5 The Four Stages of Life in Islam p. 49 Four Lives for Each Life p. 50 Life in the Womb p. 50 Life in the World p. 54 Careful! You're Being Watched p. 55 Life in the Grave p. 58 6 Islam on Heaven and Hell p. 63 Why Have a Judgment Day? p. 64 Use Your Time Wisely p. 70 No Dancing with the Devil Here! p. 72 Why Does God Punish? p. 74 7 In the Beginning ... An Islamic Perspective p. 75 The Creation of the Universe p. 76 Islam and Evolution p. 79 Adam and Eve: A New Perspective p. 81 8 The Measurement of Life p. 89 Destiny, Fate, or Free Will--Which Is It? p. 90 It's Not Written in the Stars p. 90 What You Can and Can't Do p. 93 9 From Adam to Armageddon p. 99 No Tower of Babel Here p. 100 The Rise of the Prophets p. 101 The End Is Near! p. 104 The Last Day p. 109 Part 3 The Five Pillars of Islam p. 111 10 Declaring Faith in Islam p. 113 Introducing the Five Pillars of Islam p. 114 The Shahadah p. 115 And Muhammad Is His Prophet p. 119 11 Understanding Muslim Prayers p. 123 Supplication Versus Prayer p. 124 The Muslim Call to Prayer p. 128 Humble Pie p. 131 The Prayer Described p. 133 Remembrance of God p. 136 12 Elevating the Soul p. 139 The Burden of Wealth p. 140 The Fast of Ramadan p. 145 Welcoming Ramadan p. 146 The Month of Training p. 148 13 Gathering in Mecca p. 151 Introducing the Hajj Ritual p. 152 The Rituals of Hajj p. 157 14 Uncovering the Real Story About Jihad p. 165 What Is Jihad? p. 166 Social Activism in Islam p. 167 The Myth of the Holy War p. 169 Islam on War p. 171 What Makes a Terrorist? p. 172 Part 4 Islam and Other Religions p. 177 15 It's All in the Prophets p. 179 All Prophets Are Brothers p. 180 Will the Real Prophet Please Stand Up p. 181 Introducing the Prophets in Islam p. 183 Looking at the Characteristics of the Prophets p. 185 The Books of God p. 188 16 Jews in Islam p. 191 The People of the Book p. 192 Judaism and Islam p. 192 The Qur'an on Judaism p. 196 The Only Muslim-Jewish War p. 197 Jews in the Muslim Empire p. 199 17 Christianity and Islam p. 201 Setting the Stage p. 202 Muhammad and the Monk p. 202 An Interesting Proposal p. 203 Christianity and Jesus in the Qur'an p. 205 Original Sin and All That p. 207 Interfaith Dialogue p. 209 Part 5 Regulating Life Within the Laws of Islam p. 215 18 Exploring the Sources of Islam p. 217 A Closer Look at the Qur'an p. 218 The Teachings of the Prophet p. 225 The Companions of the Prophet p. 228 The 'Ulema: Scholars of the Faith p. 229 19 Living Islam p. 233 Islam and the Family p. 234 Welcome to My Mosque p. 236 Ceremonies for Life p. 240 Islamic Holidays p. 243 Halal and Haram: What Can a Muslim Do? p. 244 20 Looking at Women in Islam p. 249 Does Islam Teach Inequality? p. 250 Myths About Muslim Women p. 254 Women's Rights in Islam p. 258 Divorce in Islam p. 261 Islam and the Dress Code p. 263 Part 6 The History of Islam p. 267 21 Muhammad in Mecca p. 269 Arabia: The Birthplace of Islam p. 269 Meet Muhammad's Parents p. 270 A Prophet Is Chosen p. 272 Muhammad's Night Journey and Ascension p. 274 The Great Escape! p. 276 22 The Victory of Islam p. 279 The First Islamic State p. 280 The Desperate Times p. 280 The Conquest of Mecca p. 283 Confronting the Superpowers p. 284 Taking Another Look at Muhammad's Marriages p. 285 The Passing of a Prophet p. 286 23 The Rightly Guided Successors p. 287 Islam on Government p. 288 The Caliphate of Abu Bakr As-Sadeeq p. 289 Umar ibn al Khattab and Persia's Defeat p. 290 Uthman ibn Affan and the Great Conspiracy p. 291 Ali ibn Abi Talib p. 292 24 Islamic Civilization: The Dynastic Period p. 297 The Umayyads p. 298 The Abbasids and the Mongol Invasions p. 300 The Golden Age of Islamic Civilization p. 300 The Beginnings of Rival Muslim States p. 303 The Crusades p. 306 25 Islam in America p. 309 The Forgotten Religion of African Americans p. 310 The Rise of African American Islam p. 312 Muslim Immigrants and the American Dream p. 315 Caucasian Converts to Islam p. 316 Hispanic Muslims p. 316 Muslim Organizations in North America p. 317 Part 7 The Legacy of Islam p. 319 26 Discover the Influences of Islam p. 321 Charting the Muslim Influence on Europe p. 322 Illuminating the Science Hall of Fame p. 324 Speaking in a Familiar Tongue p. 326 Uncovering the Unique Features of Islamic Civilization p. 327 27 Meet the Islamic Sectarian Movements p. 331 Sectarianism and Islam p. 332 A Quick Look at Early Sects p. 332 The Sunnis and Shi'as p. 334 The Sufi Path p. 337 28 Islam in World Affairs Today p. 343 The Death and Rebirth of Islam p. 344 What Do Muslims Want? p. 346 The Establishment of Israel p. 348 The Iranian Revolution p. 350 The Satanic Verses p. 351 Islam, the Next Chapter p. 352 Appendixes A The Islamic Calendar p. 355 B Common Prophets in the Qur'an p. 357 C Further Reading p. 359 D Glossary p. 365 Index p. 373.

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The author is a convert from Christianity to Islam (Sunni). Yahiya provides an overview of Islam from many perspectives (origins, history, future, sects, beliefs, and lifestyles). He provides a ... Read full review

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Yahiya Emerick is an American convert to Islam who has been involved in interfaith issues and education since 1990. He has a graduate degree in history, has authored 14 books for adults and children, and has been published in many magazines, including the Journal for Religion and Education.

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