Islam in the World

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - Religion - 502 pages
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Islam in the World has long been considered one of the best books for gaining an understanding of modern Islam. In this updated edition, Islamic expert Malise Ruthven adds a new preface and new chapters analyzing the major issues of today, including the impact of 9/11, the meaning of "the war on terror," and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. New material also explains important differences within Islam that many Westerners are just beginning to learn about, including the rivalry between Sunnis and Shias, the relationship between Sufism and modern Islamism and the debates about democracy raging throughout the Muslim Word.
This invaluable introductory guide presents a full overview of Islam in its historical, geographic, and social settings and explains how the quest for spiritual fulfillment is inevitably bound up with political aspirations.
 

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This book has been written by the illogical foes of Islam whose deliberate lack of knowledge about various events shows how they are spreading ill will and organized hatred against Islam.
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would make any unsuspecting person fall prey to its deceptive use of language. It is actually not a book on Islam, it is a book written with malafide intentions by misrepresenting the widely accepted facts. It is targeted at misleading none other than their own English speaking people who have for centuries remained illiterate about the virtues of Islamic teachings. The ultimate aim of author is to increase Hatred for their muslim brothers.
I salute to this organized crime against God's society of human beings and give them best wishes to continue this hateful propaganda and create further rift between civilizations. God is the best judge and certainly He will Judge with Iron Hand on the Last Day of Judgment.
 

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Contents

Introductory Pilgrimage to Makka
1
Muhammad the Model
26
The Quranic Worldview
80
Law and Disorder
122
Sects and Solidarity
174
Spiritual Renewal
219
Challenge from the West
282
Afterword 2005
352
References
431
Suggestions for Further Reading
449
Glossary
455
Genealogical Tables
463
A Chronology
465
Index
475
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Malise Ruthven is a scriptwriter with the BBC Arabic and world Service, and a consultant on Middle Eastern affairs. A former professor of Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion, he is the author of several books on Islam, including Islam: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 1999) and Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America (Granta Books).

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