A Brief Guide to Islam: History, Faith and Politics : the Complete Introduction

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Carroll and Graf Publishers, 2006 - Philosophy - 433 pages
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Differences and conflicts make for sensational headlines, but A Brief Guide to Islam starts with the similarities between the major Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Only then can the differences be understood. By exploring the beliefs, history and politics of the ordinary people of Muslim countries, Paul Grieve offers a fully comprehensive survey that combines authoritative analysis with carefully chosen primary sources. The result is a user-friendly book that challenges cliché and stereotype in areas such as art, women, banking, war, Malcolm X, and the dos and don'ts of visiting a Muslim country. It also exposes the big issues behind the headlines: can Islam support true democracy? Is true democracy what the West really wants for the Middle East, or are we merely seeking a cover of legitimacy for a policy of 'might is right'?

Paul Grieve is an unbeliever; he is not a born-again Muslim, a proselytizer or a frustrated desert romantic. His aim is simply to inform. This is the ideal summary for the reader looking for a broad overview of the political and religious contentions that are part of our everyday lives.

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User Review  - BrianFannin - LibraryThing

A bit heavy handed in his descriptions of the post-colonial legacy. There are other places struggling with their governments that aren't predominantly muslim. Not a bad introduction, though I would have appreciated a bit more philosophy and history and a bit less modern politics. Read full review

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I read the book because I wanted to find out more about Islam, and this is an excellent book for that. There is a lot of information about belief, history, the schools, culture, architecture, food and ... Read full review


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While writing his critically successful novel Upon a Wheel of Fire, Paul Grieve became interested in events in the eastern Mediterranean. After two years at the Mosquée de Paris he spent a further three years in the Middle East studying Islamic history, jurisprudence, politics and Arabic. The result is this book. Grieve lives in London.

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