Islam: A Brief History

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 23, 2011 - Religion - 248 pages
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Reflecting recent global developments, the second edition of thisilluminating introduction to Islamic history expands its coverageof the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim views on human rights,including the rights of women.
  • An expanded new edition of this concise, illuminatingintroduction to Islam, written by one of the field’s leadingscholars
  • Spans Islamic history from the life of Muhammad and the birthof Islamic ideals, through Islam’s phenomenal geographicalexpansion and cultural development, to the creation of modernstates and its role in today’s global society
  • Features expanded coverage of the Qur’an, Sufism, andMuslim views on human rights, including the rights of women
  • Includes fascinating vignettes of Islamic life, representingmainstream Muslim viewpoints on issues of global concern
  • Explores the complex interrelationships of cultural, political,and ideological developments woven throughout Islamic history,drawing on specific examples including current developments inPakistan

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Tamara Sonn is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of William & Mary. She is the author of numerous books, including Interpreting Islam (1996) and Comparing Religions through Law (with J. Neusner, 1999), and is co-editor-in-chief of the Wiley-Blackwell online journal, Religion Compass.

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