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Oxford University Press, USA, 2002 - Religion - 224 pages
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In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, there has been an overwhelming demand for information about Islam. As a leading expert, John Esposito has found himself called upon to speak to a wide range of audiences, including members of Congress, the Bush administration, government agencies, the military, and the media. Out of this experience, he has identified the most pressing questions people consistently ask about Islam. In What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, Esposito presents in question-and-answer format the information that most people want to know. Esposito provides succinct, accessible, sensitive, and even-handed answers to questions that range from the general--"What do Muslims believe?" and "Who was Muhammad?"--to more specific issues like Is Islam compatible with modernization, capitalism and democracy? How do Muslims view Judaism and Christianity? Are women second-class citizens in Islam? What is jihad? Does the Quran condone terrorism? What does Islam say about homosexuality, birth control, abortion, and slavery? The editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern Islam and The Oxford History of Islam, and author of Unholy War and many other acclaimed works, John Esposito is one of America's leading authorities on Islam. This brief and readable book is the first place to look for information on the faith, customs, and political beliefs of the more than one billion people who call themselves Muslims.

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Muhammad Baig
This book contains a lot of wrong and made-up stuff from the writer and his own imagination. Some of the information is based on complete falshood in context of the actual islamic historic facts.

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Very basic errors coming from a leared man. I just read a few pages and was astonished to see someone who's studied islam make such errors. E.g. sarah urges Abraham to "sleep" with hagar. That is false. Sarah adviced Abraham to "Marry" not sleep with hagar because she was getting old and could not bear children. Another huge error is, Sarah feeling jealous of Hagar and Ismael. Where on earth did he get that information? Some of his work are mere guesswork and made up. If one wants to learn anything about Islam, it's better to get it from the horses mouth. All in all, I'd give the book an F for Failure. 


Islam and Other Religions
Customs and Culture
Violence and Terrorism
Society Politics and Economy
Muslims in the West

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John L. Esposito is University Professor of Religion and International Affairs and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. A past president of the Middle East Studies Association, he is Editor-in-Chief of the four-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, Editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of Islam, and the author of numerous books, including Islam: The Straight Path and The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality? He lives in Washington, D.C.

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