Since Al Qaeda's attacks on America in 2001, 'Islamophobia' has entered common parlance. This book considers attitudes towards Islam and Muslims in Russia, investigates the concept in Western democracies, and analyses the meanings of 'Islamophobia'. It analyses the ways in which the rights of Muslims are contested in various parts of the world.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2017'An eye-opening, well-written and very timely book' Yuval Noah Harari'The best sort of book for our disordered days: timely, urgent and illuminating' Pankaj Mishra'It strikes a blow...for common humanity' Sunday TimesThe Muslim world has often been accused of a failure to modernise and adapt.
Too often we see Islam and Muslims portrayed as fanatical jihadists or helpless victims of western oppression. This book provides a rare insight into what, as the book's title states, the average Muslim makes of it all.
Shiite Islam is one of the world's major religions with millions of followers throughout the Middle East and South Asia. However it is often mistakenly seen by the West as a political movement. This book describes what Shiism actually means to those who practise it and outlines Shiite history.
In this Very Short Introduction Jonathan A. Brown presents both the Muslim version of Muhammad's life, as well as the efforts of Western scholars to uncover the historical Muhammad. He considers the prominent roles that Muhammad's persona has played in the lives of Muslims throughout history, looking at his life and legacy.
An A-Z dictionary edited by John L. Esposito for general readers on the faith, institutions, movements, and concepts of the modern Islamic world. Approximately 2000 entries span the religious, political, and social spheres of modern Islam with background historical entries and particular emphasis on Islam and the West.
Finally the riches of Islam are offered to the West in this accessible, annotated translation of the heart of the Koran's spiritual wisdom. Cleary's translation reveals the depths of Islamic spirituality.
Islam is a truly global faith, yet it remains somewhat of an enigma to many of us. This dictionary includes coverage of the historical formations of the worldwide Muslim community and highlights modern Muslim figures and events.
Explores the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in traditional Muslim culture. This book provides an account of the Koran as codex, as scripture, as liturgy, and as the embodiment of truth, and examines its means of formation and dissemination. It also discusses issues of interpretation for certain key verses.
A new edition of Heinz Halm's comprehensive survey of all the Shi'ite groups. It traces the development of all the individual branches from their common origins to their current status in the modern world.
Islam as a religion is central to the lives of over a billion people, but its outer expression as a distinctive civilization has been undergoing a monumental crisis. This book explores how Islamic civilization began to unravel under colonial rule, as its institutions, laws, and economies were often replaced by inadequate modern equivalents.
The standard work on this complex period in Arab history is available once again with the addition of a new introduction by the author which examines recent significant contributions to scholarship in the field.
Intended for those wishing to learn about the Muslim culture, its people and its teachings, this work explores the lives and thoughts of fifty influential individuals in Islam and surveys a heritage that spans 1500 years. It covers key figures such as Prophet Muhammad, Suleiman 'the Magnificent', and El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X).
Unconventionally fusing the the history of faith and reason in Islam, this book traces the Qur'an-inspired intellectual revolution that took off in the Islamic world of the seventh century, revealing its highlights and following it through to its sixteenth-century demise.
Features the forgotten story of the Islamic Enlightenment. This book shows us how to look beyond sensationalist headlines to foster a genuine understanding of modern Islam and Muslim culture. It is suitable for anyone engaged with the state of the world today.
An enlightening introduction to the making, and message, of the central book in the world's most misunderstood religion: 'An exceptionally illuminating and balanced narrative.' Ziauddin Sardar, Independent
The author offers an introduction to Islam, which claims a fifth of the world's population as followers, explaining the history of the religion as well as its basic beliefs and its various cultural expressions around the world. Original.
Saladin remains one of the most iconic figures of his age. As the man who united the Arabs and saved Islam from Christian crusaders in the 12th century, he is the Islamic world's preeminent hero. Charting his rise to power, his struggle to unify the warring factions of his faith, this book explores the enduring legacy of this champion of Islam.
Christian-Muslim dialogue in America has become more intentional since the events of 9/11. Smith looks at the history between the two religions and the hope that conversation brings for better interfaith understanding. It combines the history of Christian-Muslim relations, the rise of Islam in America with those who have participated in dialogue.
This new translation of the Qur'an is specifically designed for use in the college classroom, and offers students and instructors, as well as general readers, a one-volume resource comparable to what is available for the Jewish and Christian scriptures.
The Qur'an is the sacramental foundation of prayer in Islam. Its inspirational power is perpetually renewed through being recited and meditated upon by Muslims on a daily basis throughout their lives. This monograph provides an insight into the spiritual, intellectual and moral dynamics set in motion by the short Qur'anic chapters.
Designed for both Muslims and Western non-Muslim students this book examines the Qur'an in Western scholarship and provides an overview of its rich interpretive traditions. It is a concise introduction to various aspects of the Qur'an.
The Qur'an plays a central role in Islam. This volume presents the diversity of thought, approach and school, in order to give an appreciation of the range of response that the text has provoked throughout its history. It covers various aspects of the text and its reception.
Geometric patterns are perhaps the most recognizable visual expressions of Islamic art and architecture. This title guides the reader through the basics, and is followed by some of the examples of geometric patterns from around the world. It is arranged into three levels of complexity.
A contribution to Shi'ite Sufism. It brings us to the core of this movement with an analysis of Ibn 'Arabi's life and doctrines. It begins with a spiritual topography of the twelfth century, emphasizing the differences between exoteric and esoteric forms of Islam. It also relates Islamic mysticism to mystical thought in the West.
In 1999, the Moroccan scholar Abdellah Hammoudi, trained in Paris and teaching in America, decided to go on the pilgrimage to Mecca. He wanted to observe the hajj as an anthropologist but also to experience it as an ordinary pilgrim, and to write about it for both Muslims and non-Muslims.