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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A guide to the study of the Islamic faith that covers the major areas of study, including historical foundations, scripture, society, thought, ethics, rituals, spirituality and aesthetics. It draws out the critical and methodological issues that students need to grasp in the study of Islam as well as religion in general.
Provides analyses of Islam and its relation to issues such as identities, politics, culture, power and gender. This book argues that Islam needs to be studied as a living religion through the observation of everyday Muslim life. It is useful for those interested in investigating the unsettled place of Islam in our multicultural society.
No sectarian division has had a more momentous impact than that between the two dominant branches of Islam. Widely considered the world's leading expert on the subject, Toby Matthiesen offers the full story of the Sunni-Shia split, delving down from its roots in the early days of Islam to the present day and its global effect on current events.
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.
This comprehensive book is an invaluable one-stop guide to what Muslims believe. It is unique as it covers the doctrines of Islamic belief from their original sources and highlights some of the key differences between Islam and Christianity. It is useful for students, researchers, academics and those wanting to understand the core beliefs of Islam.