Islam : a very short introduction (Very Short Introduction) (#0469FY6)

by Ruthven, Malise
Paperback Oxford University Press, 2012
Price: USD 11.95
Description: xiv, 177 pages : illustrations, maps ; 18 cm.
Dewey: 297; Audience: Adult
LEX 1480L


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Includes bibliographical references and index. Explains the basic beliefs and issues the Islam religion is based on and studies the major conflicts the religion is facing.

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Islam features widely in the news, often in its most militant versions, but few people in the non-Muslim world really understand the nature of Islam.Malise Ruthven's Very Short Introduction contains essential insights into issues such as why Islam has such major divisions between movements such as the Shi'ites, the Sunnis, and the Wahhabis, and the central importance of the Shar'ia (Islamic law) in Islamic life. It also offers fresh perspectiveson contemporary questions: Why is the greatest 'Jihad' (holy war) now against the enemies of Islam, rather than the struggle against evil? Can women find fulfilment in Islamic societies? How must Islam adapt as it confronts the modern world?In this new edition, Ruthven brings the text up-to-date by reflecting upon some of the most significant changes in the Muslim world in recent years; from the emergence of al-Qaeda and the attacks on New York and Washington on 9/11 and the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to the uprisings in theMiddle East and North Africa. Ruthven includes new material surrounding the concept of a globalized Islam, bringing into question the effects of economic globalization, the effect of international events in Middle Eastern countries, the issues surrounding Islam and democracy, and the reception andperception of Islam in the West.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: March 21, 2012
  • Format: Paperback
  • Series: Very short introductions ; 7
  • Edition: 2nd ed., Fully updated new ed.
  • Dewey: 297
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: xiv, 177 pages : illustrations, maps ; 18 cm.
  • ISBN-10: 0-19-964287-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-19-964287-8
  • LCCN: 2012-930332
  • Follett Number: 0469FY6
  • Audience: Adult
  • Lexile: 1480L

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