Islam

Islam
Author: Karen Armstrong
Publsiher: Modern Library Chronicles
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2002
ISBN 10: 081296618X
ISBN 13: 9780812966183
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam Book Review:

Traces the history of Islam, from the flight of Muhammad and the founding of the first mosques to the development of the modern Muslim state, and examines its present beliefs and practices.

Islam

Islam
Author: Karen Armstrong
Publsiher: Modern Library
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2007-12-18
ISBN 10: 0307431312
ISBN 13: 9780307431318
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam Book Review:

No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular Western imagination as an extreme faith that promotes authoritarian government, female oppression, civil war, and terrorism. Karen Armstrong's short history offers a vital corrective to this narrow view. The distillation of years of thinking and writing about Islam, it demonstrates that the world's fastest-growing faith is a much richer and more complex phenomenon than its modern fundamentalist strain might suggest. Islam: A Short History begins with the flight of Muhammad and his family from Medina in the seventh century and the subsequent founding of the first mosques. It recounts the origins of the split between Shii and Sunni Muslims, and the emergence of Sufi mysticism; the spread of Islam throughout North Africa, the Levant, and Asia; the shattering effect on the Muslim world of the Crusades; the flowering of imperial Islam in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries into the world's greatest and most sophisticated power; and the origins and impact of revolutionary Islam. It concludes with an assessment of Islam today and its challenges. With this brilliant book, Karen Armstrong issues a forceful challenge to those who hold the view that the West and Islam are civilizations set on a collision course. It is also a model of authority, elegance, and economy.

Islam in South Asia

Islam in South Asia
Author: Jamal Malik
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 520
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 9004168591
ISBN 13: 9789004168596
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam in South Asia Book Review:

Islamic South Asia has become a focal point in academia. Where did Muslims come from? How did they fare in interacting with Hindu cultures? How did they negotiate identity as ruling and ruled minorities and majorities? Part I covers early Muslim expansion and the formative phase in context of initial cultural encounter (app. 700-1300). Part II views the establishment of Muslim empire, cultures oscillating between Islamic and Islamicate, centralised and regionalised power (app. 1300-1700). Part III is composed in the backdrop of regional centralisation, territoriality and colonial rule, displaying processes of integration and differentiation of Muslim cultures in colonial setting (app. 1700-1930). Tensions between Muslim pluralism and singularity evolving in public sphere make up the fourth cluster (app. 1930-2002).

A Short History of Islam

A Short History of Islam
Author: William Montgomery Watt
Publsiher: Element Books
Total Pages: 156
Release: 1996
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UVA:X004055229
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Short History of Islam Book Review:

An introduction to the development of Islam from its birth among the nomadic peoples of seventh-century Arabia to its present status as one of the world's great religions. The book includes a brief account of the life and teachings of Muhammad and the creation of the Arab nation.

A Short History of Islam

A Short History of Islam
Author: Mazhar-ul-Haq
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 787
Release: 1977
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UVA:X030125957
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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A Short History of the Middle East

A Short History of the Middle East
Author: George E. Kirk
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 314
Release: 2016-11-10
ISBN 10: 1315409127
ISBN 13: 9781315409122
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Short History of the Middle East Book Review:

This book, first published in 1948, grew out of a series of lectures delivered since the War at the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies to British students who required a solid grounding in Middle East history and politics to assist in fitting them for active careers in the region. These lectures, by a leading specialist on Middle Eastern history, generated such interest that they were adapted and published in book form for a wider reading public. The book forms a comprehensive introduction to the history of the Middle East.

A Short History of Islam

A Short History of Islam
Author: Sayyid Fayyaz Mahmud
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 427
Release: 1988
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015014588613
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Short History of Islam Book Review:

Through a detailed sequential study of the beginnings of Islam, its movements through history, and its rich cultural and religious heritage, this newly revised and expanded edition highlights the potential significance of the past as it envisions a promising future for the world's Muslims.

Religion and State

Religion and State
Author: L. Carl. Brown
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2001-08-20
ISBN 10: 0231529376
ISBN 13: 9780231529372
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion and State Book Review:

If Westerners know a single Islamic term, it is likely to be jihad, the Arabic word for "holy war." The image of Islam as an inherently aggressive and xenophobic religion has long prevailed in the West and can at times appear to be substantiated by current events. L. Carl Brown challenges this conventional wisdom with a fascinating historical overview of the relationship between religious and political life in the Muslim world ranging from Islam's early centuries to the present day. Religion and State examines the commonplace notion—held by both radical Muslim ideologues and various Western observers alike—that in Islam there is no separation between religion and politics. By placing this assertion in a broad historical context, the book reveals both the continuities between premodern and modern Islamic political thought as well as the distinctive dimensions of modern Muslim experiences. Brown shows that both the modern-day fundamentalists and their critics have it wrong when they posit an eternally militant, unchanging Islam outside of history. "They are conflating theology and history. They are confusing the oughtand the is," he writes. As the historical record shows, mainstream Muslim political thought in premodern times tended toward political quietism. Brown maintains that we can better understand present-day politics among Muslims by accepting the reality of their historical diversity while at the same time seeking to identify what may be distinctive in Muslim thought and action. In order to illuminate the distinguishing characteristics of Islam in relation to politics, Brown compares this religion with its two Semitic sisters, Judaism and Christianity, drawing striking comparisons between Islam today and Christianity during the Reformation. With a wealth of evidence, he recreates a tradition of Islamic diversity every bit as rich as that of Judaism and Christianity.

Islamic History A Very Short Introduction

Islamic History  A Very Short Introduction
Author: Adam J. Silverstein
Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2010-01-21
ISBN 10: 019160934X
ISBN 13: 9780191609343
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islamic History A Very Short Introduction Book Review:

Does history matter? This book argues not that history matters, but that Islamic history does. This Very Short Introduction introduces the story of Islamic history; the controversies surrounding its study; and the significance that it holds - for Muslims and for non-Muslims alike. Opening with a lucid overview of the rise and spread of Islam, from the seventh to twenty first century, the book charts the evolution of what was originally a small, localised community of believers into an international religion with over a billion adherents. Chapters are also dedicated to the peoples - Arabs, Persians, and Turks - who shaped Islamic history, and to three representative institutions - the mosque, jihad, and the caliphate - that highlight Islam's diversity over time. Finally, the roles that Islamic history has played in both religious and political contexts are analysed, while stressing the unique status that history enjoys amongst Muslims, especially compared to its lowly place in Western societies where history is often seen as little more than something that is not to be repeated. Some of the questions that will be answered are: · How did Islam arise from the obscurity of seventh century Arabia to the headlines of twenty first century media? · How do we know what we claim to know about Islam's rise and development? · Why does any of this matter, either to Muslims or to non-Muslims? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

A History of Islam in America

A History of Islam in America
Author: Kambiz GhaneaBassiri
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 446
Release: 2010-04-19
ISBN 10: 0521849640
ISBN 13: 9780521849647
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A History of Islam in America Book Review:

Traces the history of Muslims in the US and their waves of immigration and conversion across five centuries.

A History of God

A History of God
Author: Karen Armstrong
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2011-08-10
ISBN 10: 0307798585
ISBN 13: 9780307798589
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A History of God Book Review:

Why does God exist? How have the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—shaped and altered the conception of God? How have these religions influenced each other? In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present. The epic story begins with the Jews' gradual transformation of pagan idol worship in Babylon into true monotheism—a concept previously unknown in the world. Christianity and Islam both rose on the foundation of this revolutionary idea, but these religions refashioned 'the One God' to suit the social and political needs of their followers. From classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, Karen Armstrong performs the near miracle of distilling the intellectual history of monotheism into one superbly readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic. Praise for History of God “An admirable and impressive work of synthesis that will give insight and satisfaction to thousands of lay readers.”—The Washington Post Book World “A brilliantly lucid, spendidly readable book. [Karen] Armstrong has a dazzling ability: she can take a long and complex subject and reduce it to the fundamentals, without oversimplifying.”—The Sunday Times (London) “Absorbing . . . A lode of learning.”—Time “The most fascinating and learned study of the biggest wild goose chase in history—the quest for God. Karen Armstrong is a genius.”—A.N. Wilson, author of Jesus: A Life

A Brief History of Islam

A Brief History of Islam
Author: Hasanuddin Ahmed
Publsiher: Laurier Books Limited
Total Pages: 593
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 9788178983325
ISBN 13: 817898332X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Brief History of Islam Book Review:

22 cm.

Through the Narrow Gate

Through the Narrow Gate
Author: Karen Armstrong
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2010-11-05
ISBN 10: 0307368335
ISBN 13: 9780307368331
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Through the Narrow Gate Book Review:

Available in Canada for the first time since its initial publication in 1981, this is acclaimed author Karen Armstrong’s classic memoir of her life as a young woman in a convent — the precursor to the bestseller The Spiral Staircase. Through the Narrow Gate is Karen Armstrong’s intimate memoir of life inside a Catholic convent. With honesty and clarity, she explains what drove her at age seventeen to devote herself to God. Over the next seven years, she endures the difficulties of convent life — the enforced silence, the lack of friendship and family, her own guilt at not being able to stifle her voracious intelligence — and unveils the secrets of religious life during the post–Vatican II years. Through the Narrow Gate is a moving account of a young woman’s search for God and the experiences that put Karen Armstrong on her way to becoming one of the most admired and most respected interpreters of religious faith.

A Short History of the Revivalist Movement in Islam

A Short History of the Revivalist Movement in Islam
Author: Syed Abul ʻAla Maudoodi
Publsiher: Other Press (Asia)
Total Pages: 125
Release: 1999
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: IND:30000081159919
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Short History of the Revivalist Movement in Islam Book Review:

Works include: - Jihad in Islam - Understanding the Qur'an - The Religion of Truth - Islam and Ignorance - On Education - Towards Understanding Islam - The Process of Islamic Revolution - Biography of the Last Prophet

The Battle for God

The Battle for God
Author: Karen Armstrong
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2011-08-10
ISBN 10: 0307798607
ISBN 13: 9780307798602
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Battle for God Book Review:

In the late twentieth century, fundamentalism has emerged as one of the most powerful forces at work in the world, contesting the dominance of modern secular values and threatening peace and harmony around the globe. Yet it remains incomprehensible to a large number of people. In The Battle for God, Karen Armstrong brilliantly and sympathetically shows us how and why fundamentalist groups came into existence and what they yearn to accomplish. We see the West in the sixteenth century beginning to create an entirely new kind of civilization, which brought in its wake change in every aspect of life -- often painful and violent, even if liberating. Armstrong argues that one of the things that changed most was religion. People could no longer think about or experience the divine in the same way; they had to develop new forms of faith to fit their new circumstances. Armstrong characterizes fundamentalism as one of these new ways of being religious that have emerged in every major faith tradition. Focusing on Protestant fundamentalism in the United States, Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, and Muslim fundamentalism in Egypt and Iran, she examines the ways in which these movements, while not monolithic, have each sprung from a dread of modernity -- often in response to assault (sometimes unwitting, sometimes intentional) by the mainstream society. Armstrong sees fundamentalist groups as complex, innovative, and modern -- rather than as throwbacks to the past -- but contends that they have failed in religious terms. Maintaining that fundamentalism often exists in symbiotic relationship with an aggressive modernity, each impelling the other on to greater excess, she suggests compassion as a way to defuse what is now an intensifying conflict. BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.

Islam A Very Short Introduction

Islam  A Very Short Introduction
Author: Malise Ruthven
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, UK
Total Pages: 176
Release: 1997-10-23
ISBN 10: 0191540110
ISBN 13: 9780191540110
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam A Very Short Introduction Book Review:

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 offers an essential insight into issues such as why Islam has such major divisions between movements such as the Shi'ites, the Sunnis, and the Wahhabis, why the Shar'ia (Islamic law) is such an important aspect of Islamic life, and why the greatest `Jihad' (holy war) is now against the enemies of Islam, rather than the struggle against evil. In addition he prompts further questioning into the ideas of `Islamic resurgence' as both an old and new concept, whether or not women can find fulfilment and equality within an Islamic framework, and the sort of problems facing Islam and its confrontation with the modern world. - ;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, both as ideology and religion. Malise Ruthven's Very Short Introduction therefore offers an essential insight into issues such as the why the greatest `Jihad' (holy war) is now against the enemies of Islam, rather than the struggle against evil, why Islam has such major divisions between movements such as the Shi'ites, the Sunnis, and the Wahhabis, and how the Shar'ia (Islamic law) has become such an important aspect of Islamic life. In addition he prompts further questioning into the ideas of `Islamic resurgence' as both an old and new concept, whether or not women can find fulfilment and equality within an Islamic framework, and the sort of problems facing Islam and its confrontations with the modern world. -

A Short History of Myth Myths series

A Short History of Myth  Myths series
Author: Karen Armstrong
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2010-10-29
ISBN 10: 0307367290
ISBN 13: 9780307367297
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Short History of Myth Myths series Book Review:

What are myths? How have they evolved? And why do we still so desperately need them? A history of myth is a history of humanity, Karen Armstrong argues in this insightful and eloquent book: our stories and beliefs, our attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other. This is a brilliant and thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense – from Palaeolithic times to the “Great Western Transformation” of the last 500 years – and why we dismiss it only at our peril.

Arab Dress

Arab Dress
Author: Yedida Kalfon Stillman
Publsiher: Brill Academic Pub
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2000
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: STANFORD:36105028657760
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Arab Dress Book Review:

Hilary Putnam has been convinced for some time that the present situation in philosophy calls for revitalization and renewal; in this latest book he shows us what shape he would like that renewal to take. Words and Life offers a sweeping account of the sources of several of the central problems of philosophy, past and present, and of why some of those problems are not going to go away. As the titles of the first four parts in the volume--"The Return of Aristotle," "The Legacy of Logical Positivism," "The Inheritance of Pragmatism," and "Essays after Wittgenstein"--suggest, many of the essays are concerned with tracing the recent, and the not so recent, history of these problems. The goal is to bring out what is coercive and arbitrary about some of our present ways of posing the problems and what is of continuing interest in certain past approaches to them. Various supposedly timeless philosophical problems appear, on closer inspection, to change with altered historical circumstances, while there turns out to be much of permanent value in Aristotle's, Peirce's, Dewey's, and Reichenbach's work on some of the problems that continue to exercise us. A unifying theme of the volume as a whole is that reductionism, scientism, and old-style disenchanted naturalism tend to be obstacles to philosophical progress. The titles of the final three parts of the volume--"Truth and Reference," "Mind and Language," and "The Diversity of the Sciences"--indicate that the sweep of the problems considered here comprehends all the fundamental areas of contemporary analytic philosophy. Rich in detail, the book is also grand in scope, allowing us to trace the ongoing intellectual evolution of one of the most significant philosophers of the century.

The House of Islam

The House of Islam
Author: Ed Husain
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2018-06-19
ISBN 10: 1632866412
ISBN 13: 9781632866417
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The House of Islam Book Review:

“Ed Husain has become one of the most vital Muslim voices in the world. The House of Islam could very well be his magnum opus.” -Reza Aslan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot “This should be compulsory reading.” -Peter Frankopan, author of the international bestseller The Silk Roads Today, Islam is to many in the West an alien force, with Muslims held in suspicion. Failure to grasp the inner workings of religion and geopolitics has haunted American foreign policy for decades and has been decisive in the new administration's controversial orders. The intricacies and shadings must be understood by the West not only to build a stronger, more harmonious relationship between the two cultures, but also for greater accuracy in predictions as to how current crises, such as the growth of ISIS, will develop and from where the next might emerge. The House of Islam addresses key questions and points of disconnection. What are the roots of the conflict between Sunni and Shi'a Muslims that is engulfing Pakistan and the Middle East? Does the Koran encourage the killing of infidels? The book thoughtfully explores the events and issues that have come from and contributed to the broadening gulf between Islam and the West, from the United States' overthrow of Iran's first democratically elected leader to the emergence of ISIS, from the declaration of a fatwa on Salman Rushdie to the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo. Authoritative and engaging, Ed Husain leads us clearly and carefully through the nuances of Islam and its people, taking us back to basics to contend that the Muslim world need not be a stranger to the West, nor our enemy, but our peaceable allies.

Muslims in America

Muslims in America
Author: Edward E. Curtis
Publsiher: OUP USA
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2009-10
ISBN 10: 0195367561
ISBN 13: 9780195367560
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Muslims in America Book Review:

A history of the Muslim presence in the United States from slaves who managed to keep their religion to the varied communities of the twenty-first century covers the role of converts and immigrants in every stage of American history.