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7th Edition
Caesar Farah, Ph. D. - All books by this author

Updated in a new edition, this timely study encompasses the history of an important worldwide religion, starting with its seventh-century Arabian prophet, Muhammad, and going on to describe Islam as it exists today. In this new edition, the author provides detailed information on the present dayís most militant sects and their power centers in countries that include Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and Indonesia, among others. He also offers a post-September 11th analysis of motivations that inspire some extremist Islamic factions to commit terrorist acts, describes the policies and acts of Western nations that have contributed to antagonism, and describes strategies being developed by the United States and its allies toward the Islamic world in general and terrorism in particular. The author explains the Qurían, Islamís Holy Scripture, and describes Islamic theology, pointing out its many connections with Judaism and Christianity. He describes the core of Islamic beliefs and obligations as they apply to each believer, and discusses the religionís several most important sects. Islamís history is broken down according to the countries where it exists as a major political and social force. The text is supplemented with endnotes, a comprehensive glossary, a bibliography, and an index.

Table of Contents:
    An Introduction to Islam
    The Setting in Arabia
    Muhammad the Prophet
    Muhammad the Man
    Foundations of Islam: The Qur'an
    The Fundamentals of Islam: Beliefs
    The Fundamentals of Islam: Obligations
    Solidarity Through Institutional Unity
    Heterodoxy and Orthodoxy
    Formalism and Free Expression
    "Medievalism" and the Dawn of "Renaissance"
    Islamic Resilience
    Islamic Dynamism
    Islam in Transition
    Current Trends
    Perspectives on Activist Islam
    Recommended Reading

About the Author:
Caesar Farah, Ph.D., is a widely respected scholar of the Islamic faith and its social history. He is on the faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Paperback / 512 Pages / 5 x 8 / 2003


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