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Discovering Islam

Making Sense of Muslim History and Society, 1st Edition

By Akbar S. Ahmed


264 pages

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pub: 2002-11-01
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First published in 1989. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


'A personal statement written with grace and flair.' - The Middle East

'Instructive, entertaining and even stimulating.' - Middle East International

'… one of the more gifted and sensitive Muslim minds of today …' - History Today

'An intriguing mixture of the history of primitive Islam… It is well worthy to be read, and very readable.' - Asian Affairs

'With Discovering Islam [the author] moves beyond anthropology aiming, through an exploration of his experiences as a Muslim and his personal search for understanding, to set before us the kindlier face of Islam and the dynamics of its history' - History Today

'This is a most readable book which will set Muslims and non-Muslims thinking' - Islam, Christian and Muslim Relations

'An in depth analysis of Islamic history and society. . .required reading for students and researchers'. - Colonel Ghulam Sarwar, The Voice of Islam, May 1988

Table of Contents

Introduction: Discovering IslamPart 1: The Pattern of Islamic History2. Muslim Ideal: Holy Book and Prophet 3. A Theory of Islamic History 4. The Great Muslim Empires: Ottomans, Saffavids and Mughals 5. Sufis and Scholars 6. Islam of the Periphery 7. Under European Rule: The Colonial Impact on Muslim Society Part 2: Contemporary Muslim Society 8. Princes and Paupers: Muslim Societies in Saudi Arabia and South India 9. Muslim Society Turned Inside Out: Ethnicity, Women and Refugees 10. The Reconstruction of Muslim Thought 11. Only Connect Appendix: Muslim Chronology, Glossary of Islamic Terminology, Bibliography: Suggested Readings, Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Islam / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion