Discovering Islam: Making Sense of Muslim History and Society, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Discovering Islam

Making Sense of Muslim History and Society, 2nd Edition

By Akbar S. Ahmed

© 2002 – Routledge

272 pages

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Paperback: 9780415285254
pub: 2002-02-21
Hardback: 9780415285247
pub: 2002-02-28

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Now reissued with a new introduction, Discovering Islam is a classic account of how the history of Islam and its relations with the West have shaped Islamic society today. Islam is often caricatured as aggressive and fanatic. Written in the tradition of Ibn Khaldun, this readable and wide-ranging book balances that image, uncovers the roots of Islamic discontent and celebrates the sources of its strength. From the four "ideal Caliphs" who succeeded the Prophet to the refugee camps of Peshawar, an objective picture emerges of the main features of Muslim history and the compulsions of Muslim society.


Instructive, entertaining and even stimulating. - Middle East International

Through an exploration of his experiences as a Muslim and his personal search for understanding, (Akbar Ahmed) sets 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

Subject Categories

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