An Introduction to Islam, Fourth Edition, provides students with a thorough, unified and topical introduction to the global religious community of Islam. In addition, the author's extensive field work, experience, and scholarship combined with his engaging writing style and passion for the subject also sets his text apart. An Introduction to Islam places Islam within a cultural, political, social, and religious context, and examines its connections with Judeo-Christian morals. Its integration of the doctrinal and devotional elements of Islam enables readers to see how Muslims think and live, engendering understanding and breaking down stereotypes. This text also reviews pre-Islamic history, so readers can see how Islam developed historically.
An Inroduction to Islam, 4/E, Table of Contents, Preface, A General Introduction to Islam's Basic Teachings, Pronounciation Tips for key Arabic-Islamic Terms, PART ONE: Religion and Common Life in the Pre-Islamic Near East, Chapter 1: Early Civilizations and the Origins of Judaism and Christianity, Chapter 2: Pre-Islamic Arabia: Beliefs, Values, Way of Life, PART TWO: The Coming of Islam: The Prophet, His People, and God's Religion, Chapter 3: Muhammad and the Early Muslim Community, Chapter 4: The Arab Conquests and Islamic Rule: The Stuggle for a Unified Umma, PART THREE: The Islamic Religious System, Chapter 5: The Basic Beliefs and Worship Practices of Islam, Chapter 6: The Nature and Function of the Qur'an, Chapter 7: The Prophet's Sunna as Preserved in the Hadith, Chapter 8: Muslim Creeds and Theologies: Their Purposes and Varieties, Chapter 9: Law and the State in Classical Islamic Formulations, PART FOUR: The Sufi Way of Mysticism and Fellowship, Chapter 10: Islamic Mysticism and the Disciplines of Exoteric Piety, Chapter 11: Masters and Disciples: The Forms and Functions of Sufi Orders, PART FIVE: Patterns of Islamic Personal and Communal Life, Chapter 12: The Islamic Life Cycle and the Family, Chapter 13: Ideals and Realities of Islamic Community Life, PART SIX: Islam in the Modern World, Chapter 14: Major Movements and Trends in Renewal and Reform, Chapter 15: Three Forms of Islamic Revival: "Fundamentalism," Feminism, and Establishing the Umma in North America, Chapter 16: Whither Islam and the Muslims? Progressive Muslims with a Vision of an "Islam without Borders", Suggestions for Further Reading, Glossary, Acknowlegements, Index