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2nd Edition

Islam: The Basics

ISBN 9780415584920
Published May 24, 2011 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

Now in its second edition, Islam: The Basics provides an introduction to the Islamic faith, examining the doctrines of the religion, the practises of Muslims and the history and significance of Islam in modern contexts.  Key topics covered include:

  • the Qur'an and its teachings
  • the life of the Prophet Muhammad
  • gender, women and Islam
  • Sufism and Shi’ism
  • Islam and the western world
  • non-Muslim approaches to Islam.

With updated further reading, illustrative maps and an expanded chronology of turning points in the Islamic world, this book is essential reading for students of religious studies and all those new to the subject of Islam.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. The Messenger  2. The Message  3. The Rise of Muslim Civilisation  4. Belief  5. Practice  6. Spirituality  7. Revival, Reform and the Challenges of Modernity.  A Timeline of Events in Muslim History.  Glossary of Arabic Terms.  Index 

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Colin Turner is Reader in Islamic Thought in the School of Government and International Affairs at the University of Durham, UK.