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Islam [Nasr]

  The world's leading Islamicist offers a concise introduction to this rich and diverse tradition of 1.2 billion adherents. In this informative and clear introduction to the world of Islam, Seyyed Hossein Nasr explores the following topics in depth: •What Is Islam? •The Doctrines and Beliefs of Islam •Islamic Practices and Institutions •The History of Islam •Schools of Islamic Thought •Islam in the Contemporary World •Islam and Other Religions •The Spiritual and Religious Significance of Islam

Islam [Smith]

  Drawn from his masterful presentation of Islam in the bestselling The World's Religions (over 2,000,000 copies sold), Huston Smith offers a highly readable and incisive guide to the heart of a tradition with more than 1 billion adherents worldwide.Dispelling narrow and distorted notions about the nature of Islam, Smith shows the rich history, culture, and values that sustain this vibrant tradition.As Huston points out, Islam itself means primarily 'peace' and its full connotation is 'the peace that comes when one's life is surrendered to God.' Featuring a new introduction for these troubled times, the book covers not only the history and teachings, but also such timely issues as the true meaning of jihad, the role of women in Islamic societies, and the remarkable growth of Islam in America.This book will stand apart as the least expensive, and most concise, timely, and reliable introduction available today.

The Other Islam: Sufism and the Road to Global Harmony

  This eye-opening, insightful exploration of Sufism, the spiritual tradition that has supported Islam for more than a thousand years, shows why it offers a promising foundation for reconciliation between the Western and Muslim worlds. Many Americans today identify Islam with maniacal hatred of the West. The Other Islam transforms this image and opens the way to finding common ground in our troubled times. Sufism, a blend of the mystical and rational tendencies within Islam, emerged soon after the revelation of Muhammad. A reforming movement against the increasing worldliness of Muslim society, it focuses on Islam’s spiritual dimension. Described as “Islam of the Heart,” Sufism has attracted adherents among both Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, as well as Jews, Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists.In The Other Islam, Stephen Schwartz traces the origins and history of Sufism, elucidates its teachings, and illustrates its links to the other religions. He comments on such celebrated Sufi poets and philosophers as Rumi and Al-Ghazali, and narrates their influence on the Kabbalah, on the descendants of the Jewish philosopher Maimonides, and on Christian mystics like Saint John of the Cross and Saint Teresa of Ávila as well as the American transcendentalists. Furthermore, Schwartz presents a fresh survey of Sufism in today’s Islamic world, anticipating an intellectual renaissance of the faith and alternatives to fundamentalism and tyranny in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Iran.

Islam: The Religion and the People

  This is the eBook version of the printed book. If the print book includes a CD-ROM, this content is not included within the eBook version. Praise for Bernard Lewis   ''For newcomers to the subject[el]Bernard Lewis is the man.'' TIME Magazine   “The doyen of Middle Eastern studies.'' The New York Times   “No one writes about Muslim history with greater authority, or intelligence, or literary charm.” British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper    ''Bernard Lewis combines profound depth of scholarship with encyclopedic knowledge of the Middle East and, above all, readability.'' Daily Telegraph (London)   ''Lewis speaks with authority in prose marked by lucidity, elegance, wit and force.'' Newsday (New York)   ''Lewis' style is lucid, his approach, objective.'' Philadelphia Inquirer   ''Lewis writes with unsurpassed erudition and grace.'' Washington Times   An objective, easy-to-read introduction to Islam by Bernard Lewis, one of the West’s leading experts on Islam   For many people, Islam remains a mystery. Here Bernard Lewis and Buntzie Ellis Churchill examine Islam: what its adherents believe and how their religion has shaped them, their rich and diverse cultures, and their politics over more than 14 centuries. Considered one of the West’s leading experts on Islam, Lewis, with Churchill, has written an illuminating introduction for those who want to understand the faith and the global challenges it confronts and presents. Whatever your political, personal, or religious views, this book will help you understand Islam’s reality.   Lewis and Churchill answer questions such as...   • How does Islam differ from Judaism and Christianity? • What are the pillars of the Islamic faith? • What does Islam really say about peace and jihad? • How does the faith regard non-Muslims? • What are the differences between Sunni and Shi’a? • What does Islam teach about the position of women in society? • What does Islam say about free enterprise and profit? • What caused the rise of radical Islam? • What are the problems facing Muslims in the U.S. and Europe and what are the challenges posed by those minorities?    


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