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An Introduction to Islam

An Introduction to Islam

2nd Edition


Part of Introduction to Religion

  • Date Published: November 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521539067

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  • This wide-ranging account of the history and theology of one of the world's most dynamic religions tells the story of Islamic beliefs and practices as they developed from the earliest times down to the present day. For this revised and updated second edition, David Waines has added a long section tackling head-on the issues arising from Islam's place in the changing world order at the turn of the new millennium. The wars in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Israel, and the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, have raised global awareness of Islam at a superficial level - but little has been written which considers Islamic political and military extremism in relation to mainstream Muslim history and theology. Coming at the end of a book which has explored the ideas and traditions of Islam in depth, this new section offers thought-provoking reflections on the place of religion in the current conflicts.

    • Wide-ranging account of the history and theology of one of the world's most dynamic religions
    • Expanded to 368 pages, and including new illustrations
    • Engagement with issues post-9/11
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Reviewers do not always agree with writers of blurbs, but in this case the reviewer must … the book really is essential reading for all those interested in Islamic history and culture.' Geoffrey Lewis , Asian Affairs

    'The merits of this book are several: it is a scholarly work, it is well-researched and clearly presented … it is surprisingly comprehensive for an introductory text.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society

    'David Waines has surely written what will deservedly be the standard introduction to Islam for some time.' Oliver Leaman , Expository Times

    '… an elegantly written work as useful to the new student daunted by the complexity of Islamic discourse as to the more experienced Muslim who sometimes wonders about the difference between shari'a and fiqh … Highly recommended.' Periodica Islamica

    'Fluent, thoughtful and open-minded.' Aramco World

    "Waines writes clearly, eloquently and with style and precision." Andrew Rippon , Der Islam

    "Western businessmen would be advised that 'You can't afford to leave on your next trip to a Muslim country without placing this book on your list of essentials to take along.'" Middle East Library Association Notes

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521539067
    • length: 398 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Foundations:
    1. 'There is no god but Allah …'
    2. Tradition in the making
    Part II. Islamic Teaching and Practice:
    3. Divine will and the law
    4. Theology: faith, justice, and last things
    5. The way of the Sufi
    6. The way of the Imams
    Part III. Islam in the Modern World:
    7. The heartlands and beyond
    8. Issues in contemporary Islam
    Excursus on Islamic origins
    Further reading

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Abrahamic Religions
    • Anthropology of the Muslim World
    • Exploration of World Cultures: Middle East
    • Govt and Politics of the Middle East
    • Intro. to Islam
    • Introduction to Islam
    • Introduction to Islamic Traditions
    • Islam
    • Islam: History, Practices, Beliefs
    • Islamic Law Course
    • Islamic Religious Traditions
    • Reading Islam
    • Senior Seminar: Understanding Islam and Muslims
    • The Qur'an
  • Author

    David Waines, Lancaster University
    David Waines is Professor of Islamic Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Lancaster University.

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