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An introduction to Islam

Author: David Waines
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
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"Islam is a world-wide religion embracing many cultures and nations, comprising today nearly 900 million persons. Muslims believe that God (Allah) revealed to the Prophet Muhammad guidance for proper conduct in this world and salvation in the next. These revelations are contained in the Muslims' scripture, the Quran. From modest beginnings in Mecca fourteen centuries ago, Islam spread rapidly throughout the Middle  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Waines
ISBN: 0521418801 9780521418805 0521429293 9780521429290
OCLC Number: 30069411
Description: ix, 332 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: There is no god but Allah ... --
Tradition in the making --
Divine will and the law --
Theology: faith, justice, and last things --
The way of the Sufi --
The way of the Imams --
The heartlands and beyond --
Issues in contemporary Islam.
Responsibility: David Waines.
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"Islam is a world-wide religion embracing many cultures and nations, comprising today nearly 900 million persons. Muslims believe that God (Allah) revealed to the Prophet Muhammad guidance for proper conduct in this world and salvation in the next. These revelations are contained in the Muslims' scripture, the Quran. From modest beginnings in Mecca fourteen centuries ago, Islam spread rapidly throughout the Middle East and then into southeast Asia. This book is the story of the Muslims' beliefs and practices as they developed during the formative period. Separate chapters are devoted to a description of the sacred law (the shariah), theology, and mysticism. Attention is given also to the beliefs and practices of the important Shiah minority of Muslims. The story comes down to the present day, recounting the period over the last two centuries during which Muslims have been challenged by Western hegemony and have sought to establish a modern sense of self-identity. This comprehensive, wide-ranging and up-to-date treatment of one of the world's most dynamic and vital religions constitutes essential reading for all those interested in Islamic history and culture."--Jacket.

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