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Islam : a very short introduction

Author: Malise Ruthven
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Series: Very short introductions.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Islam dominates the news, often in stories filled with images of violence. Yet these disturbing images are at odds with a faith that most adherents--who now number over a billion worldwide--would regard as no less pacific than Buddhism or Christianity. Indeed, the word Islam in Arabic means 'self-surrender' and is closely related to salaam, the word for peace. In this thoroughly revised new edition, Malise Ruthven  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Ruthven, Malise.
Islam.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1997
(DLC) 97025616
(OCoLC)37220712
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Malise Ruthven
ISBN: 9780191540110 0191540110 0585111219 9780585111216 0199504695 9780199504695 9780192853349 0192853341
OCLC Number: 43476241
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 162 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: 1. Islam, Muslims, and Islamism --
2. The Quran and the Prophet --
3. Divine unicity --
4. The Shariʻa and its consequences --
5. Women and family --
6. The two Jihads.
Series Title: Very short introductions.
Responsibility: Malise Ruthven.

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"Islam dominates the news, often in stories filled with images of violence. Yet these disturbing images are at odds with a faith that most adherents--who now number over a billion worldwide--would regard as no less pacific than Buddhism or Christianity. Indeed, the word Islam in Arabic means 'self-surrender' and is closely related to salaam, the word for peace. In this thoroughly revised new edition, Malise Ruthven offers a balance, compact, and reliable overview of Islam. An internationally recognized authority on Islam, Ruthven offers essential insights into this major world religion, examining such issues as why Islam has such major divisions between movements such as the Shi'ites, the Sunnis, and the Wahhabis, and the central importance of the Shar'ia (Islamic law) in Islamic life. He also provides fresh perspectives on contemporary questions: Why is the greatest Jihad (holy war) now against the enemies of Islam, rather than the struggle against evil? Can women find fulfillment in Islamic societies? How must Islam adapt as it confronts the modern world? For the new edition, Ruthven brings the text up-to-date, shedding light on some of the most significant changes in the Muslim world in recent years; from the emergence of al-Qaeda and the attacks on New York and Washington on 9/11 and the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. Ruthven includes a new chapter on 'Globalized Islam, ' which examines the effects of economic globalization, the impact of international events in Middle Eastern countries, the questions surrounding Islam and democracy, and the reception and perception of Islam in the West."--Publisher's description.

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