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The house of Islam : a global history

Author: Ed Husain
Publisher: New York, NY, USA : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A revelatory exploration of the intricacies of Islam and the Muslim world ... The gulf between Islam and the West is widening. A faith rich with strong values and traditions, observed by nearly two billion people across the world, is seen by the West as something to be feared rather than understood. Sensational headlines and hardline policies spark enmity, while ignoring the feelings, narratives and perceptions  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ed Husain
ISBN: 9781408872260 1408872269 9781632866394 1632866390 9781408872277 1408872277
OCLC Number: 1033592244
Description: x, 320 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Inside the house --
Part one: A millennium of power. What is Islam? --
Origins of the Quran --
Who is a Muslim today? --
The Sunni-Shiʻa schism --
What is the Sharia? --
Who is a Sufi? --
Part two: The rise of anger. A hundred years of humiliation --
Who is an Islamist? --
Who is a Salafi? Or a Wahhabi? --
Who is a jihadi? --
Who is a Kharijite, or Takfiri? --
Part three: The rise of the West and the loss of Muslim confidence. Dignity --
The Jews --
Education --
Women --
Sex --
Part four: Islam's global staying power. God is alive --
Rights of the sacred --
The family table --
The next life --
Conclusion: The way forward --
Appendix: Middle Eastern thinkers' calls for a regional union.
Responsibility: Ed Husain.

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"A revelatory exploration of the intricacies of Islam and the Muslim world ... The gulf between Islam and the West is widening. A faith rich with strong values and traditions, observed by nearly two billion people across the world, is seen by the West as something to be feared rather than understood. Sensational headlines and hardline policies spark enmity, while ignoring the feelings, narratives and perceptions that preoccupy Muslims today. Wise and authoritative, The House of Islam seeks to provide entry to the minds and hearts of Muslims the world over. It introduces us to the fairness, kindness and mercy of Mohamed; the aims of sharia law, through commentary on scripture, to provide an ethical basis to life; the beauty of Islamic art and the permeation of the divine in public spaces; and the tension between mysticism and literalism that still threatens the House of Islam. The decline of the Muslim world and the current crises of leadership mean that a glorious past, full of intellectual nobility and purpose, is now exploited by extremists and channeled into acts of terror. How can Muslims confront the issues that are destroying Islam from within, and what can the West do to help work towards that end? Ed Husain expertly and compassionately guides us through the nuances of Islam and its people, contending that the Muslim world need not be a stranger to the West, nor its enemy, but a peaceable ally."--Jacket.

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