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A Reader on classical Islam

Author: F E Peters
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1994.
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To enable the reader to shape, or perhaps reshape, an understanding of the Islamic tradition, F. E. Peters skillfully combines extensive passages from Islamic texts with a fascinating commentary of his own. In so doing, he presents a substantial body of literary evidence that will enable the reader to grasp the bases of Muslim faith and, more, to get some sense of the breadth and depth of Islamic religious culture  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: F E Peters
ISBN: 0691033943 9780691033945 0691000409 9780691000404
OCLC Number: 28378581
Notes: "Selections ... almost all of them originally in Arabic"--Preface.
Description: xiii, 420 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: A Primer on Islam 3 --
Chapter I The Past, Sacred and Profane --
Chapter 2 The Life and Work of the Prophet --
Chapter 3 The Community of Muslims --
Chapter 4 The Word of God and Its Understanding --
Chapter 5 The Quran, the Prophet, and the Law --
Chapter 6 The Worship of God --
Chapter 7 Saints and Mystics --
Chapter 8 Islamic Theology.
Responsibility: [edited by] F.E. Peters.
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