Islam: A Very Short Introduction

Islam: A Very Short Introduction

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Islam features widely in the news, often in its most militant versions, but few people in the non-Muslim world really understand the nature of Islam. Malise Ruthven's Very Short Introduction contains essential insights into issues such 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. It also offers 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 fulfilment in Islamic societies? How must Islam adapt as it confronts the modern world?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 111.76 x 172.72 x 12.7mm | 136.08g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • halftones, line drawings, and maps
  • 0192853899
  • 9780192853899
  • 93,870

Review quote

"Malise Ruthven's book answers the urgent need for an introduction to Islam... He addresses major isssues with clarity and directness, engages dispassionately with the disparate stereotypes and polemics on the subjects, and guides the reader surely through the urgent debates about fundamentalism."--Michael Gilsenan, New York Universityshow more

About Malise Ruthven

Malise Ruthven is renowned as a commentator on Islam and the Arab world. A former scriptwriter with the BBC Arabic and World Services, his previous publications include Islam in the World and The Divine Supermarket: Shopping for God in more

Table of contents

1. Islam, Muslims, and Islamism; 2. The Quran and the Prophet; 3. Divinity Unicity; 4. The Shar'ia and its Consequences; 5. Women and Family; 6. The Two Jihads; Appendix: The Five Pillars of Islam; Citations and Further Reading; Indexshow more