Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know

Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know

Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know

Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know

Synopsis

"Recent events have focussed attention on Islam, the often-misunderstood faith of one billion people. Westerners are showing a new openness to learning about Islam and other religions, in part perhaps because religion is arguably the single most important and volatile factor in geopolitics today. Islam needs to be understood on its own terms, John Kaltner argues. This little Facet offers the most basic information about Islam in an accessible and sympathetic presentation. Kaltner portrays Islam as first and foremost a religion of prescribed practices - the five pillars of Islam. Showing the deep humanism of Islam and its most cherished commitments, Kaltner presents Islam through assertions that counter frequent misconceptions of the faith." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Islam has been at the center of many events and developments throughout the world since its emergence more than fourteen hundred years ago. In the past several decades alone, it has exerted tremendous influence in the political, social, economic, and spiritual arenas, to name but a few. As the fastest-growing religion in the world, Islam attracts new followers every day, and there is every reason to assume that it will continue to play a leading role on the world stage. It is therefore very important for non-Muslims to know as much as they can about this significant faith.

The events of September 11, 2001, have made this task more necessary than ever—one cannot properly understand the relationship between the terrorist attacks that occurred in the United States on that day and Islam without a firm grasp of the essentials of the religion. The aim of this book is to introduce non-Muslims to the basics of Islam so that they will be encouraged to expand and develop their knowledge of it. The space limitations of this book make a comprehensive introduction to the religion impossible. The six aspects of . . .

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