Islam: An Introduction

Islam: An Introduction

Islam: An Introduction

Islam: An Introduction

Synopsis

'The topic is becoming more significant because Islam is the most rapidly growing religious in the world. This book provides a thorough and sophisticate, but at the same time clear-headed and reliable, overview.' --Kevin Lacey

Excerpt

Among all the religions which Christianity had to confront and deal with, Islam was both misunderstood and attacked most intensely. For more than a millenium Islam seemed to be a major--if not the major--threat for the people of Europe, and this feeling has contributed to the fact that Islam and those who confessed it, the Muslims, were regarded as arch enemies of Christianity and western civilization. On the political level this threat began with the conquest of Spain by the Arabs at the beginning of the eighth century and it ended with the siege of Vienna by the Ottoman Turks in 1683.

But there were not only political reasons for Christian Europe's fear: Islam is the only world religion that came into existence after Christianity, and was hence unacceptable as a true religion. Often it was considered to be a mere heresy of Christianity, an attitude first found in early Byzantine apologetic writings and continuing for centuries; this attitude was later expressed by the German theologian Adolf von Harnack (d. 1930) and can be observed occasionally in our own day.

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.