Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Islam

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Islam

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Islam

Islam is an efficient introduction to the religion of Islam, with the book's own introduction noting that "for the believer, the study of another religious tradition should enhance his or her own faith-understanding; for the nonbeliever (i.e., agnostic), the study of religion should open up new dimensions of the human spirit."

The introduction also makes the inarguable point that "the objective study of religion should be undertaken because of its inherent significance -- because the understanding of cultures and societies, indeed of humankind, is severely limited when such study is ignored...such inquiry should open us to what we share in common with other religious persons, as well as to what is genuinely unique about our own religious beliefs and traditions."

Thus, an uncluttered and concise presentation of Islam such as this book provides is extremely important in this age of ever-shrinking distances and greater chances for misunder-standings to escalate to more lethal levels.

The book is broken down into seven chapters, giving the reader an introductory understanding of Islam, through descriptions of the phenomenon of the religion, the religious obligations of Muslims, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, the structure of the Muslim family, the Islamic view of nature and wealth, the meaning of the Islamic World Order and Islamic culture and history. …

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