Islam: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byMalise Ruthven

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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 perspectiveson 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?In this new edition, Ruthven brings the text up-to-date by reflecting upon some of the most significant changes in the Muslim world in recent years; from the emergence of al-Qaeda and the attacks on New York and Washington on 9/11 and the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to the uprisings in theMiddle East and North Africa. Ruthven includes new material surrounding the concept of a globalized Islam, bringing into question the effects of economic globalization, the effect of international events in Middle Eastern countries, the issues surrounding Islam and democracy, and the reception andperception of Islam in the West.

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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 Wahh...

Malise Ruthven was born in Dublin of Hiberno-Scottish parentage. A former scriptwriter with the BBC Arabic and World Services, he holds an MA in English Literature and a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University. He has taught Islamic studies, cultural history and comparative religion at the University of Aberdeen,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:182 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199642877

ISBN - 13:9780199642878

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Islam, Muslims, and Islamism2. The Quran and the Prophet3. Divine Unicity4. The Shari'a and its consequences5. Women and Family6. The Two JihadsAppendix: The five pillars of IslamReferencesFurther reading

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"excellent little book" --The Guardian 02/02/1998