Islam: The Straight Path, Updated Fifth Edition

Paperback | April 26, 2016

byJohn L. Esposito

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This exceptionally successful survey text introduces the teachings and practice of Islam from its earliest origins up to its contemporary resurgence. Islam: The Straight Path traces the development of the religion and its impact on world history and politics, providing keen insight into one ofthe world's least understood religions.

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This exceptionally successful survey text introduces the teachings and practice of Islam from its earliest origins up to its contemporary resurgence. Islam: The Straight Path traces the development of the religion and its impact on world history and politics, providing keen insight into one ofthe world's least understood religions.

John L. Esposito is University Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies, Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, and Director of The Bridge: Protecting Pluralism - Ending Islamophobia at Georgetown University. Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Islamic Studies Online and ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 26, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190632151

ISBN - 13:9780190632151

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Muhammad and the Quran: Messenger and MessageMuhammad and the Muslim CommunityMuhammad and the WestThe Quran: The Word of GodConclusion2. The Muslim Community in HistoryMuhammad and the Medinan StateThe Caliphate (632-1258)Islam and the West: The Crusades and Muslim Response to Militant ChristianityThe Sultanate Period: Medieval Muslim EmpiresIslam in the West3. Religious Life: Belief and PracticeTheologyIslamic Law4. Modern Islamic Reform MovementsFrom Imperial Islam to Islamic RevivalismRevivalism in IslamModern Islamic MovementsConclusion5. Religion and PoliticsThe Islamic ResurgenceA Quiet RevolutionGlobal TerrorismThe Globalization and Hijacking of JihadSayyid Qutb: Martyr of Islamic RadicalismThe Making of a Terrorist and his Global JihadTerrorists and Suicide BombingDemocratic Transition in TunisiaConclusion6. The Struggle for Islam in the Twenty-First CenturyThe Bifurcation of SocietyThe Ulama and ReformTradition: Anchor or Albatross?A Spectrum of Reformers and ApproachesCyberspace and High-Tech IslamCritical Areas of Islamic ReformThe Challenge of Religious PluralismGlobal Muslim Multifaith and Intercivilizational InitiativesThe Challenge of Pluralism for Western Secular DemocraciesConclusionTimelineGlossarySelect BibliographyIndex

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"Esposito's work in modern Islam gives him a rich perspective for introducing readers to the main modern strands of reform and revivalism, moderation, and extremism that shape the Islamic worldview in the twenty-first century." --Seth Ward, University of Wyoming