No-Nonsense Guide to Islam by Merryl Wyn DaviesNo-Nonsense Guide to Islam by Merryl Wyn Davies

No-Nonsense Guide to Islam

byMerryl Wyn Davies

Paperback | February 18, 2004

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Even before September 11, 2001, Muslims were often framed by Western media and many non-Muslims as enemies of "freedom" and "progress." Like other religions, Islam is not without its ongoing tensions and struggles. However, like other religions, there is a depth and richness to the Islamic faith that is too often overlooked because of stereotypes.

This No-Nonsense Guide looks at the complexities of Islam and how its adherents are reconciling their faith with the social realities of the twenty-first century. In so doing, Merryl Wyn Davies and Zia Sardar examine the Qur'an and Islamic law (sharia), how world history has been shaped by Islam, Islam's rocky relationship with the Western world, and the many challenges within and without Islam.

MERRYL WYN DAVIES is a writer, anthropologist, and a former producer of religious programs for the BBC. ZIA SARDAR is a writer, broadcaster, and cultural critic.
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Title:No-Nonsense Guide to IslamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.1 × 4.3 × 0.4 inPublished:February 18, 2004Publisher:Between the LinesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1896357865

ISBN - 13:9781896357867

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword: by Ghayasuddin Siddiqui
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Islam: The Qur'an and Sirah
  • Chapter 2: What is Islam?
  • Chapter 3: The Rightly Guided Caliphs
  • Chapter 4: Expansion and Empires
  • Chapter 5: Civilization and Learning
  • Chapter 6: Islam and the West
  • Chapter 7: Reform Movements
  • Chapter 8: Contemporary Issues
  • Chapter 9: Beyond the Impasse
  • Glossary
  • Timeline
  • Bibliography
  • Contacts
  • Index

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