By Robert Spencer
Best-selling writer Robert Spencer compares Islam with Christianity and indicates that, faraway from being "sister religions" with comparable middle doctrines and morals, they're truly separated by means of "a nice chasm" of trust and perform. A much-needed rejoinder to those that dream of a simple alliance among the 2 faiths.
By Manning Marable, Hishaam D. Aidi
Starting with nineteenth century narratives of African American tourists to the Holy Land, the subsequent chapters probe Islam's position in city social events, track and pop culture, family among African american citizens and Muslim immigrants, and the racial politics of yankee Islam with the continued conflict in Iraq.
By Kecia Ali
Fresh outbursts sparked through a viral video and arguable cartoons powerfully illustrate the passions and sensitivities that proceed to enclose the depiction of the seventh-century founding father of Islam. The Lives of Muhammad delves into the various methods the Prophet’s lifestyles tale has been advised from the earliest days of Islam to the current, by means of either Muslims and non-Muslims. Emphasizing the most important variations because the 19th century, Kecia Ali exhibits that faraway from being at the same time adversarial, those a number of views became more and more interdependent.
Since the 19th century, separate streams of writing, one hagiographic and the opposite polemical, have merged right into a unmarried, contentious tale in regards to the lifetime of Muhammad. Protestant missionaries, ecu Orientalists, Indian and Egyptian modernists, and American voices around the spectrum, together with preachers, students, Islamophobes, reporters, teachers, and new-age authorities, debated Muhammad’s personality and the evidence of his existence. within the technique, texts written symbolically got here to be learn actually. Muhammad’s accomplishments as a non secular and political chief, his army encounters with Meccans and Medinan Jews, and―a topic of perennial interest―his relationships with girls, together with his younger spouse Aisha, are one of the key topics writers engaged, repurposing early fabrics for brand new circumstances.
Many of the tips approximately Muhammad that Muslims include today―Muhammad the social reformer, Muhammad the consummate chief, Muhammad the best husband―arose in tandem and in pressure with Western depictions. those have been in flip formed by way of new principles approximately faith, sexuality, and human accomplishments.
By G. S. P. Freeman-Grenville, Stuart Munro-Hay
This atlas depicts the process the growth of Islam, in pictorial shape, around the globe, from preliminary conquests to the current day. The drama of the occasions that introduced a faith born within the Arabian desolate tract, and its automobile, the Arabic language and script, into far-flung areas of the realm, is illustrated and defined utilizing maps and texts. The historic techniques energetic in every one separate theatre of motion are indicated, from the outset to the current day. Islam has skilled exams and reversals, as in Spain and japanese Europe, quickly within the Crusades, and in facets of ecu colonial rule. but it continues to be an energetic and still-spreading phenomenon whose effect in numerous components of the realm is profound, and, to many non-Muslims, mysterious and little understood.
By Muhammad Abdel Haleem
The tenets of Islam can't be grasped with out a right knowing of theQur’an. during this vital advent, now revised and up-to-date for a newpaperback version, Muhammad Abdel Haleem examines the Qur’an’s majorrecurrent subject matters - lifestyles and eternity, marriage and divorce, peace and battle, waterand nourishment - and for the 1st time considers those parts in thecontext of Qur’anic linguistic variety. With a clean perception into the historical past ofthe Qur’an, Professor Haleem examines the context and conditions leadingto the advance of the suras (chapters) and the ayahs (verses) and theconstruction of the Qur’an itself. He indicates that renowned conceptions of Islamicattitudes to girls, marriage and divorce, clash and society, all range radicallyfrom the real teachings of the Qur’an. realizing the Qur’angoes on toexplore the ways that the Judaic and Christian traditions, as mirrored in theBible, might be in comparison to Qur’anic methods to related topics.
By Asma Afsaruddin
A clean examine the origins and improvement of Islam, this can be a attention-grabbing reconstruction of the formative period of the Muslim group. utilizing a wealth of classical Arabic resources, it chronicles the lives of the Prophet Muhammad, his partners, and the next generations of Muslims, jointly often called the the Pious Forebears. This available booklet takes an in depth examine the embryonic Muslim groups and explains the effect of the earliest converts at the improvement of Islam and its present ideals.
By Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood
Of the numerous books explaining Islam, few particularly handle the worries and questions of these from a Christian historical past. in addition, the commonalities among the Abrahamic faiths—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—are too usually overlooked. Set out in a simple and informative question-and-answer structure, the ebook addresses the categorical theological issues of contract and distinction among Christianity and Islam, explains the middle non secular ideals and practices of Islam, and solutions latest commonest questions of Islam and Muslims in an age whilst there's a lot clash and false impression. Islam is healthier judged no longer via the constraints and transgressions of its such a lot severe, ignorant, and outlandish fans, yet by way of the instance of its reasonable majority, and Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood offers this advent to the theology and perform of Islam in an try to discover a number of the fake impressions that encompass it.
Table of Contents:
Section 1: The non secular ideals of Islam Explained
Section 2: the spiritual tasks of Islam Explained
Section three: Miscellaneous Questions
Section four: Christianity and Islam
Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood received an honors measure in Christian Theology from the college of Hull in 1963 after which taught spiritual reports at a number of nation faculties until eventually her retirement in 1996. She switched over to Islam in 1986 and now lectures and writes on Islam.
By F. Hadland Davis
Jami (1414-1492), a pupil and mystic, is taken into account through many to be one of many maximum Persian poets of the fifteenth century. This quantity, edited by means of F. Hadland Davis and primary released in 1908, comprises choices from a few of Jami's best-known works. ''Salaman and Absal'' examines the earthly love (''the love that binds and fetters and is corruptible'') of the eponymous star-crossed fanatics and contrasts it with ''incorruptible'' celestial love. The ''Lawa'ih'' is a treatise on Sufism. ''Yusuf and Zulaikha'' tells of Zulaikha's unrequited love for Yusuf, and the ''Baharistan'' is a ebook of verse and prose written as a chain of 8 ''gardens.'' a quick biography of Jami and a few additional info on all the choices are integrated during this undying paintings. FREDERICK HADLAND DAVIS is additionally the writer of The Persian Mystics: Jalalu'd-Din Rumi (1907) and Myths and Legends of Japan (1912), either to be had from Cosimo.
By Bat Ye'or
By Kecia Ali
What did it suggest to be a spouse, girl, or slave in a society within which a land-owning girl was once forbidden to put together with her male slave however the comparable slave will be allowed to take concubines? Jurists of the nascent Maliki, Hanafi, and Shafi‘i criminal faculties often in comparison marriage to buy and divorce to manumission. Juggling scripture, precedent, and customized on one hand, and the necessities of logical consistency at the different, felony students engaged in lively debate. The rising consensus validated a self-perpetuating analogy among a husband’s prestige as grasp and a wife’s as slave, while jurists insisted at the dignity of loose ladies and, more and more, the masculine rights of enslaved husbands. Marriage and Slavery in Early Islam offers the 1st systematic research of ways those jurists conceptualized marriage—its rights and obligations—using a similar rhetoric of possession used to explain slavery. Kecia Ali explores parallels among marriage and concubinage that legitimized intercourse and legitimated offspring utilizing 8th- via tenth-century criminal texts. because the jurists mentioned claims spouses can make on each one other—including dower, intercourse, obedience, and companionship–they lower back again and again to problems with criminal prestige: spouse and concubine, slave and loose, female and male. Complementing the transforming into physique of scholarship on Islamic marital and relatives legislation, Ali boldly contributes to the continued debates over feminism, sexuality, and reform in Islam.