Islam: A Very Short Introduction

Islam: A Very Short Introduction

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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 perspectives on 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?


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Details

Author(s)
Malise Ruthven
Format
Paperback | 176 pages
Dimensions
111.76 x 172.72 x 12.7mm | 136.08g
Publication date
19 Mar 2010
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Imprint
Oxford Paperbacks
Publication City/Country
Oxford, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
halftones, line drawings, and maps
ISBN10
0192853899
ISBN13
9780192853899
Bestsellers rank
129,757