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Ped as hating animals especially dogs dogs were often dirty and flea ridden and touching them made a Muslin unclean for prayer letting a dirty dog into your house made the house unclean tooI did find that the author was a little too biased the author is a Muslim himself at times saying things like we believe in or Allah told us etc rather than avoiding the personal pronouns and separating himself from the topic He also compared almost every topic to parts of Christianity Judaism Sikhism or Catholicism which I found rather unnecessaryOverall a good introduction piece to Islam If you need something to give you a uick and easy background to the Muslim faith than I would recommend picking this up Just re read this book The author was one of my professors in college He was an excellent teacher Book may be a bit basic for some but it is very informative Its fairly objective in its perspective The book is written to non muslims It explains the common uestions that westerners usually have about Islam The books is written by non muslim yet the author defends Islam Besides he has much knowledge about Islam Most of muslims are already familiar with most of the materials Yet in the way the book answers the uestion the reader gets an idea what westerners know and how can you compare islam and christianity This book is a defense not really an intro text De. Out Islam Esposito presents in uestion and answer format the information that most people want to know Esposito provides succinct accessible sensitive and even handed answers to uestions that range from the general What do Muslims believe and Who was Muhammad to specific issues like Is Islam compatible with modernization capitalism and democracy How do Muslims view Judaism and Christianity Are women second class citizens in Islam What is ihad Does the uran cond.
Spite what the title might make you think the goal of the book seems to be to highlight the shared values Islam has with the West and also defend Islam from current misconceptions All good and all things that need to be faced and understood with toleration and humilityUnfortunately it shortly became clear that the author was going through every issue people had uestions about and finding the most modern answer to be found in the Islamic tradition and leaving all the not so modern parts out He also employed the time worn strategy of saying Well Judaism and Christianity did it tootimes a billion To be fair the author is certainly not reuired to drag up the worst of the worst but what he leaves out is often very crucial to understanding Islam as a whole For instance he talks of the SunniShia split as a disagreement about how to choose successors to Muhammad The Sunnis wanted a successor based on merit and the Shia wanted a blood relative to succeed That IS an accurate statement but it doesn t mention the assassinations and outright war that took place to make the split happen Not only is it important to add historical context but it also seems a little insensitive to Shiites to say that they simply thought blood relatives should succeed They thought their man Ali was the most meritorious as well So much for that issueAnother issue where he chose One terrorism What does Islam say about homosexuality birth control abortion and slavery The editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern Islam and The Oxford History of Islam and author of Unholy War and many other acclaimed works John Esposito is one of America's leading authorities on Islam This brief and readable book is the first place to look for information on the faith customs and political beliefs of the than one billion people who call themselves Muslim.
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Useful clear guide to the basics about Islam Definitely an apologia and a deliberate counterbalance to the Islamophobic content out there I m not sure an objective basic guide to Islam or indeed any religion is possible in today s world The legaltheological difference in approach to religion and daily life were very helpful for framing the discussion Looking for a uick guide to Islam I think this is your bookIt was an easy uick read to fly through and provided an in depth look at all religious areas of Islam making all the information relatively brief and to the point I loved the way it was set out with FAs as headers so you could ust pick it up at the one uestion you wanted the answer to and then could put it back down without having to bother with the rest of the bookThe way that the author detailed the difference between cultural customs and religious Islamic customs was fantastic It really helped to learn the difference between what Muslims religious individuals believed and what was believed as a society or community in Muslim countriesIt handled controversial subjects well and talked about the historical background of customs and beliefs in the Islamic religion and culture Eg why Islamic aren t fond of hand shakes touching non familial people was seen as unclean and inappropriate if the individual was unmarried and why they are stereoty. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th there has been an overwhelming demand for information about Islam As a leading expert John Esposito has found himself called upon to speak to a wide range of audiences including members of Congress the Bush administration government agencies the military and the media Out of this experience he has identified the most pressing uestions people consistently ask about Islam In What Everyone Needs to Know ab.
He is a professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University He is also the director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal center for Muslim Christian understanding at Georgetown UniversityEsposito was raised a Roman Catholic in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn New York City and spent a decade in a Catholic monastery After taking his first degree he worked as a manage