Summary: ''This is an excellent, comprehensive, and highly accessible introduction to Islam and its civilization; Muslims and their societies in the pre-modern to the modern period; and contemporary intellectual and political trends. In my opinion, it really is the single best introduction to Islam and Muslims today. The book keeps getting better and better with each new edition!''--Asma Afsaruddin, University of Notre Dame ''I have to commend OUP for its commitment to revising and updating
this important book. Esposito writes in a lucid, accessible, and direct style that allows the book to be an excellent introduction for novice students. Esposito illustrates the rare ability of being comprehensive without being reductive.''--Febe Armanios, Middlebury College
Summary: ''This is an excellent, comprehensive, and highly accessible introduction to Islam and its civilization; Muslims and their societies in the pre-modern to the modern period; and contemporary intellectual and political trends. In my opinion, it really is the single best introduction to Islam and Muslims today. The book keeps getting better and better with each new edition!''--Asma Afsaruddin, University of Notre Dame ''I have to commend OUP for its commitment to revising and updating this important book. Esposito writes in a lucid, accessible, and direct style that allows the book to be an excellent introduction for novice students. Esposito illustrates the rare ability of being comprehensive without being reductive.''--Febe Armanios, Middlebury College ...show less
Edition/Copyright:4TH 11 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Oxford University Press Year Published: 2011 International: No
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Table of Contents Preface to the Fourth Edition Introduction 1. Muhammad and the Quran: Messenger and Message Muhammad and the Muslim Community Muhammad and the West The Quran: The Word of God Conclusion 2. The Muslim Community in History Muhammad and the Medinan State The Caliphate (632-1258) Islam and the West: The Crusades and Muslim Response to Militant Christianity The Sultanate Period: Medieval Muslim Empires Islam in the West 3. Religious Life: Belief and Practice Theology Islamic Law Popular Religion 4. Modern Islamic Reform Movements From Imperial Islam to Islamic Revivalism Revivalism in Islam Modern Islamic Movements Conclusion 5. Religion & Politics The Islamic Resurgence Ideological Worldview of Revivalism A Quiet Revolution Osama Bin Laden and Global Terrorism The Globalization and Hijacking of Jihad Sayyid Qutb: Martyr of Islamic Radicalism The Making of a Terrorist and his Global Jihad Terrorists and Suicide Bombing Conclusion 6. The Struggle for Islam in the 21st Century The Struggle in Islam: The Debate The Bifurcation of Society The Ulama and Reform Tradition: Anchor or Albatross? A Spectrum of Reformers and Approaches Cyberspace and High-Tech Islam Critical Areas of Islamic Reform The Challenge of Religious Pluralism Global Multifaith and Intercivilizational Initiatives The Challenge of Pluralism for Western Secular Democracies Conclusion Timeline Glossary Select Bibliography Index
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