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Islam For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-5503-9
384 pages
May 2003
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Many non-Muslims have no idea that Muslims worship the same God as Christians and Jews, and that Islam preaches compassion, charity, humility, and the brotherhood of man. And the similarities don’t end there. According to Islamic teaching, Muhammad founded Islam in 610 CE after the angel Gabriel appeared to him at Mecca and told him that God had entered him among the ranks of such great biblical prophets as Abraham, Moses, and Christ.

Whether you live or work alongside Muslims and want to relate to them better, or you simply want to gain a better understanding of the world’s second largest religion, Islam For Dummies can help you make sense of this religion and its appeal.  From the Qur’an to Ramadan, this friendly guide introduces you to the origins, practices and beliefs of Islam, including:

  • Muhammad, the man and the legend
  • The Five Pillars of Wisdom
  • The Five Essentials beliefs of Islam
  • The different branches of Islam and Islamic sects
  • The Qur’an and Islamic law
  • Islam throughout history and its impact around the world

Professor Malcolm Clark explores the roots of Islam, how it has developed over the centuries, and it’s long and complex relationship with Christianity. He helps puts Islam in perspective as a major cultural and geopolitical force. And he provided helpful insights into, among other things:

  • Muhammad, the Qur’an and the ethical teachings of Islam
  • Muslim worship, customs, and rituals surrounding birth, marriage, and death
  • Shi’ites, Sunnis, Sufis, Druze, and other important Muslim groups
  • Islam in relation to Judaism and Christianity

In these troubled times, it is important that we try to understand the belief systems of others, for through understanding comes peace. Islam For Dummies helps you build bridges of understanding between you and your neighbors in the global village.

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Introduction.

Part I: Understanding the Basics.

Chapter 1: Approaching Islam.

Chapter 2: Tracing the Path of Islamic History.

Chapter 3: Submitting to God.

Chapter 4: What Muslims Believe.

Chapter 5: Standing Before God: Heaven and Hell.

Part II: Muhammad: The Man, the Book, and Rules of Law.

Chapter 6: The Prophet: Muhammad.

Chapter 7: The Book: The Qur’an.

Chapter 8: Islamic Tradition and Law.

Part III: Becoming Familiar with Muslim Daily Life.

Chapter 9: The Five Pillars of Worship: Foundations of Islam.

Chapter 10: Observing Other Religious Rituals and Customs.

Chapter 11: Muslim Ethics: Living the Good Life.

Part IV: Recognizing That All Muslims Aren’t the Same.

Chapter 12: Shi`ites.

Chapter 13: Sufis.

Chapter 14: Exploring Lesser-Known Sects Linked to Islam.

Chapter 15: Islam in America.

Part V: Considering Islam’s Concept of Abrahamic Religions.

Chapter 16: Seeking Common Roots: Abrahamic Religion and Beyond.

Chapter 17: Seeking Common Ground.

Chapter 18: Meeting the Challenge of Modernity.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Muslim Contributions to World Civilization.

Chapter 20: Ten Noteworthy Muslims, Past and Present.

Chapter 21: Ten Islamic Regions in the News Today.

Part VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Counting the Years: The Muslim Calendar.

Appendix B: Glossary.

Appendix C: Resources: Digging Deeper.

Index.

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Professor Malcolm Clark taught in the Department of Religion at Butler University for 30 years.

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