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Islam: The Straight Path (Fourth Edition)

ISBN : 9780195396003

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Author: 
John L. Esposito
Pages
352 Pages
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Paperback
Size
155 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jul 2010
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Now in a new edition, this exceptionally successful survey text introduces the faith, belief, and practice of Islam from its earliest origins up to its contemporary resurgence. John L. Esposito, an internationally renowned expert on Islam, traces the development of this dynamic faith and its impact on world history and politics. Lucidly written and expansive in scope, Islam: The Straight Path, Fourth Edition, provides keen insight into one of the world's least understood religions. It is ideally suited for use in courses on Islam, comparative religions, and Middle Eastern history and culture. NEW TO THE FOURTH EDITION: * A revised Chapter 5, "Religion and Politics," provides more focused and up-to-date coverage of Osama bin Laden's influence and the continued growth of extremism; the relationship of Islam to violence; the meaning of jihad and the origins of a global jihad ideology; the role of suicide bombing; and the influence of Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi Islam. * An updated Chapter 6, "The Struggle for Islam in the 21st Century," covers Muslim responses to new social and political contexts and presents the diverse and competing positions-from traditionalist to modernist-of contemporary Muslim leaders on issues of religious authority, women's rights, Shariah, violence, and terrorism. * More extensive treatment of early Islam in Chapters 1 and 2 * An enhanced art program featuring twenty-one photos and three maps * A new appendix that includes an extensive timeline of key events in the history of Islam * A FREE 6-month subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online (www.oxfordislamicstudies.com), edited by John L. Esposito. Please look inside for details.

Index: 

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

About the author: 

John L. Esposito is University Professor of Religion and Intentational Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies, and Founding Direcotr of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Gerogetown University

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