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by Akbar Ahmed
List price: $19.95
Now reissued with a new introduction, "Discovering Islam"
is an account of how the history of Islam and its relations with
the west have shaped Islamic society in 2002. Islam is often caricatured
as aggressive and fanatic. Written in the tradition of Ibn Khaldun,
this book balances that image, uncovers the roots of Islamic discontent
and celebrates the sources of its strength. From the four "ideal
Caliphs" who succeeded the Prophet to the refugee camps of
Peshawar, an objective picture emerges of the main features of Muslim
history and the compulsions of Muslim society.
Table of Contents
Introduction:Discovering Islam Part One:The Pattern of Islamic History
2. Muslim Ideal:Holy Book and Prophet 3. A Theory of Islamic History
4. The Great Muslim Empires:Ottomans, Saffavids and Mughals 5. Sufis
and Scholars 6. Islam of the Periphery 7. Under European Rule:The
Colonial Impact on Muslim Society Part Two:Contemporary Muslim Society
8. Princes and Paupers:Muslim Societies in Saudi Arabia and South
India 9. Muslim Society Turned Inside Out:Ethnicity, Women and Refugees
10. The Reconstruction of Muslim Thought 11. Only Connect Appendix:Muslim
Chronology, Glossary of Islamic Terminology, Bibliography:Suggested
"An intriguing mixture of the history of primitive Islam .
. . very readable." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"[Ahmed is] one of the more gifted and sensitive Muslim minds
of today . . . With Discovering Islam, he moves beyond anthropology
. . . to set before us the kindlier face of Islam and the dynamics
of its history." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Religious Studies Review
"[Ahmed's] bold treatment of such issues as poverty, the status
of women, and the plight of refugees contributes to the study's
timeliness." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Anthropology and Humanism Quarterly
"Using anthropology and history, Ahmed presents a very readable
and valuable study of Islam which provides Westerners with a clear
and accurate understanding of this important religion and its influence
on numerous cultures." --This text refers to the Paperback