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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  157 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Fazlur Rahman's Islam is aptly titled, in that this slim volume constitutes an incisive and surprisingly comprehensive history and analysis of Islam—its history, its conflicts, its legacy—and its prospects. From Mohammed to the late twentieth century, Rahman traces the development of Islam as a religion and, more importantly, as an intellectual tradition, offering both an ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published August 15th 1979 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 1968)
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Intikhab
Fazlur Rahman introduces an Islam that is not known to many: from among its non-believers and a good many Muslims as well. 'Islam' leaves one with an impression of Islam as a religion that needs in depth study and research for one to be able to pass judgement about it. Rahman had adequately put across his point that it would not be possible to correctly understand Islam without developing understanding and knowledge about the historical period it came in. The book introduces Islam in detail, its ...more
Vivian
A nice, if somewhat dated, introduction to the religion of Islam.
Ali Khan
To those who are unfamiliar with Fazlur Rahman, he was a Muslim Modernist, i.e., a scholar who believed in Islam to be compatible with the modern culture and institutions.

He is well versed in Islam as well as modern scholarship that shows in his works. During 60's he was leading the Islamic Ideology Council in Pakistan but had to be relieved principally due to the opposition of the Reformist, extremist Islamic Party, Jama't-i-Islami, and he then took a teaching position at an American University
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Alp Eren Topal
Although clearly a dated book considering its 50 years old, still one of the best introductions to Islamic history and its recurring social, political, philosophical problems.

The main originality and novelty of the book is that it explains the emergence of Islamic concepts such as fıqh, sunna, icma, kelam, sufism and exegesis by relating to several central questions, tensions, uncertainties and problematiques surrounding the Islamic community, i.e. mind-body dualism, legal-bureacratic routiniza
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Brock
Feb 23, 2015 Brock is currently reading it
Curious writing. "In 629 the Meccans were party to a conflict in which their opponents had an alliance with the Muslims who, therefore, had to move into action."

"The text of this sermon, towards the authenticity of which modern scholarship has also extended its general skepticism, must, nevertheless, be accepted as being reliable on the whole." Huh?
Teguh Santoso
Islam itu LUAS dan LUWES
Rangga Fadhillah
Oct 05, 2007 Rangga Fadhillah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who need enlightment
writing this controversial book had consequence expulsion of him from his motherland, Pakistan. his liberal view in understanding Islam was contradictory with his formalist counterpart led by Abu Al-A'la Al-maududi. But it was worthed expulsion because this book is absolutely the masterpiece contribution for the development of islamic studies and to straighten western misled point of view toward Islam.
Adam
Oct 09, 2008 Adam rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Best book on Islam EVER. But it may not be for the non-specialist. I don't know 'cause I read it after becoming a "specialist", but he does really go through things in detail so one can be versed, not just in Islam, but in the debates about sources, etc., that go on within and without the Muslim world.
Ifreet_Mohamed
The language can be a bit off putting. Some of his analysis, due to his reliance and or over confidence in the works of Islamicists such as Schact seem archaic today.

He does ask some of the important existential questions facing us today, and his last few chapters are golden.
Rebecca
A bit dry at times, but this book is a solid piece of scholarship that really helps the average intelligent person understand the philosophy of the Islamic faith through its origins to present day conflicts. Recommend highly.
Rika
buku yang sangat berpengaruh pada cara pandangku akan islam
bintangnya 'cuma' empat karena bahasa terjemahannya agak aneh bagiku saat itu.
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