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Understanding Islam, Revised Edition: An Introduction to the Muslim World

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An informative and insightful introduction to Islam, both as a religion and as a political-economic force.
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Published November 1st 2011 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1982)
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Mohamed Shedou
Good book. Not written the way a Muslim would write it, and believing Muslims won't like some details and conclusions here and there. However the writer is fair and objective, which I liked.
May
Jun 13, 2011 May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book on a lark at a Japanese Second hand store near the NYC Main Public Library. I realized that although I am knowledgeable about many religions, I do not know anything about Islam. Yet, what is happening with this religion, the roots of where it came from, has shaped much of foreign policy in the world today.

For example, they call it the world's youngest religion as it post-dates Christianity. I did not realize the extent to which is is based on Judeo-Christian writings. Musl
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taarak
Apr 16, 2007 taarak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another apologists view of Islam but less fawning. It does at least give the pretence of trying to present a fair balanced picture of Islam.

Since the Gulf War, many have asked the question, "Why do Middle Easterners think and act as they do?" Of the 1.3 billion people who today follow the Islamic faith, all are profoundly affected by the teachings of Muhammad and by Muslim traditions that have developed over the past thirteen hundred years. This comprehensive guide offers an informative and insi
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Del
Jan 07, 2016 Del rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid introduction to the basic tenets of Islam and some of the historical background of its creation.. Interesting and easy to read.

Listened to the unabridged Audible.com audiobook version.
Ethan
Jan 16, 2016 Ethan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. My worldview has been greatly enhanced, and now I feel that I can participate in real conversations about Islam without ignorance being any great obstacle.
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Mariana
Apr 25, 2016 Mariana rated it liked it
Available, easy introduction.
Paul
Nov 21, 2008 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, though it's a good bit out of date. I would have liked to get post 2001 analysis on how radical Islam has changed over the past few years. In general though, a decent primer on a major world religion that most westerners look at with a sense of suspicion and darkness.
Kahilidoc
This is a decent review of muslim history and the arab world, though not in great detail. I'd recommend this for people who want cursory knowledge of muslim culture. Bernard Lewis is really my favorite author on this subject.
Kat
Dec 28, 2015 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seemingly well done summary of the history of Islam. A good source to start with in researching the topic!
Beth
Apr 19, 2015 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dry, but accessible description of the formation of Islam and what it looks like today. Good for an objective viewpoint and detailed religious, political, and historical information.
Luke
Oct 06, 2012 Luke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I figured it was time to better understand this fascinating religion beyond it's western caricatures. This book does a pretty good job of sharing both its history and core beliefs.
Holly
Feb 26, 2009 Holly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one wasn't as good as Armstrong's book, but there were a few gems of knowlege I appreciated getting from it...especially how it all went wrong between Jews and Islam.
David
Jul 07, 2009 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worthwhile overview of the religion and its practitioners, although somewhat, but not unjustifiably, apologetic.
Andrew
Jun 25, 2008 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i thought it was an average coverage of Islam. nothing to get too excited about but not bad either.
Svenja
Jun 17, 2013 Svenja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant introduction to the Muslim faith and Islamic political thought.
Ron
Jul 18, 2007 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative. Historic in approach.
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cursory, but a good introduction
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