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Islam Today: A Short Introduction to the Muslim World

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Although there are over one billion Muslims in the world, and over ten million in the West, most discussions of Islam are based on clichés or outright prejudice. This lively and compelling book sets out to bridge the gulf of misunderstanding. Islam, argues Akbar Ahmed, does not mean the subordination of women, contempt for other religions, opposition to the modern world, ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 15th 1999 by I. B. Tauris (first published January 1st 1998)
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Feb 11, 2008 Dana rated it really liked it
Pretty good book. It was what I was looking for, a broad overview of beliefs without politics.
Oct 03, 2010 Michael rated it did not like it
I was looking forward to this book as a potential good reference on Islam that would provide a good overview of its tenets, history, and challenges for today. Sadly, this book does not deliver.

My father gave me the book several years ago after he read it but I let it sit around. I thought it was time to read it. While it does provide some of the things I was looking for, it is too disjointed, too full of the writer’s wishes, opinion, anecdotal evidence, and simple unbacked assertions to be that
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Mar 22, 2014 Tamara Epps rated it it was ok
This review is also published on my book blog Captivated by Books

As I now live in an Islamic dominant area, and I don’t really know much about the religion or the culture, I wanted to learn a bit about it. Islam Today wasn’t what I expected. I was hoping to learn the religion’s rules and values, and while this book does touch on them, it was more like a (very long) history lesson. In one way this is good as it shows how different areas of the world have affected the religion, as well as explaini
Nov 24, 2011 Nasir rated it liked it
I found this book to be very well written. For the first time I have a picture of the differences between Sunni and Shia Islam and what the Islamic countries and peoples are going through in modern times as well as giving a consise history of the Islamic empires of the past. The author does not present a lop sided picture at all but strives to show the problems that Islam faces from both within and without. It most definitely made the Islamic people more human to me.
Feb 27, 2012 Valdeir rated it really liked it
Another book required for reading for an International Relations class. It gives an excellent overview of Islam with great historical and cultural explanations.
Mar 18, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Nicely traced history. Good fill-in for reading other works. 1999, but still, everything up until that time is good. Some very personal observations by the Pakistani author.
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Ordered immediately after 9-1-1. I wanted to learn more about the Islamic faith. Good book.
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