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Islam In The World

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This text looks at the life of the Prophet, the Quranic world-view, the evolution of the Sharia, and the emergence of sects and encounters with the West. A final chapter looks at the post-9/11 world order.
Paperback, 502 pages
Published October 2nd 2006 by Granta, (first published October 2nd 1984)
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This one was on my TBR shelves so long I had to buy the updated edition. As you may imagine, the Islamic world has changed a lot since 1988! This is a comprehensive history and analysis of Islam, readable but definitely academic in tone. For those like myself who know nothing about Islam it gets confusing. The author tends to use an Arabic word and not explain what it means till several paragraphs later. I kept having to look at the glossary and historical timeline provided in the back of the bo ...more
David Smiley
Some sections were more useful than others. Overall a good, educational read.
I've read about as much of this I am ever - I can't say it wasn't insightful - just way too heavy and academic for me.
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Malise Ruthven is the author of Islam in the World, The Divine Supermarket: Shopping for God in America, A Satanic Affair: Salman Rushdie and the Wrath of Islam and several other books. His Islam: A Very Short Introduction has been published in several languages, including Chinese, Korean, Romanian, Polish, Italian and German.

A former scriptwriter with the BBC Arabic and World Services, Dr Ruthve
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