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What Do Muslims Believe?: The Roots and Realities of Modern Islam

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Perfect for adolescents and teens who are beginning to ask the big questions about life, religion, and current events, What Do Jews Believe? and What Do Muslims Believe? are the first a new series exploring the history and practices of world religions, their influences on current events and conflicts, as well as discussions on where these religions are headed. Both include ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 13th 2007 by Walker Books (first published 2006)
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May 09, 2009 Walt rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
Easy to absorb survey of the origins and beliefs within the many states of Islam. Provides very good descriptions of what the fundamentalist Muslims latched onto, and the background to Muslim political states. The author is optimistic about the future, visualizing a harmony with other religions - let's hope this comes to pass. (According to him, that was what Muhammed asked of his followers.)
Aug 09, 2016 Ana rated it really liked it
Penso que este foi o livro mais interessante que li de toda a coleção, apesar de não a ter terminado.

Permite-nos conhecer o Islão, desmistificado e sem estereótipos, desde o nascimento do profeta Maomé até aos ataques terroristas. Bem a propósito, nos dias que correm é essencial estar bem informado das diferenças entre extremistas e moderados, entre sunitas e xiitas, entre terroristas e muçulmanos (sim, porque os próprios muçulmanos não consideram os terroristas muçulmanos) e conhecer todos os
Dec 21, 2010 TheGriffinReads rated it really liked it
I was familiar with Christianity but have only had limited contact with Islam. Sardar's commentary surprised me despite popular comments. Islam, in contrast to Christianity, depends on factual evidence as a basis for belief. Where Christianity requires the acceptance on faith of Jesus Christ as the son of God, Islam asks followers to discover the will of Allah through the record of the life and actions of the Prophet Mohammed and to continually question the evidence!
Sardar also continually asser
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Sep 15, 2013 Trey Mustian rated it really liked it
This book provides a very good introduction to the fundamentals of Islam. It explores the history of Islam and ends with a practical analysis of the role of Islam in the world today. Importantly, for an American reader with little knowledge of Islam, the book points out that terrorists who use Islam as a basis for their actions are really acting outside the precepts of the faith. Finally, the book discusses the modern struggles within the faith, especially as women are asserting a greater role i ...more
May 25, 2012 Jamie rated it really liked it
This book is short and packed with information. I liked the question and answer format of the chapters. There was a lot of history packed in that was really informative, but I have to confess, all the Arabic names were hard to keep straight. I could have used some pictures to help me differentiate them. This book had a very positive spin about the future Islam. I would like to compare with other peoples opinions by reading more books on the topic
Jan 28, 2008 Laurel rated it liked it
Interesting...I'd like to read someone else's take on Islam for balance's sake. I needed a little refresher on the history side of the religion. It's a quick read, but a little defensive (understandable).
I'd read bits and pieces of Ziauddin Sardar's work for a while, but I think this was the wrong choice for an introduction to his full-length works. It was available at the library, that's why I read it. Turned out to be a part of a series of introductions to the major religions of the world. So it's great if you want an introduction to Islam... and I learned some new things about the roots of Islam from it, but the book doesn't tackle many great intellectual debates.
Nov 04, 2012 Thompson rated it did not like it
The book has some good info, but the info is, understandably, spun to favor the author's point of view on Islam. What kept the book from being good is that the book was almost totally devoid of documentation. There were many many times when this reader wanted to check on the author's assertions, but, because of the lack of documentation, was unable to do so. If there has been supporting documentation, this would be a good and informative read.
Feb 18, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it
This is another good "survey" book, taking you through the history of Islam, in a concise and readable way. Highly recommended (though not as well-organized and written as the "What Do Jews Believe?")
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Mar 25, 2010 Scott Lewis rated it it was amazing
An outstanding introduction to Islam, that is both objective and informative. In just over 100 pages Sardar provides an astounding amount of valuable information to help non-Muslims understand the theology, culture and history of the world's second largest religion.
Feb 20, 2008 Marjanne rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in religion
This was a good overview of what Muslims believe, who they are, etc. I though the author did a good job of introducing the religion and explaining some of its major tenets. He also discussed the diversity of beliefs and practices. This is a good starting place.
Nov 30, 2008 Catherine rated it really liked it
A short straightforward history of Islam, where it is today and what needs to be changed. Very helpful for anyone seeking a clearer understanding of this religion.
Dec 06, 2011 Deep rated it did not like it
Good introduction to the uncontroversial, mundane basics of Islam. The author lacks guts to delve into the real issues.
Oct 22, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
I read this very slowly, about 10 pages at a time. There is a lot of info and I know nothing about Islam. I think this was a good way to start.
Jan 26, 2016 EveMoon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Probably the shortest book on Muslims I've come accross, I read it for school work in high school and don't remember too much about it, but I guess it was "Islam for dummies" kind of overview.
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Awesome, especially to understand the basics of Islam.
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Ziauddin Sardar has written or edited 45 books over a period of 30 years, many with his long-time co-author Merryl Wyn Davies. Recent titles include Balti Britain: a Journey Through the British Asian Experience (Granta, 2008); and How Do You Know: Reading Ziauddin Sardar on Islam, Science and Cultural Relations (Pluto, 2006). The first volume of his memoirs is Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journey ...more
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