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Islam In The World

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This valuable introductory guide provides a complete and lively summary of Islam, one of the most worldly of the great religions, in which the quest for spiritual fulfillment is inevitably bound up with political aspirations. Malise Ruthven presents a full overview of the religion in its historical, geographic, and social settings.
For this revised and long-awaited second
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Paperback, 472 pages
Published November 30th 2000 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 2nd 1984)
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Gaijinmama
Dec 20, 2008 Gaijinmama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mars Cheung
May 26, 2016 Mars Cheung rated it really liked it
I was looking for an unbiased-as-possible source on Islam and believe it to be found this book. There are details upon details on the very specifics of the faith and its' development up through the 21st century ranging from its origins, its development and many theologians, the different sects (Sunni/Shia/Sufi), and it's passage through modern times. That said, it's a VERY academically thick read. There's so much detail that it's impossible to easily assimilate the information on one pass and th ...more
Filipe Pereira
Sep 13, 2016 Filipe Pereira rated it it was amazing
Enlightening exploration of Islam. Erudite and of a staggering breadth, a must read.
Angelique
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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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