The Future of Islam
John L. Esposito is one of America's leading authorities on Islam. Now, in this brilliant portrait of Islam today and tomorrow he draws on a lifetime of thought and research to provide an accurate, richly nuanced, and revelatory account of the fastest growing religion in the world.
Here Esposito explores the major questions and issues that face Islam in the 21st century...more
Islam, like ALL religions suffers from the same ailments that are at the heart of corrupting and have corrupted theologies throughout history.
The use of religions for political influence and power to control masses of humans and nations; repressive authoritarian regimes resort to tactics that nurture the flourishing of thoughts of exclusivity, rigid conservative fundamentalism, and the intolerance of plu...more
Esposito draws a vast picture of the Islamic scholars that try to modernize/reinterpret Islam in the Middle East and Asia, and he gives us concise positions of each of them. This is mainly in Chapter 3, which deals with Reform of I...more
Esposito was raised a Roman Catholic in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York City, and spent a decade in a Catholic monastery. After taking his first degree he worked as a manage...more