Islam: The Essentials (Pelican Introduction)
The essential introduction to Islam by a leading expert
Hardly a day goes by without mention of Islam. And yet, for most people, and in much of the world, Islam remains a little-known religion. Whether the issue is violence, terrorism, women's rights or slavery, Muslims are today expected to provide answers and to justify what Islam is - or is not. But little opportunity ex
Ramadan clearly represents a very liberal interpretation of Islam. He constantly points to the ...more
He begins speaking about the essential components of Islam, and then deals with a number of contemporary issues that Islam faces. All are dealt with in clear, easy-to-understand English, with multiple Quranic references and a clear understanding of the evolution of Islamic thought. It's essential reading for anyone - Muslim or non-Muslim - who wan ...more
This approach is the product of a questioning about the nature of crises and blockages that paralyze contemporary M ...more
Apart from the historical and factual side of the book, I personally find this book to be a simplified and more accessible version of Ramadan's earlier book Quest For Meaning; presented from an Islamic perspective.
I've lived in areas with plenty of Muslim neighbours, but I've not known much about what they believe. Certainly, there's a lot of investment in the West in presenting the faith as the origin of Everything Wrong With The World, so ...more
He forwards a lucid explanation of the most confusion hot topic of the day-"Jihad". He very plausibly has wri ...more
I was hoping to find a reason (even if it’s unconvincing) for the violence we witness (or are feed by the media) in the West particularly towards Christians in Muslim-majority countries.
This book seems to seek to distance the Islamic faith from the violence and extreme behaviour that results in lack of education and freedoms of people living Muslim majority countries, whether those people are ...more
A high level overview of several themes across the whole time span from the foundations to the modern days.
The tone is at times academic. I personally found some of the considerations in the book to be very sensible, and were they to reach a large portion of the population it would surely reduce misconceptions for both muslims and non-muslims. I doubt, however, that ...more
and about book i will say it is not an easy job to cover so many topics in such a short book.... not more than 300 pages and it covers the fundamentals i.e faith and rituals, the evolution of islamic religious thought, relation of religion and culture and oth ...more
The structure is superb, and takes the uninitiated through the entire history. Then, he introduces you to the principles, and then the practises,
He ends with some of the challenges, and debunks many myths and distortions. Unfortunately, we live in the world of the distortions.
The book is well written, lucid, well researched and balances.
Kudos to him for a masterpiece
Tariq Ramadan studied Philo ...more