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An internationally recognized authority on Islam offers insights into this major religion, examining such issues as why Islam has divisions between movements--including the... Read more
An internationally recognized authority on Islam offers insights into this major religion, examining such issues as why Islam has divisions between movements--including the Shi'ites, the Sunnis and the Wahhabis--and the central importance of the Shar'ia (Islamic law) in Islamic life. Original.
Islam: A Very Short Introduction Paperback edition by Malise Ruthven
Preface ; 1. Islam, Muslims, and Islamism ; 2. The Quran and the Prophet ; 3. Divine Unicity ; 4. The Shari'a and its consequences ; 5. Women and Family ; 6. The Two Jihads ; Appendix: The five pillars of Islam ; References ; Further reading
Malise Ruthven was born in Dublin of Hiberno-Scottish parentage. A former scriptwriter with the BBC Arabic and World Services, he holds an MA in English Literature and a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University. He has taught Islamic studies, cultural history and comparative religion at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, Birkbeck College, University of London, the University of California, San Diego, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire and at
the Colorado College, Colorado Springs. He is the author of Islam in the World (Oxford University Press 1984, 1991, 2006 ) a highly acclaimed overview of Islamic faith and history. His review essays and blogs appear regularly in the New York Review of Books and in 2004 London's Prospect magazine
ranked him among the 100 top public intellectuals in Britain.
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