By Karen Armstrong
No faith within the smooth global is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the preferred mind's eye as an severe religion that promotes terrorism, authoritarian govt, lady oppression, and civil conflict. In an essential revision of this slim view of Islam and a distillation of years of considering and writing concerning the topic, Karen Armstrong’s brief historical past demonstrates that the world’s fastest-growing religion is a way more complicated phenomenon than its smooth fundamentalist pressure may perhaps recommend.
By Lonsdale Ragg, Laura Ragg
The Gospel of Barnabas, to not be careworn with both the Epistle of Barnabas or the Acts of Barnabas, is another Gospel of Jesus Christ which contradicts the Biblical New testomony view of Jesus. This model is translated from the Italian manuscript, yet there has been additionally a Spanish manuscript, misplaced someday within the eighteenth century until eventually a duplicate used to be came upon within the Nineteen Seventies. either manuscripts have been supposedly taken from an unique Arabic textual content. The Gospel aligns itself with an Islamic view of Christianity, and claims that Jesus predicts the arrival of the Messiah Muhammad. It doesn't make sure Jesus' crucifixion or deity, and plenty of think of it to be a pseudographical, overdue textual content. LONSDALE RAGG and LAURA RAGG have been a husband and spouse staff who edited and translated the Italian manuscript of The Gospel of Barnabas and wrote an in depth creation to the booklet which raised numerous convincing arguments as to why such a lot students regard the record as fake.
By Patricia Crone
This examine examines how non secular authority was once allotted in early Islam. It argues the case that, as in Shi'ism, it used to be centred within the head of country, instead of dispersed between discovered laymen as in Sunnism. initially the caliph was once either head of nation and supreme resource of spiritual legislation; the Sunni development represents the end result of a clash among the caliph and early students who, as spokesmen of the neighborhood, assumed non secular management for themselves. Many Islamicists have assumed the Shi'ite proposal of the imamate to be a deviant improvement. against this, this publication argues that it truly is an archaism keeping the concept that of non secular authority with which all Muslims all started.
By Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
This groundbreaking e-book bargains in-depth research of the trendy Islamic nation, utilizing a quantitative size of the way Muslim majority international locations meet the definition. content material for the e-book was once built via huge debate between a panel of exceptional Sunni and Shia Muslim students over seven years.
By Todd H. Green
This quantity investigates the context of Western perspectives of Islam and provides an advent to the ancient roots and modern anxiousness relating to Islam in the Western world.
Tracing the medieval legacy of spiritual polemics and violence, eco-friendly orients the reader to the complicated historical past and matters in Western kin to Islam, from early and overdue sleek colonial firms and theories of “Orientalism,” to the creation of spiritual discourses of otherness and the conflict of civilizations that proliferated within the period of September 11 and the struggle on terror.
By Jacques Ellul
By Susan Crimp
In the future, an American at the verge of changing to Islam stated to at least one of the editors, "Please, I worry i'm approximately to make the most important mistake of my existence. Please provide me one stable cause to not convert." this is often the ebook that Joel Richardson needs he had at that second. strong and infrequently stunning, yet regularly heartfelt, those essays from over a dozen people who have left Islam—often in worry for his or her lives—are outstanding for his or her honesty. The tales of the way those women and men freed themselves from this repressive and brutal faith are usually not simply inspirational, yet current a searing problem to these Westerners made up our minds to perpetuate the "Islam is a faith of peace" fable in any respect expenses.
By Nassef Manabilang Adiong
Diplomacy and Islam: various views offers the belief of discovering a center approach or universal floor of realizing among our bodies of data conceived from assorted hemispheres of the area; particularly, diplomacy (IR), a social technological know-how self-discipline conceived within the united kingdom and the U.S. (the West), and Islam or Islamic stories which used to be conceived within the Arab international and built in Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia and plenty of non-Arab international locations. The e-book is split into major sections; the 1st being common views from diverse backgrounds or instances referring to Islam. the second one half in particular examines Turkey, supplying a number of views at the value of this nation and its democratic event. The contributions incorporated during this quantity diversity from discussions at the Islamic veil and its linked stereotypes to a piece of writing on Islamic feminism. different topics mentioned comprise the problems of Muslim integration, Turkey's diplomacy, and Islam's dating with democracy, as well as a biographical illustration of the present Minister of overseas Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu, detailing his scholarship and its influence on Turkey's international coverage. This edited booklet is a part of the mission-vision of the IR-IS learn Cohort, a web neighborhood drawn to comparative learn among diplomacy and Islamic stories.
By Gregory H. Franco and Scott L. Cervantes (Editors)
Islam is the second one most typical religion on the planet with over one billion adherents. knowing Islam as a twenty-first century religion has strength to handle one of many modern world's sorest issues, and, even as, to free up the energies of 1 of the world's such a lot powerful forces. furthermore, overcoming suspicion of Islam is a pertinent twenty first century problem dealing with the U.S. as its makes an attempt to fix a decade of deteriorating ties with Muslim humans world-wide. This e-book explores suspicion of Islamic schooling within the united states, analysing the level to which one of these sentiment relies on verifiable facts. The contract among normal vast ideas of study ethics and Islamic teachings touching on existence are mentioned to boot. different chapters deal with the 2 arguable concerns relating women's rights and age of consent for kids in Muslim groups. How media representations of Islam can contradict and re-interpret the sanctity of existence upheld within the holy publication also are analyzed. furthermore, this ebook explores the significance of latest Islamic presences in Europe, and the authors handle the connection among the kingdom and Islamic faith, the combination of Muslims in Europe and the function of Islam within eu society.
By John Burton
Islamic legislations by no means completed team spirit yet expressed itself in 5 surviving faculties, which, at their beginning, have been in pageant with each other. This booklet seems to be on the sorts of "naskh" or the Islamic theories of abrogation. the writer exhibits that the time period "naskh" has quite a few meanings, together with abrogation of sure Qur'an rulings, a formalisation of presumed omissions from texts of the Qur'anic relevations, and the obvious omission from the texts of verses whose allegedly "once printed" claims of students are tested intimately and are proven to have had their origins within the interpretations of the Qur'an within the earliest interval of Islam.