Understanding Islam: Origins * Beliefs * Practices * Holy Texts * Sacred Places
slam, the last of the major monotheistic traditions to emerge in human history, dates back to the early seventh century. Today the Islamic community reflects a range of national, ethnic, socioeconomic and linguistic backgrounds. This enlightening book outlines Islam's essential practices and beliefs, including its origins and historical development, sacred texts, beliefs on death and the afterlife, as well as themes such as society and religion. Topical issues such as Political Islam, Islam and Israel, and Fundamentalism are addressed with intelligence, skill and sensitivity.
by : Matthew S. Gordon