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Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization Paperback – December 24, 2002
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“[A] classical and timeless text....that manages to be sweeping in scope yet accessible in style.” (Publishers Weekly)
“[A] deep, thoughtful, sympathetic introduction to the diversity and history of Islamic faith and practice.” (Booklist)
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The negative review from "AtheistWorld.Com Book Review" is actually posted by Solomon Tulbure, as you will find by doing a simple Yahoo! search. That is truly sad.
Unlike Bernard Lewis in his superb book "What Went Wrong? The Clash between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East (pg. 96-116)," Nasr does not always explain clearly to his (non-Islamic) readers why Islam, unlike Christianity, has not experienced the need to separate the spiritual from the temporal (pg. 26-28, 110-113, 173-177). Nasr rightly reminds his readers of the unique contribution that Islamic science made to the development of Western science (pg. XXI - XXII, 121, 126). Regularly, this immensely important contribution of Islamic scientists through their own observations, experiments and ideas, is ignored. For example, in his otherwise excellent book, "The Essential Drucker," Peter F. Drucker mentions the contribution of China, but not that of Islam, to the development of the West's technological lead by the end of the Middle Age (pg. 338). Unlike China, Islam at its apex created a world civilization: poly-ethnic, multiracial and intercontinental as Lewis states (pg. 6).
Nasr does a good job at illustrating the rich interdependence that exists among the Qur'an, the art of calligraphy and architecture (pg. XIX, 40, 121 and 126). Nasr clearly explains which relationship the Prophet had with Allah and his human nature and how the Qur'an came to life through Divine guidance given to its Messenger (pg. 37-43, 62-64).Read more ›
Got it for $11 in fall 2004 . I am not sure it is not registered clearly to me because I do not have enough background or the book is not super-clear but it is written better than other textbook to me . I consider it quite reasonably priced, good, and a good learning experience .
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Rip off. Not sure what happened here but the cover is on a book that is completely different. Take a look at the pictures I have attached.Published 3 months ago by apofan92
a lover of Islam who can find no fault, twists the bad to make it look good. He is describing a mythogical Islam. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Paul H. Rogers
Definitely recommend this book to everyone who is interested in learning more about the history of Islam, the prophet, and the Muslim community.Published 20 months ago by oury
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For the truth, please read the book "The Story of Mohammed" by Harry Richardson, or the book
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This book came recommended by a Muslim friend of mine. I thought the first half was a very good introduction to Islam. Read morePublished on April 7, 2012 by AvidAllen