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Islam Paperback – August 15, 1979

ISBN-13: 978-0226702810 ISBN-10: 0226702812 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (August 15, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226702812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226702810
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new foreword, by John E. Woods, offers a reappraisal of Rahman's life and thought after the events of fall 2001.

This incisive, surprisingly comprehensive volume is both a history and an analysis of Islam: from Mohammed's time to the late twentieth century, Rahman traces the development of Islam as a religion and as an intellectual tradition, offering both an easily understood introduction to the faith and an impassioned argument for its future direction.

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Fazlur Rahman (1919-1988) was the Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Islamic Thought at the University of Chicago. His many books include Islam and Modernity: Transformation of an Intellectual Tradition and Prophecy in Islam: Philosophy and Orthodoxy, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brendan Dougherty on October 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a handy book in learning about Islam, its doctrine and history. Rahman's approach is at once senstitive sociologically and also a little apolotgetic at times. This book is written by an intelligent "insider" It does not address questions about terrorism and should not be read as a way of informing a personal hatred against Muslims but should be read and is best read as a book that introduces readers in an understandable fashion to one of the world's "great" religions and agents for cultural expression and change. This book is about a religion- its theology, philosophy, sects, and its history- not radical anti-Western political movements.
My criticisms of this book are light- it is a bit dry and a bit academic at times. Also the typeface is sometimes a bit hard on the eyes but not annoyingly so. But overall it is a great work and a classic on a great religion and I highly recommend it for all those who would like to begin learning about Islam.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for someone looking to learn Islamic basics. It is easy to read, yet doesn't compromise on accurate information and detail. A good book for a new convert to Islam, or simply for someone studying comparitive religion. This book is often used in an introduction course on Islam at Georgetown University.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Omer M. Mozaffar on May 21, 2002
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It's written for someone with some knowledge of the basics of Islam. Extremely well-organized, highly analytical and scholarly. It ranks with "Islam and the Destiny of Man" as the best intros.
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As a non-Muslim, I felt that this book is an excellent choice to learn about Islam, without being overwhelmed or feel propagandized.
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By Judith A. on January 28, 2014
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The product came in ok, old used book as I expected, but the tracking info was not working, which I would imagine can be the fault of a post system but rather a bother when the product says that it comes with tracking.
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