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Islam For Dummies Paperback – May 2, 2003
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Find out about customs, history, and Islamic law
From faith, prayer, and fasting to charity and pilgrimage, understand Muslim life
You don't have to be Muslim to understand Islam. This friendly guide introduces you to the origins and practices of Islam, including the Five Pillars and life-cycle rituals. You'll discover the significance of Muhammad and the Qur'an and meet the various Islamic sects. You'll also see how Islam has adapted over time and read about current developments in the Islamic world.
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Professor Malcolm Clark taught in the Department of Religion at Butler University for 30 years.
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But putting that aside, the author is extremely knowledgable and very fair, and not without a dry sense of humor (check out the section on the possibility of women's sexual pleasure in paradise). He's also a Christian. Personally, I think it's a good idea for these sorts of books to be written by those outside the faith; a believer can never be fully objective, by definition.
This is not that book. This book, written by a Christian college professor, is academic and dry. The structure, with its long chapters, begs devoted study, not the kind of "when you can find the time" style that seems more suited to dummies like me. I was disappointed that it was written by a non-Muslim, as I could have grabbed any scholarly text just to learn the facts (my favorite part of Judaism for Dummies is how personal it was, and I really thought I would read stories about growing up Muslim and rites of passage and the little things that matter to a believer that a non-believer wouldn't immediately notice on his own). As this is my first serious study of the history and beliefs of Islam, I can't make any guesses on accuracy, but with this style of writing, I don't know that I'm going to be around to notice any major mistakes in the last third of the book.
I will probably finish the book because I'm stubborn, and I really am interested in knowing what Muslims believe, but I wish I had chosen a different book to start my study. Or maybe that I hadn't read an entertaining Dummies book before falling asleep on top of this one.
Instead, I got "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam" by Yahiya Emerick, and found him a much more articulate author, who explained it in plain english; something that this "For Dummies" author didn't do so well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Comprehensive treatment of Islamic history, culture and religion. I personally would have preferred more of a quick reference guide.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Trying to enrich my knowledge base. It was interested and well written. Did not read cover to cover. Skimmed through parts that interested me and was very informative.Published 4 months ago by Kim62364
I bought this book having purchased many dummies books in the past. I was expecting this one to be like the others, an instruction manual to teach me, a dummy, how to practice... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amanda Bingham
Islam does not worship the same God of Christians and Jews. Why would the Bible say you must accept Jesus as your Savior and the Muslims say if you worship Jesus as the Savior you... Read morePublished 11 months ago by MAGGIEB
Excellent well written for someone who is not an Islamic scholar but needs to know something about the religion,Published 12 months ago by Gary Cunningham
I bought this book to learn more about a religion that I have many questions about. Haven't read much yet so will find out eventually if my questions were answered.Published 15 months ago by Mary M. Jacobs