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Islam [Kindle Edition]

Seyyed Hossein Nasr
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Book Description

The world's leading Islamicist offers a concise introduction to this rich and diverse tradition of 1.2 billion adherents.

In this informative and clear introduction to the world of Islam, Seyyed Hossein Nasr explores the following topics in depth:

•What Is Islam?

•The Doctrines and Beliefs of Islam

•Islamic Practices and Institutions

•The History of Islam

•Schools of Islamic Thought

•Islam in the Contemporary World

•Islam and Other Religions

•The Spiritual and Religious Significance of Islam

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Finally, a good, up-to-date introduction to Islamic faith and history. Providing compelling analysis of contemporary Islam and its conflicts without overwhelming the reader with information, Nasr, one of the most admired Islamicists, introduces all the important movements and beliefs of Islam in broad, sweeping sections on the history of Islam, the schools of Islamic thought, and other topics. Whereas most introductions breeze past the diversity within Islam to focus on the common ground, Nasr proves himself equal to the challenge of distilling 1,400 years of faith and history by discussing and lauding Islamic diversity in some detail; for instance, he treats Sufism and Shi'ism in general and also historic and contemporary sects within those traditions. Even readers of Karen Armstrong's Islam (2000), by far the most popular introduction to Islam, will learn a lot here, although Nasr lacks the compelling narrative voice that makes Armstrong so popular. His is a deep, thoughtful, sympathetic introduction to the diversity and history of Islamic faith and practice. John Green
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“A valuable primer on a religion that, for all its monolithic appearances, is as splintered as any other.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 229 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060507144
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0011GA08O
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Historical Perspective of Islam April 16, 2004
This book turned out to be exactly what I was looking for, a historical book on Islam. The author is an Islamic scholar, and his credentials impress me a little more than Karen Armstrong, though I hold no grudge against her. I wanted to get an inside, learned perspective on the religion itself, without the preaching, and that's exactly what this book offers. I highly recommend it.
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.
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Islam and its Contrasting Contribution to Humanity September 8, 2004
Seyyed Hossein Nasr concisely describes the rich diversity of the Islamic faith in the world. Nasr explains in plain English how the different Islamic communities came to life, spread and evolved over time (pg. 18 - 24). Nasr's journey through Islamic history usually shines through both its brevity and clarity (pg. 115-152).

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).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just a taste of Nasr's insight.... August 8, 2003
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Seyyed Hosseein Nasr is the most profound and eloquent spokesman of Islamic thought in the United States today. This book is a mere introduction into the ocean of his thought. The other reviewer is simply trying to peddle his own book. The George Washington University, where Dr. Nasr is a professor, organized a conference in 2001 honoring his unparalled contributions to Islamic studies. Check out the site, ....., if you would like to have a sense of the depth and breadth of Nasr's thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Islam March 1, 2009
Islam: Religion, History and Civilization (2002) is an excellent, up-to-date, easy to read and comprehend overall introduction to the complex subject that is Islam. Hats off to Seyyed Hossein Nasr for writing an easy introduction for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. This is the sort of level-headed prose that goes leaps and bounds in helping us all understand a subject that is so much in the world news these days. Some examples of topics covered in the book include: What is Islam?, Doctrines and Beliefs of Islam, Islamic Practices and Institutions, History of Islam, Islam and Other Religions, and Spiritual & Religious Significance of Islam.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book! April 9, 2013
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I purchased this book without having the slightest idea about Islam. After reading it, I can say I learned a lot, especially in the area of Islam and International Relations, pertaining to how it spread over the Muslim world, and the world as it is. This book would be a great addition to the libraries of some politicians nowadays, as they create policy affecting Islamic countries. Also, the fact that it was written by someone from the Middle-east gives it a lot more validity in my view. A must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well explained May 30, 2013
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Well explained, easy to understand and very enlightened for those who want to understand this religion / civilization without entering into too deep explanations and or reflections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars educative and easy to read June 5, 2014
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Definitely recommend this book to everyone who is interested in learning more about the history of Islam, the prophet, and the Muslim community.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Only one star, for there is none below it
a lover of Islam who can find no fault, twists the bad to make it look good. He is describing a mythogical Islam. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Paul H. Rogers
1.0 out of 5 stars War is deceit !
War is deceit !

For the truth, please read the book "The Story of Mohammed" by Harry Richardson, or the book
"Understanding Muhammad and Muslims" by... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Objective Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Aha
Memorable . Good size to hold . Nice .

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... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Soupy, New York !!
2.0 out of 5 stars Second half devalues merits of first half
This book came recommended by a Muslim friend of mine. I thought the first half was a very good introduction to Islam. Read more
Published on April 7, 2012 by AvidAllen
1.0 out of 5 stars this book is nothing but deception
The funny the author of the book he is willing to mention to you everything for you about Islam except the ones is the most important, read all of his book and try to find chapter... Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by Christian exmuslim
3.0 out of 5 stars The Muslim Point of View
Syyed Nasr knows his subject thoroughly and argues forcefully from a Muslim believer's point of view. Read more
Published on September 16, 2011 by C. Wayne Dawson
2.0 out of 5 stars slanted towards the Muslim view.
The book was helpful for me to gain an understanding of the Muslim point of view. However it definetly was biased in its view without any recognition of the wrongs that Islam has... Read more
Published on March 16, 2007 by Terrance E. Banker
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