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Islam Today: A Short Introduction to the Muslim World (Introductions to Religion) Paperback – March 15, 1999
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The bad news is that the Pollyanna-ish tone in discussion of some of the difficult issues undermines the author's credibility. While he does a clear job of explaining the facts of the Shia/Sunni split, for instance, he makes it sound as if this split is the subject of a polite debate over cups of tea, rather than a war fought with machine guns. I think this comes from a well-meaning desire to show a positive face to the non-Muslim world--something we Jews refer to as "Not in front of the goyim."
This wimping-out in the face of uncomfortable subjects reminds me of the cancer patient-education pamphlets I've seen: "Some patients may find that chemotherapy causes a certain degree of discomfort."
Really, I think my respect for Islam would be enhanced rather than reduced if the author portrayed the internal and external conflicts of this and other religions with the full depth of the passions that they engender. I can take it, Doc, just tell me the truth.
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A book by muhammad's biggest fan. Ignores the actual history of the religion, which for me ruined any actual benefit the book may have had. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dominic
The book was helpful for me because I took a brief course in Islam, learning about the history, the feminist issues, and current struggles among people living there. Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by annie J
Alittle out of date but a good overview of Islam. Does take the perspective of a Muslim in some cases puts a slant that does not fully tell the whole story. Read morePublished on June 9, 2009 by Thomas Grimshawa
I recently finished studying Islam for a semester in university and picked up this book from a used book sale, thinking it might provide some interesting supplementary readings. Read morePublished on December 10, 2007 by apecar
Akbar S. Ahmed lays out for the reader the history of Islam in a quick read. He spends time on Spain, Turkey, Iran, and India/Pakistan. Read morePublished on May 12, 2007 by Athena Waschke
This book is written by a Muslim, albeit a scholarly one, who describes the book as part travelogue, part history. Read morePublished on January 6, 2007 by Review person