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Alittle out of date but a good overview of Islam.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
Written shortly before 9-11, this book is still probably the best single volume for introducing Islam and the Muslim world today!
Consider the daunting task. Read more