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The Everything Understanding Islam Book: A Complete and Easy to Read Guide to Muslim Beliefs, Practices, Traditions, and Culture (Everything (Religion)) Paperback – April 1, 2003


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  • Series: Everything (Religion)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580627838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580627832
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,250,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christine Huda Dodge writes articles about Islam for such publications as the Oregonian newspaper Al-Madrasah Al-Ula (a Muslim educational newsletter), and the Islamic Sisters Internationale newsletter. She moderates the Islam Forum, an online community, and has been involved in the publication of several Islamic books, including The Authentic Step-by-Step Illustrated Janazah Guide (an Islamic funeral guide), The English Concordance of the Qur’an, and Signs of the Hour (Islamic teachings about the Day of Judgment). She has served as the Women’s Committee Chair and the Education Coordinator of her local mosque in Corvallis, Oregon.

More About the Author

Ms. Dodge is a Muslim educator and writer with nearly two decades of experience researching and writing about Islam on the Internet. An American woman of Irish/English descent, she has been a Muslim for the past 20 years. Ms. Dodge writes about Islam for About.com (http://islam.about.com) and currently teaches elementary school in the Middle East. Ms. Dodge holds a M.Ed. degree and is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.

Customer Reviews

Given the current world situation we all face today, this book should be required reading for everyone.
Gregory McMahan
There is a time-line in the back of the book, but there is no supporting documentation about the significance of major events.
DensDeal
Unfortunately, many moderate Muslims do not speak out often enough or loud enough to condemn terrorism in unequivocal terms.
Serge J. Van Steenkiste

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gregory McMahan VINE VOICE on February 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I actually wanted to pick up a book on the history of Islam in order to refresh my memory, but after a little thought, considering the breadth of the subject matter, I chose this book instead.

I consider myself fortunate that I did choose this book. The author delivers everything stated in the title, plus gives the reader a little of the early history of Islam and some brief but concise and very relevant information on the major divisions of Islam today. From this book, I learned that not all Muslims share the same outlook or beliefs, much like Christians, and that deep philosophical and intellectual rifts exist within Islam. In essence, there are progressive and fundamentalist elements within the religion, just as there are in Christianity, and more important, there are sects possessing pseudo-Islamic elements, just as there are in Christianity. After reading this book, I actually came away thinking that both Islam and Christianity are more similar than different, with respect to the fact that the power structures in both are male-dominated and male interpreted, and also that although the religions both have benevolent overtones, their most zealous adherents clearly display malevolent tendencies.

Anyone, from kids to adults, can pick up this book and learn something. The book introduces a lot of terms, most likely in Arabic (romanized of course), but without a phonetic sounding of them I am afraid that I may be butchering the pronunciation of the terms when I say them in conversations with friends about Islam. My only real complaint with the text is that it does not give the reader much of the history of Islam, but then no book can provide one with a whole history of a world religion in a mere 250 pages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Horne on November 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am tired of feeling like all the information available to most Americans regarding the World's second largest religious group has an agenda, one way or another. Having been pleased and impressed with the balanced and concise Everything Middle East book, I thought that Dr. Dodge's book on Islam would provide the same informative, balanced, current primer. Unfortunately, the book does little more than present what appears to be a "G rated" thumbnail of Islam, glossing over any issue which may be controversial in the slightest. If Dr. Dodge's book was intended to present only the best of what Mohammed's revelations bring to the world, then she has succeeded. The book seems more focused on making western Christians feel comfortable with the similarities between the two faiths, as evidenced by a handful of verses from the Koran, than with presenting "the good with the bad" and sharing the theological reasoning behind those aspects of Islam that seem truly foreign to the Western reader, or at least acknowledging that the instructions of the Koran are, like the message of Christianity, often corrupted or perverted based on other tribal, cultural, or chauvinistic predilections. Reading this book is NOT a waste of time by any means, but it should certainly be followed up with a more balanced book for those who are truly seeking understanding about Islam, its role in the world, where "the Peoples of the Book" (Muslims, Christians, and Jews) can find common ground, and where, perhaps, they cannot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By leslie broadribb on May 20, 2013
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This was an interesting read. Quite repetitive and did not address any controversy. Dodge is a very good with the basic ideas behind Islam but the book lacked depth.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. nasher on September 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
Some resources estimate Muslims as 1.8 billions( CIA fact book for 2006 say they are 1.6 billions)
This make it very important to know about islam
If you are a christian/jew it is mentioned in your book that you should follow the Last prophet,(see Muhammad in the bible a book or on youtube)

The book is good introduction.
You may find 2-3 things a little different and it is better to clarify it with a muslim scholar in an islamic center close to you) for example:

Islamic law on Homosexuality( their are 3 opinions of scholars not just killing them( also include a punishment to help them avoid it)

Again the book is good start

For more Information try The sealed nectar or
martin Lings(Muhammad).
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There were a few things that I disagreed with, as a Muslim myself. But overall is a very good book for an introduction to Islam and Muslim culture (which is diverse!)
I bought two, one for myself first, and one for a friend who was curious about Islam :)
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By chanda jesri on February 13, 2014
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this is a good book, easy read. absolutely love this author and read a lot of her books. a must read.
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By Stephanie E. Horn on August 20, 2013
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This book answered almost every question a person could have about the Islamic Faith. I was very happy with the book.
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By Chavez on April 30, 2013
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This is a really great book to learn about Islam with, it covers many things I would not have even thought about asking.
I am not done with it yet, but so far, it is easy to understand and a good read.I dont know about you, but I am someone who wants to learn about something for myself instead of hearing about it from others who have perhaps been tainted with negativity because of all the bad press regarding Islam.So far, I am very pleased, and it has helped me see the beauty of Islam and what it really means to be a true Muslim, not the radical way of thinking you hear about in the news who give true Muslims a bad name.
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