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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, 2003

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Product Details

  • 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: #2,942,430 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 ( 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

Disregard, and read this book yourselves!
Jack Tamal
There is a time-line in the back of the book, but there is no supporting documentation about the significance of major events.
Also, her statements aren't always factually correct.

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13 of 15 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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6 of 6 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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
Excellent! I have long been looking for an easy to read, yet comprehensive, book about Islam, and this one is it. The author does a good job of covering the basic beliefs and practices of Muslims, yet she also delves into the more complex issues with such refreshing ease, rendering even the complex quite accessible. The author also hosts an online community at[the website]. The book's layout is pleasing to the eye and is a good guide through the material.
Highly recommended for casual readers, for students, and those interested in a thoughtful discussion.
Table of Contents:
1) The Vision of Islam
2) The Diverse Muslim World
3) Origins in Arabia
4) Muhammad the Prophet
5) Expansion of Islamic Civilization
6) Six Articles of Faith
7) The Five Pillars of Practice
8) Islamic Prayer
9) Islamic Guidance and Law
10) Historical Divisions and Deviations
11) Islam and other Faiths
12) The Muslim Perception of Jesus
13) The Muslim view of creation
14) Heaven and Hell
15) Islamic Manners and Morals
16) Dietary Laws, Health Care, and Funeral Services
17) Jihad: The Holy Struggle
18) Shrouded in Mystery: Women and Islam
19) Islamic Married Life
20) Raising Muslim Children
21) The Extended Muslim Family
22) The Islamic Arts
23) A Faith of Exploration and Discovery
24) Islam and the West
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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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