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Understanding Islam: An Introduction to the Muslim World, Third Edition Paperback – September 1, 1995
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Lippman is the author of numerous magazine articles, book reviews and op-ed columns about Mideast affairs, and of five books: Understanding Islam (1982, 3d revised edition 2002); Egypt After Nasser (1989); Madeleine Albright and the New American Diplomacy (2000); Inside the Mirage: America's Fragile Partnership with Saudi Arabia (2004) , and Arabian Knight: Colonel Bill Eddy USMC and the Rise of American Power in the Middle East, honored as the best biography of 2008 by the Independent Publishers Association. He is also the author of the essay on Saudi Arabia's defense strategy and nuclear weapons policy published in 2004 by the Brookings Institution Press in The Nuclear Tipping Point, a book on global nuclear proliferation. His latest book, Saudi Arabia on the Edge, was published in January 2012.
A frequent television and radio commentator on Mideast developments, Lippman has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, CNBC, ABC and Fox News, and on radio stations in New York, Boston, Phoenix and San Francisco, as well as on television stations overseas. Several of his lectures on Saudi Arabia have been televised nationally by C-SPAN. He has also been a consultant on Middle East affairs to several U.S. government agencies, including the Air Force.
He is currently an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, where he serves as the principal media contact on Saudi Arabia and U.S. - Saudi relations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was formerly an adjunct senior fellow there.
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Thomas Lippman provides an excellent introduction into the Islamic world. Lippman is neither a historian nor a religious expert, but a journalist. As a journalist, he is able to easily explain Islamic Culture, practices, and history to an audience completely unfamiliar to this subject. Lippman spent a great deal of time in various Islamic countries as a journalist, and gives an easy to understand introduction into various aspects of Islam: (1) Basic Beliefs and Practices, (2) The Prophet Muhammad (3) The Koran, (4) Law and Government in Islamic Countries, (5) The Advance of Islam, (6) Schism and Mysticism, and (7) The Islamic Community Today. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in knowing more about Islamic beliefs and or history.
At the same time, I am aware of my own history. There have been times when Christians burned heretics, hanged witches, and massacred whole populations in the name of the Lord. Christian nations have often enslaved people, persecuted unbelievers, and at times, engaged in genocide on a scale unheard of in any part of the non-Christian world.
These are my own observations. The author does not belabor the historical failings of Christian nations; but he does allude to the probability that the history of Islam is in many respects not very different from that of any other major religion. Religious teachings are often cited as justifications for acts that any right-minded person would recognize as self serving and despicable. This is true whether the person involved is Christian, Muslim, or Jew. When these things happen, they are the acts of individuals, groups of fanatics, and political leaders.
Judge the people who do these things, not their religion. The true message of Islam, like Christianity, is one of tolerance and compassion.
The author attempts to explain Islam, its history, its basic beliefs, how it has spread around the world, and what directions it might be taking in the future. His style is factual and objective. He does not condone or condemn Islam; he merely describes it.
Islam has about a billion followers. Despite the stereotypes, most of them are not Arabic.Read more ›
It's been refreshing to verify that Islam is not a "terrorist relgion" as many people have once again been claiming, that in fact terrorist leaders have been perverting Islam to further their own agendas. (In this respect and many others, Islam is not so very different from Christianity or Judaism.)
This is the single most informative book on Islam that I have found. I beg all my fellow Americans to read this book and make themselves better informed before jumping on the "bomb-them-into-the-stone-age" bandwagon.
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I was glad to have received this book so fast, but disappointed to find out it was the Second Revised Edition. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Lisa H.
This book had been on my shelf for a while but I finally decided to read it after taking a few courses on Islam and Islamic theology. Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by C P Slayton
I had to read this book for a college course. It contained short easy to read/understand chapters and it kept my interest, which made the class alot more fun. Read morePublished on June 14, 2011 by Hammer of Donar
Realizing I knew nothing about Islam, I picked up this book in an attempt to become a bit more knowledgeable about the religion and current events. Read morePublished on September 23, 2009 by 1000Books
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This book was used as part of a class about understanding the Islamic world. It is a great place to start if you would like to be introduced to the basic concepts of the religion... Read morePublished on September 8, 2006 by Erin E. Shramek
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