- Series: Columbia/Hurst
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press (October 14, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231700946
- ISBN-13: 978-0231700948
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,609,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Islam and the Ahmadiyya Jama'at: History, Belief, Practice (Columbia/Hurst)
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Valentine's work may be considered the most reliable introduction to the Ahmadiyya currently available... Highly recommended.(Choice)
The Ahmadiyya Jama'at is a very personal book, written from the position of a participant observer. It is the first accessible study of this Muslim community and is comprehensive in its coverage of their history, beliefs, and current existence. Simon Ross Valentine offers an inside view that will be of value to non-Muslims working with Muslims, and it is a view given with great respect.(Francis Robinson, University of London)
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Valentine has written an engrossing book that look just at Ahmadi theology, but at their position in the global scene today. A Brit, he moved to an Ahmadi neighborhood in a neighboring town to live and work among them for a few years. His Ahmadi neighbors were very inviting and friendly, all too willing to help him once he disclosed he was writing a book about their religion. He eventually went to Pakistan to visit the world leaders of the religion and get a better sense of the Ahmadi movement worldwide. I really like how he mixes personal narrative and analytical rigor to create a good primer on this understudied movement.