By Amyn B. Sajoo

What precisely is the Qur'an? How does this notable rfile -- actually ""recitation"" -- relate to the existence and occasions of the Prophet Muhammad? And why did the faith of the Prophet, which got here to be referred to as ""Islam"" (or submission to God's will), on the heart of which lies the Qur'an, supply beginning to a legacy so richly different in religion, legislation and civilization? This immaculately researched, yet while completely obtainable, ebook bargains a trip into the total diversity of expertise -- prior and current, secular and sacred -- of the peoples and cultures that proportion in Islamic culture. the quantity examines a huge range of issues and issues. Poets, towns and the structure of mosques are as a lot part of its exploration because the position of technology in trust, methods of studying scripture, the connection of ladies to the religion and the emergence of a ""digital community"" of believers. within the aftermath of Sept. 11, the so-called ""war on terror"" and a brand new international geopolitics outlined by way of response and reaction to the perils of fundamentalism and extremism, it really is principal to appreciate -- throughout all its frontiers -- what Islam is ready and what Muslims believe. A significant other to the Muslim World contains an enticing and coherent try via extraordinary students to contibute in the direction of that very important strategy of comprehension.

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