By Thomas W. Lippman

A bit over 13 centuries in the past, the prophet Muhammad switched over a couple of Arab barren region tribes to the idea in one god, Allah, therefore founding the faith of Islam. inside a century, that trust had created certainly one of history's mightiest empires—and this present day Islam maintains to form occasions round the globe.

This finished advisor deals an informative and insightful creation to Islam either as a faith and as a political-economic strength. It tells the tale of Muhammad—and the increase of Islam; outlines the sacred publication, the Koran; explains "the 5 pillars of faith"; explores the interaction among faith and executive; describes the diversities that divide Islam; and, notably, indicates the effect of Islam on global affairs. This moment revised variation presents the most important new fabric at the Islamic neighborhood this day, together with dialogue of the Gulf warfare and the Salman Rushdie affair; the increase and ebb of fundamentalist fervor in Iran, Algeria, and in different places; and the relationships between diverse factions of the Islamic religion. There also are up to date descriptions of inner politics in Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, and different Islamic international locations. entire with word list, bibliography. and index, Understanding Islam is engrossing, crucial examining for either scholars and all who search a clearer figuring out of the area within which we live.

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