What Everyone Needs To Know About Islam
Answers To frequently Asked Questions, From One of America's Leading Experts
By John L. Esposito
Hardback 224 Pages
Size : 207 x 138 mm
ISBN : 9780195157130
Publisher : Oxford University Press (OUP, 2003)
About The Book
- A brief but reliable primer on Muslims and Islam, written by one of the world's most respected authorities.
- The information about Islam that people most want to know presented in question-and -answer format.
- The first place to look for information on the faith, customs, and political beliefs of the one billion people who call themselves Muslims.
- Topics covered include - Faith and Practice, Islam and Other Religions, Customs and Culture, and Muslims in the West.
- Special section devoted to terrorism and violence, addressing such questions as "What is jihad?" and "Why do Muslims hate us?"
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, there has been an overwhelming demand for information about Islam. As a leading expert, John Esposito has found himself called upon to speak to a wide range of audiences, including members of Congress, the Bush administration, government agencies, the military, and the media. Out of this experience, he has identified the most pressing questions people consistently ask about Islam.
In What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam , Esposito presents in question-and-answer format the information that most people want to know. Esposito provides succinct, accessible, sensitive, and even-handed answers to questions that range from the general--"What do Muslims believe?" and "Who was Muhammad?"--to more specific issues like Is Islam compatible with modernization, capitalism and democracy? How do Muslims view Judaism and Christianity? Are women second-class citizens in Islam? What is jihad? Does the Quran condone terrorism? What does Islam say about homosexuality, birth control, abortion, and slavery?
As the editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern Islam and The Oxford History of Islam , and author of Unholy War and many other acclaimed works, John Esposito is one of America's leading authorities on Islam. This brief and readable book is the first place to look for information on the faith, customs, and political beliefs of the more than one billion people who call themselves Muslims.
About The Author
JOHN L. ESPOSITO is Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. Founding Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding: History and International Affairs in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, he has served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies as well as a consultant to governments, multinational corporations, and the media.
His more than 25 books include: Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?, Islam: The Straight Path, Islam and Politics, Islam and Democracy and Makers of Contemporary Islam (with John Voll), Political Islam: Radicalism, Revolution or Reform?, Iran at the Crossroads (with R.K. Ramazani), Islam, Gender and Social Change (with Yvonne Haddad), and Women in Muslim Family Law.
'Say: whether ye believe in it (the Qur'an) or not, it is true that those who were given knowledge beforehand, when it is recited to them, fall down on their faces in humble prostration.'
[TMQ al-Isra 107]
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