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A Very Short Introduction

Malise Ruthven (University of Aberdeen)



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Oxford University Press
26 March 2012
Religion & beliefs; Islam
Islam features widely in the news, often in its most militant versions, but few people in the non-Muslim world really understand the nature of Islam. Malise Ruthven's Very Short Introduction contains essential insights into issues such as why Islam has such major divisions between movements such as the Shi'ites, the Sunnis, and the Wahhabis, and the central importance of the Shar'ia (Islamic law) in Islamic life. It also offers fresh perspectives on contemporary questions: Why is the greatest 'Jihad' (holy war) now against the enemies of Islam, rather than the struggle against evil? Can women find fulfilment in Islamic societies? How must Islam adapt as it confronts the modern world? In this new edition, Ruthven brings the text up-to-date by reflecting upon some of the most significant changes in the Muslim world in recent years; from the emergence of al-Qaeda and the attacks on New York and Washington on 9/11 and the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. Ruthven includes new material surrounding the concept of a globalized Islam, bringing into question the effects of economic globalization, the effect of international events in Middle Eastern countries, the issues surrounding Islam and democracy, and the reception and perception of Islam in the West. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
By:   Malise Ruthven (University of Aberdeen)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 173mm,  Width: 114mm,  Spine: 11mm
Weight:   151g
ISBN:   9780199642878
ISBN 10:   0199642877
Series:   Very Short Introductions
Pages:   200
Publication Date:   26 March 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface; 1. Islam, Muslims, and Islamism; 2. The Quran and the Prophet; 3. Divine Unicity; 4. The Shari'a and its consequences; 5. Women and Family; 6. The Two Jihads; Appendix: The five pillars of Islam; References; Further reading

Reviews for Islam: A Very Short Introduction

excellent little book * The Guardian * Review from previous edition very readable * RE Today 01/01/2002 *

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