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Islam (Crash Course)by Walter Weiss
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This superb short introduction to Islam provides the reader with answers to the most frequent questions about the religion and its culture. The history of Islam from its beginning to the present is provided in five chapters interspersed with chapters on the Islamic faith; Islamic life?>including the status of women, the use of the veil, the calendar, and annual rituals; the Shi'ah tradition; and the traditional Arabian city. The volume is well illustrated with color plates accompanied by lengthy captions.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Heavily illustrated, pocket-sized, and filled with useful information, Crash Course books make excellent supplements to main textbooks for students taking college-101 humanities courses. Each Crash Course volume contains approximately 400 high quality photos and illustrations, most of them in full color. Page edges are tipped with different colors to help readers refer quickly to individual topics. Crash Course books are good-looking volumes that also make fine guides for museum-goers, hobbyists, and art lovers.
This handsome volume presents a chronological survey of Islam, from its founding by Muhammad in the seventh century, A.D., to the present. Many color illustrations show Islamic art and architecture.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183) and indexes.
Table of Contents
The beginnings of Islam — Tenets of faith — Islamic life — The Shãi§ah tradition — The early kingdoms — The flowering of Arabic-Islamic culture — The traditional Arabian city — The Mongol and Ottoman eras — The Islamic world in flux — Recent decades.
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