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Understanding Islam: A Primer

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Islam is studied and discussed today on a scale never before witnessed. Yet to what extent is Islam truly understood in the West? And what is driving its rapid growth? The world's second largest religion, with a faithful following of some 1.4 billion, is spreading fast, with a surprisingly high rate of conversion in Western Countries. In Understanding Islam, Idris Tawfiq explores the Islamic faith from a unique perspective: that of Roman Catholic priest turned Muslim scholar. In an engaging style, the core tenets of this widely misunderstood religion are laid out. The author draws widely on recent cultural phenomena in the West to examine the wider role of religion in an increasingly secular region of the world and he illustrates the many and various--and unexpected--prisms through which Islam can be observed. He argues that Islam, far from contributing to any clash of civilizations, serves to embody spiritual enlightenment and tolerance, enabling Muslims and non-believers to live in a state of mutual understanding. Understanding Islam is concerned with one of the most pressing issues of our time.

Book News Annotation:

Written by a former Roman Catholic priest turned scholar of (and convert to) Islam, this slim volume provides a sympathetic introduction to the most basic and fundamental tenets of Islam. It lays out the Muslim conception of Allah (Arabic for The Lord) and describes the five pillars of the religion: the Shahadah, or bearing witness that there is no Allah but Allah and that the prophet Mohammed is the messenger of Allah; the requirement that Muslims must pray five times a day; Zakah, the requirement that Muslims give a certain amount of their possessions to the poor; the requirement of daytime fasting during the holy month of Ramadan; and Hajj, the requirement of making a pilgrimage, if one is able, to Mecca at least one in one's life. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566567206
Author:
Tawfiq, Idris
Publisher:
Olive Branch Press
Subject:
Islam - General
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Doctrines
Subject:
Islam -- Essence, genius, nature.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
122
Dimensions:
7.00x4.32x.34 in. .28 lbs.

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