A New Introduction to Islam

Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2009-04-13
Publisher(s): Wiley-Blackwell
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The second edition of this student-friendly textbook explores the origins, major features and lasting influence of the Islamic tradition. Traces the development of Muslim beliefs and practices against the background of social and cultural contexts extending from North Africa to South and Southeast Asia Fully revised for the second edition, with completely new opening and closing chapters considering key issues facing Islam in the 21st century Focuses greater attention on everyday practices, the role of women in Muslim societies, and offers additional material on Islam in America Includes detailed chronologies, tables summarizing key information, useful maps and diagrams, and many more illustrations

Author Biography

Daniel W. Brown has lived in Egypt and in Pakistan, where he spent his first 18 years. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, at the Institute of Islamic Culture in Lahore and at Cairo University, and has taught Islamic studies at Mount Holyoke, Amherst, and Smith colleges. He is the author of Rethinking Tradition in Modern Islamic Thought.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Second Edition
Source Acknowledgments
The Formation of the Islamic Tradition
Islam in Global Perspective
The Problem of Defining Islam
Mapping the Islamic World
Arabs and Non-Arabs
SunnCs and Shi'ites
Islamic Ritual
What to Expect from This Book
Essential Resources for the Study of Islam
Pre-Islamic Poetry
Arab Religion
Women in Pre-Islamic Arabia
Mecca and the Quraysh
The Gifts of the Arabs
Resources for Further Study
The Pre-Islamic Near East
Christianity in the Near East
Saints and Relics
The Place of the Arabs in the Near East
Resources for Further Study
The Life of Muhammad
Prologue and Setting
Birth and Childhood
Early Adulthood
The Beginning of Revelation
The Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven
The Hijra
The Battle of Badr
Confrontation with the Jews of Medina
The Battle of Uhud
The Peace of al-Ludaybiyya and the Farewell Pilgrimage
Resources for Further Study
The QurÆan
Approaches to the QurÆan
The History of the Text
Jesus in the QurÆan
The QurÆan in Muslim Piety
The Eternity of the QurÆan
The Inimitability of the QurÆan
Interpreting the QurÆan
Central Themes
QurÆanic Narratives
QurÆanic Law and the Problem of Abrogation
Women and Gender in the QurÆan
The Problem of Context
Resources for Further Study
The Tradition Literature
The Science of Hadith
The Origins of Hadith
In Quest of the Historical Muhammad
The Sira and the Shaping of an Islamic Worldview
Resources for Further Study
The Expansion of Islam
The Conquests
Psychological Impact
Archeological Data: The ôInvisibleö Conquests
Resources for Further Study
Religion of Empire
Arab Colonial Policy
Conversion to Islam
The First Civil War
The Martyrdom of Lusayn
The Deputy of God
Personal Piety
The Dome of the Rock
The Constitution of Medina
Resources for Further Study
The Caliphate
Ibn al-MuqaffaÆ
The Shi'ite Vision
The æAbbasids
Nizari ôAssassinsö
The Sasanian Revival
Al-Mawardi and the Sunni Compromise
Resources for Further Study
Islamic Institutions
Islamic Law
The Coffee Debate
Revelation and Reason
The Schools of Law
Islamic Law and the State
The Uaul al-Fiqh
The Substance of the Law
Ritual Purity
Acts of Worship
Marriage and Divorce
The Origins of Islamic Law
Al-Shafi' i and Islamic Legal Theory
Resources for Further Study
Islamic Theology and Philosophy
Freedom and Determinism
GodÆs Attributes
Faith and Works
The Sunni Consensus
Ahmad ibn Lanbal
Jewish and Christian Influences
The Challenge of Philosophy
Prophecy and Revelation in Islamic Philosophy
Philosophy and Mysticism
Resources for Further Study
The Parliament of Birds
Stages on the Path
The Spiritual Master
Sufi Brotherhoods
Sufi Ritual
The Destination
Sufi Cosmology
Sufism in History: The Case of al-Hallaj
Beginnings to the Tenth Century
Classical Manuals and the Growth of Tariqas
The Pervasiveness of Sufism
Resources for Further Study
Crisis and Renewal in Islamic History
Turks, Crusaders, and Mongols
The Saljuqs
Al-Ghazali and the Sunni Revival
Slave Soldiers
The Crusades
The Mongols
The Impact of the Mongol Invasions
Resources for Further Study
Revival and Reform
The Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires
The Rise of European Power
The Religious Environment
The æUlamaÆ
Sufi Reformers
The Wahhabi Movement
Resources for Further Study
Islam and the West
NapoleonÆs Invasion of Egypt
The Birth of Orientalism
Jihad Movements
Sayyid Ahmad Khan and æAligarh
Resources for Further Study
The Turbulent Twentieth Century
Islam and Modernity
The Abolition of the Caliphate
The Salafi Movement
The Muslim Brotherhood
Jihad and Martyrdom
From ShariÆa to Secular Law and Back
Muslim Family Law
Modern QurÆan Interpretation
The Problem of Sunna
Ijtihad and Ijma'
A New Kalam?
Muhammad æAbduh
Muhammad Iqbal
The Vitality of Sufism
Resources for Further Study
Islam in the Twenty-First Century
The Challenge of Pluralism
Twenty-First-Century Wahhabism
Islamic Liberalism
Islam in the West
Islamic Feminism
The Challenge of Islam
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