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The No-Nonsense Guide to Islam

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The No-Nonsense Guide to Islam

This guide considers Islam's position in the 21st century, examining Islamic worldview, history, law and its relationship with the West.

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How can Islam reconcile itself with the 21st century? This No-Nonsense Guide explains the Islamic worldview, examining the Qur’an and Islamic law (sharia), Islam in history, and Islam’s relationship with the West. The authors analyze the struggle within the faith for a more humane and holistic interpretation of their religion, examine issues surrounding women’s rights, economic development and the absence of democracy in some Muslim countries.

This is a balanced portrayal of ‘real Islam’, looking beyond the common perceptions and polemical debates. It shows what Islam has achieved and shows why a better understanding of Muslims is needed throughout the world. But it also explains why Islam needs to make itself more relevant by showing it can create just, tolerant and peaceful society, and explores the steps for reform.

Islam: the Qur'an and Sirah
What is Islam?
The Rightly Guided Caliphs
Expansion and empires
Civilization and learning
Islam and the West
Reform movements
Contemporary issues
Beyond the impasse

About the Authors:
Ziauddin Sardar is a writer, broadcaster and cultural critic. Works include Postmodernism and the Other, Orientalism, and Why Do People Hate America?, written with Merryl Wyn Davies.
Merryl Wyn Davies is a writer, anthropologist and TV producer. Author of Knowing One Another: Shaping an Islamic Anthropology, she also co-authored the international bestseller Why Do People Hate America?

'The latest in the New Internationalist's excellent series of No-Nonsense Guides to all things is timely, as the peaceful and humane idealogy of the world's second-largest religion becomes dangerously obscured not only by widespread ignorance and misinterpretation, but also by the Muslims own drift away from the central tenets of the faith. The book examines the history and principles of Islam, how the faith which emphasised justice, creativity and tolerance, drifted from education to despotism and mediocrity, and what Islam could and should become in future.' - Observer, London

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Code: NOIS
Supplier New Internationalist
Product Keys Educational

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