Understanding Islam: An Introduction to the Muslim World
By: Lippman, Thomas W.
«An excellent overview of the world's youngest major religion.» - Los Angeles Times
Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world today. A little over thirteen centuries ago, the prophet Muhammad converted a few Arab tribes to the belief in a single god, Allah, thus founding the religion of Islam. Within a century, that belief created one of history's mightiest empires - and today Islam continues to shape events around the globe.
«Understanding Islam» offers an informative and insightful introduction to Islam both as a religion and as a political-economic force. it tells the story of Muhammad and the rise of Islam; outlines the sacred book, the Koran; explains «the five pillars of faith»; explores the interplay between religion and government; describes the differences that divide Islam; and above all, shows the influence of Islam on world affairs.
Covering everything from Islam's earliest root to today's power politics, «Understanding Islam» is essential reading for both students and all who seek a clearer understanding of the world in which we live.
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Lippman, Thomas W.
A Plume Book (Penguin), NY, Third Revised and Updated Edition, 2002
5.3 x 8 inches / 13.5 c 20.5 cm
Islamic Theology and History
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Thomas W. Lippman is a journalist and author who specializes in Middle East affairs, in particular Saudi Arabia–United States relations. He worked for more than thirty years at the Washington Post as a reporter and eventually as its Middle East bureau chief. Lippman currently serves as an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute. He is the author of seven books on the Middle East, including Understanding Islam: An Introduction to the Muslim World and Arabia on the Edge: The Uncertain Future of an American Ally.