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Malcolm Clark
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28 April 2003 For Dummies
Many non–Muslims have no idea that Muslims worship the same God as Christians and Jews, and that Islam preaches compassion, charity, humility, and the brotherhood of man. And the similarities don’t end there. According to Islamic teaching, Muhammad founded Islam in 610 CE after the angel Gabriel appeared to him at Mecca and told him that God had entered him among the ranks of such great biblical prophets as Abraham, Moses, and Christ. Whether you live or work alongside Muslims and want to relate to them better, or you simply want to gain a better understanding of the world’s second largest religion, Islam For Dummies can help you make sense of this religion and its appeal.  From the Qur’an to Ramadan, this friendly guide introduces you to the origins, practices and beliefs of Islam, including: Muhammad, the man and the legend The Five Pillars of Wisdom The Five Essentials beliefs of Islam The different branches of Islam and Islamic sects The Qur’an and Islamic law Islam throughout history and its impact around the world Professor Malcolm Clark explores the roots of Islam, how it has developed over the centuries, and it’s long and complex relationship with Christianity. He helps puts Islam in perspective as a major cultural and geopolitical force. And he provided helpful insights into, among other things: Muhammad, the Qur’an and the ethical teachings of Islam Muslim worship, customs, and rituals surrounding birth, marriage, and death Shi’ites, Sunnis, Sufis, Druze, and other important Muslim groups Islam in relation to Judaism and Christianity In these troubled times, it is important that we try to understand the belief systems of others, for through understanding comes peace. Islam For Dummies helps you build bridges of understanding between you and your neighbors in the global village.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (28 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764555030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764555039
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.7 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Find out about customs, history, and Islamic law From faith, prayer, and fasting to charity and pilgrimage, understand Muslim life You don't have to be Muslim to understand Islam. This friendly guide introduces you to the origins and practices of Islam, including the Five Pillars and life-cycle rituals. You'll discover the significance of Muhammad and the Qur'an and meet the various Islamic sects. You'll also see how Islam has adapted over time and read about current developments in the Islamic world. The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Online cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun

About the Author

Professor Malcolm Clark taught in the Department of Religion at Butler University for 30 years.

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In this chapter, you get a quick glance at Islam that the rest of this book expands on: how the faith began, what Muslims believe, how those beliefs diverge into various branches of the faith, and where and how many Muslims practice their faith around the world today. Read the first page
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good foundation 25 Jan 2009
I think this book is a good foundation if you are interested in developing you knowledge of islam. it gives a good basic understanding to islamic history, culture and the religion as a whole. i have also read Catholicism for dummies and the bible for dummies and found that this book didn't have the same free-flowing nature to it. i also felt that the authors opinion leant slightly against islam on some issues and although anyone is welcome to their opinions i felt this shouldn't have come through in the text.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, readable, informative 8 Oct 2009
By Iain S. Palin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
With all that is happening in the world a good, readable and informative book on Islam is very welcome and the fact that it's written in the very successful "for Dummies" format helps to make it more accessible. There are many books about Islam on the market of course, pitched at various levels, and that means there are simpler ones than this out there as well as more detailed ones. However having looked at many of them I cannot recall one that balances readability and thoroughness as well as "Islam for Dummies", and I recommend it heartily for the general reader who wants more than the basic information.
I would have given it five stars but was disappointed to find several silly mistakes in dates, probably originating as typos - the sort of thing that really should have been picked up in the final checking before publication.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Islam For Dummies 5 July 2012
By Shak
this book is okay but some of the information is WRONG. the book states that a HADITH is word of god not from the Quran which is wrong A Hadith is sayings of the prophet Muhammad PBUH
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good and interesting read 12 Sep 2009
By Sparkly
As a complete ignoramus, I found it incredibly informative. I would definitely reccomend it to anyone wishing to learn about Islam. I feel really rather knowledgable now.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent content, horrible editing 28 April 2006
By merzbow - Published on
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I would have given this book 5 stars based on content, but I have to take off a star due to the absolutely horrible editing. The publisher should be ashamed - typos EVERYWHERE ('Google' is mispelled 'Goggle' multiple times), even a couple of garbled/transposed sentences (a section comparing and constrasting Sunnis, Shias, and Sufis is just incomprehensible due to transpositions).

But putting that aside, the author is extremely knowledgable and very fair, and not without a dry sense of humor (check out the section on the possibility of women's sexual pleasure in paradise). He's also a Christian. Personally, I think it's a good idea for these sorts of books to be written by those outside the faith; a believer can never be fully objective, by definition.
48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If by "dummies" you mean "college freshmen," then yes, this is for dummies. 1 July 2006
By Kurt Conner - Published on
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I eagerly anticipated this book after finishing the delightful Judaism for Dummies. That book, written by two Jewish men, was funny, warm, and informative. It was full of helpful hints and personal anecdotes. I feel like I got not just the facts but also the flavor of certain aspects of Jewish culture.

This is not that book. This book, written by a Christian college professor, is academic and dry. The structure, with its long chapters, begs devoted study, not the kind of "when you can find the time" style that seems more suited to dummies like me. I was disappointed that it was written by a non-Muslim, as I could have grabbed any scholarly text just to learn the facts (my favorite part of Judaism for Dummies is how personal it was, and I really thought I would read stories about growing up Muslim and rites of passage and the little things that matter to a believer that a non-believer wouldn't immediately notice on his own). As this is my first serious study of the history and beliefs of Islam, I can't make any guesses on accuracy, but with this style of writing, I don't know that I'm going to be around to notice any major mistakes in the last third of the book.

I will probably finish the book because I'm stubborn, and I really am interested in knowing what Muslims believe, but I wish I had chosen a different book to start my study. Or maybe that I hadn't read an entertaining Dummies book before falling asleep on top of this one.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst in the Series 13 Jun 2008
By J. Ferguson - Published on
I've read and own many of the "For Dummies" series, and this one doesn't deserve the title. It's dry, un-entertaining, and the author seems out of touch with his topic, focusing on minority groups and sects, as well as more obscure parts of the religion that don't exactly apply to Muslims as practiced today. I've since gone back and found factual errors or a misleading representation inside it. I wouldn't recommend the book, save your money on someone else.

Instead, I got "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam" by Yahiya Emerick, and found him a much more articulate author, who explained it in plain english; something that this "For Dummies" author didn't do so well.
50 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Islam for all: Human Rights Perspective 12 Dec 2003
By Maimul Khan - Published on
Prof. Warren Malcolm Clark did an excent job in explaining many fundamental doctrines, ideas, and rituals of Islam. [...] I have to say that Prof. Clark has created a unique approach to Islamic issues. He tried to avoid typical Western attitude toward Islam and Muslims. And he was quite successful in that. I am looking forward to meet him in person to congratulate him for his remarkable academic and popular contribution in an area of such a great importance.
34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of plenty of information 26 Sep 2006
By Arilitt - Published on
When you buy these for dummies or idiots guide's books its always a grab bag. Either they presuppose you are a total moron, and fill the book with so much fluff that you end up getting very little actual knowledge of the topic. Or, they present the material in a semi-academic manner and you actually learn something. Thank god this book is the latter of the two. The book is well structured, and presented from a realistic point of view. At no point in the book are Muslims presented as evil or good. They are people, who just happen to view life from a completely different perspective than most Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists Taoists....any religion. Yes the book lacks silly anecdotes and the perspective of a Muslim. However silly anecdotes tend to take the place of concrete information and a Muslim perspective would only provide bias (if you doubt me read The Complete Idiot's Guide To Judaism. It reads like a Children's book with the goal of conversion). For the reviewer that labeled this book dry and lacking humor I recommend a children's book on Islam. They have very little words, a whole lot of silliness, and plenty of pictures. You should probably have time for that
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