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Islam (Teach Yourself World Faiths) [Paperback]

Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood
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1 Jan 2003 Teach Yourself World Faiths
Islam is the world's second largest faith. This book is a comprehensive guide to the faith itself and to Islamic society. Written by a practising Muslim, it looks at all aspects of Islam including: - the life of the Prophet Mohammed - the Qur'an and its revealed teachings - worship in Islam - Shi'ite Islam, Sufism and Islamic mysticism - the history of Islam - the views and status of Muslim sects worldwide - Muslims in Britain. The new edition includes a new introduction, chapters and photographs to bring it entirely up to date. It looks at the attitude of Islam towards other world faiths. The "Teach Yourself World Faiths" series aims to present all the essential information required by a reader who has no previous knowledge of the religion, but who wants to feel confident in dealing with members of the faith community - in terms of their beliefs and attitudes, and also of the practical details of their culture, ceremony, diet and moral views. As such it is relevant to the needs of police, social workers, solicitors, businessmen, teachers and all who require sensitivity and insight in dealing with the public in a multi-faith and multi-ethnic society. "Teach Yourself Islam" is an introduction to the history, beliefs, religious practices and social customs of the Muslim religion. It is suitable for A-level students, as background reading for undergraduate students in Religious Studies, and for the general reader.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340859687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340859681
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,184,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A very accessible introduction to Islam from a faith-based perspective. The book not only manages to introduce the reader to the history and doctrines of Islam but also sheds light on contemporary issues and debates." (Dr Oliver Scharbrodt, Lecturer in the Religions of the Middle East SOAS) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Want to know about Islam but short of time and unsure where to begin? Get a kickstart with this little book which will give you just enough to get you going... --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Islam 7 Dec 2000
By A Customer
The author of this book treats the reader in a very intelligent and respectful manner. It is an excellent, comprehensive source of information for those wishing to learn more about Islam, from complete novices to those actually wishing to enhance their existing basic knowledge.
As a Muslim myself, never once was I made to feel that I was being patronised for having limited knowledge about my religion. The style adopted is very simplistic and yet an incredible amount of information is delivered in a fashion that makes the reader want to continue reading until the very end.
There exist no airs and graces and not a hint of fundamentalism which is all too often wrongly associated with this faith.
At times a very delicate twist of humour is woven in to the book just to remind the reader that the work is written by a person and not just a descriptive piece of facts and figures that could be churned out by a machine.
The author's gentleness and depth of character also appears to materialise as one works though this book. There seems to exist a genuine love for the reader and a desire to put across all the necessary information but in a way that allows the reader to discover the faith and at the same time forms his/her own opinions about Islam.
Such was its overall effect that it leaves the reader thirsty for more of an insight into this author's wonderful literature.
A thoroughly good read!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and understand. Fascinating. 6 April 2002
This is a perfect introduction to Islam. Always interesting and easy to understand even for someone with a limited attention span such as me!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start 6 Aug 2002
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An interesting insight into Islam. For someone who didn't know a thing before I read the book, I now have a better appreciation of the Muslim faith
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 23 Sep 2009
I bought this book before the month of Ramadhan started to make use of my spare time and to take on some knowledge. My knowledge of the history of Islam is abysmal and I got tired of constantly not knowing the answer to questions that non-Muslim friends would ask.
This is by far one of the best books I have ever read, covers all the topics a modern Muslim or non-Muslim may want to know more of. Very well written, clear and not opinionated in any way. The overall theme of the book illustrates just how mis-understood the religion is and what is and isn't Islam.
If you want a solid grounding I thoroughly recommend this, reading it has made me realise so much about the beauty of my religion and has made me appreciate it more.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 Jun 2000
By A Customer
The author has an excellent understanding of Islam which comes across very clearly. The layout of the book in magazine format with short paragraphs, lists, diagrams and bullet points makes the information immediate and easy to read. At the same time, the book maintains its educational credentials by ensuring that all the information is always relevant. The author guides the reader through Islam from a Muslim's perspective without descending into apologetics or staking 'superiority' claims on the religion - all too often a flaw in other books. It is a great book for students and those curious about Islam.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 12 Jan 2004
Very good book. Dealt with all the main components of Islam, and gives an excellent overview of the history behind the religion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Examining Religions: Islam core student book 14 April 2011
By sara
I think this book is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning about Islam or for the purpose of studying the religion at GCSE level. Overall it includes many important aspects of Islam which is vital for a gcse stduent to know.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Better books available 13 Feb 2014
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There are much better books available. Some of the aspects of Islam are not described correctly and can lead to misunderstanding.
The book is well presented but the contents are questionable and source of information is unreliable so keep clear as mush better books available.
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