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Encounters with Islam: On Religion, Politics and Modernity (Library of Modern Religion) Hardcover – 30 Apr 2012

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris (30 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178076023X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780760230
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,872,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Malise Ruthven is the leading British authority on modern Islam. His books are essential for understanding what is going on in the Middle East today, and Encounters with Islam is an ideal entrée to his thinking on some vital issues. --Robert Irwin

'There is no better guide to analysing and explaining the West's long engagement with Islam than Malise Ruthven. Accessible and - even more importantly - brilliantly judicious, his latest book is ever careful in this most treacherous of territories filled as it is with myth and fear. Here is a magisterial overview to help us understand these recent years of violent confrontation and stubborn misunderstanding. We have much to be grateful for in Ruthven's wise insights.' --Madeleine Bunting, The Guardian

'Over the last decade Malise Ruthven has consolidated his position as one of our most consistently sophisticated and stimulating writers on contemporary religion in general and Islam in particular. The essays here are as wide-ranging, versatile and intellectually curious as they are well-written, witty and constantly surprising. In a crowded field Ruthven remains way ahead of the pack.' --William Dalrymple

About the Author

Malise Ruthven, described by the Guardian as one of today's most perceptive observers and historians of religion, is internationally recognised for his work on Muslim thought and theology, fundamentalism, the social impact of religion and migration and the nexus between contemporary politics and belief. His many books include The Divine Supermarket: Travels in Search of the Soul of America (Tauris Parke Paperbacks, forthcoming) and Mormonism: An Introduction (I.B. Tauris, forthcoming).

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