Islam: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Paperback – 24 Feb 2000
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"Malise Ruthven's book answers the urgent need for an introduction to Islam... He addresses major isssues with clarity and directness, engages dispassionately with the disparate stereotypes and polemics on the subjects, and guides the reader surely through the urgent debates about fundamentalism."--Michael Gilsenan, New York University
About the Author
Malise Ruthven is renowned as a commentator on Islam and the Arab world. A former scriptwriter with the BBC Arabic and World Services, his previous publications include Islam in the World and The Divine Supermarket: Shopping for God in America.
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Those looking for an easier read might consider "Understanding My Muslim Neighbour", which uses a dialogue form to explore the main characteristics of Islam from a Christian viewpoint.
make the author appear smart to the reader, but Ruthvens rambling sentence structures fail to convey much meaning. I found my self having to fight the text a great deal to extract any information or arguments from it, a crime in any writing but especially when it bears the title "a short introduction". Short on facts and very long on waffle.
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I have to study this subject and wanted to get the information quickly so found listening very good.Published on 1 Nov. 2009 by jen