- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New Ed edition (24 Feb. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192853899
- ISBN-13: 978-0192853899
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1.3 x 10.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Being a little picky, I feel the very familiar passages, now quite old, swiftly brought up-to-date by recent events seems a little lazy. The book probably needs a re write (following what is happening with other VSIs on religions).
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A good overview of Islam but would have preferred some deeper examiniation of the faithPublished 21 days ago by j4277
I read the Buddism book from the same series and found it very enjoyable and informative. I bought this book to learn more about the religion, where is comes from, the belief... Read morePublished 2 months ago by hello
quite a heavy read - but a good way into learning more about what seem to dominate the news at the moment.Published 14 months ago by AVB
This short introduction to Islam sets out “to address some of the complexities surrounding recent controversies and events [relating to Islam]” (p. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer