Islam: Its History, Teaching, and Practices




Author: S. A. Nigosian
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2004
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 200
Isbn10 Code: 0253343151
Isbn13 Code: 9780253110749


Review Nigosian (Univ. of Toronto) has written a remarkable book. Though one might quibble over the omission of any meaningful discussion of fiqh (at least it's in the glossary) or object to glib treatment of some rather controversial topics (the influence of the Night Journey and Ascension literature on Dante is not as cut and dried as the author repeatedly asserts), this panoramic overview of Islam is refreshing in its conciseness and logical order of presentation. Succinct discussions of complicated topics, such as the origins and development of Shi'ism, the causes of Ottoman decline, the phenomenon of jihad, moral and social behavior of Muslims, women's religious duties, Islamic feminism, and observances and festivals, all merit especial praise. In addition, there is a seminal theological comparison of Islam to Christianity (normally not included in a work such as this), a discussion that does not gloss over important differences or sugarcoat the rough edges that religious traditions often exhibit. There are a few misstatements of fact (the third surah of the Qur'an is not entitled Ali Imran). The occasional typographical errors, appearing mostly in relation to the author's own system of transliteration, are relatively minor. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers and lower—level undergraduates.S. P. Blackburn, Hartford Seminary, Choice, November 2004 (S. P. Blackburn, Hartford Seminary Choice 2004) "Nigosian (Univ. of Toronto) has written a remarkable book.... this panoramic overview of Islam is refreshing in its conciseness and logical order of presentation.... Highly recommended. General readers and lower-level undergraduates." —Choice, November 2004 (Choice ) --This text refers to the edition. About the Author S. A. Nigosian is Research Associate at the University of Toronto, Victoria College, and author of Judaism: The Way of Holiness; The Zoroastrian Faith: Tradition and Modern Research; Occultism in the Old Testament; and World Religions: A Historical Approach. --This text refers to the edition.

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