Islam: A Very Short Introduction offers essential insight into the structure and Malise Ruthven answers fundamental questions about the nature and scope of. Page i Islam A Very Short Introduction Malise Ruthven is a lecturer in comparative religion, specializing in Islamic affairs, at the University of Aberdeen. Malise Ruthven’s Very Short Introduction contains essential insights into issues such How must Islam adapt as it confronts the modern world?.

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It requires substantial background knowledge to follow the author in his argumentation. In the Bible Abraham proves his devotion to God by offering to sacrifice Isaac, ancestor of the Hebrews, his son with the previously barren Sarah.

But mystical enthusiasm can also take radical antinomian forms which transgress the rules of the Shari’a and sometimes scandalize the pious. This was in effect an argument that in the absence of the Imam the ‘ulama had the right, if not the duty, to seize powerfollowing the example of Imam Hussein rather than his elder brother Hasan. Jun 01, Ahmad Sharabiani marked it as to-read Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

It is in frequent use as a prayer.

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Muhammad, like Introuction and the founders of other world religions, is a bridge between myth and history, the realms, respectively, of divine and human action. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. But there are many Quranic passages that lend themselves to a mystical interpretation, most famously a verse in the Sura of Light The ‘A Very Short Introduction’ series aims to explain topics veru someone who knows nothing about the subject.

Subject he is always. If Abu Lahab was a free agent, able to choose between acceptance and rejection of God’s message, it followed that the Quran must already have been ‘created’ when this message was ‘sent down’.


During the tenth century CE these Isma’ilis were at the forefront of several revolts inspired by eschatological expectations. Faith would follow surrender to the Muslim Prophet, conviction the appeal of his divine charisma.

An internationally recognized authority on Islam, Ruthven offers essential insights into this major world religion, examining such issues as why Islam has such major divisions between movements such as the Shi’ites, the Sunnis, and the Wahhabis, and the central importance of the Shar’ia Islamic law in Islamic life. Ultimately, for the Ash’aris, God is inaccessible to human reason. All in all, though, I did learn something about the religion and for the most part the introductlon kept me interested.

Islam, Muslims, and Islamism 2. An Introduction to Sufism London: Rational arguments are buttressed by intuitive, subjective experience in Mulla Sadra’s scheme. This ideology, sometimes referred to as ‘Islamic fundamentalism’, is better described as Islamism: In its most extreme formulation, human laws have no authority underpinning them.

One person found this helpful. What is generally accepted about the life of Mohammad? The exact pronunciation is as important as the meanings; unlike most Arabic texts, the Quranic script is oslam with the short vowel-sign to ensure the greatest degree of accuracy.

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The annalist Tabari d. May 11, Justin Tapp rated it liked it Shelves: This was an excellent book, balanced, extremely clear, detailed because concisely written, and wide-ranging. Yet these disturbing images are at odds with a faith that most adherents–who now number over a billion worldwide–would regard as no less pacific than Buddhism or Christianity. The Jewish tribes find themselves allied to rival Arab factions.

The Jew went to the Prophet and informed him of what had happened between him and the Muslim. Muslims in the World 2.


It also offers fresh perspectives on contemporary questions: The medieval mind saw in his every activity the perfection of conduct, his every opinion a direct guidance from God.

I appreciated the information within, but I still feel I need to seek out an introduction elsewhere, The American historian Marshall Hodgson distinguished between the ‘Islamic’ pertaining to the religion and what he termed the ‘Islamicate’ pertaining to the broader cultural and societal frame of which the religion is part, and over which it may be said to preside.

It seems clear, however, that, while temporarily accepting Muhammad’s political leadership, the Jews of Medina rejected him as a prophet in their itroduction. It is mostly a history of Islam.

Re-enacted on the anniversary in every Shi’i village with processions of bloody ‘Elsewhere, in towns but above all in villages, the ta’ziya is held. What the Quran lacks for the reader familiar with the Bible or Hindu epics is a coherent narrative structure.

Islam: A Very Short Introduction

A third visionary experience, also alluded to in one of the Quran’s Meccan suras, is said to have occurred after Khadija’s death, when Muhammad was transported by night ‘from the sacred shrine to the distant shrine’ For the most part, the book delivered on that, presenting what appears to be a balanced review of the religion introdyction its history. The doctrine of the Created Quran, however, ran into powerful opposition from the traditionalists, who saw it as derogating from the idea of the Quran as God’s speech.

It is not for humans to speculate on the nature of God.