New PDF release: Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary

By Carl W. Ernst

ISBN-10: 0807828378

ISBN-13: 9780807828373

Not like many "Islam 101" books released seeing that September eleven, 2001, Following Muhammad avoids the traps of sensational political disclose and really expert scholarly Orientalism. Carl Ernst introduces readers to the profound religious assets of Islam whereas clarifying range and debate in the tradition.
One out of 5 humans on the earth are Muslim; in simple terms 18 percentage of these, even if, are Arab. Ernst strikes clear of a center jap bias, addressing the pluralistic nature of Muslim societies and notion. Framing his argument by way of spiritual reports, Ernst describes how Protestant definitions of faith and anti-Muslim prejudice have affected perspectives of Islam in Europe and the United States. Ernst additionally covers the modern significance of Islam in either its conventional settings and its new destinations and offers a context for figuring out extremist hobbies like fundamentalism.
With translations of choices from Islamic texts, a few showing in English for the 1st time, Ernst bargains entry to Muslim voices and key issues, relatively the imperative function of the Prophet Muhammad. He concludes with an outline of severe debates on very important modern matters similar to gender and veiling, country politics, and technology and faith. A concise chosen studying checklist presents a priceless advisor for destiny research. This attractive advent to Islam may be each non-Muslim's first source for studying a couple of faith that could be a significant presence within the world.

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In contrast to many "Islam 101" books released for the reason that September eleven, 2001, Following Muhammad avoids the traps of sensational political disclose and really expert scholarly Orientalism. Carl Ernst introduces readers to the profound religious assets of Islam whereas clarifying range and debate in the culture.

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While Muslims viewed this as proof of the spirituality of his mission, Christian antagonists considered this lack of miracles as clear evidence that he was not a prophet. The two biggest Christian criticisms of the Prophet Muhammad were undoubtedly in relation to his military activities and his marriages. For Christians, the celibacy and nonviolent approach of Jesus are generally seen as indispensable characteristics of true spirituality. The fact that Muhammad engaged in battle and was married to a number of women seems to many Christians clear proof that he could not be on the same exalted level as Jesus.

It used to be that we spoke of three worlds: the First World, consisting of economically and technologically developed nations, primarily the United States, Europe, and Japan; the Second World, mainly the former Soviet { 2 } I S L A M I N TH E E Y E S O F TH E W E S T Union and its Communist allies; and the Third World, the poor and underdeveloped countries of Asia, Africa, and the Americas. It has been more than a decade since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Soviet empire, so the Second World evidently no longer exists.

Spectacular acts of violence committed by Palestinian commandos in the 1960s and 1970s firmly established the image of the Arab as terrorist. These Palestinians were secular, and Arabs are a minority of Muslims; yet to the average American newspaper reader, “Arab,” “Muslim,” and “terrorist” have become almost interchangeable terms. In the absence of any contact with real Arabs or Muslims in daily life, many have accepted this kind of violent image as a substitute, as if there could be an entire society composed of terrorists.

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