This exceptionally successful survey text introduces the teachings and practice of Islam from its earliest origins up to its contemporary practice. John L. Esposito, an internationally renowned expert on Islam, traces the development of Islam and its impact on world history and politics.
Lucidly written and expansive in scope, Islam: The Straight Path, Fifth Edition, provides keen insight into one of the world's least understood religions. It is ideally suited for use in courses on Islam, world religions, comparative religions, and Middle East history and culture.
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John L. Esposito is University Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies, Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and Director of The Bridge: Protecting Pluralism--Ending Islamophobia at Georgetown University. Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Islamic Studies Online and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam, he is the author of What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, Second Edition (2011), The Future of Islam (2010), and Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam (2002), and coauthor of Islam and Democracy after the Arab Spring (2015), all published by Oxford University Press.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Muhammad and the Quran: Messenger and Message Muhammad and the Muslim Community Muhammad and the West The Quran: The Word of God Conclusion 2. The Muslim Community in History Muhammad and the Medinan State The Caliphate (632-1258) Islam and the West: The Crusades and Muslim Response to Militant Christianity The Sultanate Period: Medieval Muslim Empires Islam in the West 3. Religious Life: Belief and Practice Theology Islamic Law 4. Modern Islamic Reform Movements From Imperial Islam to Islamic Revivalism Revivalism in Islam Modern Islamic Movements Conclusion 5. Religion & Politics The Islamic Resurgence A Quiet Revolution Global Terrorism The Globalization and Hijacking of Jihad Sayyid Qutb: Martyr of Islamic Radicalism The Making of a Terrorist and his Global Jihad Terrorists and Suicide Bombing * Democratic Transition in Tunisia Conclusion 6. The Struggle for Islam in the Twenty-First Century The Bifurcation of Society The Ulama and Reform Tradition: Anchor or Albatross? A Spectrum of Reformers and Approaches Cyberspace and High-Tech Islam Critical Areas of Islamic Reform The Challenge of Religious Pluralism Global Muslim Multifaith and Intercivilizational Initiatives The Challenge of Pluralism for Western Secular Democracies Conclusion Timeline Glossary Select Bibliography Index