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    Muslims : Their Religious Beliefs and Practices


This concise and authoritative guide provides a survey of Islamic history and thought from the formative period of the religion down to modern times. It examines the unique elements which have combined to form Islam, in particular the Qur'#xC4;n and the influence of Muhammad, and traces the ways in which these sources have interacted historically to create Muslim theology and law as well as the alternative visions of Islam found in Shi'ism and Sufism. Combining core source materials with coverage of current scholarship and of recent events in the Islamic world, Andrew Rippin introduces this hugely significant religion in a succinct, challenging and refreshing way. Using a distinctive critical approach that promotes engagement with key issues, from fundamentalism and women#xE2;#xAC;"s rights to problems of identity and modernity, it is ideal for students and general readers seeking a deepened understanding of Muslims and their faith. The improved and expanded fourth edition contains brand new material on the significance of Islamophobia for Muslim identity as well as a series of text boxes to stimulate thinking about essay topics and research projects. The book is now complemented by a full companion website that provides access to additional references and resources.

Author Biography

Andrew Rippin is Professor of History and former Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, Canada. He has written and edited several books on Islam and the Qur'an, including Classical Islam: A Sourcebook of Religious Literature and The Islamic World, both published by Routledge.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vii
Preface to the fourth editionp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Formative elements of classical Islamp. 5
Prehistoryp. 7
The Quranp. 20
Muhammadp. 42
Emergence of Islamic identityp. 57
Political action and theoryp. 59
Theological expositionp. 72
Legal developmentsp. 88
Ritual practicep. 104
Alternative visions of classical Islamic identityp. 119
The Shi'ap. 121
Sufi devotionp. 136
Consolidation of Islamic identityp. 151
Intellectual culturep. 153
Medieval visions of Islamp. 164
Modem visions of Islamp. 179
Describing modernityp. 181
Muhammad and modernityp. 205
The Qur'an and modernityp. 235
Issues of identity: ritual and politicsp. 263
Re-visioning Islamp. 289
Women, intellectuals, and other challengesp. 291
Perceptions of Muslims in the twenty-first centuryp. 316
Glossaryp. 331
Referencesp. 337
General indexp. 345
Index of Quran citationsp. 354
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