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Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, there has been an overwhelming demand for information about Islam, and recent events - the war in Iraq, terrorist attacks both failed and successful, debates throughout Europe over Islamic dress, and many others - have raised new questions in the minds of policymakers and the general public. This newly updated editionofWhat Everyone Needs to Know about Islamis the best single source for clearly presented, objective information about these new developments, and for answers to questions about the origin and traditions of Islam. Editor ofThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern IslamandThe Oxford History of Islam, and author ofThe Future of Islamand many other acclaimed works, John L. Esposito is one of America's leading authorities on Islam. This brief and readable book remains the first place to look for up-to-date information on the faith, customs, and political beliefs of the more than one billion people who call themselves Muslims.