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Islam: Origins, Practices, Holy Texts, Sacred Persons, Sacred Places
Matthew S. Gordon (au)
Provides a succinct, authoritative & accessible intro. to one of the great religious traditions. It is organized around 9 key themes: Origins & Historical Development, Aspects of the Divine, Sacred Texts, Sacred Persons, Ethical Principles, Sacred Space, Sacred Time, Death & the Afterlife, & Society & Religion. Each of these themes is supplemented by extracts from or summaries of historical texts, with an author commentary that explains its significance or places it in context. Includes: the prophet & his teachings; the Qur'an, hadith & Sharia law; the history of the Islamic empire; “madrasas” & “jihad”; Shiite & Sunni Islam; the Five Pillars; art & divinity; Mecca, mosques, & “mihrabs”; angels, “jinns,” & holy men; & secular nationalism & Islamic revivalism. Ill.
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