What is Islam? How do we grasp a human and historical phenomenon characterized by such variety and contradiction? What is "Islamic" about Islamic philosophy or Islamic art? Should we speak of Islam or of islams? Should we distinguish the Islamic (the religious) from the Islamicate (the cultural)? Or should we abandon "Islamic" altogether as an analytical term? In What Is Islam?, Shahab Ahmed presents a bold new conceptualization of Islam that challenges dominant understandings grounded in the categories of "religion" and "culture" or those that privilege law and scripture. He argues that these modes of thinking obstruct us from understanding Islam, distorting it, diminishing it, and rendering it incoherent. What Is Islam? formulates a new conceptual language for analyzing Islam. It presents a new paradigm of how Muslims have historically understood divine revelation—one that enables us to understand how and why Muslims through history have embraced values such as exploration, ambiguity, aestheticization, polyvalence, and relativism, as well as practices such as figural art, music, and even wine drinking as Islamic. It also puts forward a new understanding of the historical constitution of Islamic law and its relationship to philosophical ethics and political theory. A book that is certain to provoke debate and significantly alter our understanding of Islam, What Is Islam? reveals how Muslims have historically conceived of and lived with Islam as norms and truths that are at once contradictory yet coherent.
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In this book, kids will learn about the great and peaceful religion of Islam, its holy book, the Qu'ran, the holy city of Mecca, and the prophet Mohammed. Children will learn how Islam is like other religions and how it's different, how it is practiced, how very few fanatics have affected Islam and the Muslims who practice it. Kids will also learn about Muslims--who they are, where they live, what they wear and why they wear turbans, burqas, and other special clothing, and much more.
This Booklet is available in English as well as in Spanish. It is full color and is especially designed as a Da‘wah tool to built the bridge between Muslims and non-Muslims. It is an excellent effort to promote the understanding about Muslims and Islam and has been declared as one of the best Da'wah material available. Booklet carries the following topics: ISLAM What is Islam? Is Islam a new Religion? What is the distinctive Feature of Islam? How does Islam relate to Mankind? MUSLIMS Who are the Muslims? What are the Pillars of Faith? Why Muslims use the word ‘Allah’ instead of ‘God’? How does someone become a Muslim? PROPHETHOOD What is Prophethood in Islam? Who is Muhammad? What is Sunnah? What does Islam say about Torah and Bible? How Islam views Judaism and Christianity? What does Islam say about Original Sin? What does Islam say about Jesus? QUR'AN What is the Qur'an? Does Islam recognize Science and Technology? WORSHIP What is Worship in Islam? What are the Five Pillars of Islam? What is the Ka'bah? COMMUNITY What are Human Rights in Islam? What is Jihad in Islam? What is Islamic Dress Code? How does Islam view Family Life? What is the Status of Women in Islam? What is Marriage in Islam? Why is More than One Wife permitted in Islam? What does Islam say about Parents and Elderly? What does Islam say about Food? What does Islam say about Intoxicants and Gambling? What Islam say about Business Interaction? CONCEPTS What is the concept of God in Islam? What is the concept of Life in Islam? What is the concept of Life after Death in Islam? What is the concept of Sin in Islam?
This book covers various aspects of the religion including faith, the origins of Islam, the Koranic law and how it is dispensed, the Muslim world, history, the major events in the history of Islam, Islamic sects and the rise of militant Islam in the 20th and 21st centuries, and more.
What are the basic beliefs of Iman (Faith)? The Basic Beliefs of Iman are to believe in: 1) Allah 2) Angles of Allah 3) Books of Allah 4) Messengers of Allah 5) The day of Judgement 6) Life after death and supremacy of Divine Will (Al-Qadar).
Among the blessings and favors that God has bestowed upon humanity is that He endowed them with an innate ability to recognize and acknowledge His existence. He placed this awareness deep in their hearts as a natural disposition that has not changed since human beings were first created. Furthermore, He reinforced this natural disposition with the signs that he placed in creation that testify to His existence. However, since it is not possible for human beings to have a detailed knowledge of God except through revelation from Himself, God sent His Messengers to teach the people about their Creator Who they must worship. These Messengers also brought with them the details of how to worship God, because such details cannot be known except by way of revelation. These two fundamentals were the most important things that the Messengers of all the divine revelations brought with them from God. The ultimate goal of every Divine Message has always been the same: to guide the people to God, to make them aware of Him, and to have them worship Him alone. Each Divine Message came to strengthen this meaning, and the following words were repeated on the tongues of all the Messengers: “Worship God, you have no god other than Him.” This message was conveyed to humanity by prophets and messengers which God sent to every nation. All of these messengers came with this same message, the message of Islam.
Islam is the way of life for more than one billion people. Its influence on the daily lives and opinions of people throughout the world is steadily increasing; its significance in international affairs is crucial. Professor Montgomery Watt's classic study provides an understanding of the social and theological systems of thought that motivate Islamic civilisation. The fundamental distinctions between Islamic and occidental concepts of religion can make Islam difficult to explain to the Westerner. By adopting the methodological standpoint of sociology, Professor Watt has overcome this difficulty to give a coherent account of Islam readily grasped by Western readers. What is Islam? not only summarises the history of Islam. It also considers the future of Islam as an operative way of life in the modern world, and its evolving role on the global community. In the three decades since its first publication, What is Islam? has established its reputation as the standard work in English for the general reader in the field.
What is Islamic Philosophy? offers a broad introduction to Islamic thought, from its origins to the many challenging issues facing Muslims in the contemporary world. The chapters explore early Islamic philosophy and trace its development through key themes and figures up to the twenty-first century. Topics covered include: ethical issues such as just war, abortion, women’s rights, homosexuality and cloning questions in political philosophy regarding what kind of Islamic state could exist and how democratic can (or should) Islam really be the contribution of Islam to ‘big questions’ such as the existence of God, the concept of the soul, and what constitutes truth. This fresh and original book includes a helpful glossary and suggestions for further reading. It is ideal for students coming to the subject for the first time as well as anyone wanting to learn about the philosophical tradition and dilemmas that are part of the Islamic worldview.