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.
The concept of God in Islam provides man with an ideology in which loss is turned to gain and in which adversity brings with it good tidings. And it is in submission to God and living a Godoriented life that man finds complete fulfilment and purpose of life. When he discovers God and worships Him, when he remembers Him, when his mind is turned towards Him with full concentration, when he makes a request or a plea, he establishes a contact with his Creator. In the words of the Hadith, at that particular moment he comes to whisper with his Lord. He has the tangible feeling that he is pouring his heart out to God and that God in turn is answering his call. He starts receiving inspiration from God. This is the beginning of living a GodOriented Life and the development of a positive personality.
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.