By Aminah Beverly McCloud

ISBN-10: 1405193611

ISBN-13: 9781405193610

This attractive advent to Islam examines its lived reality,its world wide presence, and the range of ideals and practicesencompassed via the faith. the worldwide point of view uniquelycaptures the variety of Islam expressed all through differentcountries immediately. * A accomplished, multi-disciplinary, and worldwide creation toIslam, overlaying its background in addition to present concerns, experiences,and demanding situations * accommodates key new study on Muslims from a spread ofcountries throughout Europe, Latin the USA, Indonesia, and MalaysiaCentral Asia * at once addresses arguable concerns, together with politicalviolence and terrorism , anti-western sentiments, andIslamophobia * Explores diversified responses from numerous Islamic communitiesto globalizing developments * Highlights key styles inside of Islamic historical past that shed lightupon the origins and evolution of present routine andthought

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32 Islam: Image and Reality deity. The Qurʾan insists that there is only one God and that all the prophets and messengers in history – from Adam to David, from Abraham to Jesus, from Moses to Muhammad, and many others – all testified to this unity. In Islam, the unity of God constitutes the singular core – not just of a particular belief system but of a dynamic worldview. The following chapter will be devoted to explaining what this means. Tawhīd: The Organizing Principle of Islamic Thought What is civilization?

The peoples of this region have been witness to many civilizations of varying climes. But, of course, the region also produced what we consider to be the “first” ­civilizations. Egypt and Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) constitute the space where the first elements considered to be essential to “civilization” emerged: law, statehood, ­religious doctrines and symbols, as well as arts, crafts, textile production, and other things relevant to material life. From the laws of Hammurabi in Mesopotamia to the pyramids of the Egyptian pharaohs, the peoples and rulers of these two lands sought to create permanent structures that would provide stable political and social orders.

Yet within this view of time the various Arab tribes expressed fidelity to a whole host of different gods and deities, which were represented by statues and by various natural objects like the stars or the moon. The polytheistic practices of the Arabs ­corresponded to the tribal politics of Arabian society, wherein many tribes felt beholden only to their own divine symbols and felt at odds with other tribes. With the rise of Islam, the Arabs were able to transcend their tribal differences and formed a confederation based on a unified message and goal.

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