Islam: A Brief History (Wiley Desktop Editions) by Tamara Sonn

By Tamara Sonn

Reflecting contemporary worldwide advancements, the second one variation of this illuminating advent to Islamic historical past expands its assurance of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim perspectives on human rights, together with the rights of women.* An improved re-creation of this concise, illuminating creation to Islam, written through one of many field’s major students* Spans Islamic background from the lifetime of Muhammad and the delivery of Islamic beliefs, via Islam’s out of the ordinary geographical enlargement and cultural improvement, to the production of contemporary states and its function in today’s worldwide society* positive factors multiplied insurance of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim perspectives on human rights, together with the rights of ladies* comprises attention-grabbing vignettes of Islamic existence, representing mainstream Muslim viewpoints on problems with worldwide hindrance* Explores the complicated interrelationships of cultural, political, and ideological advancements woven all through Islamic heritage, drawing on particular examples together with present advancements in Pakistan

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Mentioned twenty-five times in the Quran, Jesus is called the Messiah (although the meaning of that term is not made clear), the son of a virgin, and one who brought great signs from God. His message, the Gospel, is confirmed and described as consistent with the messages of all prophets. Speaking through Muhammad, the Quran says that God is sending the same religion (din) that He sent through Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus, saying: “Establish [true] religion [din] and do not be divided about it” (42:13).

The art of Quranic recitation (tajwid) is highly developed and extremely demanding. A student must memorize the Quran, in any of the seven pronunciation and intonation patterns (qira’at) mentioned above, understand its meaning (even if one is not an Arabic speaker), and observe a number of rules dealing with spiritual attitudes (such as humility), purity, and posture (such as facing the direction of Mecca, if possible). So important is the experience of hearing the Quran properly and reverently recited that learning Quran recitation is traditionally considered a communal obligation (meaning that not everyone in a given community is required to learn Quran recitation, but enough people must do so to ensure that there are sufficient Quran reciters to serve the community).

It established a policy that resulted in one of the most extraordinary political expansions in history. By the time Abu Bakr died in 634, almost all the tribes of the Arabian peninsula had been brought into the Islamic political orbit. Under Abu Bakr’s successors, Umar and Uthman, the Islamic army set out to rid Syria and Mesopotamia (Iraq) of the hated Byzantine and Sasanian empires. ) At that time the Middle East was in the final throes of devastating competition between the eastern Roman empire (the Christian Byzantines) and the Sasanian Persian empire (Zoroastrian).

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