Mr Esposito if his task is to show that Islam CAN be modernized or be acceptable to Westerners then he only needs to find available paths to get there and those paths on t have to follow what Islam was or is and they on t have to agree with each other either However and this is the last time I ll say this without knowing the historical intent and context that is left out and so much has to be in a small book anyway you will "not get an accurate portrait Or perhaps I should say you will " get an accurate portrait Or perhaps I should say you will a portrait instead of the real thing An impressionistic flowery Monet of a portrait There were efinitely issues I learned about in this book that I thought were interesting like Islam s take on the environment or Islamic banking However any new information I found was overshadowed by the author s clear goal I would title this book PART of What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam I mentioned in another review that the great strength of the book was in the honesty of the author I id not get the same feeling about this book To my perception Esposito wrote not about what Islam is but about Islam as he wished it to be He gives a politically correct moderate Islam one in which acts of aggressive violence are never justified human rights and social justice are constantly supported and any eficits in modernity human rights or justice are purely attributable to recent and unrelated political situations which are the fault of the West rather than any fundamental Die Sommer der Porters difference in worldviews Whenever Islam is compared to Christianity in the book the comparison is always favorable to Islam and the strong majority of if not all clearly negative statements in the book are made about practitioners of other religions Unfortunately in order too this Esposito has to purposely omit uite a bit of ata from his book If someone read this without reading any other book about Islam they would remain completely unaware of many pertinent sections of the uran of part of Islam s history and of several factors which shape the interpretation of the uran and practice of Islam today However there is good material here I learned things about Islam s history that I hadn t known before and there are great sections on the hadn t known before and there are great sections on the between ifferent sects of Islam Unfortunately I had to read even those sections with suspicions about what was being left outThere was a The Cattle Baron dilemma that hit me as I read this book The Islam that Espositoescribes is also Islam as I would want it to be I would love for violence to be never justifiable I want moderate Islam to come out on top I want to be able to communicate with Muslims who have a basic worldview similar enough to mine that we can at least share our religions to each other and make sense of what each other is saying And I Desire Me More (Desire Me, definitelyon t want to have to A Teachers Guide to American Tapestry deal with a bunch of Christians who are always assuming the exact opposite and making the most antagonistic assumptions and statements possible about Islam So what is the best way to reach those goals Is there not a good in writing a book that assumes the best with the hope thatoing so makes the best that much likely to win in the end Maybe And
so I can t entirely fault Esposito for oing that It s I can t entirely fault Esposito for oing that It s what I would The Pursuit of Mary Bennet do but it might be a practical means to reaching a positive end But it s not the kind of book I wanted to read. One terrorism Whatoes Islam say about homosexuality birth control abortion and slavery The editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern Islam and The Oxford History of Islam and author of Unholy War and many other acclaimed works John Esposito is one of America's leading authorities on Islam This brief and readable book is the first place to look for information on the faith customs and political beliefs of the than one billion people who call themselves Muslim. .
Useful clear guide to the basics about Islam Definitely an apologia and a eliberate counterbalance to the Islamophobic content out there I m not sure an objective basic apologia and a eliberate counterbalance to the Islamophobic content out there I m not sure an objective basic to Islam or indeed any religion is possible in today s world The legaltheological Shooting for a Century difference in approach to religion andaily life were very helpful for framing the I, Partridge discussion Sugar coated view of lslam It s uiteeciptive at many places in the book giving half facts that Shadow of the Templar don t represent the whole scenario I am lucky to have had known things prior to reading the book that the writeridn t feel it s important to cover upMoreover The writer Unforgiven (Warriors for the Light didn t provide any pollsata or research that would provide an idea to what Muslims Buried Sins (The Three Sisters Inn, do actually believe in now at least Instead the writer chose to use words like few most some Not good Also if you wanna read a primer on Islam Ion t recommend this one not comprehensive enough but not zero stars bad Looking for a uick guide to Islam I think this is your bookIt was an easy uick read to fly through and provided an in Six Days in Leningrad depth look at all religious areas of Islam making all the information relatively brief and to the point I loved the way it was set out with FAs as headers so you could just pick it up at the one uestion you wanted the answer to and then could put it backown without having to bother with the rest of the bookThe way that the author The Darkness detailed theifference between cultural customs and religious Islamic customs was fantastic It really helped to learn the Flyboy difference between what Muslims religious individuals believed and what was believed as a society or community in Muslim countriesIt handled controversial subjects well and talked about the historical background of customs and beliefs in the Islamic religion and culture Eg why Islamic aren t fond of hand shakes touching non familial people was seen as unclean and inappropriate if the individual was unmarried and why they are stereotyped as hating animals especiallyogs A Dark Sicilian Secret dogs were oftenirty and flea ridden and touching them made a Muslin unclean for prayer letting a irty og into your house made the house unclean tooI id find that the author was a little too biased the author is a Muslim himself at times saying things like we believe in or Allah told us etc rather than avoiding the personal pronouns and separating himself from the topic He also compared almost every topic to parts of Christianity Judaism Sikhism or Catholicism which I found rather unnecessaryOverall a good introduction piece to Islam If you need something to give you a uick and easy background to the Muslim faith than I would recommend picking this up Very informative I truly enjoyed this book I recommend it for anyone who wants to know the basics of Islam Just re read this book The author was one of my professors in college He was an excellent teacher Book may be a bit basic for some but it is very Its fairly objective in its perspective Well written and informative but just scrapes "the surface If you really want to find out about Islam you need to study everything intently Start here but look " surface If you really want to find out about Islam you need to study everything intently Start here but look and further It is important to get multiple perspectives on religion and etermine what s fact or fiction Very good book Anybody could enjoy it and learn important things from it The book is written to non muslims It. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th there has been an overwhelming emand for information about Islam As a leading expert John Esposito has found himself called upon to speak to a wide range of audiences including members of Congress the Bush administration government agencies the military and the media Out of this experience he has identified the most pressing uestions people consistently ask about Islam In What Everyone Needs to Know ab. .
Explains the common uestions that westerners usually have about Islam The books is written by non muslim yet the author efends Islam Besides he has much knowledge about Islam Most of muslims are already familiar with most of the materials Yet in the way the book answers the uestion the reader gets an idea what westerners know AND HOW CAN YOU COMPARE ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY AS how can you compare islam and christianity As Anthropologist
I Oh Baby! did not enjoy this book I am used to reading books whichiscuss a culturereligion as a whole and notdid not enjoy this book I am used to reading books which Her Rancher Hero (Saddlers Prairie, discuss a culturereligion as a whole and not select issues That being said Io believe this would be a good book for much of the Western world to read given all of the stereotypes regarding Muslims and Arabs that we hold on to so The Maid of Lorne dearly This book was very concise in itsescriptions of some of these issues Some of them seemed biased but for the most part the iscussions within were excellent This book is a efense not really an intro text Despite what the title might make you think the goal of the
Book Seems To Be Toseems to be to the shared values Islam has with the West and also How to Become a Virgin defend Islam from current misconceptions All good and all things that need to be faced and understood with toleration and humilityUnfortunately it shortly became clear that the author was going through every issue people had uestions about and finding the most modern answer to be found in the Islamic tradition and leaving all the not so modern parts out He also employed the time worn strategy of saying Well Judaism and Christianityid it tootimes a billion To be fair the author is certainly not reuired to Dangerous Disguise (Cavanaugh Justice, drag up the worst of the worst but what he leaves out is often very crucial to understanding Islam as a whole For instance he talks of the SunniShia split as aisagreement about how to choose successors to Muhammad The Sunnis wanted a successor based on merit and the Shia wanted a blood relative to succeed That IS an accurate statement but it The Bosss Baby Surprise doesn t mention the assassinations and outright war that took place to make the split happen Not only is it important to add historical context but it also seems a little insensitive to Shiites to say that they simply thought blood relatives should succeed They thought their man Ali was the most meritorious as well So much for that issueAnother issue where he chose carefully is polygamy The uran basically limits Muslims to four wives though Muhammad ended up having like nine in his life though this is not mentioned What the author fails to add is that they could have any number of concubines on the side though to complicate this even the bride could have as part of a marriage contract that the husband not take concubines it s this kind of complexity and nuance that s reuired if we really want the truth You could say heoesn t have to mention them since they aren t married but the real reason he leaves it out is because he s trying to make Islam palatable and mentioning concubines non Muslim slaves taken from other regions isn t going to help his case In fact he uotes the verse from the uran that is immediately before the line on concubines and then stops I wouldn t have known this except that I m working through the uran myself but when I saw that he left this out I honestly opened my mouth in surprise I m going to stop here at two topics but the same problems persisted throughout To be fair again to. Out Islam Esposito presents in uestion and answer format the information that most people want to know Esposito provides succinct accessible sensitive and even handed answers to uestions that range from the general What o Muslims believe and Who was Muhammad to specific issues like Is Islam compatible with modernization capitalism and emocracy How o Muslims view Judaism and Christianity Are women second class citizens in Islam What is jihad Does the uran cond. .