This engaging introduction to Islam examines its lived reality, its worldwide presence, and the variety of beliefs and practices encompassed by the religion. The global perspective uniquely captures the diversity of Islam expressed throughout different countries in the present day. * A comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, and global introduction to Islam, covering its history as well as current issues, experiences, and challenges * Incorporates key new research on Muslims from a variety of countries across Europe, Latin America, Indonesia, and Malaysia Central Asia * Directly addresses controversial issues, including political violence and terrorism , anti-western sentiments, and Islamophobia * Explores different responses from various Islamic communities to globalizing trends * Highlights key patterns within Islamic history that shed light upon the origins and evolution of current movements and thought
Aminah Beverly McCloud is Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University and the Director of the Islamic World Studies Program. Scott Hibbard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at DePaul University, where he teaches courses on Middle East Politics, International Relations, and Religion and Politics. Laith Saud is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University, and an expert on Middle East politics.
Notes on Contributors xv Acknowledgments xviii Part I Overview: Islam: Image and Reality 1 1 Introduction 3 Aminah Beverly McCloud, Scott W. Hibbard, and Laith Saud 2 The Historical Context 13 Aminah Beverly McCloud, Scott W. Hibbard, and Laith Saud 3 Religious Structures: Tawhid 31 Laith Saud 4 Islamic Beliefs: The Development of Islamic Ideas 51 Laith Saud 5 Islamic Political Theology 81 Laith Saud Part II Islam and the Modern World 109 6 Islam and the State: Part I 111 Scott W. Hibbard 7 Islam and the State: Part II 135 Scott W. Hibbard 8 Muslims as Minorities in the West 157 Aminah Beverly McCloud Part III Regional Studies 171 9 Islam in Africa 173 Babacar Mbengue 10 Islam in South Asia 203 Saeed A. Khan 11 Islam in Central Asia 217 Maria Louw 12 Islam in Indonesia and Malaysia 233 Aminah Beverly McCloud 13 Muslim Histories in Latin America and the Caribbean 249 John Tofik Karam Part IV Islam in a Globalized World 269 14 The Ecology of Teaching about Islam and Muslims in the 21st Century 271 Aminah Beverly McCloud 15 Terrorism, Islamophobia, and the Media 285 Scott W. Hibbard Conclusion: Image and Reality Reconsidered 309 Aminah Beverly McCloud, Scott W. Hibbard, and Laith Saud Index 315
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