This volume in the Studying World Religions series is an essential guide to the study of the Islamic faith. Clearly structured to cover all the major areas of study, including historical foundations, scripture, society, thought, ethics, rituals, spirituality and aesthetics, this is the ideal study aid for those approaching Islam for the first time. Rather than attempting to cover all the material, the critical and methodological issues that students need to grasp in the study of Islam - and religion in general - are drawn out, and the major contemporary debates explored. With helpful suggestions for further study, pointing students towards material such as primary sources (scriptures), films and novels and including ideas for teaching, discussion topics and exercises, Studying Islam is the perfect companion for the fledgling student of Islam.
Clinton Bennett is history and biography editor for the New World Encyclopedia and teaches Religious Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz, USA. His books include In Search of Muhammad (1998) and Muslims and Modernity (2005).
Series Preface; Introduction: Studying Islam - Identifying Issues; 1 Seminal Personality and Scripture; 2 Community Dimension and Social Involvement; 3 Conceptual Framework and Ethics; 4 Rituals and Spirituality; 5 Aesthetics/Material Direction.