The A to Z of Islam presents a concise overview of Islamic history, religion, philosophy, and Islamic political movements. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and cross-referenced dictionary entries, which include the biographies and thoughts of medieval thinkers, as well as those of modern members of the religious and political establishments. Articles describe the major sects, schools of theology, and jurisprudence, as well as aspects of Islamic culture. Together, this book represents a brief introduction to the field of Islamic studies.
Ludwig W. Adamec is professor of Middle Eastern studies at the University of Arizona and has been director of its Near Eastern Center for 10 years. He is the author of Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan (Scarecrow Press, 2003) and Historical Dictionary of Afghan Wars, Revolutions, and Insurgencies (Scarecrow Press, 2005).