Pages: 256
Subject: Religion: Islam
Imprint: Oneworld


Faith and History

Mahmoud M. Ayoub

This is an ideal introduction to the history and core beliefs of Islam and general readers.
9781851683505 (21 Jan 2005)
RRP £12.99 / US$19.95

The Book

Professor Ayoub of Temple University, Pennsylvania, is one of the best known scholars of Islam in America today. He firmly believes that it is important to learn about Islam, its history, beliefs, and practices from believing Muslims. In this book, he combines his objective scholarship with the insights of an insider, to present a unique introduction to Islam as a living religion.

From the starting point of his own spiritual journey, Ayoub explores all aspects of Islam: from its origins to the modern-day challenges of the world; from the Qur'an and Islamic law to the epic poetry of the Sufis; and from the spread of Islam worldwide to the present role of Islam in the US and Europe.

A unique blend of personal understanding and scholarly endeavour, this digestible account will enable the reader to gain an insider's perspective on Islam and experience its significance from within.

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Pages 256
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Mahmoud A. Ayoub is Professor of Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. He has lectured round the world on Islamic history and related topics, and is the author of over ten books and numerous articles and papers.

Table of Contents


Prologue: Islam - A Personal Faith

I.Origins and Early History

II.Prophethood, Revelation and the Qur'an

III.Faith and Worship

IV.The Formative Period of Muslim History

V.The Age of the Caliphs

VI.The Spread of Islam

VII.The Religious Sciences

VIII.Sufism: The Mystical Tradition

IX.Theology and Philosophy

X.Islam and Modernity

Epilogue: The Muslim Ummah and the Modern World

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