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Islam

Past, Present and Future

Hans Kung

No other religion in the modern world has come under such close scrutiny or been viewed as a source of so much harm to our civilization as Islam. It is routinely portrayed in the media as a promoter of terrorism, supporter of authoritarian governments, oppressor of women, and an enemy of the West. In this sympathetic assessment of the religion, renowned Christian theologian Hans Küng, demonstrates that this simplistic perception could not be further from the truth.

Providing a masterful overview of Islam’s 1,400-year history, Küng’s critically acclaimed bestseller examines its fundamental beliefs and practices, outlines the major schools of thought, and surveys the positions of Islam on the urgent questions of the day. Deft, assured, and comprehensive, this essential reference work is now available in paperback for the first time.

  • Publication date: September 4, 2008
  • ISBN: 9781851686124
  • RRP: £19.99
  • Pages: 800
  • Publication date: April 26, 2007
  • ISBN: 9781851683772
  • RRP: £29.99
  • Pages: 1024

Reviews

"This huge 1,000-page-book will give students, academics and general readers a very comprehensive study of its subject."
The Bookseller
"The author’s magnum opus. Destined to become a seminal text."
Library Journal
"This comprehensively researched, clearly structured and thought-provoking works is truly remarkable."
Tablet
"An eminently political book" "Kung proves himself a masterful historian."
Muslim World Book Review
"Kung proves himself a masterful historian."
Muslim World Book Review
"An honest, balanced approach to Islam that endeavours to build bridges of dialogue between religions and races. This huge 1,000-page-book will give students, academics and general readers a very comprehensive study of its subject."
The Bookseller
"The author’s magnum opus. Destined to become a seminal text."
Library Journal
"Exactly what readers expect from Hans K
U. S. Catholic
"This comprehensively researched, clearly structured and thought-provoking works is truly remarkable."
Tablet
Interview with Kung with regards to his relationship with the Pope and Tony Blair. It mention the book and how he is building a dialogue between the 3 main world religions.
The Sunday Times
"Required Reading not only for Kung’s many fans, but also for those of us who long to know more about Islam and Islamic practice"
The Good Book Guide
"it contains insightful ideas and worthwhile commentary"
Publishers Weekly

Hans Kung

Dr. Kung is President of the Foundation for a Global Ethic (Weltethos). From 1960 until his retirement in 1996, he was Professor of Ecumenical Theology and Director of the Institute for Ecumenical Research at the University of Tubingen. He is a scholar of theology and philosophy and a prolific writer.

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