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This volume seeks to redress the lack of critical thought that appears in so many introductory textbooks on Islam. Andrew Rippin examines the elements which come together to form Islam, in particular the Qur’an and the traditions from Muhammad (peace be upon him). He traces the way in which these sources have interacted through history to create the disciplines of theology and law as well as provide the basis for the alternative visions of Islam found in Shi’ism and Sufism.
With a combination of well-documented source material, recent research in the field and thorough critical analysis, Andrew Rippin provides an introduction to this important and frequently misunderstood religious group in a concise, challenging, and refreshing way. This will be an invaluable introduction to the subject for students and teachers alike.
The Muslim world has often been accused of a failure to modernise and adapt. Yet in this sweeping narrative and provocative retelling of modern history, Christopher de Bellaigue charts the forgotten story of the Islamic Enlightenment – the social movements, reforms and revolutions that transfigured the Middle East from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Modern ideals and practices were embraced across the region, including the adoption of modern medicine, the emergence of women from purdah and the development of democracy.
The Islamic Enlightenment looks behind the sensationalist headlines in order to foster a genuine understanding of Islam and its relationship to the West. It is essential reading for anyone engaged in the state of the world today.
Different stages of human birth described by the Quran now stands proved with the help of X- ray machines and Ultrasound equipment. Had the Quran been a book of Muhammad (as generally claimed by the West) was it possible for a person apparently uneducated to unfold such realities utterly unknown at his time and remained unknown about more than 1000 years after him. This motivates recent followers of reason told logic to embrace Islam whenever they come across such realities. The Quran says that humans are created under three darknesses called as walls in today?s Medical science. After cutting these three walls, a gynecologist picks up a cesarean baby. A student of Medical Science of 21st century is wonder struck to know the revelations made about birth process of humans in the 7th century.
Three periods of life of Muhammad show that he belongs to everyone. Those who are secular, first forty years of Muhammad are their guide because in this phase of life, Muhammad did not talk about any religion but even then he was the most respectable citizen of pagan society of Mecca. For those who want to transform their societies from slavery to independence, 13 years struggle of Muhammad after prophethood at Mecca is their road map. And for those who want to become rulers of the world. 10 years life as ruler of Madina is their guide. This format of guidance proves verdict of’ the Quran that Muhammad is for grace, blessing and mercy for all-people of all times.
Muhammad lqbal had said that “Religion in its higher manifestation is neither dogma nor priesthood nor ritual”. Today Islam is the only religion that is compatible with the above requirement of modern time. This could only be done by explaining True Face of the Qum and Muhammad as he belongs to everyone.