Understanding Islam by Thomas W. Lippman
When I first became intrigued with Islam, the first thing I did was go to Half Price Books and look for books on the religion. I picked up a small copy of the Qur’an, and this little ol’ book written in 1995. I was facing a lot of confusion and backlash on my decision to learn more about Islam, but I really found comfort in this text, and the pillars of Islam themselves. I read this book every single day during my lunch break at work, and fell in love with Islam.
As I read this book, and discovered the true beauty of the religion, I became more and more steadfast in my decision. When I came upon struggle or frustration, I would lose myself in this book, and I felt a calming aura come over me. I just knew that this was the right place for me, I knew that this religion was the truth. No matter what I was going through, or the judgment I knew was soon to come, because of this book, I was confident with my conversion. Understanding Islam will always have a special place in my heart, because it was my first taste of the beautiful religion of Islam. Of course, and the Glorious Qur’an.
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A little over thirteen centuries ago, the prophet Muhammad converted a few Arab desert tribes to the belief in a single god, Allah, thus founding the religion of Islam. Within a century, that belief had created one of history’s mightiest empires—and today Islam continues to shape events around the globe.
This comprehensive guide offers an informative and insightful introduction to Islam both as a religion and as a political-economic force. It tells the story of Muhammad—and the rise of Islam; outlines the sacred book, the Koran; explains “the five pillars of faith”; explores the interplay between religion and government; describes the differences that divide Islam; and, above all, shows the influence of Islam on world affairs. This second revised edition provides crucial new material on the Islamic community today, including discussion of the Gulf War and the Salman Rushdie affair; the rise and ebb of fundamentalist fervor in Iran, Algeria, and elsewhere; and the relationships among different factions of the Islamic faith. There are also updated descriptions of internal politics in Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, and other Islamic nations. Complete with glossary, bibliography. and index, Understanding Islam is engrossing, essential reading for both students and all who seek a clearer understanding of the world in which we live.