Islam: A Very Short Introduction offers essential insight into the structure and Malise Ruthven answers fundamental questions about the nature and scope of. Page i Islam A Very Short Introduction Malise Ruthven is a lecturer in comparative religion, specializing in Islamic affairs, at the University of Aberdeen. Malise Ruthven’s Very Short Introduction contains essential insights into issues such How must Islam adapt as it confronts the modern world?.

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Legal System and Practice. That it is God, rather than Muhammad, who speaks in the Quran is evident from the way many of the utterances are prefixed by the imperative ‘Say! The tradition was maintained under the Ottoman Empire’s successor-state Iraq which, despite having a population that is at least 55 per cent Shi’i, has a government that remains firmly under Sunni control.

Dec veryy, Dharason rated it it was ok. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. However, one only need to look at the early Islamic civil wars not really covered in this book or even turn on the TV to see fatwas and violence among competing schools of thought within Islam today, as well as the illegality of conversion in most Islamic countries. Apr mapise, Edward Boyle rated it liked it. The Muslim calendar is dated from the year of the Hijra or hegira, as it is sometimes spelt in older English texts.

Malide so, I thought it was extraordinarily prescient about the future of Islam and the Islamist movement considering it was written over 20 years ago. Creation comes not directly from God but through a series of emanations — the First Intellect, the Second Intellect, the First Heaven and so forththat correspond to mqlise various medieval cosmologies.

That might be helped if you get it on audio. The word Christian, by contrast, has in normal usage come to imply a strictly confessional affiliation: History of Science and Technology.

One person xhort this helpful. The gap has been filled by a variety of movements and leaders, all of whom claim a religious legitimacy for their acts.

Muhammad, his clan, and those of his followers who remained in Mecca were subjected to a boycott with a view to excluding them from the city’s commercial life. Yet his modelidealised, no doubt, and infused with the values and aspirations of later generationswas disseminated, both orally and through the hadith literature, to become a cultural and religious icon as powerful as Christ or the Buddha, the image of al-insan al-kamil, the perfect or complete human being in both his worldly and spiritual aspects.


Beshara Publications,3. Salman Rushdie and the Wrath of Islam and several other books. At the same time, the academic in me has tried to eschew the stereotypes or facile generalizations that usually accompany the treatment of these controversial topics in the media. Despite the efforts of the scholars the volume of hadiths continued to swell and modern critics, both Muslim and non-Muslim, have come to doubt whether the methodology was really reliable, given the long period of oral transmission before hadiths came to be written down.

Islamic Sharia law has five sources: Please try again later. Jun 23, Erika rated it it was amazing. Muhammad ahort his immediate family were protected by Abu Talib. Nah, once again the scholarly approach to Religion is sometimes like the coroner’s description of a cadaver.

This historical achievement which may without too much distortion appear as a golden age in the social memory of Muslims was counter- balanced by a conspicuous failure at the level of power politics. The section on women and sexuality, and on Jihad and violence were also interesting. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Jan 29, Olga rated it liked it. I read the first edition, which came out in and is inevitably dated, but there is a new edition which came out in Oxford University Press isbn10 asin: No trivia or quizzes yet.

The term ‘fundamentalist’ is problematic, because of its Christian origins: Within the UK, exceptions are allowed in respect ruthvenn any s dealing for the purpose of research or private study, or criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act,or in the case of reprographic reproduction in accordance with the terms of the licences issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency.

That means, you have to sit while putting on rutyven, and to stand when winding a turban, and to begin with the right foot when putting on shoes.

The Prophet acts as peacemaker in Medina between rival tribal factions, the Aws and Khazraj and their Jewish allies. The Muslim Umma is now the greatest force in the Arabian peninsula.


Islam: A Very Short Introduction

Unlike the books of the Old and New Testaments, the Quran suggests itself as unedited ‘raw material’. Although there are some individual narratives – notably stories of the prophets, including the so- called ‘punishment stories’ detailing the direful fates s out to those who reject God’s messengers – the historical discourses are linked thematically rather than chronologically. He was crucified and burned, his ashes thrown into the river Tigris.

With Ghazali, as with other writers belonging to the so-called ‘sober’ Sufis, the law remains the frame through which mystical feeling must manifest itself. Very Short Introductions online.

Islam: A Very Short Introduction by Malise Ruthven

Jan 24, Jonas Gehrlein rated it really liked it Shelves: This has less relevance in Shi’ia Islam but Sunni Islam’s different schools consider different generations to be authoritative. God reveals himself, not in a Person, but in what becomes a Text, the words of which are regarded by most Muslims as divine in themselves.

Account Options Sign in. There are some good parts of this book. The ‘inner reality’ of Muhammad is identified with the First or Universal Intellect of the Neoplatonic system, deemed to have existed from all eternity, and with the Perfect Man of Sufi terminology — the microcosmic being through whom God contemplates himself, as in a mirror. The “Grammar” of Sacrifice Naphtali S. In the subsequent suras the same fundamental message is repeated, elaborated, amplified, and illustrated with stories using the repertoire of Judaeo-Christian tradition with the addition of some distinctive Arabian elements.

Sufis performing the dhikr’remembrance’ of Godnear Omdurman, Sudan. Likewise the ‘Islamic’ Constitution of Iran, introduced by Khomeini inis a mixture of Western and Islamic forms, not an ‘Islamic’ constitution as such. The medieval mind saw in his every activity the perfection of conduct, his every opinion a direct guidance from God.

Sufis performing the dhikr near Omduram Reproduced by kind permission of Trevor Mostyn 6. A Muslim should not handle the text unless he or she is in a state of ritual purity. Watt, Bell’s Introduction to the Quran Edinburgh, ,