Voices of Islam

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - 1400 pages
Despite frequent and extensive publications on Islam, very few Americans, indeed very few non-Muslims, truly understand the faith or the more than one billion adherents who live it. This set presents the diversity and richness of Islam, filling in the blanks and expanding our knowledge and understanding. Portraying Muslims in all their humanity and diversity balances the images that have bombarded society and presents the reader with a fuller and more accurate picture of the Islamic faith and what it means to live as a Muslim--in Muslim communities, and as part of a broader tapestry of pluralism in the nations of the world. What does it mean to share Muslim concerns? To experience Muslim spirituality? What is the difference between Sunni and Shiite sects? Why do Muslims pray so frequently? What is the reality of Muslim marriage and gender relations? What is the meaning of jihad and martyrdom to a practicing Muslim? What role do the arts and humanities play in modern Muslim life? How are Islamic children raised? These questions and others are answered in these volumes, which bring together Muslim voices from around the world, including men and women, scholars and laypersons, fundamentalists and progressives, and others from various cultural, political, and Islamic backgrounds. Personal experiences and poetry are included to illustrate the many different expressions of Islam.
 

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Contents

MIRACLE OF SOUND AT THE KABA
1
PILLARS OF RELIGION AND FAITH
5
RAMADAN HOUSE GUEST
43
THE QURAN THE WORD OF GOD
47
DRUNKENNESS OF THE WORD
63
ENCOUNTERING THE QURAN CONTEXTS AND APPROACHES
65
MOSES AND THE SAINT
97
PROPHETS AND MESSENGERS OF GOD
101
VISION OF THE SHARIAT
147
THE SHARIA LAW AS THE WAY OF GOD
149
AMAN ON THE ROAD TO GOD Daniel AbdalHayy Moore
183
WHAT IS SUNNI ISLAM? Feisal Abdul Rauf
185
WHAT IS SHIITE ISLAM? Azim Nanji Farhad Daftary
217
BEGINNING THE PRAYER
245
WHAT IS SUFISM?
249
Index
271

THE LOOM AND THE BRIDGE
123
THE SUNNA THE WAY OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD
125
ABOUT THE EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTORS
291
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Vincent J. Cornell is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. From 2000-2006, he was Professor of History and Director of the King Fahd Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Arkansas. From 1991-2000, he taught at Duke University. His published works include over twenty articles and three books. He lived and worked in Morocco for nearly six years, and spent considerable time both teaching and doing research in Egypt, Tunisia, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Virginia Gray Henry-Blakemore is the director of the interfaith publishing houses Fons Vitae and Quinta Essentia, a writer and video producer, U.S. director of photography and children's book publisher Dar Nun, and co-founder and trustee of the Islamic Texts Society of Cambridge, England. She is also a founding member of the Thomas Merton Center Foundation, coordinated the 1994 visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Louisville, worked in Bosnian refugee camps in 1993, has organized a number of conferences focused on the work of Thomas Merton at Bellarmine University, and is a leader in the Interfaith Paths to Peace Institute and the Cathedral Heritage Foundation.

Omid Safi is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the Chair for the Study of Islam at the American Academy of Religion. His book The Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam, dealing with medieval Islamic history and politics, was published in 2006.

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