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A Brief Guide to Islam: Faith, Religion,…

A Brief Guide to Islam: Faith, Religion, Politics

by Paul Grieve

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This book provides an excellent overview of Islam covering theology, history, politics, and even tourism aspects. Grieve takes a critical look at both Islam and Christianity in order to help you understand Islam better. The book is neither too long nor too short. It provides just the right amount of information for an introductory overview. ( )
  M_Clark | Mar 28, 2017 |
A bit heavy handed in his descriptions of the post-colonial legacy. There are other places struggling with their governments that aren't predominantly muslim. Not a bad introduction, though I would have appreciated a bit more philosophy and history and a bit less modern politics. ( )
  BrianFannin | May 31, 2013 |
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Differences and conflicts make for sensational headlines, but A Brief Guide to Islam starts with the similarities between the major Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Only then can the differences be understood. By exploring the beliefs, history and politics of the ordinary people of Muslim countries, Paul Grieve offers a fully comprehensive survey that combines authoritative analysis with carefully chosen primary sources. The result is a user-friendly book that challenges cliché and stereotype in areas such as art, women, banking, war, Malcolm X, and the dos and don'ts of visiting a Muslim country. It also exposes the big issues behind the headlines: can Islam support true democracy? Is true democracy what the West really wants for the Middle East, or are we merely seeking a cover of legitimacy for a policy of 'might is right'? Paul Grieve is an unbeliever; he is not a born-again Muslim, a proselytizer or a frustrated desert romantic. His aim is simply to inform. This is the ideal summary for the reader looking for a broad overview of the political and religious contentions that are part of our everyday lives.

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"Exploring the beliefs, history and politics of the ordinary people of Muslim countries, Grieve cuts through the complexities as he examines all aspects of Islam. The result is an accessible but never simplistic guide that challenges stereotypical views, from women and banking to war and Malcolm X. Complete with advice for visitors to Muslim countries, and with carefully chosen primary sources, maps and illustrations, this is the ideal summary for the reader looking for an unbiased overview of the religious and political world issues that have become part of our everyday lives."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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