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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam (The Complete Idiot's…

by Yahiya Emerick

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The author is a convert from Christianity to Islam (Sunni). Yahiya provides an overview of Islam from many perspectives (origins, history, future, sects, beliefs, and lifestyles). He provides a positive description of Islam and contrasts it to Christianity and sometimes other religions. While interesting, the author is biased and is basically a salesman for his religion. He tries to smooth over the many shortcomings of the actions and beliefs of Muslims. It is sad that there are many people who still believe such illogical ideas. ( )
  GlennBell | Nov 1, 2014 |
I got this book right after 9/11 to help me understand a faith I knew very little about-back when I didn't even know what an Imam was. One of my friends had just converted and I had so many questions. This is a great addition to a basic religion collection-it's clear, consice, and provides explinations of both day-to-day Islam and some of the more publicised aspects of it (the burkah, Hajj, and jihad, for example). ( )
  kaelirenee | Mar 16, 2007 |
It's possible to be too simple. And this is a case of it. Not recommended. ( )
  chodapp | Apr 2, 2006 |
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It may surprise readers to discover that Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world, according to The Complete Idiot's Guide to Islam. "However, even more eye-opening is the fact that Islam is the fastest growing religion in North America," writes author Yahiya Emerick (How to Tell Others About Islam). Paradoxically, Islam is also one of the most misunderstood and maligned religions in North America. Fortunately, Emerick has written a viable antidote to the widespread confusion and ignorance. Using the Idiot's Guide's formula of questions and answers, sidebars, and small, easy-to-digest essays, Emerick makes Islam accessible to anyone who is inclined to learn more about this influential religion. Readers have much to glean from this comprehensive and balanced guidebook--primarily that Islam is a prayerful, peace-loving religion that has been misused in the name of terror, just as Hitler and other extremists have misused Christianity throughout history. Emerick devotes an entire section to "Looking at Women in Islam," in which readers can sort through even more misconceptions. The Idiot's Guide title belies the integrity of the book, which is an important contribution for our times. --Gail Hudson

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Dispelling the popular myths about Muslims and Islam, this is a beginners' guide to the history and development of Islam and the Muslim faith.

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