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An Introduction to Islam in the 21st Century provides an engaging depiction of Islam as a living religion. Exploring Islams historical context and core elements of the tradition, the authors provide a global perspective that captures the diversity of Islam in different regions and countries. Other topics include the phenomenon of militancy, Islamophobia, and how Islam is taught in the West. By examining trends in different regions the book demonstrates that unlike its image, particularly in the West, of a static and monolithic tradition, Islam is a fluid and dynamic religion with tremendous diversity.
Aminah Beverly McCloud is Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University and the Director of the Islamic World Studies Program.
Scott Hibbard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at DePaul University, where he teaches courses on Middle East Politics, International Relations, and Religion and Politics.
Laith Saud is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University, and an expert on Middle East politics.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors xv
Part I Overview: Islam: Image and Reality 1
1 Introduction 3 Aminah Beverly McCloud, Scott W. Hibbard, and Laith Saud
2 The Historical Context 13 Aminah Beverly McCloud, Scott W. Hibbard, and Laith Saud
3 Religious Structures: Tawhid 31 Laith Saud
4 Islamic Beliefs: The Development of Islamic Ideas 51 Laith Saud
5 Islamic Political Theology 81 Laith Saud
Part II Islam and the Modern World 109
6 Islam and the State: Part I 111 Scott W. Hibbard
7 Islam and the State: Part II 135 Scott W. Hibbard
8 Muslims as Minorities in the West 157 Aminah Beverly McCloud
Part III Regional Studies 171
9 Islam in Africa 173 Babacar Mbengue
10 Islam in South Asia 203 Saeed A. Khan
11 Islam in Central Asia 217 Maria Louw
12 Islam in Indonesia and Malaysia 233 Aminah Beverly McCloud
13 Muslim Histories in Latin America and the Caribbean 249 John Tofik Karam
Part IV Islam in a Globalized World 269
14 The Ecology of Teaching about Islam and Muslims in the 21st Century 271 Aminah Beverly McCloud
15 Terrorism, Islamophobia, and the Media 285 Scott W. Hibbard
Conclusion: Image and Reality Reconsidered 309 Aminah Beverly McCloud, Scott W. Hibbard, and Laith Saud