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This concise and authoritative guide provides a complete survey of Islamic history and thought from its formative period to the present day. It examines the unique elements that have combined to form Islam, in particular the Qu'ran and the influence of Muhammad, and traces the ways in which these sources have interacted historically to create Muslim theology and law, as well as the alternative visions of Islam found in Shi'ism and Sufism. The improved and expanded third edition now contains brand new sections on twenty-first century developments, from the Taliban to Jihad and Al-Qaeda, and includes updated references throughout.
Andrew Rippin is Professor of History and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, Canada
Table of Contents
Preface to the third edition
Transliteration and other technical considerations
PART I Formative elements of classical Islam
2 The Qur'an
PART II Emergence of Islamic identity
4 Political action and theory
5 Theological exposition
6 Legal developments
7 Ritual practice
PART III Alternative visions of classical Islamic identity