In these recent years, Islam has captured the attention of the West and has baffled it. Among all the world’s religions, it is only Islam that is not just surviving but also flourishing. Yet many people know little about Islam and regard its continuing attraction as something of a mystery. This book presents a thorough introduction to Muslim belief, history and culture for readers with little or no prior understanding of Islam and deals not only with topical issues, such as ‘fundamentalism’ and the status of Muslim women, but provides an overview of the Qur’an, the Prophet, Islamic history, the development of sects, and the nature of Muslim art and literature. The author goes beyond the standard judgements of journalism and Orientalist scholarship, to show the Muslim faith for what it is: not merely a system of beliefs and rituals, but an entire way of life. Unbiased yet passionate, the book offers an `unveiling’ which must be heeded if the present mutual incomprehension between East and West is to be overcome.
“This book offers an exceptionally lucid and concise introduction to Islam specially intended for those with little prior knowledge or understanding of it.” —Muslim World Book Review
“In this excellent translation by T. J. Winter from the French original, the principal tenets of Islamic faith are presented elegantly and succinctly… Recommended to both non-Muslims who want to learn more… and to Muslims who find their commitment wavering, and are in need of intellectual reinforcement.” —Islamica