Islam: The Essentials (Pelican Introduction)

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The essential introduction to Islam by a leading expert

Hardly a day goes by without mention of Islam. And yet, for most people, and in much of the world, Islam remains a little-known religion. Whether the issue is violence, terrorism, women's rights or slavery, Muslims are today expected to provide answers and to justify what Islam is – or is not. But little opportunity exists, either in the media or in society as a whole, to describe Islam: precisely the question this short and extremely accessible book sets out to answer. In simple, direct language it will introduce readers to Islam, to its spirituality, its principles, its rituals, its diversity and its evolution.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3285 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141980508
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 Mar. 2017)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

Very instructive book

 on 2 August 2017
By Othmane Lahlou
Tariq Ramadan has covered a little bit of everything related to contemporary Islam, in an academic way, which explains why he is professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford university. I enjoyed reading what I already know about Islam. Good read, I recommend this book.

An excellent and balanced overview

 on 26 July 2017
By D. K. Exham
This is an excellent, brief introduction to Islam for those of who are not Muslims. It clarifies much, and addresses many misconceptions. I hope it is widely read.

Great eye opener

 on 16 August 2017
By Amazon Customer
Great insight into Islam for any person looking to expand their knowledge into Islam. Great reference to sources and simple book to understand

Five Stars

 on 31 July 2017
By A. T. Corley
Arrived on time and in good condition. Very happy. Thanks

Informative and thought-provoking

5 people found this helpful.
 on 4 April 2017
By Zipster Zeus
A well presented book that is an interesting read as an introduction the Islamic religion. The narrative is accomplished and absorbing in both style and content- the book is a pleasure to read. How representative of the religion Ramadan’s position is, is an issue though and I think this book needs to be approached as one person’s- albeit extremely learned- take on the faith. It’s no worse for that though, and it also leaves as many questions unanswered as answered and perhaps that is the way it should be.

Interesting and comprehensive introduction to Islam and its liberal interpretation

2 people found this helpful.
 on 23 June 2017
By I Read, Therefore I Blog
Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University (among other academic posts) and in this book (translated by Fred A. Reed), he aims to introduce readers to the principles, rituals, history, diversity and evolution of Islam together with an examination of the challenges that it faces today.

An excellent overview, but limited analysis of current jihadist crisis

 on 6 June 2017
By The Navigator
This is an excellent attempt by a leading Moslem academic to try to summarise the history and philosophies of Islam. It is well written and accessible by non- specialists and covers the territory very well.

This is a very timely and useful book on Islam

 on 26 June 2017
By Amazon Customer
This is a very timely and useful book on Islam. Tariq Ramadan manages to cut through the forest and and presents pertinent issues facing muslims in the contemporary world.This book should become a must read for muslims and people of other faiths.

If you want to truly learn more about Islam, read this

6 people found this helpful.
 on 21 June 2017
By Sakib
First, it might be worth nothing here that I am a Muslim. This may give me some bias to the review, but it also perhaps gives some validity, as I live by Islam.

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