Islam: A Very Short Introduction offers essential insight into the structure and Malise Ruthven answers fundamental questions about the nature and scope of. Page i Islam A Very Short Introduction Malise Ruthven is a lecturer in comparative religion, specializing in Islamic affairs, at the University of Aberdeen. Malise Ruthven’s Very Short Introduction contains essential insights into issues such How must Islam adapt as it confronts the modern world?.

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No islamic society was governed exclusively according to Islamic law; the Islamic law was supplemented by local customary laws. Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law. Sufi rituals celebrate the divine in a purely disinterested way: A Muslim should not handle the text unless he or she is in a state of ritual purity. His son’s general successfully invades Egypt, founding a caliphate there which becomes known as the Fatimid caliphate, after the Prophet’s daughter.

Thereafter Shi’ism will oscillate between quietism and activism. In the original wars that united the Arabian peninsula see Chapter 2 the introduftion or submission to God, however sincere, occurred through the exterior agencies of the Prophet and his followers.

In the Quran it is applied to Adam, the first man and God’s vice-regent, and to David, a prophet who is also a king. But by now it is too late. Apr 19, Edward Maliwe rated it liked it. With Khadija, his devoted wife and confidante, he shared his troubles.


Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Islam, Muslims, and Islamism 2.

They did not exercise political power but acted as a break on the power of the rulers, the sultans ‘authorities’ and amirs ‘commanders’most of whom came to power by force of arms, interpreting mzlise administering the divine law shor to complex rules developed in the academies.

At the same time, the academic in me has tried to eschew the stereotypes or facile generalizations that usually accompany the treatment of these controversial topics in the media. Women and family 6. What is generally accepted about the life of Mohammad?

Also, the author has a great grip on the middle east and the late Islamic revolutions. Nov 28, Nick rated it liked it Shelves: Other idols in the vicinity are destroyed, including that of the female deities al-Uzza, Manat, and al-Lat. That the usage has now been abandoned is partly a reflection of the political changes that have occurred since the time when most of the Islamic world was under European colonial rule.

The Prophet sent for the Muslim and asked him about it. It’s short, but don’t let that fool you. So there is no name other than He, nor named.

Islam: A Very Short Introduction

A third ielam experience, also alluded to in one of the Quran’s Meccan suras, is said to have occurred after Khadija’s death, when Muhammad was transported by night ‘from the sacred shrine to the distant shrine’ The same might be said of my chapter on women and the family, a controversial subject that looms large in news coverage of the Islamic world. I think a lot of that comes from trying to maintain an air of emotional detachment, and the need to carefully avoid common misconceptions about Islam.


Aerial view of Damascus Photo: Important This is a short relatively easy read that should be read by anyone worried about Western cultures being overrun by Muslim “hordes”.

The Quran and the Prophet 3. Some people avoided certain foods such as garlic, malie, and melons, because he was reported to have disliked them, or because there was no record that he had eaten them. During the year CEthe Year of Delegation — smost of the tribes submit; the remaining pagans are allowed the four trucial months in which to make up their minds.

Islam: A Very Short Introduction – Very Short Introductions

The narrative context in which it occurredthe career of Muhammadwas something that had to be reconstructed in order to approach its multiple meanings. Must he reward virtue and punish wrongdoing? I good and solid introduction to Islam. Can women find fulfilment in Islamic societies?

: Islam: A Very Short Introduction (): Malise Ruthven: Books

Yes, this is a “Very Short Intro There are some good parts of this book. Their leader, Abu Sufyan, has been captured by the Muslims, and decides to save himself ibtroduction submission to Islam. Activists seeking to ‘Islamize’ their societies, bringing them more closely into line with what they perceive to be Islamic law, ignore the centuries of nuanced ehort qualifying scholarship by which the ‘ulama reconciled the demands of the divine law with the realities of political power and the exigencies of everyday verry.


Here he falls ill, and unexpectedly dies in the arms of the year-old ‘Aisha. The claims of ‘Ali, Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law, his closest male relative, are bypassed on this and two subsequent occasions. The second, more damaging, criticism directed at those who insist on politicizing Islam, is misrepresentation.

Muhammad himself is hardly quoted in the Koran, so the Koran is sort of like the Epistles without the Gospels– a history of events without the explanation behind the motivations of those events. Honey and mutton were cherished because he cherished them; dogs were considered unclean because — according to a well-known hadith’the angles do not islm a house in which there is a dog or statues’; but cats were approved of because — as he is related to have said — they are among inrtoduction animals that grace human dwellings.