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📒Misquoting Muhammad ✍ Jonathan A.C. Brown
✏Misquoting Muhammad Book Summary : AN INDEPENDENT BEST BOOKS ON RELIGION 2014 PICK Few things provoke controversy in the modern world like the religion brought by Prophet Muhammad. Modern media are replete with alarm over jihad, underage marriage and the threat of amputation or stoning under Shariah law. Sometimes rumor, sometimes based on fact and often misunderstood, the tenets of Islamic law and dogma were not set in the religion’s founding moments. They were developed, like in other world religions, over centuries by the clerical class of Muslim scholars. Misquoting Muhammad takes the reader back in time through Islamic civilization and traces how and why such controversies developed, offering an inside view into how key and controversial aspects of Islam took shape. From the protests of the Arab Spring to Istanbul at the fall of the Ottoman Empire, and from the ochre red walls of Delhi’s great mosques to the trade routes of the Indian Ocean world, Misquoting Muhammad lays out how Muslim intellectuals have sought to balance reason and revelation, weigh science and religion, and negotiate the eternal truths of scripture amid shifting values.
📒The Lives Of Muhammad ✍ Kecia Ali
✏The Lives of Muhammad Book Summary : Kecia Ali delves into the many ways the Prophet’s life story has been told from the earliest days of Islam to the present, by both Muslims and non-Muslims. Emphasizing the major transformations since the nineteenth century, she shows that far from being mutually opposed, these various perspectives have become increasingly interdependent.
📒Islamic Exceptionalism ✍ Shadi Hamid
✏Islamic Exceptionalism Book Summary : In Islamic Exceptionalism, Brookings Institution scholar and acclaimed author Shadi Hamid offers a novel and provocative argument on how Islam is, in fact, "exceptional" in how it relates to politics, with profound implications for how we understand the future of the Middle East. Divides among citizens aren't just about power but are products of fundamental disagreements over the very nature and purpose of the modern nation state—and the vexing problem of religion’s role in public life. Hamid argues for a new understanding of how Islam and Islamism shape politics by examining different models of reckoning with the problem of religion and state, including the terrifying—and alarmingly successful—example of ISIS. With unprecedented access to Islamist activists and leaders across the region, Hamid offers a panoramic and ambitious interpretation of the region's descent into violence. Islamic Exceptionalism is a vital contribution to our understanding of Islam's past and present, and its outsized role in modern politics. We don't have to like it, but we have to understand it—because Islam, as a religion and as an idea, will continue to be a force that shapes not just the region, but the West as well in the decades to come.
📒Sharia And The State In Pakistan ✍ Farhat Haq
✏Sharia and the State in Pakistan Book Summary : This book analyses the formulation, interpretation and implementation of sharia in Pakistan and its relationship with the Pakistani state whilst addressing the complexity of sharia as a codified set of laws. Drawing on insights from Islamic studies, anthropology and legal studies to examine the interactions between ideas, institutions and political actors that have enabled blasphemy laws to become the site of continuous controversy, this book furthers the readers’ understanding of Pakistani politics and presents the transformation of sharia from a pluralistic religious precepts to a set of rigid laws. Using new materials, including government documents and Urdu language newspapers, the author contextualises the larger political debate within Pakistan and utilises a comparative and historical framework to weave descriptions of various events with discussions on sharia and blasphemy. A contribution to the growing body of literature, which explores the role of state in shaping the religion and religious politics in Muslim-majority countries, this book will be of interest to academics working on South Asian Politics, Political Islam, Sharia Law, and the relationship of Religion and the State.
📒Hadith ✍ Jonathan A. C. Brown
✏Hadith Book Summary : An updated edition of the leading introduction to hadith
📒Slavery And Islam ✍ Jonathan A.C. Brown
✏Slavery and Islam Book Summary : What happens when authorities you venerate condone something you know is wrong? Every major religion and philosophy once condoned or approved of slavery, but in modern times nothing is seen as more evil. Americans confront this crisis of authority when they erect statues of Founding Fathers who slept with their slaves. And Muslims faced it when ISIS revived sex-slavery, justifying it with verses from the Quran and the practice of Muhammad. Exploring the moral and ultimately theological problem of slavery, Jonathan A.C. Brown traces how the Christian, Jewish and Islamic traditions have tried to reconcile modern moral certainties with the infallibility of God’s message. He lays out how Islam viewed slavery in theory, and the reality of how it was practiced across Islamic civilization. Finally, Brown carefully examines arguments put forward by Muslims for the abolition of slavery.
📒Elijah Muhammad And Islam ✍ Herbert Berg
✏Elijah Muhammad and Islam Book Summary : Elijah Muhammad is arguably the most significant figure in the history of Islam in the United States. Successor to W. D. Fard, the founder of the Nation of Islam, and a mentor to Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad led the Nation of Islam for over forty years. In Elijah Muhammad and Islam, Herbert Berg focuses on Elijah Muhammad's religiosity, which is frequently brought into question as the authenticity of the Nation of Islam as "truly Islamic" remains hotly debated. To better comprehend this powerful and controversial figure, Berg contextualizes Elijah Muhammad and his religious approach within the larger Islamic tradition, exploring his use of the Qur’an, his interpretation of Islam, and his relationships with other Muslims. Above all, Berg seeks to understand—not define or label—Muhammad as a Muslim. To do otherwise, he argues, is to misunderstand and distort the man, his teachings, his movement, and his legacy.
📒Muhammad ✍ Betty Kelen
✏Muhammad Book Summary : A biography of the founder of Islam dealing with the life of the man and the religion and civilization he shaped.
📒Muhammad ✍ M. A. Salahi
✏Muhammad Book Summary : The Prophet Muhammad initiated one of the most significant religious and cultural developments in human history, bringing into the world the religion of Islam in its final form. His life continues to inspire millions and millions of people around the world. Recent world events, bringing the world of Islam into more and more contact with other cultures around the world, makes a proper understanding of Islam and its Prophet very important for mutual human understanding and world peace. Adil Salahi's compelling biography traces the life of the Prophet Muhammad from birth and childhood in the Arabian desert to the triumph of Islam and its gaining a permanent hold on Arabia. The author sets this against a fascinating historical backdrop, making a careful analysis of events and relating them to the life of Muslims today. Today, Islam provides perhaps the most important trend influencing Arab and Islamic thinking throughout the world. Adil Salahi looks at Islam from this wider perspective with both the Muslim and non-Muslim readers in mind. Muslims will add to their understanding of their own faith and non-Muslims will understand the passionate love Muslims have for their last Prophet.
📒America On The Cusp Of God S Grace ✍ Dennis G. Hurst
✏America on the Cusp of God s Grace Book Summary : America on the Cusp of God’s Grace issues a rousing call for true, Bible-believing patriots to save America by reverting back to the august principles of our Founding Fathers. With simple, straightforward language, Dennis G. Hurst digs deep into the ideas and beliefs upon which the Republic was founded and then juxtaposes them with the sobering reality of today. Hurst provides a history of the beginning of America, from its seventeenth-century colonies based on religious freedom to the Revolutionary War’s stunning impact on the world and to the Constitutional Convention’s innovative ideas. Hurst shows how faith in God guided the Founders during every step of the process and compares and contrasts this history with the present state of American culture. In addition, he looks at the damaging effects of Islam on the United States and how it has brought about a decisive, polarizing effect on ideologies today. But Hurst doesn’t stop with mere commentary and historical scholarship. Instead, he offers a blueprint for how God-loving American citizens begin a revival in their country. This includes a return to character, leadership, and integrity, plus a steady focus on Christ. True believers were this country’s founders; true believers were its sustainers; and true believers will be its rescuers, even an America on the Cusp of God’s Grace!