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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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Religious leadership remained for the most part in the hands of the ‘ulamaa class of religious scholars whose authority was based on their knowledge of scripture, but not on hierocratic or spiritual power. Islam features widely in the news, often in its most militant versions. Legal Modernization That there is a serious gap between the requirements of Islamic law and the actual legal practice of most Muslim majority states is arguably a matter of perception rather than reality.

Quick and to the point.

It is mostly a history of Islam. It would be wrong to conclude from this, however, that contemporary Islamic political movements are no more than the latest examples of an age-old cyclical pattern. Very Short Introductions 7. The Sufi adepts, through spiritual disciplines such as yogic breathing while pronouncing the pronoun ‘He’ hua in remembrance of God, ultimately aspire to the state of fana, union with God. The Prophet said, “Do not give me superiority over Moses, for on veyr Day of Resurrection all the people will fall unconscious and I will be one of them, but I will be the first to gain consciousness, and will see Moses standing and holding the side of the Throne [of Allah].

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I hear either about the Islamic world, the Middle East, or Muslims on a daily basis. Vety isn’t the most exciting book in the series, sure.

Jul 17, Christopher Roberts rated it liked it Shelves: Hajj Terminal, Jeddah Architects: Muhammad’s role as a source of emulation, however, is far from being confined to mystics and visionaries.

How must Islam adapt as it confronts the modern world? Qutb’s call for action against barbarism jahiliyafar from being based on ‘traditional’ Islam, is thoroughly modern in its espousal of an ‘existentialist’, action-oriented commitment, while his claim that democracy and social justice have Islamic origins is considered by some to be spurious, based on an ahistorical reading of Islam’s sacred texts.

A market place dispute leads to the expulsion of the Banu Qainuqa’; two years later they are followed by the Banu Nadir, accused of plotting to murder the Prophet.


At first glance, the method has a transparency that is lacking in the formation of other scriptures, including the Gospels. Faithful Revolution Tricia Colleen Bruce. God is both transcendent and immanent, the Lord of Creation and One who is nearer to an individual than his ‘jugular vein’.

Some people avoided certain foods such as garlic, mangoes, and melons, because he was reported to have disliked them, or because there was no record that he had eaten them. I’m sure the mentions of Islam’s historical brutalities and customary backwardness will bother hardcore Muslims, and I’m sure the mentions of Islam’s intellectually rigorous and pragmatic nature of Islam will bother hardcore anti-Islamic people.

In some parts of the world the hudud penalties according to which transgressions of the ‘limits’ or ‘boundaries’ prescribed by God in the Quran are given specified punishments such as amputation for theft veru flogging for sexual relations outside marriage have acquired a symbolic significance precisely because they are seen to confront licentious attitudes deemed to islan been inspired by a ‘decadent’ Introdyction. A similar edifice of legend and poetic imagery accrues around the opening of the fifty-fourth sura ‘The last hour draws near and the moon is split asunder!

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

He argued, however, that God’s omniscience and human responsibility could be accommodated by a doctrine of ‘acquisition’ whereby God creates the power for people to ‘acquire’ actions created by him at the instant of action.

No one need doubt that, at the level of civilization, an unprecedented degree of knowledge, excellence and sophistication was achieved in dar al-islam several centuries before the Renaissance occurred in Europe, or that, as many scholars have noted, much of the groundwork for the scientific and philosophical thought that would flourish in the West was laid in Muslim lands.

Variant readings were eventually destroyed, but not entirely eliminated – a task made difficult by the condition of the earliest Arabic writing, which lacks the diacritical points used is,am distinguish consonants from each other. An internationally recognized authority on Islam, Ruthven offers essential insights into this major world religion, examining such issues as why Islam has such major divisions between movements such shorg the Shi’ites, the Sunnis, and the Wahhabis, and the central importance of the Shar’ia Islamic law in Islamic life.

The text is Surat al-Nas There are quite often references and comparisons with Christianity. What is generally accepted about the life of Mohammad? This is a short relatively easy read that should be read by anyone worried about Western cultures being overrun by Muslim “hordes”. The appearance of modernist ideas involved less of a disjunction of tradition than among the Sunnis.


However, I found the intrroduction to venture too much into the territory of pure speculation and opinion on the impact of Islam on its practitioners and geopolitics without sufficient room to actually discuss the topic.

Islam: A Very Short Introduction

The mystically inclined Sufis — named shkrt the coarse shirts of wool souf worn by some early adepts — rejected or de-emphasized outward or formalistic forms of observance in favour of a style of pietism that sought to apprehend the reality of God’s unity through direct experience. Muhammad was proportionate, stout, firm-gripped, even of belly and chest, broad-chested, and broad-shouldered.

Given that brief, this text might be better renamed, Islamism, A Short Introduction. Showing of 40 reviews.

The Kiswa or black silk covering is replaced every year. There are references to his raids on the Quraishi caravans when God permits fighting in the sacred month of Rajab 2: How must Islam adapt as it confronts the rutthven world? Apart from enforcing God’s commands, the purpose of the law is to regulate the affairs of men. As a young man he entered the service of Khadija, a wealthy widow, and made vert trading journeys to Syria on her behalf.

The structure of the book is also a bit difficult, with some earlier chapters mentioning terms or ideas that aren’t explained or defined well enough for a reader with very little base knowledge of Islam. Here, under the benign sufferance of the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein who had his own quarrels with the Shah, Khomeini was free to preach his doctrine of Vilayet e Faqih the ‘governance of the jurist’.

Far from being exclusively ‘Islamic’, the ideology or ideologies being advanced are really hybrids mixing Islamic contexts with twentieth-century ideas, liberal and totalitarian. A page from the Quran: Ibn ‘Arabi’s system has been described as the ‘ultimate theological semiosis in Islamic thought: 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.

I enjoyed The Very Short Introduction to the Koran much better than this work for its depth and breadth. Nov 12, Alex J. A minority sect of the Shi’a, however, claims allegiance to Isma’il, eldest son of the Imam Ja’far whom Twelvers believe to have predeceased his father or to have been passed over.