An Introduction to Islam in the 21st Century
This engaging introduction to Islam examines its lived reality, its worldwide presence, and the variety of beliefs and practices encompassed by the religion. The global perspective uniquely captures the diversity of Islam expressed throughout different countries in the present day. A comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, and global introduction to Islam, covering its history as well as current issues, experiences, and challenges Incorporates key new research on Muslims from a variety of countries across Europe, Latin America, Indonesia, and Malaysia Central Asia Directly addresses controversial issues, including political violence and ‘terrorism’, anti-western sentiments, and Islamophobia Explores different responses from various Islamic communities to globalizing trends Highlights key patterns within Islamic history that shed light upon the origins and evolution of current movements and thought
Notes on Contributors xv Acknowledgments xviii Part I Overview: Islam: Image and Reality 1 1 Introduction 3Aminah Beverly McCloud, Scott W. Hibbard, and Laith Saud 2 The Historical Context 13Aminah Beverly McCloud, Scott W. Hibbard, and Laith Saud 3 Religious Structures: Tawhid 31Laith Saud 4 Islamic Beliefs: The Development of Islamic Ideas 51Laith Saud 5 Islamic Political Theology 81Laith Saud Part II Islam and the Modern World 109 6 Islam and the State: Part I 111Scott W. Hibbard 7 Islam and the State: Part II 135Scott W. Hibbard 8 Muslims as Minorities in the West 157Aminah Beverly McCloud Part III Regional Studies 171 9 Islam in Africa 173Babacar Mbengue 10 Islam in South Asia 203Saeed A. Khan 11 Islam in Central Asia 217Maria Louw 12 Islam in Indonesia and Malaysia 233Aminah Beverly McCloud 13 Muslim Histories in Latin America and the Caribbean 249John Tofik Karam Part IV Islam in a Globalized World 269 14 The Ecology of Teaching about Islam and Muslims in the 21st Century 271Aminah Beverly McCloud 15 Terrorism, Islamophobia, and the Media 285Scott W. Hibbard Conclusion: Image and Reality Reconsidered 309Aminah Beverly McCloud, Scott W. Hibbard, and Laith Saud Index 315
“This unique and challenging textbook describes the historical background and present diversity of political and intellectual currents in Islam in its various forms ... This is a compact and sophisticated text, suitable for graduate students seeking to understand the roots and development of modern Islamic movements and contestations.” (Religious Studies Review, 1 December 2013)
Aminah Beverly McCloud is Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University and the Director of the Islamic World Studies Program. Scott Hibbard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at DePaul University. He was previously Program Officer for the Special Initiative on Religion, Ethics and Human Rights at the United States Institute for Peace. Laith Al-Saud is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University, and an expert on Middle East politics.
This engaging introduction to Islam examines its lived reality, its worldwide presence, and the variety of beliefs and practices encompassed by the religion. Featuring essays from acclaimed scholars that are richly global in approach, the content explores the similarities and diversity of Islam across countries and regions in the present day. A central theme of this book is the deep contrast that exists between the commonly held images of Islam and the reality of how this religion is lived and practiced. While Islam is often thought of as a static and monolithic tradition, it is in fact fluid, dynamic, and characterized by enormous variety. By examining trends across different countries and regions, including Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe, it provides an accurate depiction of Islam in the 21st century. The book also addresses the historical context in which Islam emerged and its core elements, but then moves beyond this to include areas less typically covered, including the geographical diversity of the religion, the phenomenon of militancy, Islamophobia, and the teaching of Islam in the West. This combination of global, historical, and interdisciplinary coverage makes this the ideal text for courses focusing on the political, social and lived reality of Islam today.
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