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Publisher's Summary

One out of five people in the world is Muslim; only 18 percent of those, however, are Arab. Ernst moves away from a Middle Eastern bias, addressing the pluralistic nature of Muslim societies and thought. Framing his argument in terms of religious studies, Ernst describes how Protestant definitions of religion and anti-Muslim prejudice have affected views of Islam in Europe and America. Ernst also covers the contemporary importance of Islam in both its traditional settings and its new locations, and provides a context for understanding extremist movements like fundamentalism.

With translations of selections from Islamic texts, some appearing in English for the first time, Ernst offers access to Muslim voices and key themes, particularly the central role of the Prophet Muhammad. He concludes with an overview of critical debates on important contemporary issues, such as gender and veiling, state politics, and science and religion. A concise selected reading list provides a helpful guide for future study.

This engaging introduction to Islam should be every non-Muslim's first resource for learning about a religion that is a major presence in the world. The book is published by The University of North Carolina Press.

©2003 Carl W. Ernst (P)2010 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"[A] thoughtful and finely balanced primer on contemporary Islam." ( New York Review of Books)
"A pleasure to read. Ernst has a multilayered and self-assured understanding of Islam, and his writing exemplifies a fluency in explaining it that is unique to him." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A very helpful tool as an introduction to a course on Islam and contemporary religion." ( Journal of the American Academy of Religion)

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Fair and Well balanced

This is a fair and well balanced review of islam. Made better by the insightfulness of the writer. Great book!!!

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Terrible performance.

Chapter 8 in the table of contents turns out to be chapter 6 when it is read out loud. I’ve been wondering why non of my questions for class were answered in the corresponding chapters and that’s because THE CHAPTERS DO NOT CORRESPOND. Also, you cannot choose the page you want to jump to. You have to listen to each chapter in its entirety.

Terrible. 0 stars for performance.

And it’s tragic because Ernst has EXCELLENT things to say. If he didn’t I would not have put up with this at all.