Islam: A Living Faith-Coming May 15th!

Course instructors considering a book for adoption will be provided a complimentary copy.
$34.95

Natana DeLong-Bas provides an excellent introduction to Islam for twenty-first century readers, both introducing the major themes of the faith tradition and providing engaging portraits of historic and contemporary Muslims. One strength, among the many strengths of this book, is its presentation of topics of contemporary interest within the framework of the full history of the Islamic faith tradition. Her coverage of the politics and theologies of gender is a model for analysis that combines examination of historical developments and current controversies. In addition, her coverage of the history and evolution of Muslim-Christian relations from the time of Muhammad to the present is an important contribution to scholarship in that field as well as adding a distinctive dimension not usually covered in books introducing Islam.

John Voll
Professor Emeritus of Islamic History
Georgetown University

In this book Natana DeLong Bas writes about Islam not just eruditely—but engagingly and accessibly as well. The result is a broad-ranging discussion of many key issues that skillfully lays bare the diversity and complexity of the Islamic tradition. Highly recommended for all those who have been waiting for such a lucid introduction to what has been described as “the fastest-growing religion” in the world today. I enjoyed the book!

Asma Afsaruddin
Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Indiana University, Bloomington

Natana DeLong-Bas’s Islam: A Living Faith is a must read. This exceptionally well-written, informative, and engaging introduction to Islam and Christian-Muslim relations ​will be welcomed by teachers, students, religious leaders, and the general public.

 

John L. Esposito
University Professor and Professor of Islamic Studies
Georgetown University

About This Book

Overview

Available May 15!

As the faith tradition of 1.6 billion people globally, Islam is the second-largest—and fastest-growing—of all the world’s religions. Still, many in the West harbor misconceptions about its people, practices, and beliefs.

Through rich and thorough exploration, Natana DeLong-Bas’s Islam: A Living Faith challenges ignorance with facts and false impressions with stories of lived faith. Weaving personal narratives with major historical and contemporary events and developments, DeLong-Bas skillfully and sensitively conveys the teachings, people, and practices of the Islamic faith. This introduction includes sections on the Five Pillars, the Qur’an, and the legacy of Muhammad, as well as on the origin of sectarian identities, the purpose of Shariah and Islamic law, the mystical tradition of Sufism, and Muslim-Christian relations. Stocked with terms, definitions, and recommendations for additional resources, Islam: A Living Faith is perfect for use in the classroom.

 Natana J. DeLong-Bas is assistant professor of the Practice, Theology Department and Islamic Civilizations and Societies program at Boston College. She has her PhD in History/Islamic Studies from Georgetown University.

 

Details

ISBN

978-1-59982-865-7

Item # 7083

Customer Reviews

Natana DeLong-Bas provides an excellent introduction to Islam for twenty-first century readers, both introducing the major themes of the faith tradition and providing engaging portraits of historic and contemporary Muslims. One strength, among the many strengths of this book, is its presentation of topics of contemporary interest within the framework of the full history of the Islamic faith tradition. Her coverage of the politics and theologies of gender is a model for analysis that combines examination of historical developments and current controversies. In addition, her coverage of the history and evolution of Muslim-Christian relations from the time of Muhammad to the present is an important contribution to scholarship in that field as well as adding a distinctive dimension not usually covered in books introducing Islam.

John Voll
Professor Emeritus of Islamic History
Georgetown University

In this book Natana DeLong Bas writes about Islam not just eruditely—but engagingly and accessibly as well. The result is a broad-ranging discussion of many key issues that skillfully lays bare the diversity and complexity of the Islamic tradition. Highly recommended for all those who have been waiting for such a lucid introduction to what has been described as “the fastest-growing religion” in the world today. I enjoyed the book!

Asma Afsaruddin
Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Indiana University, Bloomington

Natana DeLong-Bas’s Islam: A Living Faith is a must read. This exceptionally well-written, informative, and engaging introduction to Islam and Christian-Muslim relations ​will be welcomed by teachers, students, religious leaders, and the general public.

 

John L. Esposito
University Professor and Professor of Islamic Studies
Georgetown University

About the Author

Natana J. DeLong-Bas

Natana J. DeLong-Bas is assistant professor of the Practice, Theology Department and Islamic Civilizations and Societies program at Boston College. She has her PhD in History/Islamic Studies from Georgetown University.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Five Pillars: Living Islam as an Individual and a Community

2. Muhammad: Biography and Legacy of the Prophet

3. The Qur’an: God’s Final Message to Humanity

4. Sunnis and Shia: The Origins and Evolutions of Sectarianism in Islam

5. Shariah and Islamic Law: Guiding Principles for Purposeful Living

6. Sufis: Saints and Subversives in the Quest for the Divine

7. Jihad: The Struggle to Live Islam and Its Teachings

8. Women and Gender

9. Muslim-Christian Encounters: Conflict and Coexistence

Index

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