Islam: A Living Faith

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DeLong-Bas has drawn upon her rich experiences as a teacher and scholar to produce an outstanding textbook on Islam. This accessible and well-written work is informed by current scholarship and includes many features that make it an attractive resource for the classroom. In particular, the study questions and recommended readings and films provide opportunities to further explore the many important issues that are addressed in each chapter. Its title Islam: A Living Faith captures well one of the great strengths of this book—it both introduces the reader to the rich history and traditions of Islam and explains how that heritage is being expressed and lived out by Muslims today.

John Kaltner
Rhodes College

Islam: A Living Faith is the go-to primer for those interested in understanding the fastest-growing religion on earth. DeLong-Bas gives a thorough and concise presentation of Islam’s core beliefs, practices, and historical development in an accessible and engaging narrative. The text pays particular attention to issues of contemporary concern: the difference between Sunnis and Shia Muslims; the nature of the caliphate; Sharia and Islamic law; the status of women and non-Muslims; Sufism, Islamic spirituality, and mysticism; the nature of jihad; terrorism; and Islamic ideals of governance and international relations. With reviews, discussion questions, and suggestions for further resources provided for every chapter, I highly recommend it for teachers as well as students.

Tamara Sonn
Georgetown University

DeLong-Bas provides an excellent introduction to Islam for twenty-first century readers, introducing the major themes of the faith tradition and providing engaging portraits of historic and contemporary Muslims. One among the book’s many strengths is its presentation of topics of contemporary interest within the historical framework of the Islamic faith tradition. Her model analysis of the politics and theologies of gender examines historical developments and current controversies. Coverage of the history and evolution of Muslim-Christian relations from the time of Muhammad to the present contributes importantly to scholarship as well as adds a dimension not usually covered in books introducing Islam.

John Voll
Georgetown University

In this book, De-Long 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.

 

Asma Afsaruddin
Indiana University, Bloomington

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
Georgetown University

About This Book

Overview

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 sections 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 an associate professor at Boston College, where she teaches Theology and Islamic Civilizations and Societies.. She is coauthor of Shariah: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2018) and editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women (Oxford, 2013).

 

Details

Dimensions 8.25 x .50 x 5.375 in
ISBN

978-1-59982-865-7

Pages

334

Format

Softcover

Item # 7083

Customer Reviews

DeLong-Bas has drawn upon her rich experiences as a teacher and scholar to produce an outstanding textbook on Islam. This accessible and well-written work is informed by current scholarship and includes many features that make it an attractive resource for the classroom. In particular, the study questions and recommended readings and films provide opportunities to further explore the many important issues that are addressed in each chapter. Its title Islam: A Living Faith captures well one of the great strengths of this book—it both introduces the reader to the rich history and traditions of Islam and explains how that heritage is being expressed and lived out by Muslims today.

John Kaltner
Rhodes College

Islam: A Living Faith is the go-to primer for those interested in understanding the fastest-growing religion on earth. DeLong-Bas gives a thorough and concise presentation of Islam’s core beliefs, practices, and historical development in an accessible and engaging narrative. The text pays particular attention to issues of contemporary concern: the difference between Sunnis and Shia Muslims; the nature of the caliphate; Sharia and Islamic law; the status of women and non-Muslims; Sufism, Islamic spirituality, and mysticism; the nature of jihad; terrorism; and Islamic ideals of governance and international relations. With reviews, discussion questions, and suggestions for further resources provided for every chapter, I highly recommend it for teachers as well as students.

Tamara Sonn
Georgetown University

DeLong-Bas provides an excellent introduction to Islam for twenty-first century readers, introducing the major themes of the faith tradition and providing engaging portraits of historic and contemporary Muslims. One among the book’s many strengths is its presentation of topics of contemporary interest within the historical framework of the Islamic faith tradition. Her model analysis of the politics and theologies of gender examines historical developments and current controversies. Coverage of the history and evolution of Muslim-Christian relations from the time of Muhammad to the present contributes importantly to scholarship as well as adds a dimension not usually covered in books introducing Islam.

John Voll
Georgetown University

In this book, De-Long 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.

 

Asma Afsaruddin
Indiana University, Bloomington

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
Georgetown University

About the Author

Natana J. DeLong-Bas

Natana J. DeLong-Bas teaches theology and Islamic civilizations and societies at Boston College. She is co-author of Shariah: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2018) and editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women (Oxford, 2013).

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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