To Be Published January 31st 2014 by Routledge – 384 pages
Series: World Religions
What exactly is Islam and what does it mean to be a Muslim in the world today? This core textbook traces the history of Islam from its early origins in the life and career of Mohammed, through its classical expressions, to its interactions with the West in the modern world. Major topics covered include the Quran, Islamic law, Islamic theology, and the Sufi movement. Shepard provides dedicated studies of Islam in individual countries - Turkey, Iran, Egypt and Indonesia - and explores Islamic civilization through discussion of art and culture, and community rituals. Fully revised and updated, the second edition features material on contemporary issues such as women in Islam and democratization and human rights. Illustrated throughout, the book also includes learning objectives, a glossary of key Arabic terms, comprehensive further reading lists and critical thinking boxes, helping students to critically engage with each chapter. Further teaching and learning resources are available on the companion website.