The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam (The Complete Idiot's Guide)

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9780028642338: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam (The Complete Idiot's Guide)

Islam may be the most misunderstood faith in history. Most of us learn little or nothing about Islam in school; in fact, our knowledge of Muslims may be restricted to news reports on the Middle East and Louis Farrakhan. Surprise--the vast majority of Muslims aren't Arabs, the Muslim Allah is very much the "one God" Christians and Jews believe in, many of the scientific and medical innovations we take for granted were passed on by Muslims, and the popular myths about Muslims often have little to do with the real beliefs of Islam. The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Understanding Islam reveals fascinating facts about Islam; they accept both the Old and New Testaments as holy books and accept Moses and Jesus as prophets. The book offers tips on Muslim culture, actual quotes from the Qur'an, the Prophet Muhammad, and prominent scholars, and answers to questions regarding everyday life from the Muslim perspective.

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It may surprise readers to discover that Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world, according to The Complete Idiot's Guide to Islam. "However, even more eye-opening is the fact that Islam is the fastest growing religion in North America," writes author Yahiya Emerick ( How to Tell Others About Islam). Paradoxically, Islam is also one of the most misunderstood and maligned religions in North America. Fortunately, Emerick has written a viable antidote to the widespread confusion and ignorance. Using the Idiot's Guide's formula of questions and answers, sidebars, and small, easy-to-digest essays, Emerick makes Islam accessible to anyone who is inclined to learn more about this influential religion. Readers have much to glean from this comprehensive and balanced guidebook--primarily that Islam is a prayerful, peace-loving religion that has been misused in the name of terror, just as Hitler and other extremists have misused Christianity throughout history. Emerick devotes an entire section to "Looking at Women in Islam," in which readers can sort through even more misconceptions. The Idiot's Guide title belies the integrity of the book, which is an important contribution for our times. --Gail Hudson

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Yahiya Emerick is an American convert to Islam who has been involved in interfaith issues and education since 1990. He has a graduate degree in history, has authored 14 books for adults and children, and has been published in many magazines, including the Journal for Religion and Education.

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Book Description Alpha, 2001. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: I. INTRODUCING ISLAM. 1. Why Has Islam Become So Important? The Muslims Are Coming! Why Didn't I Learn More About Islam in School? Muslims, Muslims Everywhere! Is There Really a Clash of Civilizations? Bridging the Next Gap. 2. Food for the Soul. The Core Beliefs of Islam. We All Have the Same God. The Universe Is Muslim! Aladdin Rubbed the Wrong Lamp. Touched by an Angel. Accepting the Burden. Soul Soup. 3. Looking at Life the Islamic Way. The Three-Fold Journey. Sin and Redemption. The Last Payday. 4. All About Allah. God and Hollywood. There Is Only One God. Islam on God. Pagan Arab Beliefs Before the Coming of Islam. Do Muslims Believe in Original Sin? How Close Is Close? Allah Has Many Names. II. THE SPIRITUAL WORLD OF ISLAM. 5. The Four Stages of Life in Islam. Four Lives for Each Life. Life in the Womb. Life in the World. Careful! You're Being Watched. Life in the Grave. 6. Islam on Heaven and Hell. Why Have a Judgment Day? Use Your Time Wisely. No Dancing with the Devil Here! Why Does God Punish? 7. In the Beginning An Islamic Perspective. The Creation of the Universe. Islam and Evolution. Adam and Eve: A New Perspective. 8. The Measurement of Life. Destiny, Fate, or Free WillWhich Is It? It's Not Written in the Stars. What You Can and Can't Do. 9. From Adam to Armageddon. No Tower of Babel Here. The Rise of the Prophets. The End Is Near! The Last Day. III. THE FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM. 10. Declaring Faith in Islam. Introducing the Five Pillars of Islam. The Shahadah. And Muhammad Is His Prophet. 11. Understanding Muslim Prayers. Supplication Versus Prayer. The Muslim Call to Prayer. Humble Pie. The Prayer Described. Remembrance of God. 12. Elevating the Soul. The Burden of Wealth. The Fast of Ramadan. Welcoming Ramadan. The Month of Training. 13. Gathering in Mecca. Introducing the Hajj Ritual. The Rituals of Hajj. 14. Uncovering the Real Story About Jihad. What Is Jihad? Social Activism in Islam. The Myth of the Holy War. Islam on War. What Makes a Terrorist? IV. ISLAM AND OTHER RELIGIONS. 15. It's All in the Prophets. All Prophets Are Brothers. Will the Real Prophet Please Stand Up. Introducing the Prophets in Islam. Looking at the Characteristics of the Prophets. The Books of God. 16. Jews in Islam. The People of the Book. Judaism and Islam. The Qur'an on Judaism. The Only Muslim-Jewish War. Jews in the Muslim Empire. 17. Christianity and Islam. Setting the Stage. Muhammad and the Monk. An Interesting Proposal. Christianity and Jesus in the Qur'an. Original Sin and All That. Interfaith Dialogue. V. REGULATING LIFE WITHIN THE LAWS OF ISLAM. 18. Exploring the Sources of Islam. A Closer Look at the Qur'an. The Teachings of the Prophet. The Companions of the Prophet. The 'Ulema: Scholars of the Faith. 19. Living Islam. Islam and the Family. Welcome to My Mosque. Ceremonies for Life. Islamic Holidays. Halal and Haram: What Can a Muslim Do? 20. Looking at Women in Islam. Does Islam Teach Inequality? Myths About Muslim Women. Women's Rights in Islam. Divorce in Islam. Islam and the Dress Code. VI. THE HISTORY OF ISLAM. 21. Muhammad in Mecca. Arabia: The Birthplace of Islam. Meet Muhammad's Parents. A Prophet Is Chosen. Muhammad's Night Journey and Ascension. The Great Escape! 22. The Victory of Islam. The First Islamic State. The Desperate Times. The Conquest of Mecca. Confronting the Superpowers. Taking Another Look at Muh. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0028642333

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