During the month of Ramadan we have made the following chapters from Very Short Introductions available to anyone to read.
Islam: A Very Short Introduction
By Malise Ruthven
Discover more about what Islam means, consider its identity, political ideology, and faith in Islam; and find out about the successes and failures of the Islamic state. What caused the revival of Islamic observance in daily life? What part has information technology had in the renewed strength of Islam?
Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction
By Adam J. Silverstein
This chapter provides an overview of the rise of Islam from the seventh to twenty first century. It begins in Arabia with Muhammad's emigration from Mecca to Medina in 622 and the creation of a new community — the ‘umma’. Then it considers the first Umayyad caliphs and moves on to the Islamic conquests of the Near East and North Africa, the Abbasid caliphs, the divisions between Sunnis and Shiites, Muslim Turks, the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals.
Religion in America: A Very Short Introduction
By Timothy Beal
‘The Big Picture’ discusses the challenges in measuring religious diversity in America, looking at the difficulty in finding reliable population statistics, accounting for no universal objective standard for religious identity, and exploring how new religious movements involve a combination of emergence and divergence in relation to pre-existing religious traditions.