Discover sample chapters for the month of Ramadan

June 30, 2014

During the month of Ramadan we have made the following chapters from Very Short Introductions available to anyone to read.

Ramadan Mubarak!

Islam: A Very Short Introduction

By Malise Ruthven
Islam: A Very Short Introduction

Chapter 1. Islam, Muslims, and Islamism

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?

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Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

By Adam J. Silverstein
Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

Chapter 1. The Story

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.

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Religion in America: A Very Short Introduction

By Timothy Beal
 Religion in America: A Very Short Introduction

Chapter 2. The Big Picture: Religion in America by the Numbers, and Then Some

‘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.

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