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1. The Story

1. The Story  

Adam J. Silverstein

in Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777264
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10.1093/actrade/9780199545728.003.0001
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‘The story’ 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 ... More
9. The Koran as truth

9. The Koran as truth  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776311
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0009
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The Koran presents God's speech as sacred and unfailingly true. These truths play a part in many aspects of Muslim literature and life, on both formal and informal levels. ‘The Koran as ... More
3. Iran and Islam

3. Iran and Islam  

Ali M. Ansari

in Iran: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
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9780191781315
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10.1093/actrade/9780199669349.003.0003
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In 1979 the Islamic Revolution overthrew the monarchy and transformed Iran’s relations with the outside world. Iranian history was reassessed along with the importance of Islam to Iranian ... More
13. Doubts and puzzles

13. Doubts and puzzles  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0013
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There is a certain amount of obscurity in the text of the Koran. There are clusters of linguistic puzzles in it, and translations can do no more than gloss over or guess. ‘Doubts and ... More
14. Conclusion

14. Conclusion  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0014
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A scripture, or classic, acts as two things: a product of its own time and an authority in our time. The Conclusion asks: how well is the Koran equipped to be both of these things today? ... More
8. The Koran as worship

8. The Koran as worship  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776311
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0008
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The Koran plays a significant role in Muslim worship. The Muslim worshipper does not read the Koran, it is recited. ‘The Koran as worship’ looks at the place the Koran plays in Muslim life. ... More
5. Women and family

5. Women and family  

Malise Ruthven

in Islam: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jan 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778261
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10.1093/actrade/9780199642878.003.0005
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The issue of women and Islam is contentious. One view is that the faith oppresses and perhaps even persecutes women; the other looks at cultural authenticity and point out that women in ... More
4. The interpretation of the Koran

4. The interpretation of the Koran  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776311
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0004
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A culture can do a variety of things with a classic or sacred text. One of those things is to provide commentaries. ‘The interpretation of the Koran’ looks at the different ways that the ... More
Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction

Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction  

Jonathan A.C. Brown

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777417
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10.1093/actrade/9780199559282.001.0001
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Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction provides an introduction to the major aspects of Muhammad's life and its importance, giving both the Muslim and Western historical ... More
2. Shaping Muhammad in History

2. Shaping Muhammad in History  

Jonathan A. C. Brown

in Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2011
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9780191777417
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10.1093/actrade/9780199559282.003.0002
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The most famous Muslim biography of Muhammad is the Sira written by Ibn Ishaq. Books like the Sira were the products of early Muslim historians whose work revolved around personal accounts ... More
Conclusion

Conclusion  

Adam J. Silverstein

in Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2010
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The Conclusion attempts to answer the main question posed by this VSI: why, despite sharing common roots in the Semitic monotheism of the Near East, do the West and Muslim societies seem to ... More
6. Religious Significance

6. Religious Significance  

Adam J. Silverstein

in Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2010
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10.1093/actrade/9780199545728.003.0006
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‘Religious significance’ considers the contrasting views of Islamists and Modernists. How they clash on how to read early Islamic history — literally (Islamists), or each episode within its ... More
5. The very idea of scripture

5. The very idea of scripture  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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9780191776311
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0005
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Globally, in the modern world people are more open to accept different degrees of belief and the notion of unbelief. The cutting edge of culture, however, lies significantly towards the end ... More
The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

The Koran: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael Cook

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Feb 2000
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.001.0001
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The Koran: A Very Short Introduction explores the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in traditional Muslim culture, by looking at the Koran as codex, as ... More
Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction  

Adam J. Silverstein

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Jan 2010
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9780191777264
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10.1093/actrade/9780199545728.001.0001
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Why does Islamic history matter? Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction answers this question by introducing the story of Islamic history, the controversies surrounding its study, and ... More
7. Political Significance

7. Political Significance  

Adam J. Silverstein

in Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777264
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10.1093/actrade/9780199545728.003.0007
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‘Political significance’ deals with Islamic history's influence on politics. Islamic history has been used as a sharp propaganda tool, through which military and popular support for their ... More
3. Institutions

3. Institutions  

Adam J. Silverstein

in Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777264
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10.1093/actrade/9780199545728.003.0003
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‘Institutions’ examines three institutions — the mosque, jihad, and the caliphate ℄ that have been common to all Muslim societies, while being different in practice in the various regions ... More
1. The Life of the Messenger of God

1. The Life of the Messenger of God  

Jonathan A. C. Brown

in Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2011
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9780191777417
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10.1093/actrade/9780199559282.003.0001
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9780199559282
The challenge to telling religious stories lies in the mix of myth and fact in such stories. To believe the sacred history told by the followers of a figure such as Muhammad means we are ... More
7. African American Islam

7. African American Islam  

Eddie S. Glaude

in African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2014
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Sep 2014
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9780199380770
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10.1093/actrade/9780195182897.003.0007
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9780195182897
In some ways, Islam best represents the idea of African American religion as a practice of freedom and a sign of difference. For those African Americans who embraced Islam during the modern ... More

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