The world's leading Islamicist offers a concise introduction to this rich and diverse tradition of 1.2 billion adherents.
In this informative and clear introduction to the world of Islam, Seyyed Hossein Nasr explores the following topics in depth:
What Is Islam?
The Doctrines and Beliefs of Islam
Islamic Practices and Institutions
The History of Islam
Schools of Islamic Thought
Islam in the Contemporary World
Islam and Other Religions
The Spiritual and Religious Significance of Islam
About the Author
Seyyed Hossein Nasr is university professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. Author of over fifty books, Professor Nasr is a well-known and highly respected intellectual figure both in the West and in the Islamic world. Born in Tehran, raised from the age of twelve in the United States, and a graduate of MIT and Harvard University, Nasr is well qualified to explain Islam to a Western audience. He appears frequently on Meet the Press, as well as other national news shows.
“A valuable primer on a religion that, for all its monolithic appearances, is as splintered as any other.”
“[A] classical and timeless text....that manages to be sweeping in scope yet accessible in style.”
“[A] deep, thoughtful, sympathetic introduction to the diversity and history of Islamic faith and practice.”