Islam: A Brief History (Wiley Desktop Editions) by Tamara Sonn

By Tamara Sonn

Reflecting contemporary international advancements, the second one version of this illuminating advent to Islamic historical past expands its assurance of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim perspectives on human rights, together with the rights of women.* An elevated new version of this concise, illuminating advent to Islam, written through one of many field’s top students* Spans Islamic background from the lifetime of Muhammad and the start of Islamic beliefs, via Islam’s extraordinary geographical growth and cultural improvement, to the production of recent states and its position in today’s worldwide society* beneficial properties elevated assurance of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim perspectives on human rights, together with the rights of girls* comprises interesting vignettes of Islamic lifestyles, representing mainstream Muslim viewpoints on problems with worldwide trouble* Explores the complicated interrelationships of cultural, political, and ideological advancements woven all through Islamic heritage, drawing on particular examples together with present advancements in Pakistan

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As these examples demonstrate, there is no single formula for achieving justice, but the Quran establishes the standard of human dignity and provides guidance in the struggle to uphold that dignity in ever-changing circumstances. And it informs human beings that the effort to establish justice is the basis on which they will be judged. Those who “believe and do good works,” the Quran states repeatedly, will have nothing to fear in the afterlife; they will be richly rewarded. “Believers, bow down and prostrate yourselves in prayer and worship your Lord and do good deeds, and you will prosper.

Similarly, the Quran also acknowledges the institution of slavery but says that moral superiority lies in freeing slaves, as well as Many Paths to One God 17 in feeding the hungry and orphans (90:5–17). Freeing slaves and feeding the hungry are enjoined as ways of making up for sins (5:90). Another group for whom the Quran shows special concern is debtors. Charity is to be used to help debtors, and people are supposed to pardon debts owed to them as an act of charity. The Quran is particularly concerned with abolishing usury, which was common in seventh-century Arabia.

Jews and Muslims are both descendants of Abraham and heirs to that covenant. Through another great messenger of God, Moses (Musa), the Torah was revealed. Mentioning the Torah eighteen times, the Quran reminds believers that its guidance continues to be valid. The Quran actually describes itself as “confirming the truth of the Torah that is before me” (3:50) and calls upon believers to “bring the Torah now, and recite it” (3:93). Believers are expected to be Many Paths to One God 9 honest, charitable, care for the needy, fast, obey dietary regulations, and overall to honor God and respect His creation, just as the Torah instructed.

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