Islam: A Short Guide to the Faith

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
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In Islam: A Short Guide to the Faith, editors Roger Allen and Shawkat M. Toorawa have assembled fifteen chapters by fifteen noted scholars, each of which provides a lucid description and exploration of an aspect of Islam, its institutions, doctrines, and interactions, notably with Christianity, Judaism, and the modern world. The chapters are preceded by a foreword by a renowned scholar, sixteen full-color images, and a user-friendly bibliography for further viewing and reading. This concise yet thorough introduction to Islam is ideal for the general reader interested in learning more about Islam, and for use as an introductory text in high school and college classes.
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Roger Allen is Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

Shawkat M. Toorawa is Associate Professor of Arabic Literature and Islamic Studies at Cornell University

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Publisher
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
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Published on
Mar 3, 2011
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Pages
177
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ISBN
9780802866004
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christian Theology / General
Religion / Islam / General
Religion / Islam / History
Religion / Islam / Theology
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