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The house of Islam, a global history, Ed Husain

The house of Islam, a global history, Ed Husain
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Includes bibliographical references and index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
The house of Islam
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Responsibility statement
Ed Husain
Sub title
a global history
"A revelatory exploration of the intricacies of Islam and the Muslim world ... The gulf between Islam and the West is widening. A faith rich with strong values and traditions, observed by nearly two billion people across the world, is seen by the West as something to be feared rather than understood. Sensational headlines and hardline policies spark enmity, while ignoring the feelings, narratives and perceptions that preoccupy Muslims today. Wise and authoritative, The House of Islam seeks to provide entry to the minds and hearts of Muslims the world over. It introduces us to the fairness, kindness and mercy of Mohamed; the aims of sharia law, through commentary on scripture, to provide an ethical basis to life; the beauty of Islamic art and the permeation of the divine in public spaces; and the tension between mysticism and literalism that still threatens the House of Islam. The decline of the Muslim world and the current crises of leadership mean that a glorious past, full of intellectual nobility and purpose, is now exploited by extremists and channeled into acts of terror. How can Muslims confront the issues that are destroying Islam from within, and what can the West do to help work towards that end? Ed Husain expertly and compassionately guides us through the nuances of Islam and its people, contending that the Muslim world need not be a stranger to the West, nor its enemy, but a peaceable ally."--Dust jacket
Table Of Contents
Introduction: Inside the house -- Part one: A millennium of power. What is Islam? -- Origins of the Quran -- Who is a Muslim today? -- The Sunni-Shi'a schism -- What is the Sharia? -- Who is a Sufi? -- Part two: The rise of anger. A hundred years of humiliation -- Who is an Islamist? -- Who is a Salafi? Or a Wahhabi? -- Who is a jihadi? -- Who is a Kharijite, or Takfiri? -- Part three: The rise of the West and loss of Muslim confidence. Dignity -- The Jews -- Education -- Women -- Sex -- Part four: Islam's global staying power. God is alive -- Rights of the sacred -- The family table -- The next life -- Conclusion: The way forward
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