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Islam: A Brief History epub

by Tamara Sonn


Islam: A Brief History epub

ISBN: 1405180935

ISBN13: 978-1405180931

Author: Tamara Sonn

Category: Other

Subcategory: Humanities

Language: English

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (December 21, 2009)

Pages: 248 pages

ePUB book: 1158 kb

FB2 book: 1108 kb

Rating: 4.6

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Timely and concise, Islam: A Brief History is an indispensable introduction to Islam and its role in today’s global society.

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Tamara Sonn is an American academic who specializes in Islamic and religious studies. She is currently the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in the History of Islam at Georgetown University. She was previously Kenan Professor of Religion and Humanities at the College of William & Mary. in philosophy from Santa Clara University, an . in philosophy from the University of Toronto, and a P.

Spans Islamic history from the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islamic ideals, through Islam’s phenomenal . Tamara Sonn is the William R. Kenan, J. Professor of Humanities in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of William & Mary.

Spans Islamic history from the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islamic ideals, through Islam’s phenomenal geographical expansion and cultural development, to the creation of modern states and its role in today’s global society. Features expanded coverage of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim views on human rights, including the rights of women. Includes fascinating vignettes of Islamic life, representing mainstream Muslim viewpoints on issues of global concern.

Sonn is the author of the book "A Brief History of Islam", written in 2004

Sonn is the author of the book "A Brief History of Islam", written in 2004. In the book, she argues against violence and inequality for women under Islamic law; and commends Morocco's Mudawana family code for the abolishment of the patriarchal family and diction respecting women. Includes fascinating vignettes of Islamic life, representing mainstream Muslim viewpoints on issues of global concern

Islam: A Brief History.

Islam: A Brief History. The book divides Islamic history into four periods starting with the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islamic ideals, through Islam 's phenomenal geographical expansion and The nature of Islam remains an area of intense and topical interest.

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Reflecting recent global developments, the second edition of this illuminating introduction to Islamic history expands its coverage of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim views on human rights, including the rights of women. An expanded new edition of this concise, illuminating introduction to Islam, written by one of the field’s leading scholars Spans Islamic history from the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islamic ideals, through Islam’s phenomenal geographical expansion and cultural development, to the creation of modern states and its role in today’s global society Features expanded coverage of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim views on human rights, including the rights of women Includes fascinating vignettes of Islamic life, representing mainstream Muslim viewpoints on issues of global concern Explores the complex interrelationships of cultural, political, and ideological developments woven throughout Islamic history, drawing on specific examples including current developments in Pakistan
The writing gives a rather Pollyannish view of Islam. Generally easy reading.
Very useful and informative.
Great book
The book got here really fast, before the projected date, and the quality is on par with what was advertised. Keep up the good work!
Lately I started reading "Islam: A Brief History"

Akbar S. Ahmed - American University, Washington: in the foreword writes:
She is presently the Kenan Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religion at the College of William and Mary. Professor Sonn's Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago, where she sat at the feet of the late great Islamic scholar Fazlur Rahman. She has written well-received books on Islam but is no ivory tower scholar. Until recently she was the active president of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies.

looks pretty good huh?

Under this impression, I started reading this but it looks like even the most learned western scholors don't have grasp on the subject. I stopped reading after initial few pages: following is the reason why:

Page-2
The Quran consists of 114 chapters, called suras (in Arabic,
surah; plural: suwar). The verses of the chapters are called ayat
(singular: ayah). The chapters range in length from 7 to 287 verses.
The first sura is very short, but the remaining suras are arranged
from longest to shortest (i.e., in descending order of length),
rather than in chronological order.
WRONG: Chapter 6 Al-Anaam has 165 - Chapter 7 Al-Araf has 206 verses - Chapter 8 Al-Anfal has 75 verses - Chapter 9 Al-Tawba has 129 verses and list goes on and on

but I kept reading hoping this may be a small mistake and she will do better: but

Page-3
when people doubted Muhammad's role as
prophet, the Quran instructs him: "Say, `O People, indeed I am a
clear warner to you. Those who believe and do good works, for
them is forgiveness and generous blessing' " (55:49-50).
WRONG: (55:49-50) is:
Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny? (49) Wherein are two fountains flowing. (50)

Page-3
The Quran also offers advice to Muhammad. When people accused
him of being a mere poet or even a fortune-teller, the Quran says,
"Do they say that you have forged [the Quran]? Say, `If I have
forged it, my crimes are my own; but I am innocent of what you
do' " (11:36).
WRONG: (11:36) is:
And it was inspired in Noah, (saying): No-one of thy folk will believe save him who hath believed already. Be not distressed because of what they do. (36)

Page-9
I am not a literature expert but following lines look out of context to me - judge for yourself:
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).
Actual context:
All food was lawful unto the Children of Israel, save that which Israel forbade himself, (in days) before the Torah was revealed. Say: Produce the Torah and read it (unto us) if ye are truthful. (3:93)

Then I stopped reading further.