Russia occupies a unique position in the Muslim world. Unlike any other non-Islamic state, it has ruled Muslim populations for over five hundred years. Though Russia today is plagued by its unrelenting war in Chechnya, Russia's approach toward Islam once yielded stability. In stark contrast to the popular "clash of civilizations" theory that sees Islam inevitably in conflict with the West, Robert D. Crews reveals the remarkable ways in which Russia constructed an empire with broad Muslim support. In the eighteenth century, Catherine the Great inaugurated a policy of religious toleration that made Islam an essential pillar of Orthodox Russia. For ensuing generations, tsars and their police forces supported official Muslim authorities willing to submit to imperial directions in exchange for defense against brands of Islam they deemed heretical and destabilizing. As a result, Russian officials assumed the powerful but often awkward role of arbitrator in disputes between...
Islam is both a monotheistic religion and a holistic one - its system of inter-related beliefs is linked to the observance of ritual practices. In addition to bringing its adherents closer to Allah, Islam also promotes secular responsibilities toward the environment and fellow human beings, whether believers or non-believers. The 25 essays assembled here - the majority from conference proceedings or regional magazines, sources not readily accessible to potential readers - are meant to give readers a more complete perspective on Islam. The pieces discuss topics like Islam's advocacy of social justice and human dignity and the key traits and contributions of its most prominent historical leaders. Divided into sections like Insights from the Holy Qur'an, Religious Observances, and Civic Society, Perspectives on Islamic Faith and History is perfect for anyone hoping to gain a deeper understanding of Islam.
Muslims who explore sources of morality other than Islam are threatened with death, and Muslim women who escape the virgins' cage are branded whores. So asserts Ayaan Hirsi Ali's profound meditation on Islam and the role of women, the rights of the individual, the roots of fanaticism, and Western policies toward Islamic countries and immigrant communities. Hard-hitting, outspoken, and controversial, "The Caged Virgin" is a call to arms for the emancipation of women from a brutal religious and cultural oppression and from an outdated cult of virginity. It is a defiant call for clear thinking and for an Islamic Enlightenment. But it is also the courageous story of how Hirsi Ali herself fought back against everyone who tried to force her to submit to a traditional Muslim woman's life and how she became a voice of reform. Born in Somalia and raised Muslim, but outraged by her religion's hostility toward women, Hirsi Ali escaped an arranged marriage to a distant relative and fled to...
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 Religions Significance of Islam