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- 22 Feb 2007
- Dunedin Academic Press
- 122 pages - 216 x 138mm
- Understanding Faith
Islam can be one of the most misunderstood religions. For some people, it is a religion of war, whilst for the others it is a religion of peace; as the literal translation of Islam into English indicates. So there is a great need for an academic and sympathetic understanding of Islam. The author introduces Islam in its many dimensions covering the main historical, theological, practical, ethical, spiritual, social, and global themes. The bed-rock of Islam is the unity of God based on the Qur'anic revelation. But on this foundation a wide diversity of approaches and understandings have been built, ranging from the theological, philosophical, and Sufistic to the fundamentalist, traditionalist, modernist and post-modernist of recent times. In this book, however, Islam is presented from a mainstream and moderate perspective.
Preface. 1. Historical Dimension: First Manifestations and Later Developments; 2. Theological Dimension: Faith and Its Articles; 3. Practical Dimension: The Five Pillars of Islam; 4. Ethical Dimension: Moral Values and Virtues; 5. Spiritual Dimension: Religious Experience and Sufi Spirituality; 6. Contemporary Dimension: Modern and Postmodern Issues. Bibliography. Glossary. Index.
Professor Cafer S Yaran is Vice-Dean of the Philosophy Department of the University of Istanbul