A Concise Introduction

Book - 2001
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The world's premier authority on religious traditions presents a concise and timely guide to the history, teachings, and practice of Islam.

Drawn from his masterful presentation of Islam in the bestselling book The World's Religions (over two million copies sold), Huston Smith offers a revealing look into the heart of a tradition with more than one billion adherents worldwide. Dispelling narrow and distorted notions about the nature of Islam and featuring a new introduction by the author, this book compellingly conveys the profound appeal of Islam, while addressing such timely issues as the true meaning of jihad, the role of women in Islamic societies, and the remarkable growth of Islam in America.

Publisher: [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, c2001.
ISBN: 9780060095574
Characteristics: xii, 100 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jan 25, 2016

This book reads like Huston Smith was taken hostage by Muslims and he wrote it while under the influence of Stockholm Syndrome. He makes only a couple passing references to Muhammad's multiple wives and no mention at all of Aisha, who married him when she was six (though the marriage was mercifully not consummated until she was nine.) The only mention of death by stoning being the punishment for adultery is in rebuttal to a supposed Western stereotype that Islam causes licentiousness. When he covers the rule that daughters inherit half of what their brothers inherit, it "seems just, in view of the fact that unlike sons, daughters would not assume financial responsibility for their households." Take that, feminists!

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