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The complete idiot's guide to understanding Islam
Emerick, Yahiya.
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Indianapolis, IN : Alpha, [2002]

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xxiii, 383 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Dispelling the popular myths about Muslims and Islam, this is a beginners' guide to the history and development of Islam and the Muslim faith.
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Includes index.
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BP161.2 .E47 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BP161.2 .E47 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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Explains the history, doctrines, and beliefs of the Islamic faith; outlines the life and philophies of Muhammad; describes Islamic contributions to the arts and sciences; and describes its rituals, prayers, and holidays.

Author Notes

Yahiya Emerick is an American convert to Islam who has been involved in interfaith issues and education since 1990. He has a graduate degree in history, has authored 14 books for adults and children, and has been published in many magazines, including the Journal for Religion and Education.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introducing Islamp. 1
1 Why Has Islam Become So Important?p. 3
The Muslims Are Coming!p. 4
Why Didn't I Learn More About Islam in School?p. 5
Muslims, Muslims Everywhere!p. 7
Is There Really a Clash of Civilizations?p. 12
Bridging the Next Gapp. 13
2 Food for the Soulp. 17
The Core Beliefs of Islamp. 18
We All Have the Same Godp. 18
The Universe Is Muslim!p. 20
Aladdin Rubbed the Wrong Lampp. 21
Touched by an Angelp. 22
Accepting the Burdenp. 22
Soul Soupp. 24
3 Looking at Life the Islamic Wayp. 27
The Three-Fold Journeyp. 28
Sin and Redemptionp. 30
The Last Paydayp. 33
4 All About Allahp. 37
God and Hollywoodp. 38
There Is Only One Godp. 39
Islam on Godp. 40
Pagan Arab Beliefs Before the Coming of Islamp. 41
Do Muslims Believe in Original Sin?p. 43
How Close Is Close?p. 44
Allah Has Many Namesp. 45
Part 2 The Spiritual World in Islamp. 47
5 The Four Stages of Life in Islamp. 49
Four Lives for Each Lifep. 50
Life in the Wombp. 50
Life in the Worldp. 54
Careful! You're Being Watchedp. 55
Life in the Gravep. 58
6 Islam on Heaven and Hellp. 63
Why Have a Judgment Day?p. 64
Use Your Time Wiselyp. 70
No Dancing with the Devil Here!p. 72
Why Does God Punish?p. 74
7 In the Beginning ... An Islamic Perspectivep. 75
The Creation of the Universep. 76
Islam and Evolutionp. 79
Adam and Eve: A New Perspectivep. 81
8 The Measurement of Lifep. 89
Destiny, Fate, or Free Will--Which Is It?p. 90
It's Not Written in the Starsp. 90
What You Can and Can't Dop. 93
9 From Adam to Armageddonp. 99
No Tower of Babel Herep. 100
The Rise of the Prophetsp. 101
The End Is Near!p. 104
The Last Dayp. 109
Part 3 The Five Pillars of Islamp. 111
10 Declaring Faith in Islamp. 113
Introducing the Five Pillars of Islamp. 114
The Shahadahp. 115
And Muhammad Is His Prophetp. 119
11 Understanding Muslim Prayersp. 123
Supplication Versus Prayerp. 124
The Muslim Call to Prayerp. 128
Humble Piep. 131
The Prayer Describedp. 133
Remembrance of Godp. 136
12 Elevating the Soulp. 139
The Burden of Wealthp. 140
The Fast of Ramadanp. 145
Welcoming Ramadanp. 146
The Month of Trainingp. 148
13 Gathering in Meccap. 151
Introducing the Hajj Ritualp. 152
The Rituals of Hajjp. 157
14 Uncovering the Real Story About Jihadp. 165
What Is Jihad?p. 166
Social Activism in Islamp. 167
The Myth of the Holy Warp. 169
Islam on Warp. 171
What Makes a Terrorist?p. 172
Part 4 Islam and Other Religionsp. 177
15 It's All in the Prophetsp. 179
All Prophets Are Brothersp. 180
Will the Real Prophet Please Stand Upp. 181
Introducing the Prophets in Islamp. 183
Looking at the Characteristics of the Prophetsp. 185
The Books of Godp. 188
16 Jews in Islamp. 191
The People of the Bookp. 192
Judaism and Islamp. 192
The Qur'an on Judaismp. 196
The Only Muslim-Jewish Warp. 197
Jews in the Muslim Empirep. 199
17 Christianity and Islamp. 201
Setting the Stagep. 202
Muhammad and the Monkp. 202
An Interesting Proposalp. 203
Christianity and Jesus in the Qur'anp. 205
Original Sin and All Thatp. 207
Interfaith Dialoguep. 209
Part 5 Regulating Life Within the Laws of Islamp. 215
18 Exploring the Sources of Islamp. 217
A Closer Look at the Qur'anp. 218
The Teachings of the Prophetp. 225
The Companions of the Prophetp. 228
The 'Ulema: Scholars of the Faithp. 229
19 Living Islamp. 233
Islam and the Familyp. 234
Welcome to My Mosquep. 236
Ceremonies for Lifep. 240
Islamic Holidaysp. 243
Halal and Haram: What Can a Muslim Do?p. 244
20 Looking at Women in Islamp. 249
Does Islam Teach Inequality?p. 250
Myths About Muslim Womenp. 254
Women's Rights in Islamp. 258
Divorce in Islamp. 261
Islam and the Dress Codep. 263
Part 6 The History of Islamp. 267
21 Muhammad in Meccap. 269
Arabia: The Birthplace of Islamp. 269
Meet Muhammad's Parentsp. 270
A Prophet Is Chosenp. 272
Muhammad's Night Journey and Ascensionp. 274
The Great Escape!p. 276
22 The Victory of Islamp. 279
The First Islamic Statep. 280
The Desperate Timesp. 280
The Conquest of Meccap. 283
Confronting the Superpowersp. 284
Taking Another Look at Muhammad's Marriagesp. 285
The Passing of a Prophetp. 286
23 The Rightly Guided Successorsp. 287
Islam on Governmentp. 288
The Caliphate of Abu Bakr As-Sadeeqp. 289
Umar ibn al Khattab and Persia's Defeatp. 290
Uthman ibn Affan and the Great Conspiracyp. 291
Ali ibn Abi Talibp. 292
24 Islamic Civilization: The Dynastic Periodp. 297
The Umayyadsp. 298
The Abbasids and the Mongol Invasionsp. 300
The Golden Age of Islamic Civilizationp. 300
The Beginnings of Rival Muslim Statesp. 303
The Crusadesp. 306
25 Islam in Americap. 309
The Forgotten Religion of African Americansp. 310
The Rise of African American Islamp. 312
Muslim Immigrants and the American Dreamp. 315
Caucasian Converts to Islamp. 316
Hispanic Muslimsp. 316
Muslim Organizations in North Americap. 317
Part 7 The Legacy of Islamp. 319
26 Discover the Influences of Islamp. 321
Charting the Muslim Influence on Europep. 322
Illuminating the Science Hall of Famep. 324
Speaking in a Familiar Tonguep. 326
Uncovering the Unique Features of Islamic Civilizationp. 327
27 Meet the Islamic Sectarian Movementsp. 331
Sectarianism and Islamp. 332
A Quick Look at Early Sectsp. 332
The Sunnis and Shi'asp. 334
The Sufi Pathp. 337
28 Islam in World Affairs Todayp. 343
The Death and Rebirth of Islamp. 344
What Do Muslims Want?p. 346
The Establishment of Israelp. 348
The Iranian Revolutionp. 350
The Satanic Versesp. 351
Islam, the Next Chapterp. 352
A The Islamic Calendarp. 355
B Common Prophets in the Qur'anp. 357
C Further Readingp. 359
D Glossaryp. 365
Indexp. 373