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Title:
Demystifying Islam : tackling the tough questions
Author:
Zafar, Harris, 1979-
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Publication Information:
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefied, [2014]
Physical Description:
xiii, 204 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
Despite heightened interest in the study of the Muslim faith, for many people Islam remains shrouded in mystery and confusion. What really is Shariah law? How is a Muslim to understand Jihad? Does Islam oppose Western values such as free speech or freedom of religion? What place do women have according to Islam? Understanding that this confusion has as much to do with the behavior and words of Muslims as it does with allegations made by anti-Islam activists, Demystifying Islam offers refreshingly bold answers to provocative questions about Islam today. Author Harris Zafar -- lecturer, writer, teacher and national spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA -- is forthright about issues where Muslims disagree, and he digs into history through vast research and scholarship to track the origins of differing beliefs. From the burqa to the role of Jesus in Islam, Demystifying Islam is an essential resource and concise guide to understanding the fastest growing religion in the world.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Begin with the basics -- 2. Demystifying the origins of Islam -- 3. Demystifying jihad -- 4. Demystifying shariah -- 5. Demystifying Islam's view of religious freedom -- 6. Demystifying Islam's view of free speech -- 7. Demystifying women's rights in Islam -- 8. Demystifying Islam's view of Jesus Christ -- 9. Demystifying the sects of Islam -- Index.
ISBN:
9781442223271
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Despite heightened interest in the study of the Muslim faith, for many people Islam remains shrouded in mystery and confusion. What really is Shariah law? How is a Muslim to understand Jihad? Does Islam oppose Western values such as free speech or freedom of religion? What place do women have according to Islam? Understanding that this confusion has as much to do with the behavior and words of Muslims as it does with allegations made by anti-Islam activists, Demystifying Islam offers refreshingly bold answers to provocative questions about Islam today. Author Harris Zafar--lecturer, writer, teacher and national spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA--is forthright about issues where Muslims disagree, and he digs into history through vast research and scholarship to track the origins of differing beliefs. From the burqa to the role of Jesus in Islam, Demystifying Islam is an essential resource and concise guide to understanding the fastest growing religion in the world.


Author Notes

Harris Zafar is a public speaker, writer, and national spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA--among the oldest Muslim organizations in America--where he is also the national director of youth outreach. nbsp;He speaks nationwide about Islam, interfaith dialogue, and pluralism, and he teaches courses about Islam's doctrines and history at two colleges. nbsp;Zafar has published articles in USA Today, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, New York Daily News, BeliefNet, Oregonian, and more, and he blogs for The Huffington Post. nbsp;He regularly appears on national media, such as the O'Reilly Factor, to provide commentary on current issues from an Islamic perspective. Follow him at @Harris_Zafar.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In the wake of 9/11, Zafar, a blogger, speaker, and teacher, found himself invited to explain Islam to non-Muslim audiences in a climate of fear and misinformation-at the age of twenty-two. Now a national spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, he addresses common misunderstandings about Islamic faith and culture. Following an introduction to the basics of Islam, Harris covers, chapter by chapter, the major areas of confusion for Westerners, from the realities of shariah law to the relationship between Islam and Christianity. Harris does not remain entirely neutral; he's not afraid to criticize distorted perceptions of Islam from Western pundits and politicians advocating xenophobic agendas, nor Middle Eastern and other political groups and extremist factions for using similar distortions to justify violations of human rights. This book is less of a spiritual introduction than it is a cultural one, and an excellent starting point for people navigating interfaith relationships or working to improve understanding and representation in organizations and public discussion. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. xi
1 Begin with the Basics-Before We Can Demystifyp. 1
2 Demystifying the Origins of Islamp. 19
3 Demystifying Jihadp. 31
4 Demystifying Shariahp. 57
5 Demystifying Islam's View of Religious Freedomp. 81
6 Demystifying Islam's View of Free Speechp. 99
7 Demystifying Women's Rights in Islamp. 115
8 Demystifying Islam's View of Jesus Christp. 141
9 Demystifying the Sects of Islamp. 163
Notesp. 183
Indexp. 201
About the Authorp. 203