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How to understand Islam
Jomier, Jacques.
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Uniform Title:
Pour connaître l'Islam. English
Publication Information:
New York : Crossroad, [1989]

Physical Description:
168 pages ; 23 cm
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Translation of: Pour connaître l'Islam.
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BP161.2 .J713 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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How to Understand Islam looks at Muslim religious experience as it rises out of practices required by the law or followed out of devotion. The book examines Muslim belief, religious observance, ethics, and mystical literature. It also outlines the history of Islam from its first appearance.

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Booklist Review

These four volumes are evidence of the rapidly growing influence and importance of Islam and of Muslim peoples in the world today. Bassiouni writes as a Muslim practitioner; Jomier is a Dominican with a long experience of Islam. Their two studies begin with historical overviews of the origins and development of Islam, then turn to discussions of the fundamental precepts of the religion. Each text outlines the various schools of Islamic thought, Islamic social life, and Islamic civilization in the modern world. Bassiouni's introduction is considerably shorter than Jomier's, but it is quite well illustrated, with the Arabic texts (and the author's translations) of significant Qur'anic texts included. Jomier devotes four chapters to a significant topic not at all addressed in Bassiouni's work: the relationship of Islam to Christianity. These four chapters discuss the Islamic view of Christianity, Muslim-Christian relations, the identity of Muhammad, and Muslim apologetics. Jomier is indexed. Mallon's volume provides a sampling of Muslim life in North America via interviews with nine Muslim women and men of different ages and ethnic and educational backgrounds. The aim here is to introduce Christians not only to Islam as a religion, but to Muslims as people with whom the non-Muslim can be at home. Speight's book is a brief introduction to the beliefs and practices of Islam, written by a Christian and designed for Christian readers. Thus, focus shifts between two points: Islamic life and beliefs, and Christian-Muslim relations. The last two chapters--"When Christians and Muslims Meet" and "Our Common Situation as Muslims and Christians"--are especially helpful for understanding the similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam. Glossary. Each of these titles has its own strengths; libraries can't go wrong with any of them. Buy as need and budget might allow. --Sheila ~McGinn-Moorer

Library Journal Review

Written from a Catholic vantage point and in a popular vein, Jomier's work serves as a basic text on the religious aspects of the emergence and expansion of the Islamic empire, Islamic dogma, and laws and practices of Islamic society. As a basic introduction the text is adequate, yet a clear understanding of Muslim thought and culture cannot be attained solely through this brief presentation of facts, which are unquestionably from a Western perspective with commentary and references to Christian thought throughout. Of possible interest to high school students with Christian affiliations and others wishing a quick introduction to a vast and complex subject.-- Paula I. Nielson, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, Ut. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.