Author: Grieve, Paul
Brand: Robinson Publishing
Edition: First THUS
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Number Of Pages: 448
Release Date: 02-03-2006
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Exploring the beliefs, history and politics of the ordinary people of Muslim countries, Grieve cuts through the complexities as he examines all aspects of Islam. He also addresses the big issues: can Islam support true democracy? Is true democracy what the West really wants for Muslim countries or are we merely seeking a cover of legitimacy for a policy of 'might is right'?
Paul Grieve is an unbeliever - he is not a born-again Muslim, a proselytizer or a frustrated desert romantic. His aim is to inform. The result is an accessible but never simplistic guide that challengesstereotypical views, from women and banking to war and Malcolm X.
Complete with advice for visitors to Muslim countries, and with carefully chosen primary sources, maps and illustrations, this is the ideal summary for the reader looking for an unbiased overview of the religious and political world issues that have become part of our everyday lives.
A sympathetic and sensitive treatment of a difficult subject: exploratory as well as explanatory; well-informed, confidently narrated and well-written. (David Gardner, Middle East Correspondent
The most comprehensive general guide to Islam available.
From the Back Cover
Differences and conflicts make for sensational headlines, but this Brief Guide to Islam starts with the similarities between the major Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Only then can the differences be understood.
By exploring the beliefs, history and politics of the ordinary people of Muslim countries, Paul Grieve offers a fully comprehensive survey that combines authoritative analysis with carefully chosen primary sources, lists, storytelling and illustrations. The result is user-friendly book that challenges cliché and stereotype in areas such as art, women, banking, war, Malcolm X, literature and the dos and don'ts of visiting a Muslim country. It also exposes the big issues behind the headlines: can Islam support true democracy? Is true democracy what the West really wants for the Middle East? Or are we merely seeking a cover of legitimacy for a policy of 'might is right'?
Paul Grieve is an unbeliever, he is not a born-again Muslim, a proselytizer or a frustrated desert romantic. His aim is simple: to inform. This is the ideal summary for the reader looking for a broad overview of the political and religious contentions that have been forced into our everyday lives.
'A sympathetic and sensitive treatment of a difficult subject; exploratory as well as explanatory; well-informed, confidently narrated, and well-written with an enviable gift for sure and incisive summary. I particularly admire the way it relates Muslim tradition to Christian and Judaic tradition.' David Gardner, Middle East Correspondent, Financial Times
About the Author
While writing his critically successful novel Upon a Wheel on Fire, set against the organs of WWII, Paul Grieve became interested in the same events in the eastern Mediterranean, and particularly in the end of the Ottoman Empire and origins of the State of Israel. In order to understand the resulting conflicts in the present, Grieve decided to study Islam. After two years at the Mosquée de Paris he spent a further three years in the Middle East studying Islamic history, jurisprudence, politics and Arabic, with experts at Cairo University and the American University. The result is this book and a second novel. Grieve now lives in London.
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