Author : Ram Swarup
Category : Hadith
Publisher :
ISBN : STANFORD:36105111760091
Type book : PDF & Epub
Page book : 278

Noted Indian writer and polymath Ram Swarup explores the meaning of Islam through the words of the Sahih Muslim, considered by Muslims to be one of the most authoritative of the collections of "traditions" (Arabic Hadith) about the life of the Prophet Muhammad. Like the Koran, these traditions are believed to be divinely revealed by Allah and they complement the verses of the Koran, in many cases expanding upon them and explaining the context of their revelation. As Swarup notes in his introduction, to Muslims the Hadith literature represents the Koran in action, stories of "revelation made concrete in the life of the Prophet." Among the orthodox they are considered as sacred as the Koran itself. Swarup is plainly skeptical of the claim that the Hadith literature is divinely inspired. In the introduction he says, "The Prophet is caught as it were in the ordinary acts of his life - sleeping, eating, mating, praying, hating, dispensing justice, planning expeditions and revenge against his enemies. The picture that emerges is hardly flattering. . . . One is . . . left to wonder how the believers, generation after generation, could have found this story so inspiring. The answer is that the believers are conditioned to look at the whole thing through the eyes of faith. To them morality derives from the Prophet's actions. . . .his actions determine and define morality." The Sahih Muslim, a massive work consisting of 7,190 traditions divided into 1,243 chapters, is hardly accessible to the average reader; so Swarup quotes representative selections that touch upon the main tenets of Islam: faith, purification, prayer, fasting, pilgrimage, marriage and divorce, crime and punishment, religious wars (jihad), paradise, hell, repentance, and many other features of the religion. To non-Muslims this work provides many insights into the mindset of the average Muslim who is raised on these traditions about Muhammad. It also underscores the gulf that exists between the sanctum of orthodox Islam and an increasingly secularized Westernized world.

Author : Mustafa Akram Ali Shah
Category : Hadith
Publisher :
ISBN : STANFORD:36105215133005
Type book : PDF & Epub
Page book : 528

"The Prophetic traditions of Islam, which are commonly referred to as the hadiths (literally: 'reports'), preserve the sum and substance of the utterances, deeds, directives, and descriptive anecdotes connected with the life of the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions. Together with the Qur'an, the hadiths provide the religion of Islam with its principal scriptural sources. The collection features an accessible and informative introduction which presents an outline of the significance of the hadiths within the religious tradition while also reviewing classical scholarship devoted to the literature of the traditions; moreover, the introduction decisively sets into context the academic debates and arguments which are fleshed out in the articles selected. It also charts developments in the academic study of hadiths, summing up the current state of the field and features a detailed bibliography listing primary classical sources germane to the field of Prophetic traditions together with recent research monographs and articles devoted to the subject. This Major Work provides an authoritative collection of the seminal research articles produced by western academic scholarship on the subject of the hadith over the past century, including recent papers on the subject. In bringing together the finest examples of scholarship devoted to the hadith and the classical literature that surrounds it, these volumes provide an indispensable reference resource for academics, research institutions, governmental organizations, and those with a general interest in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, Arabic Cultural Studies, and Middle East History." -- Publisher description.

Author : Israr Hasan
Category : Religion
Publisher : iUniverse
ISBN : 1462083021
Type book : PDF & Epub
Page book : 232

This is not a book of history; it does not claim to cover every aspect of Islam religion. It confines itself to the search for the true mission of Islam and how that mission has been hijacked in the struggle of faith and power. This is the story of contest between religion and politics where politics was made a sacrament and religion abused. In describing this aspect, the historical part naturally cannot be ignored. This is not a book of religion either. Since religionand politics overlap each other in this study, theology and jurisprudence have their interplay also. The conflict within Islam for the soul of Islam continues. Will the struggle be resolved in the present and the foreseeable future? Or will it make life more difficult for the faithful? This book attempts to find the answers.

Author : Jonathan Fine
Category : Political Science
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN : 9781442247567
Type book : PDF & Epub
Page book : 275

Religious political violence is by no means a new phenomenon, yet there are critical differences between the various historical instances of such violence and its more current permutations. Since the mid-1970s, religious fundamentalist movements have been seeking to influence world order by participating in local political systems. For example, Islamic fundamentalism is at the heart of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the Christian fundamental right wing has seen a resurgence in Europe, and Jewish fundamentalism is behind the actions of Meir Kahane’s Kach movement and the settler movement. The shift in recent years from secular to religious political violence necessitates a reevaluation of contemporary political violence and of the concept of religious violence. This text analyzes the evolution of religious political violence, in both historical and contemporary perspectives. Since religious political violent events are usually associated with the term “terrorism,” the book first analyzes the origins of this controversial term and its religious manifestations. It then outlines and highlights the differences between secular and religious political violence, on ideological, strategic, and tactical levels before comparing the concept of Holy War in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Lastly, it shows how modern radical monotheistic religious groups interpret and manipulate their religious sources and ideas to advocate their political agendas, including the practice of violence. A unique comparative study of religious political violence across Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, this text features many international case studies from the Crusades to the Arab Spring.

Author : Ibtissam Bouachrine
Category : Social Science
Publisher : Lexington Books
ISBN : 9780739179079
Type book : PDF & Epub
Page book : 162

Ibtissam Bouachrine's Women and Islam: Myths, Apologies, and the Limits of Feminist Critique calls for a shift away from the unproductive paradigm of “us” vs. the West that has informed discourse on Muslim women and feminism in the post-9/11 era. Bouachrine challenges and calls for further challenge to the long-celebrated myths and ideologies that have circulated in academic and non-academic circles about Muslim women and the role of feminism, both within and outside the Muslim world.

Author : Steven Colborne
Category : Philosophy
Publisher : Tealight Books
ISBN : 9781739679309
Type book : PDF & Epub
Page book : 142

Christianity, Islam, and the One True God is an enlightening work of interfaith theology by philosopher and author Steven Colborne. Every person of faith wants to have peace with God. But how can we be sure that our chosen religion, rather than the religion of millions of others, is the right way? This is why interfaith dialogue is a critically important subject and why Steven Colborne was motivated to write this full-length book comparing and contrasting the religions of Christianity and Islam. Colborne is best known as a prolific writer in the philosophical theology genre. As well as having authored more than fifteen books, Colborne also runs the popular and award-winning Perfect Chaos philosophy blog. Colborne has been posting regularly on the blog for over 10 years, and his articles on the blog exploring interfaith matters, written between 2020 and 2022, form the basis of the 40 chapters that comprise Christianity, Islam, and the One True God. Some of the key themes of the book include the following: - The nature and attributes of God - The Bible and the Qur’an - The person and nature of Jesus Christ - The concept of the Trinity - New Testament textual criticism - The hadith literature in Islam - The alleged crucifixion of Jesus Christ - Religious conflict - The day of judgement - Divine justice …as well as philosophical reflections on many other related subjects. Despite the fact that Judaism isn’t mentioned in the book’s title, many of the articles that comprise the book are relevant to Jewish theology. The book will appeal to adherents of all three of the major Abrahamic religions, as well as to people from any other faith background. Colborne’s provocative 2019 book titled God’s Grand Game: Divine Sovereignty and the Cosmic Playground has been read many thousands of times and served to establish Colborne as a leading thinker in the field of contemporary philosophical theology. Christianity, Islam, and the One True God builds upon the deeply insightful and original philosophical perspective presented in God’s Grand Game, but it is also a standalone work of profound importance. In an age of widespread scepticism concerning matters of faith, Steven Colborne has produced a groundbreaking book, written in clear and accessible language, that will provoke readers to think deeply and differently about interfaith dialogue and all the fundamental questions surrounding our existence. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in philosophy, religion, or spirituality.

Author : Colin Turner
Category : Religion
Publisher : Routledge
ISBN : 9781136809637
Type book : PDF & Epub
Page book : 273

Now in its second edition, Islam: The Basics provides an introduction to the Islamic faith, examining the doctrines of the religion, the practises of Muslims and the history and significance of Islam in modern contexts. Key topics covered include:the Qur'an and its teachings the life of the Prophet Muhammad gender, women and Islam Sufism and Shi'ism Islam and the western world non-Muslim approaches to Islam.With updated further reading, illustrative maps and an expanded chronology of turning points in the Islami.

Author : John Pickard
Category : Religion
Publisher : Pen and Sword History
ISBN : 9781399006774
Type book : PDF & Epub
Page book : 702

There has never been a more important time for a study of the social, economic and political origins of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, three important world religions which share a common root. This book takes as its starting point the idea that gods, angels, miracles and other supernatural phenomena do not exist in the real world and therefore cannot explain the origins of these faiths. It looks instead at the material conditions at appropriate periods in antiquity and the social and economic forces at work, and it examines the historicity of key figures like Moses, Jesus and Mohammed. This is a unique book which draws on the research, knowledge and expertise of hundreds of historians, archaeologists and scholars, to create a synthesis that is completely coherent and at the same time is based on real-world social conditions. It is a book by a non-believer for other non-believers, and it will be a revelatory read, even to those already of an atheist, agnostic or secularist persuasion.

Author : Ziauddin Sardar
Category : Religion
Publisher : Biteback Publishing
ISBN : 9781785900082
Type book : PDF & Epub
Page book : 109

Islam has been corrupted. A virulent strain of the religion manifests itself in bloodthirsty mutations such as Boko Haram in Nigeria and the terrifying spectre of ISIS. But behind the atrocities and turmoil lie many different versions and visions of Islam, each struggling to survive in a rapidly changing world. Ziauddin Sardar, with inimitable wit and intelligence, chronicles the diversity and richness of Islam and, in doing so, answers a host of frequently asked questions: Is Islam inherently violent and misogynistic? Why do young men and women choose to join the jihadi caliphate? What part should Muhammad's teachings play in our own times? Islam Beyond the Violent Jihadis argues for a pluralistic and reflective religion with a distinguished past - but one that appears to have been wrenched from its noble origins by rigid fundamentalism. In examining how we have nourished the rise of Islamic jihadi groups, Sardar urges us all to work together to preserve the sanity of our world.

Author : Christine Douglass-Williams
Category : Political Science
Publisher : Encounter Books
ISBN : 9781641770217
Type book : PDF & Epub
Page book : 312

The entire foreign policy and much of the domestic policy of the United States and other Western governments is based on the proposition that the vast majority of Muslims are moderate and peaceful, including those who are emigrating in large numbers to Europe and North America. But as Islamist groups and many mosques radicalize peaceful Muslims and appeal to the teachings of the Koran, Hadith, and Sunnah, it is imperative for moderates and reformists to articulate a vision of Islam and an exegesis of Islamic texts that can withstand the challenge of Islamists and the ulema who have declared the sanctity and immutability of the text. Instead, they must reestablish a firm foundation of Islam that is modernized, genuinely peaceful, tolerant, pluralistic, and compatible with secular governance, the freedom of speech, human rights, and equality. The Challenge of Modernizing Islam is the first major effort to provide that foundation. Veteran journalist Christine Douglass-Williams interviews foremost moderate and reformist Muslims in the Western world. She asks them tough questions about how they deal with problematic Koran passages, how they intend to get their message across to the Muslim world, and more. Their answers are revelatory, even in the ways in which they disagree with one another. Douglass-Williams has captured the Islamic Reformist movement in its full intellectual ferment, laying bare the tensions and triumphs of the Reformers. In the book's second half, she adds a crucial series of searingly honest and illuminating reflections on the challenges the reformers face, the chances they have of succeeding, and the implications of their struggle for the future of the Western world and of all free people. Illuminating, engaging, and thought-provoking, The Challenge of Modernizing Islam is an essential text for understanding the future of the United States and the West, and the implications of Muslim moderates' struggle for the free world.