Historical Dictionary of Islam

Historical Dictionary of Islam

by Ludwig W. Adamec

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Muslims believe that the Koran is God’s message in Arabic, revealed through the medium of the Prophet Muhammad for the guidance of the Arabs and subsequently for all humanity. There is both unity and variety in the Islamic world. Muslims are not a homogeneous people who can be explained solely by their normative texts: the Koran and the Sunnah. Muslims differ vastly in their interpretation of Islam: modernists want to reinterpret Islam to adapt to the requirements of modern times while traditionalists tend to look to the classical and medieval periods of Islam as their model of the Islamic state.
This third edition of Historical Dictionary of Islam contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries on major sects, schools of theology, and jurisprudence, as well as aspects of Islamic culture. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Islam.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442277236
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/15/2016
Series: Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 656
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Ludwig W. Adamec is professor of Middle Eastern studies at the University of Arizona and has been director of its Near Eastern Center for ten years. He is the author of Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan, The A to Z of Islam, and Historical Dictionary of Afghan Wars, Revolutions, and Insurgencies.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Foreword, by Jon Woronoff
Reader’s Notes
Map of the Islamic World
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Appendix: Estimates of the Muslim Population of the World
Suras of the Koran
Turkic Peoples
About the Author

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