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Essential Islam A Comprehensive Guide to Belief and Practice by Diane Morgan

Essential Islam A Comprehensive Guide to Belief and Practice


Essential Islam A Comprehensive Guide to Belief and Practice by Diane Morgan

An introductory guide to the important elements of the world's largest religion, including the Quran, the Pillars of Faith, and the life of Muhammad, as well as Islamic history, customs and rituals, and contributions to world culture. * Introductory section provides extensive background and context * Frequent subheads maximize organization and ease of reading * Provides a helpful bibliography referencing print and online sources for further reading


Especially recommended for non-specialist general readers wanting a solid overview of one of the world's most prominent religions in general, as well as western students of Islam in particular, Essential Islam is a superbly presented history from inception of Islam under the prophet Mohammad, and through its various factions and evolutions down to the present day... Essential Islam is especially appropriate and recommended for both academic and community library Islamic Studies reference collections. - Midwest Book Review Morgan (religion and philosophy, Wilson College) provides a beginner's guide to Islam, describing the core elements of the faith and Islamic practice, its historical development, Muhammad, Islamic law and cultural practices, different sects, its relationship to other religions, and beliefs about God, history, warfare, marriage, women, education, crime, and the afterlife. - Reference & Research Book News

About the Author

Diane Morgan is adjunct professor of religion and philosophy at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. She has published nearly 40 books, including Praeger's Snakes in Myth, Magic and History: The Story of a Human Obsession, Fire and Blood: Rubies in Myth, Magic, and History, and From Satan's Crown to the Holy Grail: Emeralds in Myth, Magic and History.

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Publication date

1st November 2009


Diane Morgan

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Greenwood Press an imprint of ABC-CLIO


263 pages


Islamic worship, rites & ceremonies
History of religion



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