By Amyn B. Sajoo
What precisely is the Qur'an? How does this striking rfile -- actually ""recitation"" -- relate to the lifestyles and instances of the Prophet Muhammad? And why did the faith of the Prophet, which got here to be known as ""Islam"" (or submission to God's will), on the heart of which lies the Qur'an, supply start to a legacy so richly diversified in religion, legislation and civilization? This immaculately researched, yet whilst completely obtainable, e-book bargains a trip into the total diversity of expertise -- previous and current, secular and sacred -- of the peoples and cultures that percentage in Islamic culture. the quantity examines a wide variety of subject matters and subject matters. Poets, towns and the structure of mosques are as a lot part of its exploration because the position of technology in trust, methods of studying scripture, the connection of girls to the religion and the emergence of a ""digital community"" of believers. within the aftermath of 9-11, the so-called ""war on terror"" and a brand new international geopolitics outlined by way of response and reaction to the perils of fundamentalism and extremism, it truly is significant to appreciate -- throughout all its frontiers -- what Islam is ready and what Muslims believe. A better half to the Muslim World contains an enticing and coherent try via distinctive students to contibute in the direction of that very important strategy of comprehension.
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An inquiry that attends to civilisations and cultures tells us what Islam has actually meant in history, in its plural interpretations and realities, and what that heritage means today. This Companion sets out to capture some of the vital elements in that picture, always putting them in their social as well as moral context. The broad picture of the Muslim world is not, of course, something that can be conveyed and discussed in every detail, even by a volume several times the size of this one. The challenge for us is to leave the IBT021 - A Companion to the Mulism World 10/6/09 Introduction 16:41 Page 13 13 reader with a sense of the fullness, diversity and energy of the experience of Islam in the world, in a language and style that is accessible.
Tahtawi evokes the image of the Prophet as a model seeker of wisdom earthly and divine, 10 From his account of 1834, quoted in Roxanne L. Euben, Journeys to the Other Shore: Muslim and Western Travellers in Search of Knowledge (Princeton, 2006), p. 101. IBT021 - A Companion to the Mulism World 10/6/09 16:41 Page 11 Introduction 11 coupled with his own love of homeland (watan), as a moral base from which to engage with the Other. For Qutb, fear leads to a rejection of all voices outside his own ‘authentic’ vision as corrupt, including other Muslim voices.
Practices of veiling and worship are related intimately to custom and circumstance – which have a continuity with earlier religious and cultural traditions. What is distinctive here is that far from proclaiming their uniqueness, Islam and its Prophet are adamant about not inventing new truths but affirming timeless ones in a fresh setting. The Quran itself asserts that all revealed scriptures come from a single source, IBT021 - A Companion to the Mulism World 14 10/6/09 16:41 Page 14 A Companion to the Muslim World the Umm al-Kitab or ‘Mother of Books’ (13:39).