No-Nonsense Guide to Islam

No-Nonsense Guide to Islam

By Merryl Wyn Davies and Zia Sardar



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Even before September 11, 2001, Muslims were often framed by Western media and many non-Muslims as enemies of “freedom” and “progress.” Like other religions, Islam is not without its ongoing tensions and struggles. However, like other religions, there is a depth and richness to the Islamic faith that is too often overlooked because of stereotypes.

This No-Nonsense Guide looks at the complexities of Islam and how its adherents are reconciling their faith with the social realities of the twenty-first century. In so doing, Merryl Wyn Davies and Zia Sardar examine the Qur’an and Islamic law (sharia), how world history has been shaped by Islam, Islam’s rocky relationship with the Western world, and the many challenges within and without Islam.

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The No-Nonsense Guides target those topics that a large army of voters cares about, but that politicos evade.

– The Independent, London, U.K.

The *No-Nonsense Guide to Islam *is a warts-and-all guide to the complex world of Islam. Sardar and Davies show what Islam has achieved; and what it is capable of achieving. They suggest how both Islam and the West can transform themselves to see each other as fully human and capable of laying the foundation for a just world order.

– Dr. Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, Director, The Muslim Institute, London, U.K.

A splendid new series of pocketable guides to issue politics…rigorously clear.

– The Guardian, London, U.K.


Foreword by Ghayasuddin Siddiqui
Chapter 1 Islam: The Qur'an and Sirah
Chapter 2 What is Islam?
Chapter 3 The Rightly Guided Caliphs
Chapter 4 Expansion and Empires
Chapter 5 Civilization and Learning
Chapter 6 Islam and the West
Chapter 7 Reform Movements
Chapter 8 Contemporary Issues
Chapter 9 Beyond the Impasse