Islam by John L. Esposito
The Straight Path

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The world's largest religion, Islam is also one of the fastest growing and most politically potent, yet its nature remains obscure to many westerners despite its common theological and historical roots with Judaism and Christianity. Combining the finest Western scholarship with an insider's understanding of the Muslim world, this book provides a brief, yet comprehensive introduction to the faith, belief, and practice of Islam from the seventh century to the contemporary resurgence. Drawing on his extensive experience traveling, researching, and teaching in the Muslim world, John L. Esposito records the struggle of Muslims to define and follow their way of life through the development of Islamic law, theology, mysticism, and philosophy, bringing his discussion to life with excerpts from a wide range of original sources. Written for a broad audience, Islam: The Straight Path addresses the powerful and pervasive role of Islam in modern Muslim life and the issues that Islam faces, avoiding simplified political generalizations about the contemporary scene. Completely up-to-date, this book is indispensable to understanding the Islamic world during this turbulent and important period in its history.
 

About John L. Esposito

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JOHN L. ESPOSITO is Professor of Religion and International Affairs and Professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, where he is also Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. His publications include The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality, Islam and Politics, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World and The Oxford History of Islam.
 
Published October 6, 1988 by Oxford University Press. 240 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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The Independent

'In recent years,' Esposito writes, 'most Islamic movements have moved toward a populist, participatory, pluralistic political stance, championing democratisation, human rights, and economic reform.' Esposito is undoubtedly correct in arguing that Western attitudes to the movement of Islamic refo...

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Christian Science Monitor

In Saudi Arabia, Muslim leaders have developed a seven-year initiative to make the holy city of Medina a model green city that would pave the way for future goals, including planning a more environmentally-friendly Hajj pilgrimage and integrating eco-awareness into Islamic education.

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Huffington Post

So whether America befriends Muslim dictators, twists their arms, or removes them by military force, choices that cover almost all available options for US foreign policy, Muslims would still think unfavorably of the United States.

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ForeWord Reviews

For example, a significantly higher percentage of politically radicalized Muslim respondents (as contrasted with politically moderate Muslims) agreed that “moving toward greater governmental democracy” would foster progress in the Islamic world—not the view of Muslim extremists portrayed in the m...

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Project MUSE

John Esposito's Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam is different from other recent books because it was written by a scholar, an expert on the subject who has several previous books on Islam to his credit.

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India Today

He picks up a question that has been asked before and will continue to gain momentum: what (or who?) has prevented democracy in the Islamic world when the political ideology of Islam rests on consultation and accountability?.

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Boston Review

At the same time, Islamic scholars and religious leaders across the Muslim world—such as the Islamic Research Council at al-Azhar University, regarded by many as the highest moral authority in Islam—have made strong, authoritative declarations against b...

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International Socialist Review

Islam, political Islam, and secularism An argument that has become almost commonsensical today is that the parties of political Islam are a natural outgrowth of Muslim societies.

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The study of political Islam, already plagued by sensationalism, becomes especially contentious when the question is whether Islamist movements in predominantly Muslim societies help or hinder political democratization.

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