xvi, 298 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
9780827608641 alkaline paper 0827608640 alkaline paper
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-272) and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note
A survey of Islamic history Why an introduction to Islam specifically for Jews? Arabs and Israelites Pre-Islamic origins The emergence of Islam Muhammad and the Jews of Medina The death of the prophet and the expansion of the community The conquests The caliphal dynasties The decline of the Muslim world God, the Qur'an, and Islamic law God The five doctrines or "pillars of faith" The evolution of a formal theology The Qur'an The interpretive tradition The prophetic record Islamic law The workings of shari'a The umma: Islam in practice The umma and the caliphate The five pillars of Islam A sixth pillar? Jihad The range of practice among Muslims Sufism The shi'a Mosque and clergy The calendar The Muslim life-cycle Personal observance.