Islamic Theological Themes: A Primary Source Reader
Manufacturer: University of California Press
Comprised of primary sources assembled from a broad chronological and geographic spectrum, Islamic Theological Themes is a comprehensive anthology of primary Islamic sacred texts in translation. The volume includes rare and never before translated selections, all freshly situated and introduced with a view to opening doors into the larger world of Islamic life, belief, and culture. From pre-theological material on the scriptural end of the spectrum, to the more practical material at the other, John Renard broadens our concepts of what counts as Islamic theology,” situating Islamic theological literature within the context of the emerging sub-discipline of Relational/Comparative Theology. Divided into five parts, students and scholars will find this collection to be an indispensible tool.
The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation (Reference Edition - Parallel Text)
The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation sheds new and much needed light on the message of the Qur'an; light hitherto impeded by dogma originating entirely outside the Qur'anic narrative, but required by Traditionalist Islam. Traditionalist Islam claims: – That the Qur'an may be understood only by reference to a later literature called the hadith – That, taken together, the Qur'an and the hadith provide the foundation for what is called Islam – That Islam is a religion in the sense of prescribed dogma, rite and custom – That by adhering to Islam one aligns oneself with the guidance contained in the Qur'an – That Islam’s emphasis on a Caliphate under Sharia Law originates in the Qur'an The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation illustrates where and how such claims – as well as others Traditionalist Islam makes – are at unambiguous variance with the Qur'an. The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation employs a systematic method of lexical evaluation, one which accepts the Qur'an’s internal definitions of key words as binding, and derives the meanings of other key terms on the basis of pan-textual comparison and analysis – which values it then enforces with rigid consistency across the entire translated text. The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation also draws the reader’s attention to the substance of the Qur'anic narrative in areas long disregarded by the religion which today claims monopoly rights over it, including: – Muhammad as a fallible man, one whose knowledge of God was limited to the Qur'anic revelation – The Qur'an’s emphasis on piety and good works as desirable irrespective of group affiliation – The absence – contrary to the Traditionalist’s expectations – of an external saviour figure – The existence and features of God’s time-honoured protocol for destroying tyrannical systems – The implication that God’s warranted destruction of evil is contingent upon actions by believers The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation (Reference Edition – Parallel Text) features: – The Qur'anic r...
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Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know, Revised and Expanded Edition
Manufacturer: Fortress Press
Recent events have focused attention on Islam, the often- misunderstood faith of one billion people. Westerners are showing a new curiosity about Islam and other religions, in part, perhaps, because religion is arguably the single most important and volatile factor in geopolitics today. Islam needs to be understood on its own terms, apart from extreme expressions, John Kaltner argues.This revised and expanded edition of a trusted text offers updated information about Islam in an accessible and sympathetic presentation. Kaltner presents Islam as first and foremost a religion of practices. Showing the deep humanism of Islam and its most cherished commitments, Kaltner presents Islam through assertions that counter frequent misconceptions of the faith.