Mark Sedgwick's Islam & Muslims: A Guide to Diverse Experience in a Modern PDF

By Mark Sedgwick

ISBN-10: 1931930163

ISBN-13: 9781931930161

Introduces Western readers to the basics of Islam and to how Muslims practice spiritual teachings to their daily lives. Islam & Muslims addresses every little thing from Islamic perceptions of God to marriage, prayer, and politics. Drawing at the author's event residing, instructing, and learning within the heart East, It breaks down stereotypes, offering contributors in a delicate and independent way.

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The biggest difference between Islam and Christianity is that Islam sees itself as the accurate and final expression of God’s will and plan for humanity, more perfect than Christianity or Judaism. Where Islam differs from those two religions, Islam is right and the others are wrong. Islam started in seventh-century Arabia, and is based on the Koran— revealed by God to Muhammad through an angel—and on the teachings and example of the Prophet Muhammad, as recorded in the hadith. The circumstances of Islam’s birth have left their mark on Islam as it exists today, in ways ranging from the reverence paid the pre-Islamic temple in Mecca (the Kaba) to many references in the Koran to warfare and loyalty in battle.

Each order has its own peculiarities of liturgy and practice. The hadra and zikr are discussed in chapter 5, in the context of Islamic worship. Sufism encourages people to look at inner meanings rather than outer appearances, and Sufis emphasize the Sharia as a means to an end, rather than as an end in itself. As a result, they have often been accused of ignoring the Sharia, or at least of paying less attention to it than they should. While this sometimes happens, it is unusual, and in general Sufis follow the Sharia in the same way that other Muslims do.

At the start of the nineteenth century, a new movement emerged among Sunnis in what is today Saudi Arabia, called Wahhabism by outsiders. The Wahhabis (who call themselves by other names, such as “Unitarian” or even plain “Muslim”) are not exactly a denomination, but are something similar to one. Originally, Wahhabism started as a radical sect of Sunni Islam, in the sense that what they believed differed significantly from what other Muslims around them believed, and that these differences of belief gave rise to tension and conflict.

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