Islam: A Very Short Introduction
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Malise Ruthven's Very Short Introduction provides essential clarify and insights in to the big issues, including the major divisions between movements such as the Shi'is, the Sunnis, and the Wahhabis, and the Central importance of Shari'a (Islamic law) in Islamic life.
In this new edition, Ruthven reflects on the concept of a globalised Islam, international events in the wake of the September 11th attacks on America, the relationship between democracy and the Islamic faith, and the perception of Islam in the West.