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In Islam, Esposito provides a succinct, up to date survey of the Islamic experience, an introduction to the faith, belief, and practice of Islam from its origins to its contemporary resurgence He traces the emergence and development of this dynamic faith and its impact on world history and politics He discusses the formation of Islamic belief and practice law, theology, philosophy, and mysticism , chronicling the struggle of Muslims to define and adhere to their Islamic way of life Equally important is the essential information Esposito provides on the contemporary world of Islam, from Muslim responses to the challenges of colonialism and modernization to the reassertion of Islam in politics and society This third edition has been updated throughout and is enhanced by new material that accurately reflects the true diversity of Muslim cultures Islam: The Straight Path

About the Author: John L. Esposito

He is a professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University He is also the director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal center for Muslim Christian understanding at Georgetown University.Esposito was raised a Roman Catholic in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York City, and spent a decade in a Catholic monastery After taking his first degree he worked as a management consultant and high school teacher He then studied and received a masters in theology at St John s University He earned a PhD at Temple University, Pennsylvania in 1974, studying Islam and held post doc appointments at Harvard and Oxford He is well known as a promoter of strong ties between Muslims and Christians and has challenged the Vatican to make greater efforts to encourage such ties.A specialist in Islam, political Islam, and the impact of Islamic movements from North Africa to Southeast Asia, Dr Esposito serves as a consultant to the Department of State as well as multinational corporations, governments, universities, and the media worldwide In 2005, Professor Esposito won the American Academy of Religion s prestigious Martin E Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion This award honors a scholar who has been exemplary in promoting the public understanding of religion A prolific writer, Professor Esposito is the author of over 25 books, including What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, The Islamic Threat Myth or Reality , and Unholy War Terror in the Name of Islam He is also the Editor in Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, The Oxford History of Islam, and The Oxford Dictionary of Islam.

10 thoughts on “Islam: The Straight Path

  1. says:

    This book is an excellent primer on Islam on a multitude of dimensions historical, religious, modern, cultural, anthropological, scientific I found this book to be the best guide to Islam, and I especially enjoyed its final chapter which dealt with mode

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    People always ask me what a great intro to Islam book is, and this is it Esposito does a fantastic job, and it is the best I have seen of its kind in its 3rd edition even, I think It does have some flaws, but what book doesn t.

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    If you want to begin researching and understanding Islam this is a great book to start with It s easy to understand and gives you the history of Islam as a religion, ideology, culture, and political system I would encourage everyone to read this so they can u

  4. says:

    This does not seem like a very good introduction to Islam I am not sure of the importance of covering obscure sects from centuries ago and all of that The book is very dry, not much fun to read, and seems like an awful choice for a college survey course as it se

  5. says:

    Had to read this for my history of the Middle East and Islam course, very dry and not as well written as I would have hoped Leaves out a lot of important facts and includes many errors that are clearly cultural things and not Islam at all.

  6. says:

    The writing is dry Informative, I admit, but very dry, and reading it felt like a drag It was frustrating at times, primarily for the following two reasons 1 His insistence on considering Judaism and Christianity as a homogeneous unit of Judeo Christianity He conflate

  7. says:

    Very dry It s not really relevant to understanding Islam unless you re studying where the extremist groups first originated or you just want to know about the historical movements of the religion I though John Esposito could do much better than that Very dry It s not rea

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    Given the enormous amounts of ignorance or misinformation that surrounds the subject of Islam in contemporary rhetoric and communal debate, this book, already a few years old in its fourth edition, was a timely read for me The author, a world renowned scholar in the field, pro

  10. says:

    This book merits four and a half stars, but I rounded down to four The book is excellent and filled with information and opposing theological strains within Islam However, I felt that sometimes Esposito tried to defend Islam from Western critique which I have no problem with in o

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