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The world's premier authority on religious traditions presents a concise and timely guide to the history, teachings, and practice of Islam.

Drawn from his masterful presentation of Islam in the bestselling book The World's Religions (over two million copies sold), Huston Smith offers a revealing look into the heart of a tradition with more than one billion adherents worldwide. Dispelling narrow and distorted notions about the nature of Islam and featuring a new introduction by the author, this book compellingly conveys the profound appeal of Islam, while addressing such timely issues as the true meaning of jihad, the role of women in Islamic societies, and the remarkable growth of Islam in America.

Published: HarperCollins on Jul 8, 2008
ISBN: 9780061734601
List price: $6.99
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Not a very interesting read--bogged down in lots of names & facts. Interesting to hear the story from the other side, but tends to portray Islamic activity as 'expansion' and portray Western activity as 'Imperialism'.read more
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Among the best I've ever read; Nasr has a genius for interweaving Shi`ism with the rest of Islam (instead of relegating it to footnotes or a separate chapter) without getting defensive about it.read more
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Not a very interesting read--bogged down in lots of names & facts. Interesting to hear the story from the other side, but tends to portray Islamic activity as 'expansion' and portray Western activity as 'Imperialism'.
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Among the best I've ever read; Nasr has a genius for interweaving Shi`ism with the rest of Islam (instead of relegating it to footnotes or a separate chapter) without getting defensive about it.
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