An accessible guide to the principles of Islam throughout history, from the Koran to the modern world.
This essential guide to Islam, the world’s fastest-growing religion, covers every aspect of the Muslim faith and its history–from the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the teachings of the Koran to Islam in the 21st century. Celebrating the scientific, literary, and artistic achievements of the Islamic Golden Age and the ideas of philosophers and theologians across the centuries, it opens a window on the Islamic world.
The series’ trademark graphics and mind maps unpack the central tenets of Islam, such as prayer, fasting, and pilgrimage. Clear factual writing offers insight into terms like Sharia law, the Caliphate, and jihad; Sunni and Shia divisions; and the mysticism of Sufi poetry and music. Images of Islamic art, architecture, calligraphy, and historical artifacts illustrate the articles.
Issues such as fundamentalism are discussed in context alongside the work of peaceful traditionalists, modernizers, and women’s rights campaigners, among others. Packed with more than 100 inspiring quotations, and bold, intriguing illustrations, The Islam Book is an invaluable source of information both for members of one of the world’s major religions and any interested reader who wants a clear, unbiased guide to the meaning of this faith.
Series Overview: Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses creative design and innovative graphics along with straightforward and engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to understand. With over 7 million copies worldwide sold to date, these award-winning books provide just the information needed for students, families, or anyone interested in concise, thought-provoking refreshers on a single subject.
DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world leading illustrated reference publisher and a member of the Penguin Random House division of Bertelsmann. DK publishes highly visual, photographic non-fiction for adults and children. DK produces content for… More about DK