Professor Ayoub of Temple University, Pennsylvania, is one of the best known scholars of Islam in America today. He firmly believes that it is important to learn about Islam, its history, beliefs, and practices from believing Muslims. In this book, he combines his objective scholarship with the insights of an insider, to present a unique introduction to Islam as a living religion. From the starting point of his own spiritual journey, Ayoub explores all aspects of Islam: from its origins to the modern-day challenges of the world; from the Qurâ€™an and Islamic law to the epic poetry of the Sufis; and from the spread of Islam worldwide to the present role of Islam in the US and Europe. A unique blend of personal understanding and scholarly endeavour, this digestible account will enable the reader to gain an insiderâ€™s perspective on Islam and experience its significance from within.
A unique blend of fact and informed insight, Ayoubs coherent and comprehensive account will be of value to scholars and to students alike. It will also prove essential reading for anyone seeking to inform their personal belief with a fuller understanding of Islams past, present and future.