What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam..

What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam..

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John L. Esposito
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Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, there has been an overwhelming demand for information about Islam, and recent events - the war in Iraq, terrorist attacks both failed and successful, debates throughout Europe over Islamic dress, and many others - have raised new questions in the minds of policymakers and the general public. This newly updated edition of What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam is the best single source for clearly presented, objective information about these new developments, and for answers to questions about the origin and traditions of Islam.

Editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern Islam and The Oxford History of Islam, and author of The Future of Islam and many other acclaimed works, John L. Esposito is one of Americas leading authorities on Islam. This brief and readable book remains the first place to look for up-to-date information on the faith, customs, and political beliefs of the more than one billion people who call themselves Muslims.

This accessible, yet authoritative work is the first place to look for information on the faith, customs, and political beliefs of the one billion people who call themselves Muslims. Esposito presents in question-and-answer format the information that most people want to know. The content includes succinct, accessible, sensitive, and even-handed answers to questions that range from the general—"What do Muslims believe?" and "Who was Muhammad?"—to more specific — "Is Islam compatible with modernization, capitalism and democracy?" "How do Muslims view Judaism and Christianity?" "Are women second-class citizens in Islam?" "What is jihad?" "Does the Quran condone terrorism?" "What does Islam say about homosexuality, birth control, abortion, and slavery?"


  • Comprehensive primer on Muslims and Islam, written by one of Americas most respected authorities on Islam
  • Fully updated edition features many new topics
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288 pages; 5-1/2 x 8-1/4;ISBN13: 978-0-19-979413-3ISBN10: 0-19-979413-8
About the Author(s)

University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University