Introducing Islam from Within : Alternative Perspectives is a testament to a faith that in the past inspired one of the world’s greatest civilizations and that today continues to texture the human lives of one quarter of the world’s population and to give shape, meaning, and direction to their history.
It condenses, profiles, and synthesises the essentials of Islam as a religion and a way of life in a manner that brings out the relevance of its core concepts and perennial values and communicates it with rational lucidity and engaging pathos. This compact volume is as much about communication as it is about interpretation. This is reflected in the format of its presentation and in its style: simple yet profound, direct and forthright, yet with a hint of the poetic and the subtle, intimate but reasoned and reasoning, and altogether refreshing in its vigour, simplicity, and candour.
It shares the insights and meanings gleaned from within the faith in a way to which others can relate. In this way, it sensitises as it instructs, and it conduces to a critical and appreciative reflection as it opens the minds, and hearts, to a rational and sympathetic comprehension. While introductions to Islam abound, there are few that are likely to equally appeal to a cultured and perceptive lay audience which includes Muslims as well as the non-Muslims for whom it was originally written.
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