This is an authoritative account of the history and philosophy of the Islamic faith, shown in more than 300 photographs and fine-art illustrations. This is an insightful and accessible study of Islamic faith and Muslim life. It examines the essential principles of Islamic belief such as one God, the attributes of Allah, divine will, free will, the day of judgement, and heaven and hell. It includes a fascinating overview of the spiritual aspects of Islam, as well as its wider influence on social institutions, such as marriage, the family, businesses, courts and government. It describes the distinguishing features of the Sunni, Shia and Sufi denominations. It is stunningly illustrated with over 300 colour photographs, including magnificent fine-art paintings. Islam is a powerful force today, with Muslims representing around a quarter of the global population, some 1.4 billion people. It is one of the world's younger faiths, yet in its 1400-year history its impact has been astonishing and immense. The purpose of this book is to provide a refreshing and detailed guide to and insight into the beliefs and religious practices of the Islamic faith. The volume begins by exploring the theological beliefs and the ritual worship practices of Islam, such as the six articles of belief and the five pillars of faith. The life of a Muslim is then described, from the social interaction between people to the rules of dress for men and women. The final chapter reviews the unity and division amongst the worldwide Muslim community. Each chapter also includes special themed spreads, highlighting particular issues, people and places of importance to Islam. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 photographs and fine-art paintings, this superb book offers a factual account of Islamic beliefs and rituals, and provides a greater understanding of Islam and its teachings.
Raana Bokhari lectures on Islam and Muslim women at Lancaster and Cardiff universities in the UK. She is a qualified solicitor and is currently completing a doctorate at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. Dr Mohammad Seddon is a lecturer in Muslim Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester, UK. His publications include British Muslims Between Assimilation and Segregation: Historical, Legal & Social Realities (2004). Charles Phillips, contributor, is author of more than 20 books, including histories of religion. Dr Riad Nourallah, consultant, is Senior Lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of London. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has taught at the American University of Beirut, and Durham and Cambridge universities in the UK.