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People in the West have largely embraced a sharply sinister image of Islam. This may be due to their vague awareness of Muslim invasions of Europe in past centuries and to their vivid awareness of Islamic extremists and their suicide bombings and beheadings in recent years. It may also be due to the poor public relations job that Muslims have pursued, and to their ineffective communication of the positive points of Islam to the general public.

Whatever the reason for the religion's image, however, the reality is far different. The articles in Shedding Light on Islam reveal that Islam rivals Christianity and Judaism in its affirmation of peace and brotherly love. In fact, it is the only religion that declares in its holy scripture the validity of other faiths. (Christianity and Judaism are reverently embraced as Islam's forebears, and Christians and Jews are adopted as fellow "people of the book.")

The articles herein also give a glimpse of the glory of Islamic history, the fantastic colorfulness of contemporary multi-country Muslim culture, and the rich artistic tradition of Islam. In addition, we include personality profiles of a handful of the remarkable Muslims who constitute (and have constituted) the fabric of the ummah, the worldwide community of Islamic believers. And we present for you in-depth articles on "harder" topics, such as terrorism, Muslim politics, Islam and policy issues, and Islam and women.

A unique portion of this Special Collection contains pieces on "How Muslims See the U.S.," designed to provide the reader with a view of America and the world through contemporary Muslims' eyes. The collection is rounded out with a section offering deep-delving reviews of books on provocative issues relating to Islam. Shedding Light on Islam is an eye-opener and an invaluable tool for those seeking to become a truly cosmopolitan and compassionate citizen of the world.



  Section I - The Religion of the Qur'an
  Section II - Islamic History
  Section III - Islamic Culture
  Section IV - Islam and the Arts
  Section V - Muslim Personalities
  Section VI - Politics
  Section VII - Islam and Policy Issues
  Section VIII - Jihad / Terrorism
  Section IX - Islam and Women
  Section X - Travel / Tourism
  Section XI - Books on Islam
  Section XII - How Muslims See the U.S.



 



 

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