Title: Islam 101: Principles and Practice
Author: Arshad Khan
Publication Year: 2006 (originally published: 2003)
Source: Purchased from Chapters a long time ago
From the cover:
Islam 101 teaches the basics of Islam and reviews its fundamental principles, beliefs, and practical aspects. It covers morals, good and bad deeds, personal characteristics, rights and obligations, women’s rights, Islamic law, sectarian differences, relations with other religions, as well as day-to-day issues. It also indicates how some Muslims, through their practice, have deviated from Islam’s true purpose and meaning.
If you’re looking for a basic primer on Islam, this is definitely the book for you.
Islam 101 lays out the fundamentals of the religion, using short paragraphs and lists of bullet points. This makes it really easy to follow, as well as to pick up on the main articles of faith and facts about Muslims and Islam. Khan doesn’t go into excruciating detail, focusing instead on giving a general overview of all of the important knowledge.
My only qualm is that there are a few points in the book where something is stated as a universal fact, when in actuality it is something that has some rather important variances among the different interpretations – such as a uniform belief that abortion at any time in the pregnancy is wrong. The book states that abortion is always prohibited unless the mother’s life is in danger; however, there are quite a few legal interpretations (including from fairly conservative scholars) that allow abortion up to a certain point in the pregnancy.
As an introduction to the religion, Islam 101 is about as clear and easy to understand as you can get. If you keep in mind that some things are more complicated than they are stated to be, and that there is way more detail below the surface, you’ll find yourself much more knowledgeable by the time you finish reading it.
- 8/24 for the Bottoms Up Reading Challenge
- 16/? for the World Religions Challenge
- 16/? for the Summer Slimdown Challenge
- 11/? for the Middle East Reading Challenge
- 17/? for the Ultimate Reviewers Challenge
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