Islam is the religion articulated by the Qur'an, a religious book considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of the single incomparable God and by the Prophet of Islam Muhammad's demonstrations and real-life examples (called the Sunnah, collected through narration of his companions in collections of Hadith). Islam literally means submission to God. Islam is the predominant religion in the Middle East, North Africa, and large part of Asia. Sizable communities are also found in China and Russia, and parts of the Balkans and the Caribbean. Islam followed by more than a billion people today, is the world's fastest growing religion and will soon be the world's largest. The 1.2 billion Muslims make up approximately one quarter of the world's population, and the Muslim population of the United States now outnumbers that of Episcopalians, Beginning in the 1970s and 1980s Islam remerged as potent political force, associated with both reform and revolution. Given the large number of adherents, it is no surprise that Muslims incorporate a broad and diverse spectrum of positions in regard to liberalism and democracy.
S R ALI
SR Ali is MA (Arabic) and PhD in Islamic Studies and his area of specialization is Rationalism in Islam and Islamic Science. He has authored one book in the area of his interest and has presented papers in various seminars and conferences and presently he is the Assistant Scientist completing hid project at the University level.
Preface - v 1. History of Islam - 1 2. Reflections on Islam and Modern Life - 29 3. Theorizing Islam - 45 4. Islam and Civil society - 91 5. The Issue of Riba in Islamic Faith and Law - 125 6. Islam and Ecology - 145 7. Face of Islam in America - 157 8. Emergence of Islam in the African- Amrican Community - 183 9. The Islamic Movement in Israel - 203 10. IslamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s First Contacts with the Balkan Nations - 2212 11. Islam and Globalization - 241 Bibliography - 267 Index - 271