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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
This updated version of Islam: The Straight Path includes a new Epilogue by
John Esposito in which he addresses the impact 9/11 and its aftermath have had
on both the Muslim and non-Muslim world, discussing Islam's relationship to
democracy and modernity and focusing more sharply on the origins and growth of
extremism and terrorism in the name of Islam. This exceptionally successful
survey text introduces the faith, belief, and practice of Islam from its
earliest origins up to its contemporary resurgence. Esposito, an
internationally renowned expert on Islam, traces the development of this
dynamic faith and its impact on world history and politics, discussing the
formation of Islamic belief and practice and chronicling the struggle of
Muslims to define and adhere to their Islamic way of life. Lucidly written and
expansive in scope, Islam:the Straight Path provides a keen insight into one of
the world's least understood religions, and is ideally suited for use in
courses on Islam, comparative religions, and Middle Eastern history and culture.