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This book is a descriptive and interpretive account of Islam and of the general history of ideas in the Muslim world. Beginning with a brief historical survey-Muhammad and the Qur'an-the book turns to the prophetic traditions--law, theology, philosophy, mysticism, the sects, education, reform movements--and concludes with a chapter entitled 'Legacy and Prospects'.
Fazlur Rahman's "Islam" is aptly titled, in that this slim volume constitutes an incisive and surprisingly comprehensive history and analysis of Islam--its history, its conflicts, its legacy--and its prospects. From Mohammed to the late twentieth century, Rahman traces the development of Islam as a religion and, more importantly, as an intellectual tradition, offering both an easily understood introduction to the faith and an impassioned argument for its future direction.