Understanding Islam and Muslim Traditions

Editor/Author Gulevich, Tanya
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Omnigraphics, Inc.

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ISBN: 978-0-7808-0704-4
Category: Religion & Theology - Islam
Image Count: 291
Book Status: Available
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By focusing primarily on the cultural aspects of the religion, Understanding Islam and Muslim Traditions addresses the need for more information about the faith. This guide introduces readers to Islam through an examination of its religious observances, customs, holidays, calendar system, and folk beliefs, describing how people around the world express their Muslim identity.

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Frederick S. Colby
  • Preface
  • Section One: A Brief Introduction to Islam
  • Overview
  • 1 THE TEACHINGS OF ISLAM: Essential Beliefs and Practices
  • 2 THE TEACHINGS OF ISLAM: Divisions Within Islam
  • 3 THE HISTORY OF ISLAM: Arabia Before Islam
  • 4 THE HISTORY OF ISLAM: The Prophet Muhammad and the Birth of Islam
  • 5 THE HISTORY OF ISLAM: The Spread of Islam and the Age of Islamic Empires
  • 6 THE HISTORY OF ISLAM: The Achievements of Islamic Civilization
  • 7 MUSLIMS TODAY: Moving Beyond Stereotypes
  • 8 MUSLIMS TODAY: The Geography of Islam
  • 9 MUSLIMS TODAY: Holy Places of Islam
  • Additional Resources
  • Section Two: Religious Customs and Folklore
  • Overview
  • 10 Formal Prayer
  • 11 Informal Prayer
  • 12 Other Devotional Customs
  • 13 Mosque
  • 14 Quran
  • 15 Muhammad
  • 16 The Other Prophets, Angels, and Jinn
  • 17 Greetings and Sayings
  • 18 Clothing and Adornment
  • 19 Separation of the Sexes
  • 20 Beliefs and Practices Concerning the Body
  • 21 The Evil Eye, Amulets, and Charms
  • 22 Food
  • 23 The Life Cycle and Conversion
  • 24 Symbols
  • 25 Animals
  • 26 Dance, Music, Poetry, and Story
  • Additional Resources
  • Section Three: Calendar System, Holidays, and Other Days of Observance
  • Overview
  • 27 The Muslim Calendar
  • 28 The First of Muharram
  • 29 Ashura
  • 30 Mulid al-Nabi
  • 31 Laylat al-Miraj
  • 32 Laylat al-Bara'ah
  • 33 Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr
  • 34 Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr Around the World
  • 35 Laylat al-Qadr
  • 36 Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca
  • 37 Eid al-Adha
  • 38 Friday
  • 39 Hidrellez
  • 42 Saints and Their Festivals
  • 43 A Closer Look at a Few Saints' Festivals
  • The Urs of Jelaluddin al-Rumi
  • Additional Resources
  • Glossary
  • Topical Bibliography
  • Photo Credits