The Prophet Muhammad
Hardcover ISBN: 1587680297
A history of the prophet's life and times offers a vivid portrayal of sixth-century Arabia, charting Muhammad's early years, the night he received his religious vision, his work to establish Islam and the classical Arabic of the Qur'an, and his role as the founder of a world empire and civilization.
The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World
Paperback ISBN: 0521669936
Islamic peoples account for one fifth of the world's population and yet there is widespread misunderstanding in the West of what Islam really is. Francis Robinson and his team set out to address this, revealing the complex and sometimes contrary nature of Muslim culture. As well as taking on the issues uppermost in everyone's minds, such as the role of religious and political fundamentalism, they demonstrate the importance of commerce; literacy and learning; Islamic art; the effects of immigration, exodus, and conquest; and the roots of current crises in the Middle East, Bosnia, and the Gulf. Throughout, emphasis is placed on the interaction between Islam and the West, from the first Latin translations of the Quran to the fatwa on Salman Rushdie. This elegant book deliberately sets out to dismantle the Western impression of Islam as a monolithic world and replace it with a balanced view, from current issues of fundamentalism to its dynamic culture and art. Francis Robinson is the editor of two outstanding reference works: Atlas of the Islamic World Since 1500 (Cambridge, 1982) and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of India (1989).
The Other Islam
Sufism and the Road to Global Harmony
Hardcover ISBN: 0385518196
A thoughtful study of Sufism traces the origins and history of the mystical spiritual tradition that has enriched and influenced Islamic culture for centuries, explores its teachings and links to the mysticism of other Western religions, and demonstrates the potential of Sufism to provide a foundation for reconciliation between the Western and Muslim worlds. 15,000 first printing.
Engaging the Muslim World
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0230607543
With clarity and concision, Juan Cole disentangles the key foreign policy issues that America is grappling with today--from our dependence on Middle East petroleum to the promotion of Islamophobia by the American right--and delivers his informed advice on the best way forward. Cole’s unique ability to take the true Muslim perspective into account when looking at East-West relations make his insights well-rounded and prescient as he suggests a course of action on fundamental issues like religion, oil, war and peace. With substantive recommendations for the next administration on how to move forward in key countries such as Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran, Engaging the Muslim World reveals how we can repair the damage of the disastrous foreign policy of the last eight years and forge ahead on a path of peace and prosperity. Cole argues:* Al-Qaeda is not a mass movement like fascism or communism but rather a small political cult like the American far right circles that produced Timothy McVeigh. * The Muslim world is not a new Soviet Bloc but rather is full of close allies or potential allies. * There can be no such thing as American energy independence, we will need Islamic oil to survive as a superpower into the next century. * Iran is not an implacable enemy of the U.S.--it can and should be fruitfully engaged, which is a necessary step for American energy security since Tehran can play the spoiler in the strategic Persian Gulf. * America's best hope in Iraq is careful, deliberate military disengagement, rather than either through immediate withdrawal or a century-long military presence--in other words, both the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates are wrong.
Orientalism and Its Discontents
Paperback ISBN: 1590200179
An alternate history of the disparaged intellectual tradition of Orientalism explores how western scholars of Islamic culture came to be vilified as agents of European imperialism, in an account that profiles the intellectual and eccentric figures who introduced the Islamic world to America. Reprint.
Soldiers of God
With Islamic Warriors in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Paperback ISBN: 1400030250
The author relates his time spent with Afghanistan's mujahidin during their fight against Soviet invaders and provides insight into the circumstances that led to the rise of the Taliban.
A Short History
Paperback ISBN: 081296618x
Profiles the Islamic faith as a rich and vital religion far more complex than that suggested by the modern fundamentalist strain, documenting its history and citing the importance of understanding Islam as part of today's religious climate. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.