This book provides a concise yet panoramic overview of Islam, unlike most introductory books, which focus mainly on the development of Islamic institutions in the classical period.
To place Islam in perspective, Neal Robinson discusses the problems raised by Western perceptions of Islam and provides a brief account of Islamic history down to the present. He then explains major topics in Islamic worship to help readers understand it as a living faith. Appendices guide the novice through the structure of Arabic names, transliteration, and the Islamic calendar and festivals.
This accurate overview for the general reader includes discussion of recent issues such as the Taliban in Afghanistan. The opening chapter ... makes readers reconsider the stereotypes and misunderstandings they may have. Library Journal