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Islamic Da`wah in the West : Muslim Missionary Activity and the Dynamics of Conversion to Islam - Larry Poston

Islamic Da`wah in the West

Muslim Missionary Activity and the Dynamics of Conversion to Islam

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Published: 4th June 1992
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This book explains the concept of Islamic "da'wah," or missionary activity, as it has developed in contemporary Western contexts. Poston traces the transition from the early "external-institutional" missionary approach impracticable in modern Western society, to an "internal-personal" approach which aims at the conversion of individuals and seeks to influence society from the bottom upwards. Poston also combines the results of a questionnaire-survey with an analysis of published testimonies to identify significant traits that distinguish converts to Islam.

"This is a fine book, worth reading by those interested in Islam and the dynamics of religion in the Western world."--Review & Expositor "A well-written and an exceptionally informative work. It is certainly a must for anyone interested in Islam and late 20th-century developments in the American religious scene."--Choice "A valuable resource....very readable and informative."--Islam and Christian Muslim Relations "This is a serious work on an important subject....The book represents a valuable piece of research....I hope to see future scholarly contributions about Islam among the Americans of a similar calibre to Poston's work."--Journal of Islamic Studies "This thoughtful book about the activities of Muslims in North America comes at a very timely moment."--The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion "This is a fine book, worth reading by those interested in Islam and the dynamics of religion in the Western world."--Review & Expositor "A well-written and an exceptionally informative work. It is certainly a must for anyone interested in Islam and late 20th-century developments in the American religious scene."--Choice "A valuable resource....very readable and informative."--Islam and Christian Muslim Relations "This is a serious work on an important subject....The book represents a valuable piece of research....I hope to see future scholarly contributions about Islam among the Americans of a similar calibre to Poston's work."--Journal of Islamic Studies "This thoughtful book about the activities of Muslims in North America comes at a very timely moment."--The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion

Introductionp. 3
Dawah in Islam: From East to West
Dawah in the East: The Expansion of Islam from the First to the Twelfth Century A.D.p. 11
Dawah in the West: The Arrival of Muslims in North Americap. 26
Toward an Islamic Pietism
External-Institutional Versus Internal-Personal: Fundamental Strategies of Religious Proselytizationp. 49
Hasan al-Banna and Abul Ala Mawdudi: Pioneers of Modern Islamic Pietismp. 64
Khurram Murad: Contextualization of the Islamic Movement for the Western Audiencep. 81
The Institutionalization of Dawah in Western Societies
"Paramosque" Structures and Their Developmentp. 93
Paramosque Strategies and Methodologiesp. 115
Contemporary Apologetics: The Literature of Proselytizationp. 135
The Dynamics of Conversion to Islam
Religious Conversion: The Traditional Western Paradigmp. 145
Conversion to Islamp. 158
Conclusion: The Future of DaWah in the Westp. 181
Notesp. 187
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780195072273
ISBN-10: 0195072278
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 4th June 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.84 x 14.76  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.43