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Exploring Islam: Theology and Spiritual Practice in America

Exploring Islam

Theology and Spiritual Practice in America

Salih Sayilgan (Author)


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Exploring Islam is a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the foundations of the Islamic faith, including its history, theology, and spiritual practice. The book also deals with issues such as jihad, the status of women, and the various sectarian divisions in Islam. Most distinctive about this work is its analysis of the lived experience of Muslims in modern American life. The book explores questions such as:

- What are the foundations of Islam?

- How do Muslims relate to and interpret the Qur'an?

- Who is the Prophet Muhammad?

- What does Shari'a law really mean?

- What are the major themes of Islamic theology?

- What are the theological and political issues that led to divisions among Muslims?

- Do Muslims and Christians believe in the same God?

- How do Muslims practice Islam in America?

- What are the challenges and opportunities for American Muslims?

In addressing these questions, Sayilgan offers readers a perspective that is scholarly, judicious, and engaging.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506468020
  • eBook ISBN 9781506468037
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 251
  • Publication Date September 21, 2021


"An accessible overview of the central dimensions of Islam that shows how they are integrated with one another by providing examples of how Islam is lived by Muslims from all walks of life."

Joseph E. B. Lumbard, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, translator and general editor of The Study Qur'an

"This volume is one of those rare texts that is utterly readable for the absolute newcomer and yet also conveys the heart of Islam as only an insider and believer can."

Michael Birkel, Earlham School of Religion, author of Qur'an in Conversation

"This book will be useful to both the average reader and the religious studies scholar for gaining an understanding of Islam as a major historic religion and an important tradition of individual and communal spirituality."

John O. Voll, Georgetown University, coauthor of Islam and Democracy after the Arab Spring

"Students and readers new to the study of Islam will find Sayilgan's book to be an incredible resource as they seek a better understanding of an often misunderstood and maligned tradition."

Todd Green, Luther College, author of The Fear of Islam

"Accessible and concise, this is a good primer to understand the sources of theological and spiritual praxis in Islam."

Bilal Ansari, Hartford Seminary

"This remarkable introductory book reminds us that this knowing--of each other and of God--is God's intention for us as diverse people made in God's image."

Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop, ELCA