By F. E. Peters
To permit the reader to form, or maybe reshape, an figuring out of the Islamic culture, F. E. Peters skillfully combines vast passages from Islamic texts with a desirable observation of his personal. In so doing, he provides a considerable physique of literary facts that would allow the reader to know the bases of Muslim religion and, extra, to get a few feel of the breadth and intensity of Islamic spiritual tradition as a complete. The voices recorded listed below are these of Muslims engaged in discourse with their God and with each one other--historians, attorneys, mystics, and theologians, from the earliest partners of the Prophet Muhammad all the way down to Ibn Rushd or "Averroes" (d. 1198), al-Nawawi (d. 1278), and Ibn Khaldun (d. 1406). those spiritual seekers lived in what has been known as the "classical" interval within the improvement of Islam, the period whilst the exemplary works of legislations and spirituality have been written, texts of such universally said significance that next generations of Muslims gratefully understood themselves as heirs to an significantly extensive and wealthy legacy of meditation on God's Word.
"Islam" is a observe that turns out uncomplicated to appreciate. It capability "submission," and, extra in particular within the context the place it first and such a lot familiarly seems, "submission to the desire of God." That context is the Quran, the Sacred ebook of the Muslims, from which circulate the styles of trust and perform that this day declare the non secular allegiance of 1000s of thousands worldwide. through drawing at the works of the nice masters--Islam in its personal words--Peters enriches our realizing of the group of "those who've submitted" and their enforcing non secular and political tradition, that is changing into ever extra very important to the West.
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