Historical Dictionary of Islam

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Historical Dictionary of Islam
Author: Ludwig W. Adamec
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Publication date: 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8108-6161-9
Number of pages: 517
Format / Quality: pdf
Size: 4,1 MB

All religions are hard to explain, but few seem to be as difficult as Islam. Indeed, the more it is explained—and it is explained a lot nowadays— the less it seems to be understood. There are various reasons for this, aside from any inherent complexities. One of the most pertinent is that Islam is undergoing considerable flux at present, swayed by various currents whose adherents hold different views, from the modernists and reformers, to the traditionalists and conservatives, to the fundamentalists and Islamists. And each differs in its interpretation of the traditions, precepts, and even sometimes facts, let alone just what one should believe and do as a practicing Muslim. Then there is the problem of vocabulary, most of it in Arabic, the meaning of which is difficult to convey to outsiders and not always entirely grasped even by Muslims.

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