The Beliefnet Guide to Islam

The Beliefnet Guide to Islam

The Beliefnet Guide to Islam
The Beliefnet Guide to Islam
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Islam is everywhere in the news these days, from reports of Sunni and Shi'a Muslims battling each other in Iraq to violent protests against cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Extremist factions are in the spotlight, but the real Islam remains largely a mystery to non-Muslims.

What is this religion, practiced by 1.3 billion people and the second-largest faith in the world? The Beliefnetr Guide to Islam demystifies everything about Islamic beliefs and practices, from the famous "five pillars" to views of the afterlife to the real meaning of jihad. The book features important insights on issues facing Islam today, such as violence, the status of women, and relations with other faiths--and dispels numerous myths along the way.
Written by Beliefnet columnist Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa and Sufi poet Kabir Helminski, the book also features a foreword by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, a noted scholar. Whether you're curious about the basics or searching for deeper understanding of Qur'anic verses and sayings of the Prophet, this book is an invaluable resource. Buy it now.
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How Much Do You Know?
What are the pillars of Islam? What does the word "Islam" mean? Who are the prophets and angels? Take this quiz to see how much you know about the religion of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims.

1. The difference between Sunni & Shi'a Islam is:

a. A doctrinal difference on the meaning of Allah
b. A political disagreement on the issue of leadership
c. A disagreement about the role of the Prophet Muhammad
d. A disagreement about how battles should be waged

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Plus: Have a question about Islam? Ask our author!

Beliefnet Guide coauthor Hesham Hassaballa answers reader questions.

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