Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong PDF Download

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Publisher: Phoenix
Genres: History Of Religion Books, Islamic Story & History Books, Religion Books
Pages: 192 pages
ISBN10: 1842125834
ISBN13: 9781842125830
Tags: History Of Religion Books, Islamic Story & History Books, Free Download, PDF Download, Religion Books
Language: en
Physical Form: PDF Book
Size: Huge
Type: PDF

One of the world's foremost commentators on religious affairs on the history (and destiny) of the world's most misunderstood religion.

In the public mind, Islam is a religion of extremes: it is the world's fastest growing faith; more than three-quarters of the world's refugees are Islamic; it has produced government by authoritarian monarchies in Saudi Arabia and ultra-republicans in Iran. Whether we are reading about civil war in Algeria or Afghanistan, the struggle for the soul of Turkey, or political turmoil in Pakistan or Malaysia, the Islamic context permeates all these situations.

Karen Armstrong's elegant and concise book traces how Islam grew from the other religions of the book, Judaism and Christianity; introduces us to the character of Muhammed; and demonstrates that for much of its history, the religion has been a force for enlightenment that promoted liberties for women and allowed the arts and sciences to flourish.

ISLAM shows how this progressive legacy is today often set aside as the faith struggles to come to terms with the economic and political weakness of most of its believers and with the forces of modernity itself.


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