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Publisher's Summary

Since the Gulf War, many have asked the question, "Why do Middle Easterners think and act as they do?" Of the 900 million people who today follow the Islamic faith, all are profoundly affected by the teachings of Muhammad and by Muslim traditions that have developed over the past 1300 years.
This comprehensive guide offers an informative and insightful introduction to Islam, both as a religion and as a political-economic force. It tells the story of Muhammad and the rise of Islam; outlines the sacred book, the Koran; explains "the five pillars of the faith"; explores the interplay between religion and government; describes the differences that divide Islam; and above all, shows the influence of Islam on world affairs.
©1982 1990 by Thomas W. Lippman (P)1992 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“[Wanda McCaddon's] captivating English voice melds with the narrative, providing a dramatic and intriguing glimpse into one of the world’s ‘newer’ religions.” (Large Print Reviews)
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By Amazon Customer on 08-03-17

The most objective take on Islam that I have read

What made the experience of listening to Understanding Islam the most enjoyable?

It was objective. I found this book to be as objective as any book can be on the subject. At times I thought it slanted to the left a bit but then other times it was towards the right. Overall if a person really wanted to understand Islam and it's history without the normal bias found in other books, this is one to read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This doesn't really apply as there are no characters.

What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

She did a very good job considering the dryness of the material. The book was well written but could appear dry to some as it is factual and at many times reads like a history book. I think that was the intent of the author.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many. Just getting an understanding of Islam and why Muslims do what they do was very enlightening.

Any additional comments?

Overall, very well done.

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