Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, there has been an overwhelming demand for information about Islam, and recent events - the war in Iraq, terrorist attacks both failed and successful, debates throughout Europe over Islamic dress, and many others - have raised new questions in the minds of policymakers and the general public. This newly updated edition of What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam is the best single source for clearly presented, objective information about these new developments, and for answers to questions about the origin and traditions of Islam. Editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern Islam and The Oxford History of Islam, and author of The Future of Islam and many other acclaimed works, John L. Esposito is one of America's leading authorities on Islam. This brief audiobook remains the first place to look for up-to-date information on the faith, customs, and political beliefs of the more than one billion people who call themselves Muslims.
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Fairly flat and superficial - expected more
Informative 101 Material
I did not read the print edition.
There is not a story to change. It is a non-fiction book in question and answer format.
The presentation was very matter-of-fact.
I was not particularly moved, however I did learn about Islam.
This book describes the main tenents of Islam. The book does tend to make the argument that all of the extremist violence that the world has seen from Islam is the result of misinterpretation. I tend to agree with that premise. However, probably to understand the faith more completely, one should probably read the Quoran. No immediate plan to do that.
- Julie Meadows-Keefe