A Reader on Classical Islam by F. E. Peters

By F. E. Peters

To permit the reader to form, or even reshape, an figuring out of the Islamic culture, F. E. Peters skillfully combines broad passages from Islamic texts with a desirable statement of his personal. In so doing, he offers a considerable physique of literary proof that would allow the reader to know the bases of Muslim religion and, extra, to get a few feel of the breadth and intensity of Islamic non secular tradition as a complete. The voices recorded listed below are these of Muslims engaged in discourse with their God and with every one other--historians, attorneys, mystics, and theologians, from the earliest partners of the Prophet Muhammad right down to Ibn Rushd or "Averroes" (d. 1198), al-Nawawi (d. 1278), and Ibn Khaldun (d. 1406). those non secular seekers lived in what has been known as the "classical" interval within the improvement of Islam, the period while the exemplary works of legislation and spirituality have been written, texts of such universally stated significance that next generations of Muslims gratefully understood themselves as heirs to an significantly extensive and wealthy legacy of meditation on God's Word.

"Islam" is a notice that turns out uncomplicated to appreciate. It capacity "submission," and, extra particularly within the context the place it first and so much familiarly looks, "submission to the desire of God." That context is the Quran, the Sacred e-book of the Muslims, from which circulation the styles of trust and perform that at the present time declare the non secular allegiance of thousands of thousands all over the world. via drawing at the works of the nice masters--Islam in its personal words--Peters enriches our figuring out of the neighborhood of "those who've submitted" and their implementing spiritual and political tradition, that's changing into ever extra vital to the West.

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