Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know

  • ISBN13: 9780800635831
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Kaltner presents Islam as first and foremost a religion of orthopraxis, a set of prescribed practices – the five pillars of Islam. Showing the deep humanism of Islam and its most cherished commitments, Kaltner presents Islam through assertions that counter frequent misconceptions of the faith.

Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know

4 comments - What do you think?   Posted by admin - June 24, 2010 at 6:40 am

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Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know

  • ISBN13: 9780800635831
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Product Description
Kaltner presents Islam as first and foremost a religion of orthopraxis, a set of prescribed practices – the five pillars of Islam. Showing the deep humanism of Islam and its most cherished commitments, Kaltner presents Islam through assertions that counter frequent misconceptions of the faith.

Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know

4 comments - What do you think?   Posted by admin - at 6:40 am

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4 Responses to “Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know”

  1. Anonymous says:

    The good professor omits a discussion of the passages in the Koran that give men control over women’s lives and authorizes wife beating. He also omits any discussion of the Koranic privilege granted to Muslim men to marry as many as four wives and to sexually exploit any slaves he may own. Given the ease of divorce for men and the granting of nearly all post divorce rights to men, men have almost total sexual license, all approved by Islam. Lastly, slavery is as Koranic as daily prayers. The movement to ban slavery world wide began with Wilberforce, an English Christian. This movement was resisted by the Muslim east which permitted legal slavery through 1968 in Saudi Arabia and 1964 in Bahrain. Outside of Sufism, Muslim religion is one of abject and unthinking obedience to minute rulings on ordinary parts of life, clothing, hair, dress, eating and sleeping and washing customs.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is not a bad choice although I would rather prefer “Idiot’s guide to Understanding Islam.” by Emerick. It is an excellent book for non-Muslims.

    Secondly, contrary to the review made below, Islam did abolish slavery using a very clever system. It did not suddenly prohibit slavery since the Quran is a very realistic book. It would be extremely difficult to abolish all slavery at once. Therefore, the Quran in a brilliant maneuver gradually abolished it by giving mothers and thier new born children complete freedom. BY this, little by little, slavery was soon abolished and those Muslims who chose to enslave were clearly against the laws.

    Critics tend to act as if the Bible itself stictly forbids slavery. The Quran treats freeing a slave as one of the best deeds to do in one’s life. Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) and his companion, Abu Bakr, used thier own money to buy slaves and then subsequently free them.

    This idea that “oh Islam encourages slavery” is just another misconception intentionally brought out by self-centered egomaniacs who are hellbent on distorting the truth.

    Anyway getting back to the book. It does feature some important aspects of Islam. But doubt whether this, of all books, would be the most recommended. Get either “The complete idiot’s guide to Understand Islam” or “Islam: The straight path” by John Esposito.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. The sub-title of this book, “What Non-Muslims Should Know” is what captured my attention. In the post-9/11 world where tolerance is threatened and there seems to be pervasive hatred simmering for what we don’t understand, author Kaltner supplies what he promises. He provides a perspective that dwells on what Islam means, and has meant, historically to its followers and its place politically to the present. “Questions for Discussion” are included after each of the six chapters, making it useful as a textbook as well as a way to dwell on the material. I found “Islam” enlightening and would recommend it highly.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. I took Professor Kaltner’s Intro. to Islam class at Rhodes College. We used this text as brief overview of the Islamic faith and practices. This book would be very enlightening for those who have little or no knowledge of Islam and the Islamic way of life.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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