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The Everything Understanding Islam Book: A complete guide to Muslim beliefs, practices, and culture

  • ISBN13: 9781598698671
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Product Description
Muslim convert Christine Huda Dodge possesses a unique foot-in-each-world perspective on Islam. With her comprehension of Islam and her understanding of the kinds of questions and issues that perplex Westerners, she is the perfect guide to:

  • The life of Muhammad the Prophet
  • The Qur’an and the Sunnah
  • The five pillars of practice
  • Muslim daily life
  • Women and Islam

This guide is ideal for casual readers and students alike. Authoritative, accessible, detailed, and celebratory, it covers everything from basic beliefs and practices to the Islamic influences on Western civilization.

The Everything Understanding Islam Book: A complete guide to Muslim beliefs, practices, and culture


  1. Christine Huda Hodge, who is apparently a convert to Islam, gives an apologetic interpretation of the Islamic faith that often fails to reflect historic reality and the challenges and opportunities of this major religion. If one needs convincing on this point, consider the following examples:

    1) Hodge states on pg. 29 that, in modern times, the discovery of oil has turned the Arabian Peninsula into a very developed region. Unfortunately, most countries in the Arabian Peninsula still have a sub-optimal economic performance compared to the most developed regions of the world, to say nothing of politics.

    2) Hodge writes on pg. 185 that to many in the West, jihad is associated with such images as hordes of Muslim armies offering the conquered nations Islam or the sword. For example, conquering Islamic armies in France were not being tourists or peacefully converting locals to Islam before Christian King Charles Martel and his Frankish army routed them at the decisive battle of Tours-Poitiers in 732.

    3) Hodge states on pg. 192 that Muslim leaders and individuals all over the world express condemnation and outrage when innocent people are the victims of acts of terrorism. Unfortunately, many moderate Muslims do not speak out often enough or loud enough to condemn terrorism in unequivocal terms. All too often, extremists dominate the stage.

    4) Hodge writes on pg. 194 that all over the world, women are engaged in a constant struggle for their God-given status and rights. Unfortunately, most Muslim women still have a subordinate status compared to women in the most developed regions of the world.

    Islam, one of the most influential faiths that has ever existed, deserves a much better coverage than this apologetic and biased representation of this major religion and its practitioners. The Everything Understanding Islam Book renders a big disservice to an honest interfaith dialogue that is more necessary than ever.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. The reviewer who gave 2 stars doesn’t even have the author’s name correct. Disregard, and read this book yourselves!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Some resources estimate Muslims as 1.8 billions( CIA fact book for 2006 say they are 1.6 billions)

    This make it very important to know about islam

    If you are a christian/jew it is mentioned in your book that you should follow the Last prophet,(see Muhammad in the bible a book or on youtube)

    The book is good introduction.

    You may find 2-3 things a little different and it is better to clarify it with a muslim scholar in an islamic center close to you) for example:

    Islamic law on Homosexuality( their are 3 opinions of scholars not just killing them( also include a punishment to help them avoid it)

    Again the book is good start

    For more Information try The sealed nectar or

    martin Lings(Muhammad).
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. I wanted to understand more about the Islamic beliefs and customs. This is a very basic book but gives understandable explanations. Now I would like to read some more historical materials.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. This book was a gift for someone who wanted to travel to the Middle East. They were very happy to have information about the cultures before they visit these regions.
    Rating: 4 / 5


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