By F. E. Peters

To let the reader to form, or even reshape, an knowing of the Islamic culture, F. E. Peters skillfully combines wide passages from Islamic texts with a desirable statement of his personal. In so doing, he offers a considerable physique of literary facts that might let the reader to understand the bases of Muslim religion and, extra, to get a few experience of the breadth and intensity of Islamic non secular tradition as an entire. The voices recorded listed below are these of Muslims engaged in discourse with their God and with each one other--historians, legal professionals, 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 referred to as the "classical" interval within the improvement of Islam, the period whilst the exemplary works of legislations and spirituality have been written, texts of such universally stated significance that next generations of Muslims gratefully understood themselves as heirs to an significantly huge and wealthy legacy of meditation on God's Word.

"Islam" is a observe that turns out uncomplicated to appreciate. It capacity "submission," and, extra particularly within the context the place it first and such a lot familiarly seems to be, "submission to the desire of God." That context is the Quran, the Sacred booklet of the Muslims, from which circulation the styles of trust and perform that this present day declare the non secular allegiance of enormous quantities of hundreds of thousands world wide. by means of drawing at the works of the good masters--Islam in its personal words--Peters enriches our figuring out of the group of "those who've submitted" and their implementing non secular and political tradition, that is changing into ever extra vital to the West.

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