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50 Islam Ideas You Really Need to Know

Mona Siddiqui
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Mona Siddiqui

No other religion is subject to as much debate and controversy as Islam. But who was Muhammad, and what did he teach? Does the Qur'an really preach holy war? What is the role of women within Islam? And what does the rise of Isil and militant Islam mean for Muslims and for the world? Explaining Islam's history, core beliefs and rituals, as well as current issues of political and social importance, this book covers everything you need to understand the world's fastest-growing religion. Written by renowned scholar and Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, Mona Siddiqui, it addresses such varied concepts as the five pillars of Islam; the divisions between Sunni and Shi'a; the importance of Shari`a law; the significance of Mecca and the Ka'ba; the role of Ramadan, the veil, the mosque and the madrasa; and much more - all in 50 concise and expert essays.

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Ben Dupre

Ben Dupré read Classics at Exeter College, Oxford before pursuing a career in reference publishing. He was Children's Reference Publisher at Oxford University Press from 1992 until 2004 and, all told, has more than 20 years' experience of bringing complex and challenging concepts to the widest possible audience.

Ben Dupré

Ben Dupré read Classics at Exeter College, Oxford before pursuing a career in reference publishing. He was Children's Reference Publisher at Oxford University Press from 1992 until 2004 and, all told, has more than 20 years' experience of bringing complex and challenging concepts to the widest possible audience.

Christopher Galt

Christopher Galt is the pseudonym for the award-winning thriller writer, Craig Russell, author ofthe acclaimed Fabel and Lennox series. He lives in Perthshire, Scotland

Dr Sarah Brewer

Dr. Sarah Brewer qualified as a doctor from Cambridge University, specializing in general practice and sexual health. She writes regularly for a variety of newspapers and magazines, taking a holistic approach that includes complementary medicine and nutritional supplements. She is the author of over 40 popular self-help books and was voted Health Journalist of the Year 2002. Sarah is currently completing a masters degree in nutritional medicine.

Gary Meehan

Gary Meehan was born in Bolton, Lancashire. He has a BA in Mathematics and Computation from Lincoln College, Oxford, an MSc in Applied Artificial Intelligence from the University of Aberdeen, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Warwick. He now works as a software engineer. He lives in Derby with his family.

Jessamy Hibberd

Dr Jessamy Hibberd is a highly respected clinical psychologist who worked for the NHS before setting up her own private practice. She is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Jo Usmar is a freelance journalist and editor. She has contributed to a variety of national titles, including Stylist and Fabulous, as well as writing a regular relationship column for Cosmopolitan. She has appeared on TV and radio commenting on lifestyle and relationship issues.

Jo Usmar

Jo Usmar is the co-author of six titles in the This Book Will Make You series and sole author of This Book Will Make You Fearless and This Book Will Make You Successful.Through her work as a journalist for magazines, newspapers and websites including the Telegraph, Huffington Post, Stylist, ShortList, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, the Mirror and Look, Jo is well known for her entertaining tone and light touch with tricky subjects. She has appeared on Radio 4 Woman's Hour and Sky News discussing her work and is the founder of the Instagram self-help vlog project Bite Sized Psych.www.jousmar.com

John Bowker

John Bowker is a former Professor of Theology at Cambridge University and the editor of the Oxford Dictionary of World Religions and the Dorling Kindersley Companion to the Bible. His book The Meaning of Death received the HarperCollins Religious Book Award and his numerous other titles include What Muslims Believe, God - A Brief History and The Sacred Neuron.

Jonathan Black

Jonathan Black is the nom de plume of Mark Booth, who read Philosophy and Theology at Oriel College, Oxford and who has worked in publishing for over twenty years, publishing authors including Auberon Waugh, Derek Jarman, Chris Ryan, Katie Price, Peter Kay and Rod Liddle. He has also published many of the leading writers in the field of alternative history, including Baigent and Leigh, Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, Robert Temple, Knight and Lomas, David Ovason, Colin Wilson and David Rohl.

Marcus Weeks

Marcus Weeks is the author of the hugely successful Philosophy in Minutes, Psychology in Minutes and Politics in Minutes. He has written numerous other books and contributed to prestigious reference works such as The Philosophy Book, the Millennium Encyclopedia and the Definitive Visual Guide series.

Meher McArthur

Meher McArthur is a freelance Asian art curator, author and educator and used to be Curator of East Asian Art at Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, Californaia, USA. She is the author of Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols (Thames and Hudson 2004), and The Arts of Asia: Materials, Techniques, Styles (2005).

Mona Siddiqui

Mona Siddiqui joined the University of Edinburgh's Divinity school in December 2011 as the first person to hold a chair in Islamic and Interreligious Studies. She also holds the posts of Assistant Principal for Religion and Society and Dean international for the Middle-East. Amongst her most recent publications are Hospitality in Islam: Welcoming in God's Name; My Way: A Muslim Woman's Journey; Christians, Muslims and Jesus; and The Good Muslim: Reflections on Classical Islamic Law and Theology. She is a regular commentator in the media on issues around religion, ethics and public life, known especially for her appearances on BBC Radio's Thought for the Day. In 2011, she was awarded an OBE for her contribution to interfaith services and is listed in the Debretts top 500 most influential people in the UK.

Ninian Smart

The late Ninian Smart was a distinguished academic theologian who founded the UK's first major department of Religious Studies at the University of Lancaster. Richard D. Hecht is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California (Santa Barbara).

Peter Stanford

Peter Stanford's previous investigations into the history, theology, enduring appeal and cultural significance of religious ideas include Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident; Judas: The Troubling History of the Renegade Apostle; The Devil - A Biography; Heaven - A Traveller's Guide to the Undiscovered Country; and The She-Pope, an investigation of the Pope Joan legend. His other books include biographies of Bronwen Astor, Lord Longford and the Poet Laureate, C Day-Lewis, plus the polemical Catholics and Sex that became an award-winning Channel 4 series in 1992. He is a senior features writer at the Daily and Sunday Telegraph titles, and contributes to the Independent, the Observer, the Daily Mail and the Catholic weekly, the Tablet, where he is a columnist. He has presented programmes on BBC 1, Channel 4 and Channel 5, as well as BBC Radios 2 and 4 and the BBC World Service.

Phil Rickman

Phil Rickman lives on the Welsh border where he writes and presents the book programme Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales. He is the author of seven previous Merrily Watkins' Mysteries, introducing the Reverend in The Wine of Angels, and charting her career as the diocesan exorcist with Midwinter of the Spirit, A Crown of Lights, The Cure of Souls, The Lamp of the Wicked, The Prayer of the Night Shepherd and The Smile of a Ghost.

Philip Carr-Gomm

Philip Carr-Gomm has a degree in psychology from University College London, and trained in psychotherapy for adults at The Institute of Psychosynthesis, and in play therapy for children. He lives in Sussex with his wife Stephanie and their children.

Sarah Brewer

Dr. Sarah Brewer is a recognised expert on sensible supplementation and a respected health journalist. She is the author of over 30 popular health books.

Vishvapani Blomfield

Vishvapani Blomfield has taught meditation for over eighteen years. He also writes and broadcasts on mindfulness, meditation and Buddhism, and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's 'Thought for the Day'. Challenging Times: Stories of Buddhist Practice When Things Get Tough, edited by Vishvapani, was published in 2006.