A Reader on Classical Islam by F. E. Peters

By F. E. Peters

To permit the reader to form, or even reshape, an realizing of the Islamic culture, F. E. Peters skillfully combines wide passages from Islamic texts with a desirable remark of his personal. In so doing, he provides a considerable physique of literary proof that may 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 a complete. The voices recorded listed here are these of Muslims engaged in discourse with their God and with every 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 while the exemplary works of legislation and spirituality have been written, texts of such universally said significance that next generations of Muslims gratefully understood themselves as heirs to an greatly large and wealthy legacy of meditation on God's Word.

"Islam" is a be aware that turns out uncomplicated to appreciate. It skill "submission," and, extra particularly within the context the place it first and such a lot familiarly seems to be, "submission to the need of God." That context is the Quran, the Sacred ebook of the Muslims, from which circulate the styles of trust and perform that this day declare the religious allegiance of countless numbers of thousands around the world. via drawing at the works of the good masters--Islam in its personal words--Peters enriches our figuring out of the neighborhood of "those who've submitted" and their enforcing non secular and political tradition, that is turning into ever extra vital to the West.

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