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Islam The Straight Path An evaluation of the book by John L Esposito Islam The Straight Path In this book Esposito provides a succinct up-to-date survey of the Islamic experience an introduction to the faith belief and practice of Islam from its origins to its contemporary resurgence He traces the emergence and development of this dynamic faith and its impact on world history and politics He discusses the formation of Islamic belief and practice law theology philosophy and mysticism chronicling the struggle of Muslims to define and adhere to their Islamic way of life Equally important is the essential information Esposito provides on the contemporary world of Islam from Muslim responses to the challenges of colonialism and modernization to the reassertion of Islam in politics and society This introductory book in the teaching of Islam and Islamic way of life by Esposito can be categorized in three different sections with various sub-tittles First section concentrates on structural elements of Islam that includes Messenger and the Message that are Muhammad and the Holy Koran Second section is about The emergence of Islamic identity as the Muslim Community which includes the belief and the practice of the religion And finally the modern Interpretations of Islam Esposito introduces three concepts in the first three chapters he explains what Islam is I believe that he did an excellent job in presenting pre-Islamic time for Arabia and its surrounding region But I also believe that concentrating on Muhammads PBUH biography has little relevant to Islam Because Islam is based mainly on the completion message of God to the World I believe if a non-Muslim reader try were to understand Islam through this book he or she would compare it to the concept of Jesus or David the Texan cult leader and many others I found that Esposito guides its readers to a
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