Islam: A Brief History (CourseSmart) by Tamara Sonn

By Tamara Sonn

Reflecting contemporary worldwide advancements, the second one variation of this illuminating advent to Islamic historical past expands its insurance of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim perspectives on human rights, together with the rights of girls.

  • An improved re-creation of this concise, illuminating advent to Islam, written via one of many field’s major students
  • Spans Islamic heritage from the lifetime of Muhammad and the beginning of Islamic beliefs, via Islam’s extraordinary geographical growth and cultural improvement, to the construction of contemporary states and its position in today’s international society
  • Features increased insurance of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim perspectives on human rights, together with the rights of ladies
  • Includes attention-grabbing vignettes of Islamic existence, representing mainstream Muslim viewpoints on problems with international hindrance
  • Explores the advanced interrelationships of cultural, political, and ideological advancements woven all through Islamic heritage, drawing on particular examples together with present advancements in Pakistan

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Abu Bakr then led the community in a momentous decision: to bring the tribes that had seceded back into the community by force, if necessary. The Quran stipulates that “there is no compulsion in religion” (2:256). It reinforces that position elsewhere. For example, when discussing preaching to the People of the Book, Muhammad is instructed: If they argue with you, say my followers and I have surrendered ourselves to God. ” If they surrender [to God], then they are rightly guided, and if they turn away, then it is your duty only to preach.

Therefore, although slavery is permitted in the Quran, it is now banned in Muslim countries. The principle demonstrated in this example is that there is a distinction between the reality of legal slavery in the Quran, and the moral recommendations concerning slavery. The former is considered a contingent circumstance, able to be changed. The latter reflects the eternal model of human dignity. At the time of the early Muslim community, the immediate emancipation of all slaves would have caused economic chaos – which obviously would not have been conducive to Islamic goals of wellbeing for all people.

Because of the brutality of that society toward women, female infanticide was common. People killed their baby girls, fearing they would not be able to provide for them and that they would be subjected to the whims of those who had no respect for women. Out of concern for the protection of women, the Quran forbids female infanticide. It also rebukes men who are ashamed when a daughter, rather than a son, is born. ” The Quran also insists that men and women both are entitled to whatever wages they earn.

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