Friday, April 18, 2008

The Literature of Islam: A Guide to the Primary Sources in English Translation

This book introduces the literature of Islam as it is an English translation. For scholars in other fields who need to understand the vast and complex literary heritage of this erudite and vigorous faith community, but are unable to devote years to achieving reading proficiency in classic Arabic; for faculty members called upon to teach introductory or survey courses outside their own disciplines; and for graduate students in theology, medieval studies, world religions, or related fields who need access to these translated primary sources, the literature of Islam is a welcome resource. In addition, lay readers who are interested in understanding the modern Arab or Islamic world might grasp something of the currents of thought and belief through the centuries that produced these important works, which continue to exert a powerful influence upon Muslims. [Description provided by the publisher]

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