Understanding Islam, Revised Edition:

An Introduction to the Muslim World

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Since the Gulf War, many have asked, why do Middle Easterners think and act as they do? Of the 900 million people today who follow the Islamic faith, all are profoundly affected by the teachings of Muhammad and by Muslim traditions that have developed over the past thirteen centuries.

This comprehensive guide offers an informative and insightful introduction to Islam, both as a religion and as a political-economic force. It tells the story of Muhammad and the rise of Islam; outlines the sacred book, the Koran; explains the Five Pillars of Faith; explores the interplay between religion and government; describes the differences that divide Islam; and above all, shows the influence of Islam on world affairs.

This revised edition provides crucial new material on the Islamic community today, including discussion of the Gulf War and the Salman Rushdie affair; the rise and ebb of fundamentalist fervor in Iran, Algeria, and elsewhere; and the relationships among different factions of the Islamic faith. There are also updated descriptions of internal politics in Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, and other Islamic nations. Understanding Islam is engrossing, essential reading for both students and all who seek a clearer understanding of the world in which we live.

Editorial Reviews

“His handling of modern issues is clear and thought-provoking, providing both new information and new insights.”

Middle East Journal

Understanding Islam is an example of a book more likely to be listened to than read…[Wanda McCaddon’s] reading is fast and clear.” 

Wilson Library Bulletin

“[Wanda McCaddon’s] captivating English voice melds with the narrative, providing a dramatic and intriguing glimpse into one of the world’s ‘newer’ religions.”

Large Print Reviews

“Especially illuminating on the close relationship of religion and what the West would consider secular politics in the Muslim world.”

Library Journal

Author Biography

Thomas W. Lippman, a former Middle East bureau chief for the Washington Post, is an award-winning journalist who has written about Middle Eastern affairs and American foreign policy for more than three decades. He is a former adjunct senior fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington. The author of five other books on the Middle East and diplomacy, Lippman has appeared frequently on national television, news, and radio. He lives in Washington, DC.

Reader Biography

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.

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