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.
The introduction really gets the reader off on a good start as they dive into the thick of WHAT THEY DON’T TELL YOU. This brief description introduces readers to the premise behind the whole book in terms of the goal of each chapter. Brown probably says it best when he writes that the introduction is “all the ‘stuff’ that has to be said” before he can communicate what it really is that he wants to get across. In Chapter o... ... middle of paper ... ...ening. I was challenged to deeper my faith through questions and further reading, so that I may fully understand what it is that God was doing in the lives of those in the Bible.
I am glad that i have gotten to lear more about their beliefs and practices, because I will have to be sensitive to that in my line of work. Some precessions that I now know to take could be anything like avoiding talk about bacon to making sure I dress extra modestly. I look forward to working with Muslims and learning more about their religion and culture. Works Cited Bulletin, I. Islam beliefs and practices. Retrieved from http://www.islamicbulletin.org/newsletters/issue_24/beliefs.aspx Basic facts about islam.
I found this assignment challenging, yet rewarding. Through my research, I was able to overcome the stereotypes that I myself had created in regards to the Islamic religion. Contrary to popular belief, the Islam way of life focuses on peace rather than violence. What I was most impressed with, was learning about the five pillars and how they view wealth. Muslim’s are socially conscious and promote caring and giving to their fellow neighbor.
And it is known to still be followed by believers today. The Hadith gives details ... ... middle of paper ... ...s; giving a deeper insight to the teachings of the early Islam days in a written down in a book containing sayings (hadith). In other words the Hadith is a central to the proper understanding of the Qur’an. It is said that without the examples given by the Prophet as documented in the Hadith a follower/believer would not know how to pray, fast, perform Hajj if he/she had no knowledge of the Hadith. It is known that all necessary details are giving in the Hadith, not only in the Qur’an.
Anyone who wants an in depth view of the Muslim relationship with Christians should read this. Finally I believe he does a good job of keeping a non-biased point of view, resulting in my opinion that this book would also have value to Muslims and Christians wanting to know about the same subject or their history.
Luckily, I have a basic background in Arabic and Fiqh term so easy for me to digest what he is trying to convey but it might be different for someone doesn’t know Islam or have a brief understanding about Fiqh in Islam. This book has three part, in introduction, he is explaining his reason writing this book and what is radical reform from his perspectives. Later he talk about mazhab in Islam and lastly the current issues in Muslim world such as the education and society, medical issues and etc. This book change my opinion in certain aspects, I really like when he talks about adaptation and transformation. This idea is good, we need to transform rather than adapt.
As in the past, Islam will survive and thrive in any environment. If Christians want to be part of a world that could very well soon be one with more Muslims than Christians, they need to begin to understand their beliefs and practices and work alongside each other for the good of humanity. Only then will they flourish.
The large importance Islam places on the umma is unparallel. The umma: “is often used to refer to the essential unity of all Muslims, despite their diverse geographical and cultural settings” (Esposito, 2002, 16). This bond between Muslims creates a sense of community by highlighting the religious similarity of all Muslims. All “Muslims have been commanded to […] consider their identities as Muslims to be more important than any other identities they might have (Esposito, 2002, 16)”. This creates a very strong community.
Each report is a hadith considered as having authority because God enjoys guidance by the Prophet through the Quran. Sunna confirms the Quran as the traditional theory affirms and assists in interpretation or fills empty parts of the lines. Islamic formulas to dilute or eliminate the protections afforded by international human rights law are critically assessed by Ann Elizabeth Mayer. She discusses how these schemes reflect current debates in Muslim societies. Mayer discusses the political motives behind the selective use of elements of the Islamic tradition by conservative groups who oppose Muslim`s aspirations to enjoy human rights.