New to this edition
Readership: Anyone interested in the influences of Islam in an international, contemporary, or political context; students of comparative
religions, international relations, and Islamic history.
Malise Ruthven, University of Aberdeen
Malise Ruthven was born in Dublin of Hiberno-Scottish parentage. A former scriptwriter with the BBC Arabic and World Services, he holds an MA in English Literature and a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University. He has taught Islamic studies, cultural history and comparative religion at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, Birkbeck College, University of London, the University of California, San Diego, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire and at the Colorado College, Colorado Springs. He is the author of Islam in the World (Oxford University Press
1984, 1991, 2006 ) a highly acclaimed overview of Islamic faith and history. His review essays and blogs appear regularly in the New York Review of Books and in 2004 London's Prospect magazine ranked him among the 100 top public intellectuals in Britain.
Review(s) from previous edition"very readable - RE Today 01/01/2002
"excellent little book" - The Guardian
1: Islam, Muslims, and Islamism
2: The Quran and the Prophet
3: Divine Unicity
4: The Shari'a and its consequences
5: Women and Family
6: The Two Jihads
Appendix: The five pillars of Islam