By Amyn B. Sajoo
What precisely is the Qur'an? How does this remarkable rfile -- actually ""recitation"" -- relate to the lifestyles and occasions of the Prophet Muhammad? And why did the faith of the Prophet, which got here to be referred to as ""Islam"" (or submission to God's will), on the middle of which lies the Qur'an, provide start to a legacy so richly various in religion, legislation and civilization? This immaculately researched, yet even as completely obtainable, ebook bargains a trip into the entire variety of expertise -- earlier and current, secular and sacred -- of the peoples and cultures that proportion in Islamic culture. the amount examines a vast variety of subject matters and issues. Poets, towns and the structure of mosques are as a lot part of its exploration because the position of technology in trust, methods of analyzing scripture, the connection of girls to the religion and the emergence of a ""digital community"" of believers. within the aftermath of 11th of September, the so-called ""war on terror"" and a brand new worldwide geopolitics outlined by means of response and reaction to the perils of fundamentalism and extremism, it truly is central to appreciate -- throughout all its frontiers -- what Islam is set and what Muslims believe. A significant other to the Muslim World contains an enticing and coherent test by means of special students to contibute in the direction of that important means of comprehension.
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Khan shows that what is most universal are themes such as the threshold or entrance ‘that marks a symbolic change of mind from one state to another’, the space for ablutions ‘both practical and inspirational, for it marks another threshold’, and the niche (mihrab) that marks the direction of prayer. He sees two issues dominating how Muslims today think about mosques: expressions IBT021 - A Companion to the Mulism World 10/6/09 Introduction 16:41 Page 17 17 of local and global identity, and the status of women.
Indeed, there are so many parallels between the early Muslim community and traditional tribal societies that one is left with the distinct impression that, at least in Muhammad’s mind, the umma was indeed a tribe, though a new and radically innovative one. For one thing, the reference in the Constitution of Medina to Muhammad’s role as shaykh of his clan of Emigrants indicates that, despite the Prophet’s elevated status, his secular authority would have fallen well within the traditional model of pre-Islamic tribal society.
True, there were religious influences such as the need for spaces for cleansing before prayers, and the division of public and private spaces between men and women. But in taking us through five great centres – Cairo, Cordoba, Delhi, Isfahan and Marrakesh – Bennison shows that the character of urban life in Muslim societies has always been a lively mix of culture, geography, wealth and lived faith. Surely, though, the mosque is an entirely distinctive expression of Islam? Only to a point, as Hasan-Uddin Khan notes in his account of its art and architecture.
A Companion to the Muslim World by Amyn B. Sajoo