Understanding Islam and Muslim Traditions, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0780811151
  • ISBN-13: 9780780811157
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 496 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2004 | Published/Released October 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2004

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This guide addresses the widespread need for more information about Islamic religious practices and observances, holidays, and customs. Written for students, teachers, and general readers, this work explains specific religious observances and customs while introducing basic Islamic beliefs. Muslim holidays and festivals are described in considerable detail. Historical and geographical information is also presented to provide a context for further understanding. Suggestions for further reading, relevant web sites, a glossary of terms, and a comprehensive bibliography are also included.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
1: A Brief Introduction to Islam.
2: A Brief Introduction to Islam: Overview.
3: The Teachings of Islam.
4: Essential Beliefs and Practices.
5: Divisions Within Islam.
6: The History of Islam.
7: Arabia Before Islam.
8: The Prophet Muhammad and the Birth of Islam.
9: The Spread of Islam and the Age of Islamic Empires.
10: The Achievements of Islamic Civilization.
11: Muslims Today.
12: Moving Beyond Stereotypes.
13: The Geography of Islam.
14: Holy Places of Islam.
15: Additional Resources: (Including Web Sites and Videos).
16: Religious Customs and Folklore.
17: Religious Customs and Folklore: Overview.
18: Formal Prayer.
19: Informal Prayer.
20: Other Devotional Customs.
21: Mosque.
22: Quran.
23: Muhammad.
24: The Other Prophets, Angels, and Jinn.
25: Greetings and Sayings.
26: Clothing and Adornment.
27: Separation of the Sexes.
28: Beliefs and Practices Concerning the Body.
29: The Evil Eye, Amulets, and Charms.
30: Food.
31: The Life Cycle and Conversion.
32: Symbols.
33: Animals.
34: Dance, Music, Poetry, and Story.
35: Additional Resources: (Including Web Sites and Videos).
36: Calendar System, Holidays, and Other Days of Observance.
37: Calendar System, Holidays, and Other Days of Observance: Overview.
38: The Muslim Calendar.
39: The First of Muharram.
40: Ashura: (Also Called Muharram, Hosay, Tenth of Muharram).
41: Mulid Al-Nabi: (Also Called the Birthday of the Prophet, Maulidi, Mevlud Kandili, Mawlid Ah-Nabi).
42: Laylat Al-Miraj: (Also Called Al-Isra Wa Al-Miraj, Isra, Laylat Al-Isra, Miraj, Night of the Ascension, Night Journey, Night of the Night Journey).
43: Laylat Al-Bara'ah: (Also Called Fifteenth of Shaban, Night of Forgiveness, Night of Deliverance, Night of Record, Shab-i-Barat, Night of Destiny, Night of Fate, Birthday of the Twelfth Imam).
44: Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr.
45: Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr Around the World.
46: Laylat Al-Qadr: (Also Called Night of Power, Night of Destiny, Night of Determination, Precious Night).
47: Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca.
48: Eid Al-Adha: (Also Called Feast of the Sacrifice, Festival of the Sacrifice, the Major Festival, Eid Al-Kabir, Tabaski, Kurban Bayram, Baqar Eid).
49: Friday: (Also Called Day of Assembly, Day of Congregation, Yawn Al-Juma).
50: Hidrellez: (Also Called Khidr Festival).
51: Lamp Nights: (Also Called Kandil Geceleri, Candle Feasts).
52: White Nights.
53: Saints and Their Festivals.
54: A Closer Look at a Few Saints' Festivals.
55: Additional Resources: (Including Web Sites and Videos).
Topical Bibliography: (Including Web Sites and Videos).
Photo Credits.