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A Short Guide to the Faith
POD; Published: 3/3/2011
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6600-4
Price: $ 22.50
211 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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In this straightforward and authoritative collection of fifteen essays -- each by a different, specialized expert in the field -- readers will encounter all the major elements of Islam, including its history, its beliefs, its practices, and its interactions, notably with Christianity, Judaism, and the modern world. Islam: A Short Guide to the Faith will inform and enlighten all who wish to better understand this increasingly influential world religion.

Read more about the book in a blog post by Allen on EerdWord.


  • Roger Allen
  • Ruba Kana'an
  • Ahmet T. Karamustafa
  • Bruce B. Lawrence
  • Paul Löffler
  • Joseph E. Lowry
  • Scott C. Lucas
  • Jon McGinnis
  • Tahera Qutbuddin
  • Abdulaziz Sachedina
  • Jane I. Smith
  • Mark N. Swanson
  • Shawkat M. Toorawa
  • Mark S. Wagner
  • Homayra Ziad
  • Aron Zysow
Muhammad Abdel Haleem
— University of London
"This attractive, reader-friendly volume has the advantage of being written not by one author but by a group of scholars, each a well-established authority. It thus stands out as something special compared to many other 'introductions' to Islam. . . Will certainly be very welcome to teachers, students, and general readers."
Ingrid Mattson
— Hartford Seminary
"This factual, jargon-free, and to-the-point book tells general readers just what they need to know about Islam."
Chase Robinson
— City University of New York
"Islam: A Short Guide to the Faith achieves the near-impossible: it is at once pithy and comprehensive, authoritative and accessible, provocative and reliable. Introductions to Islam over the last decade have generally increased in quantity and decreased in quality. This short book, which familiarizes the newcomer with the essential history, doctrines, and institutions of the religious tradition, is a salutary exception to that pattern."
Reviews in Religion and Theology
"[This book] is faithfully and carefully put together to guide non-Muslims to a better understanding of Islam. . . . It would be a good addition to the library of any non-Muslim religious leaders. It also offers useful and interesting reading for anyone who might wish to know more about Islam."
"A helpful resource. . . . Can serve to sharpen our comprehension of specific details — and in that light the glossary is worth the price of the book."
"This book is thoroughly accessible to a general reader and a much-needed and welcome addition to any collection."