Today, 23 percent of the global population is Muslim, but ignorance
and misinformation about Islam persist. In this fascinating and
useful book, Perry Anderson interviews the noted scholar of Islam
Suleiman Mourad about the Qur'an and the history of the faith.
Mourad elucidates the different stages in Islam's development: the
Qur'an as scripture and the history of its codification; Muhammad
and the significance of his Sunna and Hadith; the Sunni-Shi'i split
and the formation of various sects; the development of jihad; the
transition to modernity and the challenges of reform; and the
complexities of Islam in the modern world. He also looks at
Wahhabism from its inception in the eighteenth century to its
present-day position as the movement that galvanized modern
Salafism and gave rise to militant Islam or jihadism. The Mosaic of
Islam reveals both the richness and the fissures of the faith. It
speaks of the different voices claiming to represent the religion
and spans peaceful groups and manifestations as well as the bloody
confrontations that disfigure the Middle East, such as the Saudi
intervention in the Yemen and the collapse of Syria and Iraq.
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