Islam in China

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By Mi Shoujiang, You JiaPublisher: Chinese Intercontinental Press
Pages: 205, Date: 2004-01
ISBN-10 :  7508505336

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Islam in China, in five chapters, depicts the introduction and influence of Islam in China, including the development and flourish of the Islamic mosques, the nationalization of Islam in the country, the combination of Islam with traditional Chinese cultures, the discrimination the Muslims had to face, and the Chinese Muslims¡¯ participation in the war of resistance against Japan. With green-tinted photos and illustrations.

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Discovering Islam: Making Sense of Muslim History and Society, 2nd Edition

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By Akbar S. Ahmed
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2002-02-01, ISBN-10 : 0203406303
PDF File-Size: 1.49 MB

Now reissued with a new introduction, Discovering Islam is a classic account of how the history of Islam and its relations with the west have shaped Islamic society today. Islam is often caricatured as aggressive and fanatic. Written in the tradition of Ibn Khaldun, this readable and wide ranging book balances that image, uncovers the roots of Islamic discontent and celebrates the sources of its strength.

From the four "ideal Caliphs" who succeeded the Prophet to the refugee camps of Peshawar, an objective picture emerges of the main features of Muslim history and the compulsions of Muslim society.

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Introduction to Islamic Law : Islamic Law in Theory and Practice

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By Ahmed AKGÜNDÜZ
9080719269, 9789080719262
IUR Press, Rotterdam 2010, 406 Pages
PDF, 18.29 MB, 

The world today has become one large village. Muslims and non-Muslims live side by side and have to learn about one another, share commonalities and respect differences. At this time more than one and a half billion Muslims live in this village.

Some of them are pious Muslims, trying to live in accordance with Islamic rules, whereas others do not while believing that these rules come from God (the Quran), from interpretations of His Messenger {the Sunnah) or the consensus of Muslim jurists {ijma), and are at least rules derived via analog)' {qiyas) from the main sources of Islam. Most Muslims think along these lines and agree with the above. The reader should remember that Muslim individuals should live according to Islamic rules in private, but no individual is responsible for implementing Islamic law.

In any event, the need to learn the facts about Islamic law is necessary for Muslims as well as for non-Muslims if they live in the same society with Muslims, at least in the sense of general information.

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Islamic Art, Literature, and Culture (The Islamic World)

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By Kathleen Kuiper
Publisher: Rosen Education Service
Pages: 234, Date: 2009-12-20
ISBN-10 : 1615300198, Rar'd PDF 5 MB's Full

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The Islamic world contains a rich tradition of extraordinary literature and visual arts that stretches back for centuries. At various times, these arts have influenced— and been influenced by—Western literary and artistic traditions. Yet most Westerners know as little about Islamic literature and visual arts as they do about Islam itself.

Popular works such as The Thousand and One Nights and vague notions of tiled mosques or lavish palaces (frequently derived from Western fiction) are often the extent of Westerners’ knowledge of Islamic arts. Viewing Islamic art through the lens of such works is roughly akin to trying to understand the full scope of Western literature and visual arts through popular romance novels and fairy-tale castles.

The approach is neither realistic nor fair. This unenlightened view was shattered with the tragic events of September 11, 2001, when many Americans replaced their naive notions of the exotic Orient with an
outright rejection of a mostly unknown religion and all its worshippers. This attitude may be further exacerbated by the prejudice some feel toward the arts in general, that art has no connection to daily life and that it serves no useful purpose.

Yet if those notions are accurate, why are the arts so intimately interwoven with human history? The truth is that the creation and appreciation of art is an integral part of what it means to be human. Tens of thousands of years ago—long before writing existed—people painted pictures on cave walls and carved small figures. Before there was writing, there was spoken language, which storytellers used to create an oral tradition that was an essential means of transmitting the fundamental principles of human society and institutions.

The best among them could enthrall audiences with long, complex tales. After the invention of writing, many of these stories and poems were recorded, becoming some of the first works of literature....................................

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Islamic Banking and Finance: New Perspectives on Profit Sharing and Risk

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By International Conference on Islamic Economics and Banking (4th : 2000 : Loughborough University)
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Pages: 250, Date: 2002-03-31
ISBN-10 : 1840647876

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Over 200 Islamic banks - including some of the largest multinational banks - now operate in non-Muslim as well as Muslim countries. This work discusses Islamic financial theory and practice, and focuses on the opportunities offered by Islamic finance as an alternative method of financial intermediation.

Key features of profit-sharing (as opposed to debt-based) contracts are highlighted, and the ways in which they can facilitate improved efficiency and stability of a financial system are explored.

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Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World

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By Francis Robinson, Ira M. Lapidus
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 352, Date: 1996-06-13, ISBN-10 : 0521435102
scanned pdf. in two parts. part one 89 mb. part two 119 mb. 

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Islamic peoples account for one fifth of the world's population and yet there is widespread misunderstanding in the West of what Islam really is. Francis Robinson and his team set out to address this, revealing the complex and sometimes contrary nature of Muslim culture.

As well as taking on the issues uppermost in everyone's minds, such as the role of religious and political fundamentalism, they demonstrate the importance of commerce; literacy and learning; Islamic art; the effects of immigration, exodus, and conquest; and the roots of current crises in the Middle East, Bosnia, and the Gulf. Throughout, emphasis is placed on the interaction between Islam and the West, from the first Latin translations of the Quran to the fatwa on Salman Rushdie.

This elegant book deliberately sets out to dismantle the Western impression of Islam as a monolithic world and replace it with a balanced view, from current issues of fundamentalism to its dynamic culture and art. Francis Robinson is the editor of two outstanding reference works: Atlas of the Islamic World Since 1500 (Cambridge, 1982) and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of India (1989).

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