Past, Present and Future

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For more than two decades the world religions have been a central topic for Hans K#65533;ng. In books which have inspired millions throughout human society, he has pioneered work towards a new dialogue between cultures. In this extraordinarily comprehensive book, he gives an in-depth account of Islam, the second largest world religion after Christianity. Describing paradigm shifts in its 1400-year history, outlining the various currents and surveying the positions of Islam on the urgentquestions of the day, few present-day theologians could have written such a complete analysis. As in K#65533;ng's earlier studies on Judaism (1991) and Christianity (1994), he focuses on the central principles in the faith and seeks to show the parallels between the monotheistic world religions. With detailed analysis of the contents and meaning of the Koran, he challenges the notion that people of different religions are intrinsically opposed. Indeed, in the introduction of this thought-provoking and powerful book, he explicitly presents its message as being the antithesis of that of the influential Clash of Civilisations (1993), by Samuel Huntington. Instead of presenting Islam as the new 'enemy' in a post Cold War world, and regarding the current international situation as a call for further rearmament and hatred, he suggests that a "peace between religions" is a prerequisite for "peace between nations". Informative, opinionated and exceedingly well-constructed, this is a masterpiece by the foremost scholar in his field. In a world where understanding of global politics requires a knowledge of Islam, there is no better place to start. Dr. K#65533;ng is President of the Foundation for a Global Ethic (Weltethos). From 1960 until his retirement in 1996, he was Professor of Ecumenical Theology and Director of the Institute for Ecumenical Research at the University of T#65533;bingen. He is a scholar of theology and philosophy and a prolific writer. He was recently named among Foreign Affairs One Hundred Public Intellectuals
Uniform Title: Der Islam. English
Publisher: Oxford : Oneworld, 2007.
ISBN: 9781851683772
Branch Call Number: 297
Characteristics: xxx, 767 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


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Oct 04, 2017

Tired of hearing obviously overly simplified and often biased summaries of the history of Islam? Search no further! I started this book knowing next to nothing about the subject and now feel that I have a firm basis for further reading on Islam. Well organized, and exhaustively researched. Although some of the vocabulary may be foreign for lay reader (such as myself), technical terms are often understandable in context or easily researched.
Kungs' goal with this, along with his other titles researching Christianity and Judaism, is to provide a framework for civil discussion between the three Abrahamic religions by identifying the similarities and differences of the three while avoiding judgements. The book also includes questions for the reader/group to spur these discussions.
Rather than trusting those that would tell that Islam is 100% a religion of peace, or of violence, read the whole story and decide for yourself.


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