Being Muslim Today

Being Muslim Today: Reclaiming the Faith from Orthodoxy and Islamophobia

Religion, Islam
Paperback Published on: 07/07/2024
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The truths of every religion are typically challenged and re-written, serving as potent grounds for some of history’s most enduring debates and conflicts. Perhaps no other religious tradition suffers as much from the dualistic fallacy of good and evil than does Islam. What does it mean to be Muslim today? Orthodoxy’s interpretation is idyllic and omniscient, simplistic to a fault. Islamophobes at the opposite end of the spectrum, cultivating damaging stereotypes that present a religion that most Muslims cannot relate to.

In Being Muslim Today: Reclaiming the Faith from Orthodoxy and Islamophobia, bestselling author Dr. Saqib Qureshi silences the noise that obscures the message of Islam. He provides a compelling and accurate presentation of the faith’s beginnings, its evolution throughout the last 1,400 years, and its relevance for today. Being Muslim Today simplifies complicated academic debates and reveals the heart and soul of a growing faith tradition that claims more than two billion adherents.

Chapters include lucid discussions of the origins of Islam, the Prophet Muhammed, and the rise of Islam through the ages. Qureshi also describes the twin perils of Orthodoxy and Islamophobia, both of which, he contends, badly misinterpret the true message of the faith. In a final chapter, Qureshi confronts the stereotype of Islam as an inherently violent religion, asking the West to hold a mirror to its own voracious appetite for conflict and colonization. Throughout, Qureshi encourages Muslims to reject pious certitude—the faithful must acknowledge the diversity of approaches and principals in the Islamic tradition, he writes, and adopt an attitude of theological humility. Some things are simply unknowable.

  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 9781538189320
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 445g
  • Dimensions: 227 x 151 x 27 mm

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Being Muslim Today
The Islam book for 2024? Probably.
A brilliant book which I read cover to cover on a transatlantic flight. I could not put this book down - it's as simple that. I say this having read a good... READ MORE
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Must Read!
There is no single book about Islam which I would ever recommend as the comprehensive book on the history, theology and journey of Islam. But this is defin... READ MORE
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An outstanding book
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Being Muslim Today
Strongly recommend
Picked this up yesterday at a talk where I met the author. Less than 24 hours on, and I finished the book: this is one absolutely first rate book. Quereshi... READ MORE
Elizabeth Harris
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Fascinating, fantastic eye-opener - a stunningly new way to understand Islam
I thought I knew Islam very well until I read this book. Being Muslim Today is a really well written book, but it is really distinct because it's perhaps t... READ MORE
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Thoughtful, Enjoyable and Well Researched
A really good book which I enjoyed from cover to cover. The author does an excellent job in charting what scholarship knows of the journey of Islam, and it... READ MORE
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