one of the most prominent intellectuals in the Muslim world comes a timely new
introduction to one of the world's most practiced-and most misunderstood religions. In frank, unapologetic language, Tariq Ramadan walks
readers through Islam and its principles, rituals, diversity, and evolution.
Ramadan, known for his efforts to reform and change the
understanding of Islam in the West, avoids ideology and idealism, instead of
attempting to depict the true meaning of Islam to readers who have no previous
experience with the religion. The book is therefore focused on defining the
basic principles of Islam and offering an overview of the faith's history: from
its beginnings in the prophetic mission to the Sunni-Shi'a schism to the
formation of distinct schools of law, theology, philosophy, and mysticism.