What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, there has been an overwhelming demand for information about Islam, and recent events - the war in Iraq, terrorist attacks both failed and successful, debates throughout Europe over Islamic dress, and many others - have raised new questions in the minds of policymakers and the general public. This newly updated edition of What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam is the best single source for clearly presented, objective information about these new developments, and for answers to questions about the origin and traditions of Islam. Editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern Islam and The Oxford History of Islam, and author of The Future of Islam and many other acclaimed works, John L. Esposito is one of America's leading authorities on Islam. This brief and readable book remains the first place to look for up-to-date information on the faith, customs, and political beliefs of the more than one billion people who call themselves Muslims.

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By Quynh · ★★★☆☆ · July 16, 2012
Before reading this book, I had never given Islam (or any religion to be honest) much thought & carried w/ me the images and preconceptions of Muslims as they are portrayed by news stories. So.. to regretfully say, I was foolishly ignorant and carried with me the heaviest and uninformed ideas... ...more
By Elisabeth (Hesperia, CA) · ★★☆☆☆ · December 17, 2011
As an Anthropologist I did not enjoy this book. I am used to reading books which discuss a culture/religion as a whole and not merely select issues. That being said, I do believe this would be a good book for much of the Western world to read given all of the stereotypes regarding Muslims and Ara... ...more
By Garrett (San Bernardino, CA) · ★★★★☆ · December 19, 2013
Well written and informative but just scrapes the surface. If you really want to find out about Islam you need to study everything intently. Start here but look deeper and further. It is important to get multiple perspectives on religion and determine what's fact or fiction. Very good book. Anybo... ...more
By Mary Anne (San Jose, CA) · ★★★★☆ · March 23, 2013
I originally read/listened to Esposito's Great World Religions: Islam and found it to be really awesome. One of my colleagues had this book around and I decided to check it out. This book is set up such that you can go directly to the section you're interested in instead of reading it cover to co... ...more
By Muna (Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia) · ★★★★☆ · February 13, 2013
The questions are what the author regards as most frequently asked, and each questions are written in independent manner that readers can start reading the book by choosing any chapter from anywhere in the book. The answers are written in a non-judgmental way, means it is what it is, and not show... ...more
By Jagati (Kolkata, 47, India) · ★★★☆☆ · April 11, 2010
The book provides an insight into the complexities in Islam in a very non - judgemental way. What is important that we get to view our predispositions on some of the most talked about issues from a different aspect.Also it helped me in my work as gender consultant to address some of the tricky qu... ...more
By Matthew (Syracuse, UT) · ★★★★★ · July 01, 2009
Intelligent and objective review of the Islamic faith. Esposito has always been a moderate and reasoned voice in the often hysterical debate about what Islam is and is not. Unlike his other books, this book is written in a question and answer format which allows the reader to search for a particu... ...more
By John (Kraków, Poland) · February 15, 2008
Organized in Q&A format with Esposito's answers to commonly asked questions. Some questions are about Islam but the answers Esposito gives are about what different things Muslims do, say, believe and so on. In these cases, not much critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of differin... ...more
By Michael (Korea, Republic of) · ★★☆☆☆ · June 26, 2013
Somewhat informative, but more apologist than I expected, in the sense that the author defends Islam in most ways but does not adequately address the perceived (modern) faults. I probably would have preferred one of the other introductory books on the subject. ...more