Avoiding the traps of sensational political exposes and specialized
scholarly Orientalism, Carl Ernst introduces readers to the
profound spiritual resources of Islam while clarifying diversity
and debate within the tradition. Framing his argument in terms of
religious studies, Ernst describes how Protestant definitions of
religion and anti-Muslim prejudice have affected views of Islam in
Europe and America. He also covers the contemporary importance of
Islam in both its traditional settings and its new locations and
provides a context for understanding extremist movements like
fundamentalism. He concludes with an overview of critical debates
on important contemporary issues such as gender and veiling, state
politics, and science and religion.
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