This is very good as an introduction to islam but i did find the early chapters slightly confusing not because it is badly written it isnt but simply because the early history of islam is very confusing the early doctrinal shifts in other words i suppose i would have preferred it to be even shorter and simpler but that is a reflection of me i certainly finished the book with a . This is an excellent introduction to an understanding of the position and the role of islam in the contemporary world the author does not evade the difficult debate about the relationship between the west and the islamic world but succeeds in creating a broader perspective on this controversial issue. Islam a very short introduction examines why islam has such major divisions between movements such as the shiites the sunnis and the wahhabis and the central importance of the sharia islamic law in islamic life why is the greatest jihad holy war now against the enemies of islam rather than the struggle against evil. Opening with a lucid overview of the rise and spread of islam from the seventh to the twenty first century this very short introduction introduces the story of islamic history charting the evolution of what was originally a small localized community of believers into an international religion with over a billion adherents. Islam a very short introduction
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