4. The Spread of Islam Beyond the Arabian Peninsula
Aaron W. Hughes [+]
University of Rochester
Muslim Identities: An Introduction to Islam (Second Edition) presents a fully updated introduction to the religion of Islam and the various social groups who define themselves as Muslim. Unlike other such works, it presents both insider and outsider accounts with the aim of striking a unique balance between overly apologetical and overly Orientalist perspectives. With the first edition described as a “truly outstanding book", and “the very best introduction currently available in English for non-Muslims seeking a sound approach to Islam” ( Journal of Islamic Studies ), this new edition offers both students and general readers a comprehensive and balanced introduction to the world’s second-largest religion.