Religions of the World - Questions, Challenges, and New Directions - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Religions of the World - Questions, Challenges, and New Directions - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Islam

Religions of the World - Questions, Challenges, and New Directions - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Leslie Dorrough Smith [+-]
Avila University
Leslie Dorrough Smith is Professor of Religious Studies at Avila University and a member of the Women’s and Gender Studies faculty.
Steven W Ramey [+-]
University of Alabama
Steven W. Ramey is a Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, where he also directs the Asian Studies Program.

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This chapter explores and then interrogates four popular perspectives on Islam. We begin with a focus on Islam as a prophetic tradition that teaches compassion and hospitality, relating the general narrative of Muhammad and the emphasis on caring for the widow and orphan within portions of the Qur’an. The second representation emphasizes how Islam promotes submission to God, following practices defined in the Five Pillars and interpretations of Sharia. Here we focus on how people who identify with Islam generate a range of interpretations of what is required and what is not. The third representation highlights the significance of experience within Islamic mystical practices, focusing on Sufi understandings of Islam. The fourth representation discusses the cultural influence attributed to Islam, analyzing different ways that that influence has been described within and outside of Muslim communities.

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Dorrough Smith, Leslie; Ramey, Steven. Islam. Religions of the World - Questions, Challenges, and New Directions. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 269-311 Feb 2024. ISBN 9781800503762. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=44600. Date accessed: 24 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.44600. Feb 2024

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