"In this comprehensive study aid Bennett provides students with an introductory look at Islam from an academic point of view. The past and current attitudes and approaches to the subject are aptly represented as well as core sources such as the Qur'an. Bennett draws constructive elements from both the critical and the faith sensitive schools of thought thus setting a balanced foundation for religious study in general. This is the first volume in the Studying World Religions series, which takes on the subject of religious studies as social science rather than theology."
"Bennett provides an insightful and incisive analysis of trends in approaches to the teaching of Islam. He deal frankly with the problems that emerge with both the "faith sensitive" and the "critical" approaches and illustrates ways in which the positive elements of both trends can be integrated. Using an innovative structure mirroring a descriptive analysis of religion in human life, Bennett demonstrates how the study of Islam does not need to side with either polemic or apologetics and how it can and must integrate the tough questions that are asked today if it is to have intellectual rigour. This work provides a summary of scholarship on Islam that will be helpful to students in the development of their analytical tools and to teachers in their search for a classroom stance that is faithful to the principles of religious studies as an academic discipline."BY:ebook777.com