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This is a superbly written piece, timely and focused to the needs of western readers today. Peters highlights the similarities and trenchant differences between Muslim, Jewish, and Christian scriptures and communities. We have reason to celebrate so beautifully crafted a work, so judiciously comparative a study from an author of Peters's accomplishment. -- David Burrell, University of Notre Dame

Table of Contents

*FrontMatter, pg. i*Contents, pg. vii*Introduction, pg. xi*1. Discovering Scripture in Scripture, pg. 1*2. The Past Remembered, pg. 30*3. "And Muhammad Is His Messenger", pg. 51*4. The Prince of Medina, pg. 68*Muhammad and Jesus: An Essay in Comparison, pg. 96*5. The Muslim Scripture: The Quran, pg. 99*6. The Umma, Allah's Commonwealth, pg. 127*7. God's Way: A Life and a Law for Muslims, pg. 156*8. Defining and Defending the Community of Believers, pg. 186*9. The Worshipful Acts, pg. 216*10. This World and the Next, pg. 245*Reflections after a Breakfast, pg. 273*Index, pg. 277

About the Author

F. E. Peters is Professor of History, Religion, and Middle Eastern Studies at New York University and past chair of those departments. His books include "The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam" and the two-volume "The Monotheists: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Conflict and Competition" (all Princeton).


"With this Guide, readers ... who have wanted an informed and balanced account of Muslim belief and practice need wait no longer."--C. Clifton Black, Theology Today "Clearly the reading public needs a book describing Islam that avoids trendy multiculturalism as well as Christian rejectionism. That is precisely what F.E. Peters provides in this lucid guide. Peters manifests all the virtues of clarity and fairness that come from a lifetime of study devoted to this complex and multifaceted religion... Here is that most paradoxical of books: one that can change lives (and headlines), not by trying to convert, but simply by trying to describe."--Edward T. Oakes, S.J., First Things

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