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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (June 18 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520210867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520210868
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #792,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An anthology of primary source material on Islam and Islamic culture that is far superior in the breadth of its coverage than any other work currently available."—Ali Asani, Harvard University

"[An] important book. Renard's anthology brings together new or hard-to-find materials which showcase the spiritual values, institutions, and communities that are at the very heart of Muslim religious experience."—Daniel Brown, Mt. Holyoke College

About the Author

John Renard is Professor of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. His previous books include All the King's Falcons: Rumi on Prophets and Revelation (1994) and Seven Doors to Islam: Spirituality and the Religious Life of Muslims (California, 1996).

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The House of Islam rests on the threefold foundation of a sacred scripture, the prophetic sayings of Muhammad, and a sophisticated tradition of exegesis, or interpretation of the sacred tests. Read the first page
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Islamic Thoughts March 8 2010
By William Garrison Jr. - Published on
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(from book's dustjacket): "Over the centuries and across the globe, Muslim authors and artists have given moving testimony to their experience of being members of the Islamic community. Their many vantage points came together in this collection, one that represents major Islamic groups from the past through the present and covers a range of themes essential to understanding Islamic spirituality and religious life. "Windows on the House of Islam" integrates a full range of literary and visual primary sources, representing major Islamic societies and communities from the past through the present, from Arabia to the United States, and covering a broad spectrum of themes essential to an understanding of Islamic spirituality and religious life. John Renard has united over seventy translations originating from a dozen languages-including Arabic, Persian, Chinese, and Indonesian-and contributed by over thirty of the world's top Islam scholars. In addition, more than five dozen illustrations thematically document a full range of artistic forms and historical periods, from ritual objects and architecture to manuscripts of religious texts. A companion volume to Seven Doors to Islam, Windows on the House of Islam is the first book of its kind to integrate such a wide range of literary and visual forms. It serves as both an introduction to Islamic religious primary sources as well as a supplement to general works on Islamic religion, spirituality, and culture. John Renard is the author of: In the Footsteps of Muhammad : Understanding Islamic Experience (1992), Islam and the Heroic Image : Themes in Literature and the Visual Arts (1993), and All the King's Falcons : Rumi on Prophets and Revelation (1994). He is Professor of Theological Studies at St. Louis University."
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Diverse in its Scope Jan. 15 2003
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The book tried to tell the story of muslim civilization, culture, practices and belief through out the muslim world from the point of view of notable Muslims..