Islam is considered by many observers to be the fastest growing religion in the world, yet it is the most misunderstood of the world’s major faiths. Islamic culture, whose roots plunge deep into the past but which is still alive today, simultaneously developed a conception of the individual and the universe, a philosophy of life and an art of living still attested in the prestigious vestiges of its heritage, which form an integral part of the heritage of humanity. Some misconceptions about Islam stem from calculated propaganda against Islam, but a good amount of it is attributable to the ignorance of many Muslims whose limited knowledge and practice of Islam perpetuates these misconceptions. The Islamic Culture’s sociology overwhelms all socio mores of human way of living. The criterion and nature of this society is to regulate the individual’s conduct both in person and with other human beings, basing on his Creator’s moral fiber for ultimate success.
Islamic Studies and Culture covers the classical heritage and Islamic culture, classical Arabic science and philosophy, and Muslim religious sciences, showing continuation of Greek and Persian thought as well as original Muslim contributions. This book provides a detailed and richly illustrated overview of the origins and development of Islam, focusing on its culture throughout history. The contributors to this collection examine many dimensions of life in the Diaspora and demonstrate that identity is always constructed in relation to others. Neither a learned compilation nor an attempt at popularization, this volume focuses on the various aspects of Islamic culture, intended to be a work of a high scientific standard with contributions from eminent scholars in the Islamic world.