Islam in the World

by Ruthven, Malise


  • New third edition of Ruthven’s classic book
  • With a new chapter, looking the world post 9/11
  • By the author of A Fury for God
  • ‘An exceptionally insightful and thought-provoking introduction to Islam, explaining its basic religious beliefs, practices and institutions as well as discussing its impact on Muslim life today’ John L. Esposito
  • ‘Full of original ideas and judgements based upon wide reading and personal observation’ Albert Hourani, author of A History of the Arab People

About the Author

Malise Ruthven is the author of several books including A Fury For God (Granta) and Islam: A Very Short Introduction; A former writer and editor with the BBC’s External Services, he has taught and lectured widely in Britain and the United States on religion and the Middle East. He was written for TLS, and the Guardian, and divides his time between London and Normandy.[Islam in the World first published 1984, reissued 2000. Penguin Books]