This Is Islam presents a lively introduction to a religion that has a dramatic history and plays a crucial role in the world today. Designed for people unfamiliar with Islamic beliefs, rituals, and customs, it explains the history of Islam, the importance of Islamic law, and major sects including Sunnism, Shi'ism, and Sufism.
Jamal J. Elias is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Class of 1965 Endowed Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He has written and lectured widely on the Qur'an, Sufism, and religion and material culture acrossthe Islamic world. He is the author of numerous books on Islam and Islamic society, including Key Themes for the Study of Islam (Oneworld, 2010), On Wings of Diesel: Trucks, Identity and Culture in Pakistan (Oneworld, 2010), Islam (Prentice Hall and Routledge, 1999), Death Before Dying: Sufi Poems of Sultan Bahu (University of California Press, 1998), and The Throne Carrier of God: The Life and Thought of 'Ala' ad-dawla as-Simnani (SUNY Press, 1995).