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An excellent book for understanding the Islamic people Americans must know to avoid a religious war

Book: The Spread of Islam: The Contributing Factors
Author: A. Ezzati
Islam College for Advanced Studies Press, London, pp.534

Excerpt from Jacket:

Islam is one of the world’s major religions. Its continued success, from the early days up to the present, during the course of fourteen centuries, is due to a multitude of spiritual, religious, intellectual, moral and ethical factors. The course of its development, and the factors contributing to its spread took place in the full light of history and can be fully substantiated by authentic documents. We know as much as about the prophet Muhammad, the Qur’an, Islam and its spread, as we do about any person, book or phenomenon in history. A scholar and reader does not therefore need to resort to assumptions, legend and mythology.

This books helps the reader understand the processes involved in the spread of a religion that numbers countless adherents, in different parts of the world and among various nations, peoples, tribes and races. It is a fairly comprehensive introduction to the history of Islam, dealing mainly with the major factors contributing to its spread.

Excerpt from the Book:

Were we to draw a map of the political condition of Europe, Africa and Western Asia about the middle of the tenth century A.D. we should see that by far the greatest part of that “inhabited world”, which the Greeks called “Oikoumene”, was occupied by countries possessed of an Islamic government and an Islamic civilization and inhabited by Muslim peoples. They no longer constituted a strict political unity; but they were connected by such strong ties of common religion and culture that their inhabitants felt themselves citizens of a vast community. . . . .

Islam spread within a century over half the Earth, shattering great empires, ousting long-established religions, remoulding the souls of races and building up a whole new world — the World of Islam.”

The range of the Muslim world is as wide as the human race: white, coloured, yellow, and as vast as the world’s culture: Arabs, Persians, Turks, Indians, Europeans, Africans, etc.

Table of Contents:

General Discourses

1. The distorted concept of the history of the spread of Islam
2. Western historical approach to Islam in general and to its history in particular
3. The concept of enjoining right and forbidding wrong (Da’wah) in Islam as the basis for the spread of Islam

Principal Factors Contributing to the Spread of Islam

4. Religious factors
5. Religious leadership factors
6. Intellectual factors
7. Moral and ethical factors
8. Cultural factors
9. Humanitarian factors
10. Political factors
11. Social and socio-political factors
12. Economic factors
13. Emigration and immigration factors
14. Educational factors
15. Factors relating to Civilization
16. Islamic dynamism and resilence

The Muslim Community

17. The spread of Islam by different races and people
18. Muslim minorities
19. Muslim populations in European countries
20. The plight of Muslim people (cases)