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Illustrations. Preface to the Third Edition. Transliteration and Other Technical Considerations. Introduction Part 1: Formative Elements of Classical Islam Part 2: Emergence of Islamic Identity Part 3: Alternate Visions of Classical Islamic Identity Part 4: Consolidation of Islamic Identity Part 5: Modern Visions of Islam Issues of Identity Part 6: Re-Visioning Islam. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography and Further Reading. Resources on the Internet. General Index. Index of Qur'an Citations

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Andrew Rippin is Professor of History and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, Canada. He specialises in Islamic Studies and has written and edited several books on Islam and the Qur'an, including Classical Islam: A Sourcebook of Religious Literature (Routledge, 2003).


"Provides a scholarly and yet readable introduction to the Islamic tradition. Rippin presents a complex religious tradition in a condensed, well-documented, and up-to-date work." - Studies in Religion

"Rippin manages to give an accessible and representative overview of the doctrinal and ritual developments of Islam."- Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

"Every page of it is a delight...not sacrificing subtlety and historical accuracy and a highly readable style." - Vera B. Moreen, Dept. of Religious Studies, Franklin & Marshall College

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