Book explaining Islam?
December 10, 2009 5:10 PM Subscribe
What's the best book for obtaining an overview of Islam (and its attitudes towards 'Western' culture)?
posted by edbyford to Religion & Philosophy (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend has recently been reading a book about Muslims and the effects of their westward migration. It's sparked some really interesting debates between us, but I do think that the book she's reading is a little one-sided.
The book in question is Hurra, wir kapitulieren!
(my girlfriend is German). The main argument of the author seems to be that we in the west compromise our ideals to suit Islamic beliefs (he cites a German orchestra who had to make their women wear burqas for a concert in Iran) but that Muslims would not compromise theirs if put in a similar situation. He also seems to assert that no Muslim leaders have denounced terrorist attacks. I am not posting this here to incite a discussion, rather to give you an idea of what issues the book raises.
For Christmas I would like to give my girlfriend a better, more balanced book, which could act as counterpoint to the above.
Any suggestions? It would be great if the book were in German (as this makes it less stressful for my gf to read) but all suggestions are gratefully received.