Islam Explained

A uniquely accessible introduction to Islam, by the celebrated author of Racism Explained to My Daughter

“Ben Jelloun is a writer of social and moral acuteness.” —Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

In an accessible question-and-answer format, Islam Explained clarifies the main tenets of Islam, the major landmarks in Islamic history, and the current politics of Islamic fundamentalism. The book also sheds light on the key words that have come to dominate the media—terrorist, crusade, jihad, fundamentalist, fatwa—offering lucid and balanced explanations, not only for youngsters but also for the general reader.

Islam Explained is at once an essential introduction to one of the world’s great religions and a cry for tolerance and understanding in deeply troubled times.


“A slender but ambitious treatise designed to make sense of Islam to young Western readers.”
Publishers Weekly
“A valuable addition to a growing public discourse. . . . As a liberal Muslim voice of reconciliation, heartbreak, and compassion, it is priceless.”

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