Exploring Islam is a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the foundations of the Islamic faith, including its history, theology, and spiritual practice. The book also deals with issues such as jihad, the status of women, and the various sectarian divisions in Islam. Most distinctive about this work is its analysis of the lived experience of Muslims in modern American life. The book explores questions such as:
- What are the foundations of Islam?
- How do Muslims relate to and interpret the Qur'an?
- Who is the Prophet Muhammad?
- What does Shari'a law really mean?
- What are the major themes of Islamic theology?
- What are the theological and political issues that led to divisions among Muslims?
- Do Muslims and Christians believe in the same God?
- How do Muslims practice Islam in America?
- What are the challenges and opportunities for American Muslims?
In addressing these questions, Sayilgan offers readers a perspective that is scholarly, judicious, and engaging.