By Aminah Beverly McCloud
This attractive creation to Islam examines its lived reality,its around the globe presence, and the diversity of ideals and practicesencompassed by means of the faith. the worldwide standpoint uniquelycaptures the range of Islam expressed all through differentcountries at this time. * A complete, multi-disciplinary, and international creation toIslam, overlaying its historical past in addition to present concerns, experiences,and demanding situations * contains key new study on Muslims from a spread ofcountries throughout Europe, Latin the United States, Indonesia, and MalaysiaCentral Asia * at once addresses arguable matters, together with politicalviolence and terrorism , anti-western sentiments, andIslamophobia * Explores diverse responses from a number of Islamic communitiesto globalizing traits * Highlights key styles inside of Islamic background that shed lightupon the origins and evolution of present events andthought
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They kept the Sunni caliph, without seeking to change the Sunni character of the empire, and they allowed for the co-existence of Shiʿism and Sunnism, albeit favoring the former. Even though they held political power, the ruling members of the Abbasid Dynasty remained figureheads of the empire. In the landscape of the regional revolts that occurred during this period of upheaval, another rebellious group that established de facto autonomy (though continuing its nominal allegiance to the Abbasids) was that of the Fatimids.
The head of the Prophet’s grandson was subsequently taken to Yazid, in a show of defiance. This battle and the subsequent events became a very important incident in the history of Islam, especially for the Shiʿa. The rebellion and its crushing are imbued with theological significance, which will be discussed in detail in Chapter 5. After Yazid’s death in 683, his son succeeded him as Muʾawiya II. There are some disagreements as to how long Muʾawiya II ruled, how old he was when he died, and even whether he wanted to be caliph.
Although it is obvious that over 1 billion people did not participate in these attacks, Western commentators commonly blame the entirety of Islam for the violence. Moreover, Western governmental actions are a central part of the conflicts that plague the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. The United States has fought two wars with Iraq, imposed sanctions on Iran and Iraq, supported autocratic regimes throughout these regions, and otherwise promoted policies that antagonize populations throughout the Muslim world.