Editors Roger Allen (Arabic & comparative literature, Univ. of Pennsylvania) and Shawkat M. Toorawa (Arabic & comparative literature, Cornell Univ.) have assembled fifteen chapters by fifteen noted scholars, each of which provides a lucid description and exploration of an aspect of Islam, its institutions, doctrines, and interactions, notably with Christianity, Judaism, and the modern world. The chapters are preceded by a foreword by a renowned scholar, sixteen full-color images, and a user-friendly bibliography for further viewing and reading. This concise yet thorough introduction to Islam is ideal for the general reader interested in learning more about Islam, and for use as an introductory text in high school and college classes. Contains a helpful glossary and bibliography.