A Muslim Primer


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About this book

A Muslim Primer covers the basic beliefs of Islam and provides an informative source for both lay and professional readers. First published in 1992, it has proven to be a valuable handbook for all attempting to better understand the tenets of the religion of a major portion of the world’s population. The reader is introduced to the authority of the Quran, the prophethood of Muhammad, the Wisdom of the Law, the Five Pillars of Islam, and to other fundamental principles of the religion. Distinctions are made between Sunni and Shiite traditions and the Sufi mystical dimension of Islam.


Well organized, visually appealing, and accurate, A Muslim Primer is useful to pre-collegiate and collegiate students of Islam, church and community study groups, and travelers, both tourists and business people.

About the author

Ira G. Zepp Jr. is professor emeritus of religious studies at Western Maryland College and has authored several books, including The New Religious Image of Urban America: The Shopping Mall as Ceremonial Center.


Sayyid Muhammad Syeed is Secretary General of the Islamic Society of North America.


“[This book] not only tackles such sensitive contemporary issues as the Islamic view on women, veiling, and human rights, but also provides a useful survey of Western cultural indebtedness to a rich Islamic heritage.”

—Ellen-Fairbanks, author of World of Islam: Images and Echoes