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02 July 2010

352 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195396003

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The Straight Path

Fourth Edition

John L. Esposito

Now in a new edition, this exceptionally successful survey text introduces the faith, belief, and practice of Islam from its earliest origins up to its contemporary resurgence. John L. Esposito, an internationally renowned expert on Islam, traces the development of this dynamic faith and its impact on world history and politics. The fourth edition features updated and expanded coverage of Islam and politics; more extensive treatment of early Islam; an enhanced art program; a new appendix; and a free 6-month subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online (, edited by John L. Esposito.

New to this Edition:

  • o Features the most up-to-date coverage of the influence of Osama bin Laden, and the growth of extremism and violence in the name of Islam (see Chapter 5 especially)
  • o The final Chapter 6
  • o An expanded art program of 21 photos and 3 maps, dispersed throughout the book (In the previous edition the art was gathered in just one section.)
  • o Expanded coverage of early Islam in Chapters 1 and 2, and has significantly updated and expanded the last two chapters on Islam in contemporary society.
  • A new Appendix includes an extensive Time Line of key events in the history of Islam.