Understanding Islam: Your Feedback

Posted in Understanding Islam at 12:34 pm by Haider

I’ve spent a great deal of time trying to write the Understanding Islam book in isolation, by imagining what the best approach for the book will be, given the subject and my target audience.

However, the subject, in itself, is extremely broad and covers a number of issues and branches off to other subjects, making it difficult to develop a structure that will do justice to the subject.

And trying to think on behalf of my audience adds to the complexity of the task, since I am not fully certain whether I have left something necessary out of my argument, or whether the point I am making is clear (or even relevant).

Therefore, if you are interested in trying to understand Islam, I would like to get your feedback: how do you think the subject of understanding Islam should be approached? What topics do you think should be included? Where do you think mistakes in understanding Islam arise? Do you think the points I have raised, or the argument I am making, is valid? If not, why not?

You do not have to answer these questions now, but I would appreciate if you can give me your feedback whenever you can as I post my thoughts on the subject.

I will not be posting the actual book on the blog, but my posts will form the general outline of the book.

I will be creating a special page for the book, so that people can read all the posts in sequence, and where they can leave me general questions, comments or suggestions about the book.

I hope this project will be beneficial for all those who take part in it, and for all those who read it.


  1. carly said,

    July 25, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Wow, what a huge topic to undertake. I think it will either be a colossal volume, or it should be distilled to particular crucial points.
    One very basic suggestion. the title, does it have to be “Understand Islam”? There are so many with this title already.

  2. Haider said,

    July 25, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Salaam Carly, the title may not be the one I will use for the book, but I refer to the project as such because this is the clearest and most descriptive title I can come up with.

  3. Hussain said,

    July 28, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Salam Haider,
    Hope all is well…..well depends which aspect of Islam are you trying to explain…Historically or contexually……once you decide this then you can kind of structure your book. Who are your audience?
    P.S btw im back in London.

  4. Haider said,

    July 28, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Salaam Hussain,

    I will be looking at Islam as a message, and what that message is intended to mean. I will look at the history of Islam to demonstrate how Islam has been interpreted in different ways, and why these interpretations arose.

    My audience are non-Muslims who are trying to make sense of a foreign – and seemingly hostile – religion, and Muslims who would like to develop a better understanding of how to understand their religion for themselves, rather than being spoon-fed interpretations they have no means of validating.

    I have an overall structure for the book, but I would definitely need to fine-tune my arguments so that they can make sense to people other than myself.

    P.S. I’ll contact you by email to find out more about your trip! 🙂

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