Understanding Islam: A Listener's Guide

Version: Unabridged
Author: Huston Smith
Narrator: Dr. Huston Smith
Genres: Islam
Publisher: Sounds True
Published In: January 2002
Length: 1 hour, 14 minutes
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The story of Islam is one we urgently need to hear. Now Huston Smith, the legendary authority on comparative religions, summons a lifetime of scholarship and insight to offer this welcome listener's guide to the most "persistently misunderstood religion in the world." Smith takes us back to Islam's founding lineage, revealing its inspiration in Greek philosophy and common roots with both Judaism and Christianity. With so much in common – most of all the precept of one all-powerful God – how has Islam come to inspire fear and bewilderment in the West? Join Huston Smith as he makes accessible this difficult subject, including:

• The prophet Mohammed's founding of Islam in the seventh century, his flight to Medina, and final battle to bring one God to the tribes of the Mideast

• The Koran: its sacred law mentions mercy 192 times, and vengeance only 17 times, yet is perceived as a tool for violence far beyond Islamic borders

• Women under Islam: the surprising truth about the rights of women as described in the Koran, and much more

Distilled from Huston Smith's monumental work Religions of the World audio seminar, and complete with a new, updated introduction, Understanding Islam brings a voice of understanding to this most challenging of the wisdom traditions.

Note: excerpted from the full-length audio course Religions of the World.

Reviews (5)

Understanding Islam

Written by Anonymous on November 19th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I have to agree with the others. The authors read was painful to listen too. I thought hard about sending it back because of the headache it was causing, but muscled my way through it since it was only 1 cd. The information provided was only the very basics of the Islam and so it will be informative if you have zero knowledge of the religion. If you already some understand the basic history of how, where, and when it was founded and the five pillars then it may be a waste of your time. I was a bit disappointed as I was looking for more in depth coverage.

Understanding Islam

Written by Anonymous on July 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Give this one a chance. The information is quite good, but the narrator/author starts out speaking very slowly, ennuciating every syllable and speaks with a lisp. After a bit, he picks up the pace and the lisp becomes hardly noticeable, but when he first started I thought I was going to go insane.

Production not worthy of listening

Written by Jonathan from Columbus, GA on June 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I like intellectually challenging books. If this was one, I couldn't quite tell because I couldn't get past 3 minute mark without shipping it back. I'm shocked that Simply Audiobooks would purchase anything of such low production quality. I would be shocked if anybody has ever ordered this and finished it (and it's only one disc!!!)

Understanding Islam

Written by Anonymous from Lithonia, GA on February 26th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

My apologies in advance to the author, but he would have been better off having someone else read the audio portion for him. I could not get past the slow monitoned voice and the speech slurs enough to listen to the CD. I could tell that good, factual information was being presented but, too hard to listen to. Sorry!

hard to listen to

Written by Anonymous from Woodbridge, VA on August 9th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

The reader in the book speaks very slowly like they have a speaking problem or they are in a lot of pain, and it makes it very hard to listen to. I'm sure that he has a lot of good things to say, but he should of had someone else read it for him.

Author Details

Author Details

Smith, Huston

Huston Smith is internationally known and revered as the premier teacher of world religions. He is the focus of a five-part PBS television series with Bill Moyers and has taught at Washington University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and the University of California at Berkeley. The recipient of twelve honorary degrees, Smith's fifteen books include his bestselling "The World's Religions", "Why Religion Matters", and his autobiography, "Tales of Wonder".