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The essentials of Islam

Today, Islam in Europe and the West arouses curiosity, mistrust and questions. This book summarises the foundations of this religion, its history, its currents and the challenges it faces today, in a world in perpetual change.

By definition, Islam is love and peace. Over the centuries, it has captured the hearts of millions of people across the globe. Its precepts advocate ease and universal values to which everyone aspires: peace, respect, justice, solidarity, sharing, brotherhood, dignity, honour…

Jamel Khermimoun presents readers with a historical perspective that allows them to better understand what Islam is, far from prejudices. By the extent of its area of influence as well as the number and diversity of its followers, Islam has built a complex and singular identity that demonstrates its predisposition to adapt to changes and populations.

Aujourd’hui, l’islam en Europe et en Occident suscite curiosité, défiance et interrogations. Cet ouvrage aborde de manière synthétique les fondements de cette religion, son histoire, ses courants et les défis auxquels elle doit faire face aujourd’hui, dans un monde en perpétuelle mutation.

Par définition, l’islam est amour et paix. Au fil des siècles, il a conquis le cœur de millions d’individus à travers le globe. Ses préceptes prônent la facilité et les valeurs universelles auxquelles aspire tout un chacun : paix, respect, justice, solidarité, partage, fraternité, dignité, honneur…

Jamel Khermimoun présente aux lecteurs une perspective historique qui permet de mieux comprendre ce qu’est l’islam, loin des préjugés. Par l’étendue de son aire d’influence ainsi que par le nombre et la diversité de ses adeptes, l’islam s’est forgé une identité complexe et singulière qui démontre sa prédisposition à s’adapter aux changements et aux populations.

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