With a growing awareness of the presence of Islamic societies around the world and the varying Islamic religious bodies that play such a key role, Islam has emerged in the forefront of today's religious discussions. Islam, Fourth Edition dispels many of the myths and mysteries surrounding this major world religion, providing readers with an up-to-date understanding of the relationship between religion and politics in today's society. The coverage includes: the founding of Islam; the spread of Islam; The Koran, Hadith, and Islamic law; branches of Islam and their basic beliefs; Muslim customs and rituals; the pattern of Islamic life; and, Islam and the modern world.