Islam is truly a global faith, with millions of followers all over the world. However, to many it remains an enigma. The Penguin Dictionary of Islam provides a comprehensive overview of Muslim beliefs, cultures, key figures, and history. It defines, clearly and impartially, terms that saturate today’s media—Sunni, Shi’ite, Hijab, Jihad, Fatwa, Quran. Including an invaluable chronology and insightful coverage of current events, this is the essential reference guide for students and general readers who wish to understand more about this diverse and vibrant religion.