Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World

Carl Ernst (2003). . (North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press.) "Following Muhammad" is a highly readable introduction to both contemporary Islam as well as Islamic studies. Ernst, a professor of religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explicitly addresses a Western audience as he introduces both historical content as well as a framework for construction of knowledge about religion. His methodology in highly compatible with a Cultural Studies approach to teaching about religion and this text is recommended as a general introduction to Islam for teachers and secondary school students with well developed reading skills.