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Islam for the advanced

Kari Vogt's new book on Islam is not for beginners, but contains a wealth of knowledge and material for those who want to learn a little more.


In the amount of this autumn's Islamic books, we find several well-known names, and one of these is religion historian Kari Vogt – well-known commentator and authority on Islam. She has not jumped on the bandwagon, but has written about Islam and Muslims for a long time.

Her first book on Islam was House of Islam from 1993, which introduced this world religion to lay people. Her next book Come to stay (1995) was a presentation of European Islam, followed by the natural continuation Islam in Norwegian (2000). In addition, Vogt has also written two other books on Islam, Travel in Iran (1997) and breakthrough (2002), the latter written together with Anders Heger.

Back to the starting point

In relation to the first three books, which follow one another in a pattern of increased focus on Islam in general, Islam in Europe and Islam in Norway, Vogt in this book returns to the starting point. However, this is not a book that should be the first book on Islam one reads, as I am afraid one can easily be confused.

For while the book is easily understandable in linguistic terms, it contains a far more complex and, for a newcomer, often confusing amount of information. This is in many ways a continuation of House of Islam, something Vogt also suggests in the introduction: "Everything that one then sensed the contours of, now stands out clearly." She already then hinted at reform ethicists. . .

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