The book provides a clear introductory explanation of Islam, especially but not exclusively presented for non-Muslims. It includes much material from personal interviews and correspondence with ordinary Muslims, as well as with Muslim scholars.
The estimate of the numbers who profess Islam was 900,000,000 in 1976, when this book was first published. Those who gather at Mecca each year include rulers, diplomats, businessmen and educators who play a responsible part in many of the vital negotiations of the day. This book allows them to speak for themselves. It puts the questions raised by oil, by the Palestinians, and by Britain's immigrant communities in the perspective of a world outlook positive enough to open the way to solutions.
By copious quotation from Islamic literature, from modern Islamic writing and from personal interviews with Muslims, Dr Waddy has compiled a symposium of Muslim attitudes and thoughts, especially on topics of immediate importance, from family life to international agreement. The book is a singularly lucid exposition of the Muslim mind today.