“The Handbook of Islam” has three parts, each of them discussing Islam from a slightly different angle: the first part provides a brief overview of the history of Islam; the second contains theoretical information on Islam as a teaching and a religion; the third part is focused on present-day information.
The author of the book “The Handbook of Islam” is a Finnish academic researcher, serving as a professor of the Arabic languages and Islamic studies at the University of Edinburgh. In year 2005 the book won the Valtion tiedonjulkistamispalkinto (the State Award for public Information) in Finland. He has written many popular books on Islamic culture, history and poetry. Hämeen-Anttila also translated the Qur’an in Finnish.