I'm reading a book called Paths of the Heart,a dialogue between Islamic Mysticism and Orthodox Hesychasm. Thus far it's fascinating.
I've been on an Islam kick start of late, reading everything from the Study Koran to William Chittick and Titus Burkhardt books. I've no desire to become Muslim, but I want to understand beyond the headlines why this religion has captured hearts of so many over the centuries. The more I read I see it's not just because of the violent tendencies within Islam,it's because it truly is a full on way of life, an all encompassing worldview. It's also fairly deep and rich theologically,and not at all the monoculture I expected.