I wasn't brought up in the Muslim tradition (I was brought up as a catholic) but I have become interested about Islam as an adult.
I would like to read and learn more about it. I asked a good friend of mine and he recommended me reading this book before reading the Quran to get previously an overview of the Islam. I'm planning to follow his advice but I haven't been able to get this book yet.
What lectures would you recommend to an adult with no previous knowledge of Islam to gain some insight and understand its traditions? Would you recommend me an approach similar to the one that my friend suggested or would you recommend me reading directly the Quran?
I know that there are a lot of different groups which may differ in some aspects and understanding of some topics but, as I have no previous knowledge, I would like to read something as general as possible.