With over 1.5 billion followers worldwide, Islam is the second-largest religion in the world. It is also one of the fastest-growing and increasingly influential faiths. What should the Christian response be? The Eerdmans Christianity and Islam Collection provides a guide to the Islamic faith, its history, and Christian-Muslim interactions. This collection focuses on understanding Islam, fostering dialogue between Christians and Muslims, and seeing interactions between different faith traditions as an opportunity for cooperation instead of conflict.
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Four works on Islamic faith, history, and traditions
In this straightforward collection of 15 essays—each by a different, specialized expert in the field—readers encounter all the major elements of Islam, including its history, its beliefs, its practices, and its interactions with Christianity, Judaism, and the modern world. Islam: A Short Guide to the Faith will inform and enlighten all who wish to better understand this increasingly influential world religion.
Ahmet T. Karamustafa
Bruce B. Lawrence
Joseph E. Lowry
Scott C. Lucas
Jane I. Smith
Mark N. Swanson
Shawkat M. Toorawa
Mark S. Wagner
Islam: A Short Guide to the Faith achieves the near-impossible: it is at once pithy and comprehensive, authoritative and accessible, provocative and reliable. Introductions to Islam over the last decade have generally increased in quantity and decreased in quality. This short book, which familiarizes the newcomer with the essential history, doctrines, and institutions of the religious tradition, is a salutary exception to that pattern.
—Chase Robinson, distinguished professor of history, City University of New York
This attractive, reader-friendly volume has the advantage of being written not by one author but by a group of scholars, each a well-established authority. It thus stands out as something special compared to many other ‘introductions’ to Islam. . . . Will certainly be very welcome to teachers, students, and general readers.
—Muhammad Abdel Haleem, King Fahd Professor of Islamic Studies, University of London
This factual, jargon-free, and to-the-point book tells general readers just what they need to know about Islam.
—Ingrid Mattson, London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies, Huron University College, University of Western Ontario
Roger Allen is professor of Arabic and comparative literature and chair of the department of Near Eastern languages and civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. His books include The Arabic Novel and The Arabic Literary Heritage; he also serves as editor for the journal Middle Eastern Literatures.
Shawkat M. Toorawa is associate professor of Arabic literature and Islamic studies at Cornell University. He is also the author of Ibn Abi Tahir Tayfur and Arabic Writerly Culture: A Ninth-Century Bookman in Baghdad.
Malay Muslims: The History and Challenge of Resurgent Islam in Southeast Asia
Although Muslims of the Malay race are the largest ethnic community of Muslims in the world, they are little known in the Western hemisphere. Writing as an American Christian missionary who lived among Malay Muslims in the Philippines for over 40 years, Robert Day McAmis provides the first comprehensive look at Malay Muslims, describing their history, practices, influence, and distinctive customs. McAmis also gives special attention to the history of their relationship with Christians—a history that is key to understanding the current state of religious and social life in places like Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Since Muslims and Christians together comprise 94 percent of the Malay population, peaceful interaction and cooperation between mosque and church are crucial to realizing the economic and political goals of the entire region.
Considering the so-called “Islamic resurgence” of the last few decades, McAmis pleads for dialogue and mutual understanding. Islam is not monolithic, he says, and Muslims are not the enemies of Christians. Malay Muslims in particular, with their diverse traditions and rich history of international relations, are open to outside influence and exchange. McAmis concludes that “the future of Malay Southeast Asia is bright indeed if Muslims and Christians of goodwill work together to solve the problems of this area.”
McAmis’ Malay Muslims must command the attention of all who are eager to learn more about the place of Islam in our world, particularly those who wish to enter with sensitivity and insight into dialogue with Muslims.
—Robert Kolb, Missions Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
A helpful introduction to the Muslim population, beliefs, and practices in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. New missionaries, development workers, and students at Bible colleges and seminaries will find a gold mine of information here.
—Calvin Theological Journal
Writing as an experienced missionary with more than 40 years’ experience in the Philippines, Robert McAmis provides a history of the penetration of Islam, its influence, and the history of Christian-Muslim relations. Noteworthy is the attention given to the traditions and customs of the Malays. In recounting the recent Islamic resurgence, McAmis pleads for Christian-Muslim dialogue, understanding, and cooperation.
—International Bulletin of Missionary Research
Robert Day McAmis is a retired Lutheran missionary. He is also a consultant on theological education and mission to Muslims for the Lutheran Church in the Philippines.
Founding not only a world religion but also an empire and a civilization, the prophet Muhammad was undoubtedly one of the most influential men in history. Amid the swirl of current judgments regarding Muslims and their religion, this book by Daniel Peterson offers a concise, objective, accessible biography of the first Muslim.
Blending the texts of traditional sources into an engaging narrative, Peterson begins with the impoverished and orphaned childhood of Muhammad, highlighting his evident strength of will, character, and resourcefulness. Peterson then moves through the prophet’s life, detailing Muhammad’s visions and revelations and examining the beginning of a religion that continues to affect the entire world in dramatic ways. Respectful and readable, Muhammad, Prophet of God opens a clear window on the life and influence of the founder of Islam.
The best scholarly text on the prophet Muhammad written by a Christian. A must-read, especially for non-Muslims who are interested in a solid, compassionate treatment of Muhammad’s vision and accomplishments.
—Parviz Morewedge, senior scholar in residence, State University of New York at Old Westbury
Daniel C. Peterson is professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
The Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur’an: Three Books, Two Cities, One Tale
Discussing the Bible and the Qur’an in one breath will surprise some Jews, Christians, and Muslims. But Anton Wessels argues that all three traditions must read the Scriptures together and not against each other. Wessels accepts Muhammad as a prophet and takes the Qur’an seriously as Holy Scripture along with the Old and New Testaments—without giving up his own Christian convictions. Respectfully reading the Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur’an together, he argues, is of crucial importance as our world often sees these religious books as the cause of conflicts rather than the solution to them.
Only an erudite, excellent, and critical scholar like Anton Wessels could have brought such seemingly disparate elements together in such a brilliant and enlightening way. . . . This coherent tour de force invites us to reevaluate our perspectives on truth, history, revelation, and even the divine. As always, Wessels opens up new vistas. I recommend this timely and pertinent book to anyone interested in a peaceful and just world. It is intellectually stimulating and one of the most hopeful books in our current polarized context.
—Charles Amjad-Ali, Emeritus Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Justice and Christian Community, Luther Seminary
A remarkable, helpful resource for reading the Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur’an in relation to each other focused on central questions that arise in each. . . . The reader will learn a lot about Qur’anic and biblical texts and their contexts and will have to rethink some basic assumptions about his or her religious tradition, particularly pertaining to its relationship with the other religious traditions ‘of the book.’ This is just the kind of thought and conversation that we sorely need today in order to build constructive and peaceful relationships across our religious boundaries.
—Heidi Hadsell, president, Hartford Seminary
Anton Wessels is an ordained Presbyterian minister and professor emeritus of religion at the Free University of Amsterdam. His other books include Europe: Was It Ever Really Christian? and Muslims and the West: Can They Be Integrated?