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No other religion is subject to as much debate and controversy as Islam. But who was Muhammad, and what did he teach? Does the Qur'an really preach holy war? What is the role of women within Islam? And what does the rise of Isil and militant Islam mean for Muslims and for the world?

Explaining Islam's history, core beliefs and rituals, as well as current issues of political and social importance, this book covers everything you need to understand the world's fastest-growing religion. Written by renowned scholar and Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, Mona Siddiqui, it addresses such varied concepts as the five pillars of Islam; the divisions between Sunni and Shi'a; the importance of Shari`a law; the significance of Mecca and the Ka'ba; the role of Ramadan, the veil, the mosque and the madrasa; and much more - all in 50 concise and expert essays.

Christians and Muslims together make up about 57% of the world's population today, and by the end of the century they will constitute about 66% of the world's population. More than any other single factor, the wellbeing of our children and grandchildren may depend on how well Christians learn to relate to Muslims - and Hindus, the next largest faith, not to mention Buddhists, Jews, people of indigenous faiths, and the nonreligious. We know how to have a strong Christian identity that is intolerant of or belligerent towards other faiths, and we know how to have a weak Christian identity that is tolerant and benevolent. But is there a third alternative? How do we discover, live, teach, and practise a Christian identity that is both strong and benevolent towards other faiths?In this provocative and inspiring book, author Brian McLaren tackles some of the hardest questions around the issue of interfaith relations, and shares a hopeful vision of the reconciliation that Jesus offers to our multi-faith world.

This insider's view of how North American Muslims think and live goes beyond false stereotypes and provides practical suggestions on how to establish friendships that can point to Christ. Since September 11, 2001, Americans are more curious about the followers of Islam. We can no longer afford to be ignorant of such an influential and historical world religion. Muslims Next Door dispels commonly held myths and helps readers to better understand how Muslims think. Author Shirin Taber comes from a multicultural background and has lived in Iran, France, and Turkey, and now in the United States. Stories of her experiences as well as from interviews with Muslims help readers understand the human side of Islam. Each chapter contains questions for reflection to use in group settings. The book also includes a glossary of Islamic terms.

Meeting Muslims is no longer the preserve of the professional missionary or interfaith worker. In our increasingly diverse society living alongside and meeting Muslims is a regular occurrence for many Christian young people. 

By exploring how having Muslim friends can influence Christians Andrew Smith opens up a discussion which seeks to find biblical resources to inform and shape encounters between Christian and Muslim young people.

School is tough enough without throwing a hijab into the mix... Amal is a 16-year-old Melbourne teen with all the usual obsessions about boys, chocolate and Cosmo magazine. She's also a Muslim, struggling to honour the Islamic faith in a society that doesn't understand it. The story of her decision to "shawl up" and its attendant anxieties (like how much eyeliner to wear) is funny, surprising and touching by turns.

We live in a world that is spinning out of control in so many ways. Watch any news program anywhere in the world and you will be told of an extremist or an enemy or people who are the other to you - across socio-economic, religious, racial, and cultural lines. What if, rather than vilifying or seeking to eliminate the other, we sought to understand them and even learn from them? Would our communities change? Would we be changed? When we participate in shalom we participate with God in the healing, redemption, and reconciliation of the world. When we begin to see the value of the “other,” and even more, when we begin to make space for the “other” in our own lives, we make shalom possible. Speaking Peace Together is an opportunity to hear the underlying assumptions, worldviews and perspectives of three unlikely allies on the path to peace.

Christian colleges and churches are often seen as bubbles, but in an increasingly pluralistic society, how do these bubbles become bridges for meaningful engagement with religious neighbors? In this timely and practical book, Marion Larson and Sara Shady show evangelicals how to engage in interfaith dialogue.

In the years since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, much progress has been made in religious engagement between Christians and Muslims. At the same time, Islamophobic attacks have increased in the U.S., making it harder to be a Muslim in America. Both Christianity and Islam place a high value on reaching, in peace, across the lines that divide people and cultures. While we work to understand one another’s beliefs, we are standing shoulder to shoulder to address the common needs of the most vulnerable in the society we share, working side by side for the common good. This guide, a collection of articles from Sojourners, is designed to spark discussion, thought, and action about how to live out God’s call for hospitality, peace, and the common good.

Contributors to this guide include: Aaron Taylor, Julie Clawson, Daisy Khan, Geoff Tunnicliffe, Adnan Silajdzic, Sami Awad, Logan Laituri, Jim Wallis, Lynne Hybels, Danny Duncan Collum, Eboo Patel, Bob Smietana, Lisa Sharon Harper, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and Sandi Villarreal

Sojourners is a national organization seeking to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform, individuals , communities, the church and the world. Sojourners lifts up the timeliest issues through a variety of platforms, including its award-winning Sojourners magazine and online content published at sojo.net.

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