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Islam: An Introduction to Religion, Culture, and History [Paperback]

James Beverley

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Book Description

April 19 2011 Nelson's Quick Guides

An essential introduction to the culture, history, and practices of the world’s second largest religion. Professor James A. Beverley provides answers to questions many Christians have about Islam. Issues include what Muslims think about God, the world, and their place in it; how Muhammad established a religion that now stretches around the world, how different groups within Islam define Jihad, why Palestine is important to Muslims, what roles women play in different Islamic communities, and how Christians should relate to Muslims.

Features include:

  • Glossary of terms related to Islam
  • A list of Frequently Asked Questions for easy reference
  • Topical bibliography for further study

Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 19 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418545953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418545956
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #926,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James A. Beverley is Professor of Christian Thought and Ethics at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Canada and Associate Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion in Santa Barbara. He has specialized in the study of new and world religions for three decades.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Overview of Islam May 15 2011
By Seeking Disciple - Published on
In only a 122 pages, James Beverley provides the Christian a simple overview of Islam focusing briefly on the major tenants of Islam, the history of Islam, and the Western view of Islam after 9/11/01. His chapters, while not long at all, are meant only to offer the average Christian a basic understanding of Islam.

The positives of this book are:
1. Short chapters which make this book very easy to read. I read it in two nights.

2. Concise. Beverley does a good job covering major issues of Islam and their teachings.

3. Humble. Beverley writes with humility and he is not attacking Muslims nor trying to create hatred toward them. He rightly sees that most Muslims are not terrorists.

4. Up to date. Beverley edited the book in 2011 and it reflects nearly up to date issues of Islam.

The negatives:

1. Salvation. I would like to have seen more presentation of the Muslim view of salvation thought Islam really doesn't teach much on the subject.

2. Evangelism. I would like to have seen Beverley talk more about the need for the Church of Jesus Christ to evangelize Muslims. Muslims have no hope apart from Jesus (John 14:6; Romans 10:1-4).

3. Justification of Jihad. I would like to have seen Beverley talk more about the fact that while many Muslims do condemn jihad as attacks on people, nonetheless there is some justification by terrorists to commit militant jihad as it is found in the life of the Prophet Muhammad and in the Quran itself.


If you are looking for a simple book on Islam, this is a good book to start with. While it lacks depth, it does cover the basics well and offers a Christian to read quickly about Islam. I do recommend this book.

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