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Understanding Islam: Nelsons Quick Guide to Religions [Paperback]

James A. Beverley
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Book Description

Dec 1 2001 Nelson's Quick Reference

A quick but thorough introduction to the culture, history, and practices of the worlds second largest religion!

  • What Muslims really believe about God, the world, and their place in it
  • How Muhammad established a religion that now stretches around the world
  • The meaning of Jihad, and how it fits into Islamic teaching
  • The role of terrorism in an Islamic worldview
  • The place of women in the Muslim world
  • Why Palestine continues to be a point of contention with the Muslim people
  • How Christians should relate to people from Muslim countries

Also includes:

  • 20 recently asked questions about Islam
  • Glossary of key terms
  • List of resources

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with this oen. May 29 2004
By Jordan
Format:Paperback
This book is excellent. It's purpose is to give you the straight facts on Islam, and that's just what it does. It doesn't pretend or try to be a commentary at all. Absolutely anyone looking for a quick, detailed, and totally unbiased primer on the Islamic faith should definitely buy this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good as a quickie March 13 2002
Format:Paperback
I am an evangelical Christian who wanted a better understanding of Islam, not from a "how to witness" viewpoint, but from a "just the facts, ma'am." This book did that. It felt as though it was writen from a balanced perspective. The author often pointed out where Islamic beliefs and academic understanding of the Qur'an differ. These tended to be critical of traditional Islamic beliefs. The truth is, academic understanding of the Christian and Hebrew Bible is also often at odds with traditional beliefs. I don't put much faith in the academics, but do try to understand what they are presenting. Those parts I would read with a grain of salt.
The chapters are on Islam, Muhammad, Quran, Muslims, Women, Jihad and Terrorism, and Palestine. Interesting and I got a good overview. For it's price is a good beginner's primer.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good intro... Dec 31 2010
By Greg Gulbrandsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a teacher of the subject, I wanted a good and reasonably priced book for my students...and this is one. Easy to read and understand and not an apologetic. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good as a quickie March 13 2002
By Henry Koether - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am an evangelical Christian who wanted a better understanding of Islam, not from a "how to witness" viewpoint, but from a "just the facts, ma'am." This book did that. It felt as though it was writen from a balanced perspective. The author often pointed out where Islamic beliefs and academic understanding of the Qur'an differ. These tended to be critical of traditional Islamic beliefs. The truth is, academic understanding of the Christian and Hebrew Bible is also often at odds with traditional beliefs. I don't put much faith in the academics, but do try to understand what they are presenting. Those parts I would read with a grain of salt.
The chapters are on Islam, Muhammad, Quran, Muslims, Women, Jihad and Terrorism, and Palestine. Interesting and I got a good overview. For it's price is a good beginner's primer.
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