For both the casual and the serious student of Islam, there are many books to refer to. These are some that we have read and reviewed:

BOOK REVIEWS

These have appeared in the Calvin Theological Journal,
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ISLAM IN CONTEXT: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE by Peter G. Riddell & Peter Cotterell 'Apr'04

.... Once you begin reading it, you are gripped by the relevance and timeliness of the historical facts the authors relate and explain. This is not just another book on the history of Islam; it is a serious attempt to make sense out of an extremely difficult and complex subject that touches our daily lives.


ONWARD MUSLIM SOLDIERS: by Robert Spencer Jan'04

The title of this book could conceivably be a headline for a news item in a Western newspaper.... What we had observed in Spencer’s Islam Unveiled, we find strengthened and well-documented....


AFTER JIHAD: AMERICA AND THE STRUGGLE FOR ISLAMIC DEMOCRACY by Noah Feldman Nov'03

One of the most urgent challenges facing Muslim nations today is their willingness to espouse democratic principles and act upon them in our ever shrinking and globalized world.


THE CLASH OF WORLD CULTURES by Samuel P. Huntington

The twentieth century was dominated by the rise and spread of several secular and utopian ideologies such as Marxism, and Socialism. In his book THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS AND THE REMAKING OF WORLD ORDER, Samuel P. Huntington contends that the 21st century will witness the rise of competing cultures which are based on the various major world religions.


HATED WITHOUT A CAUSE?: A Survey of Anti-Semitism
by Graham Keith   Carlisle, Cumbria, U.K.: Paternoster Press, 1997

The topic of anti-semitism has been very much in the news lately.  Dr. Graham Keith's book gives us an excellent study of the history of anti-semitism from pre-Christian days to the present with a Biblical response to this important subject.   Volume 33, Number 2 (November 1998)

Also see CHRISTIAN-JEWISH RELATIONS AFTER A CENTURY OF GREAT CHANGE
and DIFFERING CHRISTIAN STANCES TOWARD JUDAISM OVER TWO MILLENNIA


A MUSLIM AND A CHRISTIAN IN DIALOGUE
by Badru D. Katteregga and David W. Shenk   Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1997

This book is one sample of the way some adherents of different religions engage in dialogue. It is unfortunate that while a representative of a non-Christian faith sets forth clearly what he believes, the Christian in the dialogue fails to properly represent the historic Christian faith.   Volume 33, Number 2 (November 1998)


ISLAM: ITS PROPHET, PEOPLES, POLITICS AND POWER
by George W. Braswell, Jr.   Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996

In the twelve chapters of his book, the author gives us the necessary details about the origins of Islam, the life and teachings of Muhammad, the spread of this monotheistic religion, the empires that advanced the cause of Islam in the world, the status of the Muslim world today, and the future of the relationship between the West and the Islamic nations. Vol. 32 (April 1997) Pp. 202, 203


ISLAM UNVEILED by Robert Spencer Mar'03

Books on Islam have been appearing quite frequently during the last twenty-five years. Most of these works dealt with specific topics..... What distinguishes Robert Spencer's new book is the fact that he treats a wide range of current issues in a thorough and objective manner against the background of the sacred Islamic texts, the Qur'an and Hadith.


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ISLAM & MUSLIMS
by George W. Braswell, Jr.
Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000   Pp. xiv + 183. Price: $9.95 (paper)

The appearance of this latest book by George W. Braswell, Jr. on Islam and Muslims is such a welcome event. In 1996, he published a similar work, Islam: Its Prophet, Peoples, Politics and Power. The scope of this book is encyclopedic. Everything you need to know about Islam and Muslims is right here at your finger-tips.


JESUS IN THE QUR'AN
by Geoffrey Parrinder   Oneworld Publications, 1995

Fifteen chapters are devoted to a thorough investigation of the Qur'anic references to various Christian beliefs. The author represents pluralist theologians who seek to "reconcile" Christianity, a redemptive religion, with Islam, a faith that is fundamentally legalistic. Vol. 32 (April 1997) Pp. 207-209


ECUMENICAL JIHAD: Ecumenism and the Culture War
by Peter Kreeft

Reading Ecumenical Jihad is a unique experience. Many of us share with Peter Kreeft, this intensity of feeling regarding the by-products of secularization in the life of Americans. But, I find it very difficult to accept his plan .....


RELIGION, LAW AND SOCIETY: A Christian-Muslim Discussion
Tarek Mitri, editor   WCC Publications, 1995

Thirteen Christian and Muslim experts met in Switzerland in 1992 and 1993 to discuss various topics relating to the areas covered by the title of the book. On the Christian side, one is struck by the absence of a discernible allegiance to the historic Christian tradition as summarized in the Nicene Creed. Vol. 31 (November 1996) Pp. 585-589


TROUBLED BY TRUTH: Biographies in the Presence of Mystery
by Kenneth Cragg   The Pilgrim Press, 1994

Bishop Cragg's latest book deals with 13 personalities from Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Indian beliefs. In recounting their spiritual struggles, he reveals at the same time his own understanding and interpretation of the Christian faith. Vol. 31 (April 1996) Pp. 230-234


THE NEAREST IN AFFECTION: Towards a Christian Understanding of Islam
by Stuart Brown   WCC Publications, 1994

The author is a lay Anglican from Canada who has taught Islam and participated in dialogue with Muslims. Vol. 30 (November 1995) Pp. 551-554


ISLAM AND WAR: A Study in Comparative Ethics
by John Kelsay  Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993

The review centers on the importance of acquainting "ourselves with the Islamic view of war ... since in Islam there is no distinction between "church" and state, religion and politics, the faith may be spread by preaching or by war." Vol. 29 (November 1994) Pp. 591-595


FAITH AND THE INTIFADA: Palestinian Christian Voices
edited by Ateek, Ruether, & Ellis  Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1992

Against the background of the Palestinian uprising in 1987 protesting the continued occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, these essays are printed from within a liberal theological outlook which applies "liberationist" motifs to the situation in the Holy Land. Vol. 28 (April 1993) Pp. 196-199


THE ARAB CHRISTIAN: A History in the Middle East
by Kenneth Cragg   Westminster/John Knox Press, 1991

A must for all missionaries among Muslims living next to Christian minorities. Vol. 27 (November 1992) Pp. 422-426


CHRIST IN ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY
by Neal Robinson   State University of New York Press, 1991

An excellent book in comparative Christology which seeks to explain the sources of the misunderstandings of the person and work of Christ both in the Quran and the early Muslim writings. Vol. 27 (April 1992) Pp. 168-171


AMERICAN MUSLIMS: The New Generation
by Asma Gull Hasan   New York: Continuum, 2000

....Some of our new neighbors may be followers of a major world religion. For example, Muslims are now quite visible in certain metropolitan areas of North America due to a great influx of immigrants from South East Asia and the Middle East. Islam has also gained quite a few converts, especially among African Americans....


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