An Introduction for Christians


An Introduction for Christians

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These and many other questions are answered in this informative introduction to Islam. Christians of all denominations will find reliable and up-to-date information on Islam and its relationship to Christianity. The first part of the book surveys the faith and life of Islam, exploring the subjects of the Qur'an, Muhammad, beliefs about God, justice and the law, women and family, and death and eternal life. Part 2 tells about Islam in North America, both its early history and the current situation. Part 3 describes various groups and movements within Islam. Part 4 looks at Islam and Christianity, their encounters in history, the Bible and the Qur'an, and how Jesus is regarded by Muslims. Part 5 presents a Christian evaluation of Islam. Carefully researched and clearly written, Islam: An Introduction for Christians is an ideal book for both individual and group use.


Editor's Preface
Foreword from the German Edition
Introduction: Everyday Encounters between Christians and Muslims

Part 1: Islam--Faith and Life
1. The Qur'an
2. Muhammad
3. The Five Pillars of Islam
The First Two: Testimony and Prayer
4. The Five Pillars of Islam
The Next Three: Fasting, Almsgiving, and Pilgrimage
5. Justice and Law
6. Woman and Family
7. Death and Eternal Life, Dying and Burial

Part 2: Islam in North America by Paul Varo Martinson
8. How Islam Came to North America
9. Self-Understanding and Place in Society
10. Relations with the Christian Community

Part 3: Islam--Movements and Emphases
11. The Shi'ites
12. Mysticism and Sufism
13. Religion, State, Society
14. Groups in Islam
15. Islam and the Modern Age

Part 4: Islam and Christianity
16. Christian-Islamic Encounters in History
17. Jerusalem--The City of Three Faiths
18. Marriages between Christians and Muslims
19. The Bible and the Qur'an
20. Jesus in Islam

Part 5: Islam--A Christian Appreciation
21. The Witness of Faith
22. A Christian Evaluation of Islam

Islam and Christian Holiday Calender
Index and Glossary of Terms
Index of Qur'an Passages
Index of Biblical Passages
Brief Bibliography on Islam

Product Info

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780806625836
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 264
  • Publication Date September 1, 1994