First published in 2005, this book addresses the challenges arising from Christian-Muslim encounter and attempts to enable outsiders to understand the religion of Islam. The author offers distinctive perspectives that compliment much other literature in the study of Islam and in particular Christian-Muslim relations and the relation of Islam and the west. The book is divided into three parts: Part I constitutes an introduction to Islam, Part II delves into aspects of the wider encounter with Islam and Part III explores issues in regard to the prospect of engaging in dialogue with Islam. The author argues that in the post-9/11 world the imperative to understand and engage with Islam is urgent and intends this work to assist the reader in doing so.
Table of Contents
Preface Acknowledgements 1 Introduction; Part I: Understanding Islam: A Precursor to Dialogue; 2 The Origins of Islam: Prehistory and Prophet 3 Scripture and Tradition: Qur’an and Sunnah 4 Islamic Community: Sunni, Shi ‘a,, Sufi 5 Belief, Practice and Law: Being Muslim; Part II: Encountering Islam: Paradigms and Contexts; 6 Christian-Muslim Encounters: History and Prospect 7 Jewish-Muslim Relations: Islamic Paradigms 8 Islamic Identity and Ideologies: Contemporary Contours; Part III: Engagement with Islam: Prospects for Dialogue; 9 Barriers to Dialogue: Perceptions of Islam 10 Dialogue to Da ‘wah: Elements of Encounter 11 Theological Dialogue: Christian-Muslim Engagement 12 Conclusion