Addressing challenges arising from Christian-Muslim encounter, this book engages with the primary challenge - enabling outsiders to understand the religion of Islam. Douglas Pratt offers distinctive perspectives that complement much other literature in the study of Islam and in particular of Christian-Muslim relations and the relation of Islam and the West. Whilst in recent years there have been many introductions to Islam, a book that combines introductory material with issues of the relationship of Islam to Christianity and Judaism, and issues of dialogical engagement, is rare and offers an important complementary perspective to other texts.
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Part I Understanding Islam: A Precursor to Dialogue: The origins of Islam: prehistory and prophet; Scripture and tradition: Qur'an and Sunnah; Islamic community: Sunni, Shi'a, Sufi; Belief, practice and law: being Muslim. Part II Encountering Islam: Paradigms and Contexts: Christian-Muslim encounters: history and prospect; Jewish-Muslim relations: Islamic paradigms; Islamic identity and ideologies: contemporary contours. Part III Engagement with Islam: Prospects for Dialogue: Barriers to dialogue: perceptions of Islam; Dialogue and Da'wah: elements of encounter; Theological dialogue: Christian-Muslim engagement. Conclusion; Appendix; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.