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Islam

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The Qur'an, book publishers, books & clothing

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Books about Islam (Cont'd):

  • Khaled Abou El Fadl:
    • book cover image "Speaking in God's Name: Islamic law, authority and women," Oneworld Publications, (2001) Read reviews or order this book

      An Amazon customer's review:

      "A brillant examination of modern Islamic jurisprudence and how into application some of the leading authorities fails to live to the original greatness of the religion, as they use it to advance thier own agendas. In its scope, moral dignity and intellectual presentation this work compares to the best of Dr. Ali Shariati. El Fadl's thought are important for anyone who cares about the future trends of Islam."

    • book cover image "The place of tolerance in Islam," Beacon Press (2002). Read reviews or order this book

    From the back cover:

    "Khaled Abou El Fadl, a prominent critic of Islamic puritanism, leads off this lively debate by arguing that Islam is a deeply tolerant religion. Injunctions to violence against nonbelievers stem from misreadings of the Qur'an, he claims, and even jihad, or so-called holy war, has no basis in Qur'anic text or Muslim theology but instead grew out of social and political conflict.

    Many of Abou El Fadl's respondents think differently. Some contend that his brand of Islam will only appeal to Westerners and students in "liberal divinity schools" and that serious religious dialogue in the Muslim world requires dramatic political reforms. Other respondents argue that theological debates are irrelevant and that our focus should be on Western sabotage of such reforms. Still others argue that calls for Islamic "tolerance" betray the Qur'anic injunction for Muslims to struggle against their oppressors.

    The debate underscores an enduring challenge posed by religious morality in a pluralistic age: how can we preserve deep religious conviction while participating in what Abou El Fadl calls "a collective enterprise of goodness" that cuts across confessional differences?"

  • book cover image Mark Gabriel, "Islam and Terrorism: What the Quran really teaches about Christianity, violence and the goals of the Islamic jihad." Charisma House, (2002). Read reviews or order this book

Amazon review:

The Western media declares that "at its core, Islam is moderate and tolerant of others" (New York Times Magazine).

"Author Mark A. Gabriel, former professor of Islamic history at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, disagrees. He says that terrorists are practicing Islam just as Muhammad intended. As a child, Gabriel grew up in a Muslim family in Egypt and was heavily indoctrinated. By the age of twelve he had memorized the entire Qur'an. He went on to become a top student at the most prestigious Islamic university in the world, Al-Azhar in Cairo, Egypt. As a student and professor of Islamic history, he rubbed shoulders with those who are at the forefront of propagating the tenets of Islamic terrorism. He actually took classes with Sheik Umar Abd al-Rahman, who was convicted of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bomb attack and is now in prison. In his book Gabriel explains:

  • How Islam was influenced by the warlike Arabian culture of the 7th century
  • Atrocities committed by Muhammad in the name of Allah
  • The story of the Egyptian student who came to study education in America and went on to write the first handbook of terrorism in the twentieth century
  • The prominence of jihad (war against infidels) in Islamic theology
  • How Egyptian fundamentalists murdered and robbed Christians to raise funds for terrorism
  • The difference between a moderate Muslim and a fundamentalist Muslim

For the readers of this book, the motive behind Islamic world activity will no longer be a mystery. Each action is obviously rooted in the philosophy of Islam. Now both the Christian and the political world must decide how to react to Muhammad's revelation."

  • book cover image Bernard Lewis and Buntzie Ellis Churchill: "Islam: The Religion and the People," Wharton School Publishing, (2008) Read reviews or order this book

    Review by William P. Collins of the Library of Congress: The book is:

    "... an accessible introduction to Muslims and their faith. In clear language, the authors cover the faith's development, its five pillars, Scripture and tradition, law, the mosque, diversity, sectarian divisions, government, economics, women, dress, language, war and peace, and radicalism. There are three particular strengths. First, Lewis and Churchill insist that Islam cannot be reduced to extremes as either a bloodthirsty creed or solely a message of peace. The Qur'an advocates a range of responses according to specific circumstances. Second, the authors humanize Islam by including insets on "Islamic humor" in every chapter. Third, the book replaces dangerous characterizations of Islam as an enemy with an understanding of Islam as a faith intimately connected to Christianity and Judaism. Through understanding Islam, readers may see that the minority who espouse a radicalized totalitarian version of Islam represent neither the faith nor most of its followers. Highly recommended for all libraries."

  • book cover image Omid Safi, "Progressive Muslims: On justice, gender and pluralism," Oneworld Publications, (2003). Read reviews or order this book

Review by Islamic Studies Journal:

"A significant and welcome effort providing an analytic overview by some contemporary progressive Muslim scholars. The book offers a very incisive critique and highlights the compelling need for a wholesome and rational approach to the issues."

Review by the editor, Michael Wolfe:

"September 11 forced a reckoning of sorts, and it has led us to be more self-reliant. When any religion is new to a place, as Islam is new to America, the tendency to take one's cues from the Motherland is strong, wherever that Motherland is perceived to be. And then there comes a moment to grow up. For many American Muslims, that moment arrived in the weeks following September 11.

This is a book by forward-looking Muslims-- in love with Islam, proud of Islam, and confident enough in its strength to believe that it can stand up to honest introspection. 'Speak the truth,' Muhammad said, 'even if it hurts you.' A sometimes painful struggle, nothing less than a faith in search of its soul, informs this book."

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