At the same time, they challenge the Muslim world by suggesting that Islam stands today at a vital crossroads and only Muslims can forge the way forward. Islam in Context will appeal to all those who are interested in an alternative to the easily packaged descriptions of the relationship between Islam and the West. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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Sort order. Mar 25, Mike Blyth rated it really liked it Shelves: islam , history. The book is OK but suffers a bit from being too short and rather scattered if considered to be an introduction to Islam.
It might be best described as an introduction to the history of relations between Islam and the West. Bruce Bradshaw's review here is quite useful and accurate. The fact that the review discusses the tension between the Christian pacifist views of Yoder and those of Rheinhold Niebuhr, while the former is not even mentioned in the book, is illustrative of the spotty nature of th The book is OK but suffers a bit from being too short and rather scattered if considered to be an introduction to Islam.
The fact that the review discusses the tension between the Christian pacifist views of Yoder and those of Rheinhold Niebuhr, while the former is not even mentioned in the book, is illustrative of the spotty nature of the book.
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I'd really like to see an updated version, twice the length, with a lot of gaps filled. By now, seven years after the book was published, there must be better sources for reviewing the tensions between Muslim "fundamentalism" and Christianity. Jun 03, Erik rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction.
A good intro so far, from what I can see. The authors are very up front about their geographical focus; however, there are also a handful of unimpressive passages I've come across which suggest an unspoken philosophically Christi A good intro so far, from what I can see. Num Pages: pages, illustrations. Dimension: x x Weight in Grams: Seller Inventory V Items related to Islam: Past, Present and Future.
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Published by Oneworld Publications , Oxford He sees each faith as having had major paradigm shifts that have moved it forward, and, in fact, praises Islam for advancing the Arab people quite rapidly, in some cases much faster than similar periods for Christianity. Nevertheless, he claims the Muslim world has neglected to move to its next paradigm due to various failures: arrogant ulama religious scholars , greed among the wealthy, and the lack of health care and education. He is intuitively confident that Muslims are ready to revitalize their religion, hungry for such rethinking through new Qur'anic interpretations that are already underway.
Although the thousand-page book is overblown and could use some stringent editing, it contains insightful ideas and worthwhile commentary. Those intimidated by the lengthy volume may prefer to peruse the fascinating maps and tables throughout, which neatly and graphically summarize the book's major points.