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A short bibliography on Islam


Grant LeMarquand

A number of people have asked for resources on Islam. Here are a few pieces of reading material that could prove helpful.

The most accessible introduction to Islam written by a Muslim is probably Fazur Rahman's Islam (N.Y.: Doubleday, 1966). It is clear and written in an engaging fashion.

The classic text on Islam by a Christian author is Kenneth Cragg's Call of the Minaret (3rd edition; One World Publications, 2000 [Oxford, 1956]). The treatment is sympathetic and recognized by Muslims as accurate. Also by a Christian author, but one who is from a Muslim country is Michael Nazir-Ali's Islam: A Christian Perspective (Westminster / John Knox Press, 1984). Formerly a bishop of the Church of Pakistan, Nazir-Ali now serves as a bishop of the Church of England. A shorter treatment is J.N.D. Anderson's essay "Islam" in The Inadequacy of Non-Christian Religion, edited by H.A. Evan Hopkins. (London: Inter-Varsity Fellowship of Evangelical Unions, 1944).

A valuable compendium of Christian views (Anglican Christian views, actually) on Islam from various parts of the world is found in Transformation: An International Evangelical Dialogue on Mission and Ethics 17/1 (January-March 2000) under the title "Suffering and Power in Christian-Muslim Relations."

Patrick Sookhdeo's article "The extremes of Islam" in The Church of England Newspaper September 21, 2001 (pp.12-13) reminds us that there are dangerous dimensions to some versions of this religion. For the reality of different levels of persecution of Christians in Islamic countries see Paul Marshall Their Blood Cries Out: The Worldwide Tragedy of Modern Christians Who are Dying for Their Faith (Dallas: Word, 1997), especially chapter two "The Approaching Jihad" and chapter three "Islam: Fear, Friction, and Fragmentation."

On the subjects of dialogue and evangelism see: Bruce A. McDowell & Anees Zaka, Muslims and Christians Together at the Table: Promoting Biblical Understanding Among North American Muslims (Phillipsburgh, NJ: P&R Publishing, 1999) and Sturat Brown, ed. Seeking an Open Society: Inter-faith Relations and Dialogue in Sudan Today (Nairobi: Paulines, 1997).

Two 'conversion narratives' are very instructive: Bilquis Sheikh with Richard Schneider, I Dared to Call Him Father (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1978) details the conversion of a Pakistani woman to faith in Christ and the chaos which ensued, especially in her family; The Autobiography of Malcolm X (N.Y.: Grove Books, 1964) recounts the career of the radical member of 'the Nation of Islam' and his conversion to what he considered authentic Islam.

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