short bibliography on Islam
number of people have asked for resources on Islam. Here are a
few pieces of reading material that could prove helpful.
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.
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).
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."
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."
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).
'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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