Islamics

The study of Islam
from a Christian Perspective

 

PASSIONATE WESTERN APOLOGISTS FOR ISLAM by Rev. Bassam M. Madany Feb'07

Evidence continues that some Western intellectuals are joining the ranks of "dhimmis," ignoring all the facts that are embedded in the Qur'an and Hadith that point to the basic intolerance of Islam. Thus, by praising, sponsoring and promoting the activities of encroaching Islam, they demonstrate their willingness to become "dhimmis."


A DANGEROUS AND FALSE THEORY: POSITING EQUIVALENCE BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM by Rev. Bassam M. Madany Sep'06

On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of September 11/01, the New York Post Online published an article by retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Ralph Peters with the title "Islam Haters: An Enemy Within", referring to a core of American extremists. Rev. Madany takes issue with his premise.


IMMUNITY by Shirley W. Madany Feb'06

Good health is guarded by careful preventative measures. But how much thought do we give to building up our spiritual immunity against false doctrine, apathy or false religions?


A STEADY VOICE IN AN UNSTEADY WORLD by Harry Antonides Dec'05

What does the future hold for relations between Christianity and Islam? That is uncertain, but one thing is clear: both religions have a message and a mandate.


MISSIONS TO MUSLIMS IN THE 21st CENTURY

Convocation address delivered at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, California January 1997.


DENIALS OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE Dec'05

.... I picked up my copy of the Wall Street Journal and noticed on its front page this eye-catching headline: Turk-Armenian Fight Over WWI History Goes to a U.S. Court.... The article brought back childhood memories that go back to the 1930s. ....


A PASSIONATE WESTERN APOLOGIST FOR ISLAM by Rev. Bassam M. Madany Nov'04

This commentary was originally posted at www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/ on June 9, 2004 at 05:08 AM.
Did you catch John Esposito with Feisal Abdul Rauf on CSpan? Bassam Michael Madany did. Here is his exclusive Jihad Watch commentary on the CSpan panel discussion "Understanding Islam".


ISLAM: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE by Rev. Bassam M. Madany Dec'02

Early in October 2002, a group of journalists, all from a national newspaper, were discussing Islam, and Islamic terrorism in their weekly television program. The participants struggled hard to be fair and objective, especially in the light of the critical remarks that had been made recently by two well-known Christian ministers. As I watched, I could not help noticing why those journalists were having a very hard time dealing with the subject. Their difficulty arose from the fact that their discussion exhibited a lack of a basic knowledge of Islam, its history, and its worldview. There is nothing more urgent these days than acquiring an objective understanding of this world religion.


THE WORLD AFTER 11 SEPTEMBER 2001

As of September 11, 2001, our lives have changed in many ways.... a fierce battle has been taking place for some time among Muslims themselves. The moderates.... have been at war with the Islamists.


SHOULD WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE CRUSADES? Jul'05

There has been a resurgence of interest in the Crusades, spurred on by demands that have been made by Muslims who claim that an apology for the Crusades by the West is long overdue. Rev. Madany has written a response to that suggestion.


ISLAM IS MORE THAN A RELIGION, REVISITED Jul'05

On several occasions when trying to explain the true nature of Islam, I have emphasized the fact that this faith is much more than a religion. Unfortunately, due to the ignorance that prevails in North America about the history and tenets of Islam, our culture is incapable of grasping this reality.


A PASSIONATE WESTERN APOLOGIST FOR ISLAM Nov'04

Reviewing a program broadcast on CSpan2 on 5 June 2004.


BERNARD LEWIS ON "TRIUMPHALIST RELIGIONS" Jul'03

A review of an article that appeared in the May 2003 issue of The Atlantic Monthly.


CHRISTIAN MISSIONS TO ISLAM & WESTERN CULTURE   by Rev. Bassam Madany

As we approach the end of this century, we need a new vision of world missions based on a realistic description of our times. We are living in a new era .... Muslims living outside Daru'l Islam, attempting to preserve their Muslim identity within a secular culture and engaging in Da'wah (Islamic missions) among Westerners. The Christian response.... (Published in March, 1995 in THE OUTLOOK)


 


Book review of THE NEAREST IN AFFECTION: Towards a Christian Understanding of Islam
by Stuart Brown   WCC Publications, 1994

The author is a lay Anglican from Canada who has taught Islam and participated in dialogue with Muslims. Vol. 30 (November 1995) Pp. 551-554


Book review of ISLAM AND WAR: A Study in Comparative Ethics
by John Kelsay  Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993

The review centers on the importance of acquainting "ourselves with the Islamic view of war ... since in Islam there is no distinction between "church" and state, religion and politics, the faith may be spread by preaching or by war." Vol. 29 (November 1994) Pp. 591-595


 

 

Book review of FAITH AND THE INTIFADA: Palestinian Christian Voices
edited by Ateek, Ruether, & Ellis Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1992

Against the background of the Palestinian uprising in 1987 protesting the continued occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, these essays are printed from within a liberal theological outlook which applies "liberationist" motifs to the situation in the Holy Land. Vol. 28 (April 1993) Pp. 196-199


Book review of CHRIST IN ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY
by Neal Robinson   State University of New York Press, 1991

An excellent book in comparative Christology which seeks to explain the sources of the misunderstandings of the person and work of Christ both in the Quran and the early Muslim writings. Vol. 27 (April 1992) Pp. 168-171


Book review of AMERICAN MUSLIMS: The New Generation
by Asma Gull Hasan   New York: Continuum, 2000

....Some of our new neighbors may be followers of a major world religion. For example, Muslims are now quite visible in certain metropolitan areas of North America due to a great influx of immigrants from South East Asia and the Middle East. Islam has also gained quite a few converts, especially among African Americans....


Book review of ISLAM IN CONTEXT: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE by Peter G. Riddell & Peter Cotterell 'Apr'04

.... Once you begin reading it, you are gripped by the relevance and timeliness of the historical facts the authors relate and explain. This is not just another book on the history of Islam; it is a serious attempt to make sense out of an extremely difficult and complex subject that touches our daily lives.


Book review of ONWARD MUSLIM SOLDIERS: by Robert Spencer Jan'04

The title of this book could conceivably be a headline for a news item in a Western newspaper.... What we had observed in Spencer’s Islam Unveiled, we find strengthened and well-documented....


Book review of AFTER JIHAD: AMERICA AND THE STRUGGLE FOR ISLAMIC DEMOCRACY by Noah Feldman Nov'03

One of the most urgent challenges facing Muslim nations today is their willingness to espouse democratic principles and act upon them in our ever shrinking and globalized world.


Book review of A MUSLIM AND A CHRISTIAN IN DIALOGUE
by Badru D. Katteregga and David W. Shenk   Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1997

This book is one sample of the way some adherents of different religions engage in dialogue. It is unfortunate that while a representative of a non-Christian faith sets forth clearly what he believes, the Christian in the dialogue fails to properly represent the historic Christian faith.   Volume 33, Number 2 (November 1998)


Book review of ISLAM: ITS PROPHET, PEOPLES, POLITICS AND POWER
by George W. Braswell, Jr.   Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996

In the twelve chapters of his book, the author gives us the necessary details about the origins of Islam, the life and teachings of Muhammad, the spread of this monotheistic religion, the empires that advanced the cause of Islam in the world, the status of the Muslim world today, and the future of the relationship between the West and the Islamic nations. Vol. 32 (April 1997) Pp. 202, 203


Book review of ISLAM UNVEILED by Robert Spencer Mar'03

Books on Islam have been appearing quite frequently during the last twenty-five years. Most of these works dealt with specific topics..... What distinguishes Robert Spencer's new book is the fact that he treats a wide range of current issues in a thorough and objective manner against the background of the sacred Islamic texts, the Qur'an and Hadith.


Book review of WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ISLAM & MUSLIMS
by George W. Braswell, Jr.
Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000   Pp. xiv + 183. Price: $9.95 (paper)

The appearance of this latest book by George W. Braswell, Jr. on Islam and Muslims is such a welcome event. In 1996, he published a similar work, Islam: Its Prophet, Peoples, Politics and Power. The scope of this book is encyclopedic. Everything you need to know about Islam and Muslims is right here at your finger-tips.


Book review of JESUS IN THE QUR'AN
by Geoffrey Parrinder   Oneworld Publications, 1995

Fifteen chapters are devoted to a thorough investigation of the Qur'anic references to various Christian beliefs. The author represents pluralist theologians who seek to "reconcile" Christianity, a redemptive religion, with Islam, a faith that is fundamentally legalistic. Vol. 32 (April 1997) Pp. 207-209


 


 


 

 

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