- How and why did an international network of violent Islamic groups emerge?
- What beliefs are common to both militant Islam and the peaceful majority
- Which form of Islam will prevail?
- How was Islam founded and formed?
- What forces are shaping the future of Islam?
Praise for Islam at the Crossroads
This excellent book is one of the most lucid, balanced, and informative books on the nature and history of Islam that I have read. It is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the world in the wake of ongoing terrorism.
Islam at the Crossroads is informative, insightful, and balanced. Its size and style make it accessible to the concerned layperson. It offers exactly what Christians in America (and around the world) need to understand as an introduction to Islam. Marshall, Gilbert, and Green have written a splendid treatment of one of the most critical topics facing the church today.
The horrors of 9/11 have led to many books about the world of Islam, but we lack a short, readable introduction and overview. This book fills that gap wonderfully, covering beliefs and history up to the background of Osama bin Laden. It is also careful, fair and enjoyable to read. It is the book on Islam that the average, busy American needs.
A pithy primer on a vital topic. The authors clarify the distinctions between Islamist extremism that seeks theocracy and a moderate Islam that lives with modern constitutional democracy and human rights.
A marvelous book, both for one who knows little about Islam and for those who have thought deeply about it.
Islam at the Crossroads is a timely and important book and is of special importance to the African American community, helping us gain a better understanding of the background and beliefs of Islam. It comes at a crucial time in the church's history, and its message is urgently needed.
Islam at the Crossroads is one book that Christian relief and development practitioners can ill-afford to miss. Understanding Islam and its adherents in the proper context is a must if we are to do effective work in much of the Two-Thirds world. This small volume (121 pages) makes a lucid presentation of the Islamic beliefs, history, and encounters with Jews and Christians. While often confrontational, Islam is desperately in need of understanding at this time when it is invariably being equated with its current radical expression. The co-authors are diligent students of Islam and its history, and if anyone wishes to gain a perspective on Islam in a balanced way, this timely book is the one to read.
Islam at the Crossroads will help you find answers to your questions about Islam as it explores the history of Islam, its basic beliefs and practices, and its polarizing divisions.
Discover how the vibrant history of Islam has been inspired by core beliefs such as jihad, or holy war. Consider the worldview of a religion that does not separate church and state, sacred and secular. Examine the similarities and differences among Muslim groups and between Islamic and Judeo-Christian teachings. And gain insight into today's events with a panoramic view of invasions and campaigns, from those of the Prophet Muhammad to present-day acts of terrorism.
Accessible and engaging, Islam at the Crossroads is an exceptional primer for understanding Islam. It not only presents Islam's basic foundations and historical facts, it also reveals the varied world of Islam today, calling for support of the millions of moderate Muslims who wish to simply live their lives in peace.
Paul Marshall is a senior fellow with both the Center for Religious Freedom, a division of Freedom House in Washington, D.C., and the Claremont Institute in Claremont, California. He is the author of many books on religion and politics. Lela Gilbert is a writer and editor whose work includes both fiction and nonfiction books. She and Marshall co-authored Their Blood Cries Out, which won a Gold Medallion. Roberta Green is an award-winning journalist and a student of Islamic history.
- Islam at the Crossroads: Understanding Its Beliefs, History, and Conflicts, by Paul Marshall, Roberta Green, and Lela Gilbert