A 1300-year history riddled with wars, persecutions, and intolerance has left Christians and Muslims wary of conversation and skeptical of long-lasting peace. Tremors of 9/11 still reverberate in our minds as we try to ascertain if differences exist between love and tolerance, between justice and compassion. Who are these people we Christians are often so willing to lash out against? What is the history behind these two global religions? Do we make appropriate assumptions about Islam, or do we perpetuate misconceptions and false stereotypes?
This issue directly or indirectly addresses these questions as it chronicles the different interactions between Christians and Muslims throughout the centuries. If there is one issue of Christian History & Biography you need to read, it is this one.
Confronting fourteen centuries of ambition, sorrow and bad faith.
Inside this issue you'll find:
- Muhammad amid the Faiths - The prophet's interactions with paganism, Judaism, and Christianity birthed puzzling prophecies and a legacy of strife
- Also: Islam 101
- Secrets of Islam's Success - It spread faster than any other religion in history. Here are some reasons why.
- A Deadly Give and Take - Crusaders fought many terrible battles in the Middle East, but Muslims started-and won-the war.
- Also: The Battle of Tours, 732/22
- Spiritual Warriors - As their brethren attacked Muslim fortresses, these evangelistic crusaders fought for Muslim souls.
- From Crusades to Homeland Defense - Martin Luther responded to Islam with a new military philosophy, fresh focus on the Qur'an, and provocative readings of biblical prophecy.
- Four Jihads - Jihad means more than warfare, but the sword is central to Islam's texts, its history, and its founder.
- Divided by Christ - Whether Christians under earlyMuslim rule used polemic or polite dialogue to defend their faith, they hit an impasse at the Incarnation.
- Imperial Evasion - When the West finally gained influence in the Islamic world, Christians lost their nerve.
- Justice and Peace - Because broken promises fueled Islamic militancy, the road to stability must be paved with good faith.
- A conversation with J. Dudley Woodberry
Issue 74 (Volume XXI (21), Number 2)
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