From New York Times bestselling author and former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi comes this personal, challenging, and respectful answer to the many questions surrounding jihad, the rise of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism.
San Bernardino was the most lethal terror attack on American soil since 9/11, and it came on the heels of a coordinated assault on Paris.Read more...
FromNew York Timesbestselling author and former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi comes this personal, challenging, and respectful answer to the many questions surrounding jihad, the rise of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism.
San Bernardino was the most lethal terror attack on American soil since 9/11, and it came on the heels of a coordinated assault on Paris. There is no question that innocents were slaughtered in the name of Allah and in the way of jihad, but do the terrorists actions actually reflect the religion of Islam? The answer to this question is more pressing than ever, as waves of Muslim refugees arrive in the West seeking shelter from the violent ideology of ISIS.
Setting aside speculations and competing voices, what really is jihad? How are we to understand jihad in relation to our Muslim neighbors and friends? Why is there such a surge of Islamist terrorism in the world today, and how are we to respond?
InAnswering Jihad, bestsellingauthor Nabeel Qureshi (Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus)answers these questions from the perspective of a former Muslim who is deeply concerned for both his Muslim family and his American homeland."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-03-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Bestselling author Nabeel Qureshi (Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus) takes on a highly controversial question: Is Islam a religion of peace? Qureshi, a Muslim turned Christian, thinks not. Structured around 18 questions about jihad, radical Islam, sharia, Muhammad, and more, the book provides an examination of history, as well as perspectives from contemporary scholars. Qureshi wrestled with Islam's traditions and scripture, concluding that Islam "glorifies violent jihad arguably more than any other action a Muslim can take." This suspect conclusion left Qureshi with, he believes, three options: abandon the faith, ignore the foundations of the faith, or become "radicalized." He chose the first. Unfortunately, Qureshi's Christian publisher fails in its treatment of such an inflammatory thesis. First, the text does not deliver on the promise of the title: neither is jihad answered with a compelling alternative, nor is a way forward developed (other than acting with compassion toward Muslims). Second, if the intent is to present a Christian apologetic, then a direct case must be made for Christianity as a "religion of peace," rather than arguing only that Islam is not one. As a polemic for emboldening debate among Muslims, Qureshi's case will no doubt be successful. Aimed at a Christian market in the current Islamophobic cultural context, however, Qureshi's argument risks becoming weaponized. (Mar.)