Thursday, March 10, 2016

Answering Jihad- a better way forward by Nabeel Qureshi


Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward



Nabeel Qureshi was born into a loving, patriotic American Ahmadi Muslim family, and was a devout American Muslim until he reached college age. As a young adult his pursuit of truth led him, in the end, to Jesus Christ. Now he articulates the gospel through writing and speaking, letting his background inform his apologetics. Clearly, Nabeel is uniquely positioned to contribute to America's dialogue about Islam. 

Turn on any talk show, start discussing current events at a family party, or listen to a debate between the 2016 Presidential candidates, and you will end up hearing about terrorism and Islam, one way or the other. Depending on your level of information, you'll be cringing at some of the opinions you hear. 

There will be fear that Muslims are a danger to their non-Muslim neighbors. There will be speculations about whether Islam promotes violence. There will be questions about the history of Islam. There will be theological speculations about the God of Islam and the God of Christianity.  It will be overwhelming, and you'll be left wishing that there was a better way forward, through all of this. 

That's probably why Nabeel chose "A better way forward" as his subtitle. 

This book has three sections, and each one answers six of the most common questions that Nabeel receives about Islam and jihad. The first section is on the origins of jihad, the section is on jihad around the world today, and the third is about jihad in Judeo-Christian context. 

This book is a slight 170 pages, so Nabeel moves quickly through each topic, but his reflections provide a great starting point. As always, he formulates his case carefully as he draws his conclusions, and seasons his words with the salt of a Christian conscience. Nabeel presents a lot to think about: the relationship between Islamic reformation and Islamic radicalization, the nature of sharia and its role in a Muslim's life, the fact of violence in Old Testament history and the fact of violence in Islamic history, the Muslim's view of Jesus in their apocalyptic literature, and the way Christ teaches us to treat our fellow humans- be they Muslim or anything else. 

I thank Booklook Blog Program and Zondervan for providing me with a review copy. I will be passing it on to a family member. 

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