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Islam in conflict: Past, Present, Future [Paperback]

Peter Riddell and Peter Cotterell

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This excellent book, written in a popular and engaging style, helps promote a proper understanding of Islam -- Anthony McRoy, Evangelicals Now, December 2003

the authors ... strike a distinctive note by ... deliberately tackling 'some of the hard questions'. This is to be applauded. -- Dr John J Shepherd, British Journal of Religious Education, September 2004

From the Publisher

Is Islam is a peace-loving religion or a danger to the West? 'Islam in Conflict' goes behind the recent crisis to discuss the history, structure and beliefs of Islam and to suggest a way forward.

From the Inside Flap

Since the Iraq crisis, the attack on the twin towers and the constant terrorist threat to the West, many of our worst fears seem to be connected to the religion of Islam. And yet we are told that Islam is a peace-loving religion, concerned with worship of God and care for the poor. What is the truth behind the prejudice and the politics?

Drawing from sources such as the Qur'an, Ibn Ishaq's biography of Muhammad and contemporary writings, 'Islam in Conflict' goes behind the recent crisis to discuss the history of Islam, and its basic structure and beliefs. The authors ask the non-Muslim world to attempt to understand Islam from the perspective of Muslims and to acknowledge past mistakes. At the same time, they challenge the Muslim world by suggesting that Islam stands at a vital crossroads and the way forward is for them alone to decide.

'Islam in Conflict' will appeal to all those who are interested in an alternative to the easily packaged descriptions of the relationship between Islam and the West.

‘This book is a "must" for anyone looking for a highly readable, balanced, scholarly overview of the history of Islam and its current manifestations. The authors address complex, sensitive and controversial issues with integrity, providing an immensely valuable analysis of the role of Islam in today’s world and of the challenges within Islam that Muslims themselves need to address.’

The Baroness Cox, House of Lords, London

‘'Islam in Conflict' is a timely book … The treatment clearly deals with historical development as well as theological distinctives ... I appreciate the fairness with which they treat a rather heated issue.’

Ken Gnanakan, President, International Council for Higher Education, India

‘There is much of value here ... An important resource has been produced for the churches and, I am sure, will be used widely.’

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester

About the Author

Peter Riddell is Director of the Centre for Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Relations at London Bible College.

Peter Cotterell is Associate Senior lecturer at the Centre for Islamic Studies. He lectures at London Bible College, where he also served as the principal.

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