Meeting Islam: A Guide for Christians

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George Dardess—author of this wise and inviting guide—believes that Jesus' injunction to "Love your neighbor as yourself" means that serious Christians should engage with Islam and come to know their Muslim neighbors. Dardess invites readers to explore some of Islam's key facts, chief concepts, and practices, using his own failings and successes as a guide. He shares his own experiences as a deacon in the Catholic Church in Rochester, New York, seeking to build bridges with the local Muslim community, and how his...
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Overview

George Dardess—author of this wise and inviting guide—believes that Jesus' injunction to "Love your neighbor as yourself" means that serious Christians should engage with Islam and come to know their Muslim neighbors. Dardess invites readers to explore some of Islam's key facts, chief concepts, and practices, using his own failings and successes as a guide. He shares his own experiences as a deacon in the Catholic Church in Rochester, New York, seeking to build bridges with the local Muslim community, and how his own faith has been expanded and enhanced by the relationships and understandings that have resulted. At times humorous, questioning, and warm, Meeting Islam is an engaging guide to the rewards (and the dangers) of venturing outside the boundaries of one's own faith. Dardess is sympathetic to Muslim claims to truth, and analyzes them in the light of similar, Christian claims. Each chapter ends with a theological reflection on how a particular facet of Islam may enhance (rather than detract from) our own Christian self-understanding.
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Publishers Weekly
Dardess, a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church and an English professor, describes in this brief book his own study of Islam, which began in 1992 and has included learning Arabic so he could understand the religion better. Although he remains steadfast in his own Catholic beliefs, he applies Islamic teachings to understand both Islam and his own religion better. He has a philosophical view of Islam, sometimes leading to dense descriptions, sometimes producing profound insights. Dardess poignantly recognizes the Islamic belief that all people are meant to be thankful and devoted to God and are born wanting to be good. He understands the Qur'an as a practitioner of the faith would, having studied it in the original language with Muslim teachers at his local Islamic center. He writes: "The Qur'an is so deeply imbued with moral challenge that it's impossible not to turn every remembered phrase in it into a mirror on one's conscience." This brief book provides some introductory information about Islam and is excellent reading for Christians who are curious about one of the world's fastest-growing religions. Dardess is both deeply religious and open-minded, a pleasant and surprising combination. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Intrepid religious consumer Dardess (English, Allendale Columbia Sch.) writes of his experiences in upstate New York as he seeks to "meet Islam" through the local Islamic Center-first through Arabic language classes, then by studying the Qur'an with a tutor, and later by immersing himself, a Catholic, in understanding and interpreting Islam. Using simple Islamic beliefs such as Salat and Jihad, the person Muhammad, and festivals like Ramadan and Hajj as chapter headings, he attempts through the lens of his own experience to personalize an often vilified non-Western tradition. He further takes certain Islamic understandings and compares them with parallel Christian teachings, hoping to enrich and deepen the interfaith dialog. Dardess never decries his Catholicism; nor does he denigrate one faith tradition to privilege the other. By his own admission, his path is intended "to provide a feeling for how one's own meeting with Islam might unfold"-a lofty goal indeed. Recommended where interest in interfaith dialog and Islam in America warrants.-Sandra Collins, Univ. of Pittsburgh Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557254337
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 1,020,682
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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