Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward

Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward

by Nabeel Qureshi


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ISBN-13: 9780310531388
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 363,900
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Nabeel Qureshi was a speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He earned an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University, and an MA in religion from Duke University.

Table of Contents

* Introduction
* What is Jihad?
* Jihad in the Quran
* Jihad in Muhammad’s life
* What Is Sharia?
* Violence and Jihad in Sharia
* Jihad by the Numbers
* ISIS and Other Islamist Groups Today
* Immigration and Disillusionment with Islam
* Is Islam a Religion of Peace?
* Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?
* Aren't Islam and Christianity Both Abrahamic Faiths, Both People of the Book?
* Genocide in the Old Testament
* Violence in the New Testament
* The Crusades
* Jesus and Enemies
* Jesus and Fear, Self-Sacrifice
* What Should We Expect?
* Conclusion

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Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
IvyTyson More than 1 year ago
Absolutely get this book for your shelf. I've recommended it to so many people I decided it was quicker to write a review. There are few works available right now that reach the heart of a controversial and emotion-laden topic as graciously and clearly as this one. In a time when our terminology, our comprehensive knowledge, and our natural sympathies are all in desperate need of re-alignment, "Answering Jihad" provides scholarly information and practical advice in easily-accessible bite-sized pieces. This book can and should become a first reference point for anyone's most pressing questions about jihad in particular and the Muslim worldview as a whole. Odds are good that you will find a reasonable and thoughtful answer here. Nabeel Qureshi addresses the complex history of jihad and its often violent expression in today's world, explores the convoluted roots of the practice in Muslim history and the Qur'an itself, and guides readers through the often conflicting personal and emotional reactions that many modern Muslims experience as they face the reality of jihad in the world today. Most importantly of all, this book exhibits gentleness, grace, and concern for individuals, even while being uncompromisingly truthful about the realities and the repercussions of jihad, both to Muslims and the world at large.
Traction_Bob More than 1 year ago
Pretty good, and interesting to see the Quran interpreted, There are certainly some biases shown, as the author is a converted Christian and thus has less at stake in condemning fundamentalist Islam. His discussion on "reform" was fascinating, though. Accessible, well-written, but I question some of the theological scholarship.
NatalieRae More than 1 year ago
In the din of chaos that follows attacks like Charlie Hebdo, San Bernadino, and most recently, Brussels, many of us are left with questions. Why are Muslims declaring Jihad when their religion proclaims peace ... or does it? Author, Nabeel Qureshi (Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus) answers 18 questions he’s asked most regarding the uprise in terrorist activity by those declaring Jihad around the world. Where does Jihad get its roots? Is Islam a religion of peace? How can such a religion endorse terrorist activity? And what should our response be to our Muslim neighbors? Qureshi delves into a brief but thorough history lesson of the Quran and provides insight into why the radicalization of Muslims is happening in the name of Islam and why Jihad is being enacted around the world. He clarifies the difference between Christian doctrine and Islamic doctrine in regards to warfare both current and historical, as well as, the difference between the God Muslims and Christians worship. In light of the recent terrorist activity and the response by those who seem to have an opinion, though mostly without the kind of insider knowledge Qureshi possesses, this book offers answers to the questions most are afraid of asking but that need to be asked. Qureshi offers honest and factual answers that will take readers all the way to the foundation of Islam. Political lines are being drawn and in a time when knowledge is power-this book offers a powerful vision into what the world is facing. This book responded to many of the questions I, myself, have wondered whenever I watch the news and see another terrorist attack claim the lives of innocents. The burden of searching for answers has led me and many others to those with little or no factual evidence or experience for answers. Or if they do have answers its a version of unsubstantiated “truth” that Qureshi quickly dismisses with accurate and authentic proof to the contrary. I’ve come away from this reading with the kind of knowledge to help me discern what’s going on around me and who the real enemy is along with the best way to respond. Answering Jihad-A Better Way Forward is an excellent read for anyone concerned about who exactly the enemy is behind Jihad. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Only-A-Little-While More than 1 year ago
I chose to read, Answering Jihad A Better Way Forward by Nabeel Qureshi to gain insight and understanding into the Islamic religion and how it affects the citizens of the United States of America. I was not disappointed. This book is written for a very broad audience, as the author clearly states, and as such it is not meant to be a comprehensive study into the complexities of the Islamic religion, but rather to provide the reader with a sketch of the current climate within our nation as it relates to Muslims. This book falls within the Christian genre, but it is an important read for Christians and non-Christians alike. Dr. Nabeel Qureshi manages to deliver a courteously thoughtful work on a very intense and highly charged subject. As I pondered how to review this book, I immediately thought of the words in 1 Peter 3:15 : "Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you're living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy." Throughout the book, the author delivers answers for his choice to leave the Islamic religion and convert to Christianity. He communicates these answers so eloquently and also reveals a deep level of unquestionable authenticity. Answering Jihad provides a broad outline of the fundamental teachings of the Islamic religion according to the Quran. In a concise question and answer format, the flow of this book could not be any better. It uncovers that the "average American Muslim agrees that the Quran and hadith are the ultimate basis of their faith," but that "many have not critically read the traditions." The author, who was raised as a devout Muslim in the United States asserts that many Muslims throughout the world "would be surprised to find violent, offensive jihad shot through the foundations of Islam." The important fact that there are an expansive number of Islamic fundamental teachings and therefore wide variances of how Islam is practiced is a significant point to absorb as you digest the book. Dr. Qureshi expresses his opinion that we should not be defining Islam as the "practice of Muslims", but rather Islam should be defined as the "teachings of Muhammad". This simple statement alone brings a lot of clarity to the confusion and chaos of terminology and generalizations that are thrown around on a daily basis within the varied media outlets. Keeping that in mind, he goes a step farther to explain that the personal and peaceful practice of some Muslims, does not mean that Islam is a religion of peace. In fact, those that are concerned by the "increasing frequency and scale of Islamist terrorism" need to comprehend that there is an Islamic reformation currently taking place and it is built upon the life of Muhammad (the named prophet of Islam) who was born in 570AD. It is an "attempt to raze centuries of traditions of various schools of Islamic thought and return to the canonical texts of the Quran and Muhammad's life." He shares that radical Muslim organizations are very clear that their goal is to reform Islam. Islam follows the Quran and the final chapter is the "the Disavowal", which deny any treaties of peace that came before it. It is also the final and most violent chapter "commanding Muslims to fight and subdue non-Muslims." Each chapter within this book, Answering Jihad ~A Better Way Forward provides so much information to the casual learner of this subject, that after reading it, I find myself with a plan to reread it. While Dr. Qureshi has written it for the "wider audience"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nabeel Qureshi strongly resisted writing “Answering Jihad,” and I can understand why. Jihad is religiously motivated, politically polarized and emotionally charged — the perfect recipe for a firestorm. But, instead of giving us gasoline to fuel the fire, Qureshi gives us water to quench it. That water comes in the form of truth and love — the two ingredients so often missing from these kinds of discussions. Qureshi is uniquely qualified to offer those ingredients. As a former devout Muslim, he investigated his faith passionately — I strongly recommend his New York Times bestselling book, “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus,” which documents that investigation. As an American, he’s wrestled with the implications of 9/11, San Bernardino and other terrorist attacks. He’s working on his fourth university degree (a doctorate from Oxford), and he’s a gifted communicator. In other words, he’s book smart and street smart. The book is only 173 pages, including the four appendices. In other words, it’s not an exhaustive treatment of the subject of jihad, and it doesn’t pretend to be. Rather, it’s a primer that, as the subtitle implies, offers us a better way forward. It’s a framework to help us think through this issue, understand the nuances we tend to overlook and guide us in how to respond. It’s divided into three sections, answering a total of 18 questions about jihad. Here’s a sampling: • In the “Origins of Jihad” section, he defines jihad and addresses whether Islam is historically a religion of peace. • In the “Jihad Today” section, he grapples with radical Islam, ISIS and the identity of true Muslims — violent or peaceful? • In the “Jihad in Judeo-Christian Context” section, he discusses the Crusades and whether Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Qureshi reluctantly concluded he needed to write this book. I eagerly conclude you need to read this book. It offers all of us a better way forward.
Mr_Mac_ More than 1 year ago
The author Nabeel Qureshi is well equipped to understand the core Muslim foundations and does a great job explaining to the readers who might be reading these views for the first time. The book is structured into three parts (The Origins Of Jihad, Jihad Today and Jihad In Judeo-Christian Context) with a total of 18 questions and answers. Each answer has an ending conclusion which really helps as a check point summarising the main points and keeps with the "to the point" characteristic of the book. The book sets out from the beginning making important distinctions that the reader should know. For example the opening question, "WHAT IS ISLAM". Nabeel Qureshi concludes that "...Muslims are not themselves Islam" and that "to answer whether Islam is truly a religion of peace, we must consider what Islam teaches, not just what Muslims practice". This serves well to the purpose of the book as it helps keep the right perspective on the subject of jihad. “There is a better way forward, a way that upholds both truth and compassion.” Answering with truth and compassion is the goal of this book, and it gives a great way forward on how to do this. For this reason I'd like to firstly commend Nabeel Qureshi for staying true to the purpose of the book providing both truth and compassion. Secondly, I'd like to recommend that you read this book to clear up the many misconceptions surrounded around the subject of jihad and the religion of Islam. Answering Jihad will help you understand if Islam actually is "religion of peace" and offers a compassionate way forward.
laalli More than 1 year ago
Answering Jihad is a timely book by Nabeel Qureshi. Qureshi has taken some of the most asked questions of jihad in Islam and answered them well with concise detail and thought. Part One is taking you through the origins of jihad, Part Two discusses jihad today and Part Three talks about jihad from a Christian perspective. The book is well written. I appreciate how Qureshi voices his opinions and background experiences throughout the book. In the Appendix, he has helpful extras including a historical description of the sect of Islam that he came from. I have learned much from Qureshi through his first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus and now through Answering Jihad. He has a love for people and Muslims that comes through in his writing. He is easy to follow and I like how he explains clearly the terms of Islam within the book. I highly recommend this book for anyone with questions regarding jihad and Islam. I think he takes a hard subject to talk about and brings it to a level where people are able to discuss it well and more easily. First and foremost Qureshi reminds us that God commanded us to love others no matter what and to follow Christ’s example. Qureshi has definitely helped grow my love for Muslims around the world. “There is a better way forward, a way the upholds both truth and compassion.”
JennGrand More than 1 year ago
In the wake of the attacks on San Bernardino and Paris and having lived through 9/11, this book definitely intrigued me. There is so much I don't know about the jihad and Islam. This book helps to answer a lot of questions such as "what is jihad?" "How does jihad relate to any Muslim friends or neighbors I may have?" "How should I respond to islamic terrorists?" The author, Nabeel Qureshi, answers these questions and more, and due to being a former Muslim, and still having Muslim friends and family, as well as a deep love for America, his views are real, vulnerable and can definitely be trusted. If you're curious about jihad and how it relates to you today, this is definitely a good book to pick up.
AshleyMontgomery More than 1 year ago
I first learned of Nabeel Qureshi after reading his book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. It was a game-changer for me as a Christian and really opened my eyes to Islamic culture and Christian apologetics. When I heard that he was writing Answering Jihad following the attack in San Bernadino, I have to admit that I was curious to see what he had to say. Let me tell you, he totally hit it out of the park. As Christians, we are called to speak the truth in love and I cannot think of a better example of doing just that than this book. Answering Jihad provides readers with powerful truths grounded in fact and rooted in love. It explains in intrinsic and careful detail the answers we are all looking for regarding Islam, no matter what our religion is. What makes this book so special is that it goes beyond the answers and gives us all a path forward that is both truthful and compassionate. I strongly recommend Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward.
Kasandra More than 1 year ago
**********Where Truth and Compassion Meet********** This is a MUST read!!! First off, I love the tone of this book, Qureshi writes out of his love for his former religion and his family, but with truth to what he has discovered through his journey. This book is extremely important in that it is able to respectively separate the worth of humans from ideologies. I will be honest, it is a tough read for anyone, whether you are Muslim, Christian or of another faith/without faith. It will certainly challenge you to not only re-access what you think you know, but push you towards the truth and reality of the situation at hand. It will also challenge you in your response to that information. I highly recommend this book, and challenge you to read it all the way through regardless of how you may feel about what you are reading. It is extremely easy to read in terms of language, and includes several appendix and a glossary, this was extremely helpful. I gained a lot of knowledge from this book, and had to really consider where I stand and how I can appropriately answer jihad. Qureshi, as a Christian who converted from Islam, and has Muslim family members, really did a great job at staying as objective as possible when relaying information, but shows emotion when it addresses how to deal with the information he has given. He makes it very clear where he got information from and when what is said is a matter of his opinion, so you never wonder what is fact. The organization of this book is done in the form of Q&A, answering common questions many people on all sides of this issue ask, as well as a conclusion. From dedication through the conclusion, Qureshi puts together fact, history and experience to formulate a working knowledge of the foundations of jihad in a way that inspires us to act.
MelodyFaith More than 1 year ago
In Nabeel's latest book "Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward" he attempts to clarify and answer many of the questions many of us are asking regarding Jihad and how to address it. Broken down into 3 parts: The Origins of Jihad, Jihad Today, and Jihad in Judeo-Christian Context. Nabeel tackles questions like "Is Islam a religion of peace?"and "Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?". This book couldn't have been written at a better time with the rise of ISIS and the ever growing amount of terrorist attacks around the world. I recommend this book to anyone who is asking questions about Jihad's place in Islam, radicalized Muslims, and how to address the issue of Jihad while loving our Muslim neighbors. This is book is easy-to-read and very informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An inquisitive mind, a compassionate heart, a keen intellect, an unquenchable thirst for the truth, twenty-two years of his life as a devoted Muslim, many Muslim friends and relatives and a gift to communicate in an easily understood manner put Nabeel Qureshi in a unique place to address this current topic. Dr. Qureshi grew up as an American Muslim who experienced Islam as a religion of "peace with God and peace with man" with "a great deal of emphasis placed on morality, legality, community and spirituality". His first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus captivated me. He was someone deeply committed to his Muslim faith, yet when he began investigating his faith and seeking the truth about Islam, Mohammed and Jesus, he discovered that not all was as he was taught. His investigation led him to what he calls a three-pronged fork in the road where he needed to choose whether to leave Islam, grow apathetic or become "radicalized". Knowing his background, I wanted to hear what he had to say about this very problematic issue when I saw this book appear so soon after the Paris and San Bernardino shootings. The book is short - only 150 pages plus several appendices- so it is a fast read, which makes it ideal for busy people who want to get a good understanding of the basics in a short time investment. The book is divided into 18 blog-like questions with answers. At the end of each chapter is a several paragraph summary of the chapter which recaps the main points and helps reinforce them. "A more appropriate avenue for answering whether Islam is "a religion of peace" is the life and teaching of its prophet," the author states. Therefore, a large portion of the book is devoted to the person of Mohammad and the beginnings of Islam, all key to understanding Islam and the rise of Jihad. Because of the massive volumes of Hadith and Sunnah that Muslims use to interpret the Quran, Nabeel's background in Islam and his study of Christianity and Islam after his conversion helps him guide the readers in wading through information that would otherwise overwhelm them. He informs the reader that most Muslims get their set of beliefs from their imam and have not studied the many foundational manuscripts for themselves, which means many Muslims do, in all integrity, live out Islam as a peaceful religion because that is how they understand it. Just as many religions see success as a sign of blessing from their god, so Muslims feel that true obedience to Allah leads to Muslim domination as was true in the Golden Age of Islam. The loss of Muslim dominance to Europe starting in the mid 1700's caused Muslims to ask why they were not receiving their god's blessing. Radical Islam is a reformation in Islam to go back to the early teachings of Islam in order to once again receive Allah's blessing and recapture the splendor and power of the Golden era of Islam. Out of this movement, ISIS, Al-Qaida and Boko Haram are born. The availability via the internet of Islam’s foundational documents, which were at one time only found in Islamic libraries, allows the Muslim on the street to access these documents for himself. "Despite the many positive teachings and qualities, the reality is that Islam's foundations contain a tremendous amount of violence,” says Nabeel. Now that we understand where jihad comes from, the big question that must be addressed is how do we answer jihad? If there were an easy answer, this question would be obsolete. Nabeel Qureshi says
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was blessed to be included in the pre-release team and have thoroughly enjoyed the book. The book explains in great detail where the problems have originated, why there is a disconnect between what the Koran and the Hadith teaches and what main stream Islam believes and why the majority of Islam believes Islam is a religion of peace. I think the biggest blessing I received from reading this book was that it explained to me why the majority of Muslim (My father in-law he's a Muslim since passed on) just blindly believed what their Imam's and religious leaders teach them. We as Christians need to love these dear people and understand they are being led astray. Great Book a must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*** Absolutely worth your time! *** Dr. Qureshi's insight and personal experience with Islam credits his response to Jihad. Instead of violence, we all need to remember that we are all, "Image bearers of God." I would HIGHLY recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nabeel Qureshi, author of the New York Times bestseller “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus,” has penned his second book, “Answering Jihad - A Better Way Forward.” In his new book, Qureshi takes on the incendiary topic of jihad and Islamic terrorism, while maintaining a compassionate and respectful voice concerning our Muslim neighbors and friends. While the topics covered are at times both controversial and challenging, Qureshi presents the material in a well reasoned, straightforward manner. The book consists of eighteen chapters, with each section addressing a specific question. A conclusion at the end of each chapter recaps the main ideas. At the end of the book, Qureshi supplies a glossary and appendices, including a selective timeline of the history of jihad and translations of the Hadith from Sahih Al-Bukhari. As with his prior book, Qureshi supports his commentary with direct quotes translated from the Quran and Hadith. Written by an author with a credible background, Answering Jihad is a highly pertinent read in light of the world we live in today. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a better understanding of the origins and history of jihad, as well as jihad in the Judeo-Christian context. 4.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Between the rise of ISIS, attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, and refugee crisis, there are a lot of questions and claims made about Islam and Jihad. “Answering Jihad” is a great primer on the subject as it takes an honest look at various subjects, including Islam's founding; Jihad vs. Crusades; do Christians and Muslims worship the same God; why so many young Muslims are attracted to the likes of ISIS; and how the Jihad movement and peaceful Muslims can both worship from the same book(s) and yet come to such different conclusions. You may be familiar with some of the facts he presents, but don’t let that dissuade you. One of the highlights of this book is, as a former Muslim raised in a devout family, Nabeel’s unique perspective of both the facts and how they are viewed (or ignored) from within Muslim culture. “Answering Jihad” is written in the same engaging style as Nabeel’s first book, “Seeking Allah Finding Jesus”, and is a very quick read. At roughly 170 pages, the book offers answers at very broad strokes in most cases, which may be my only real criticism with the book. I wish he could have given a little more space to some of the discussions, but given the urgency to write and get the book out after the San Bernardino shooting's, it’s totally understandable. And he does point the reader to more in-depth reading if you’re so inclined. There are many facts in this book Muslims will have to wrestle with in regard to the teachings of their faith. But there are also many teachings of the Christian faith that Christians will have to wrestle with as well such as resisting the impulse to answer evil for evil (in the case of Jihadist) and seeing each individual as a person made in the image of God in need of salvation. Christians are called to love our neighbors, and we can't do that effectively if we don't know them. I think this book is a good first step in helping Christians see the truth about Islam while also enabling us to better understand how to engage with our Muslim neighbors in love and compassion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nabeel Qureshi has written another must read book regarding Islam. While his last book, ‘Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus’, dealt with his journey towards Christianity, this one deals with Jihad. A subject of much confusion in this day and age. Qureshi takes the reader through 18 questions under the topics of Origins of Jihad, Jihad today, and Jihad in Judeo-Christian Context. He tackles questions such as Is Islam a Religion of Peace, Is Jihad in the Quran and in the Life of Muhammad, Does Islam Need a Reformation, and Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God. This book is very informative and well written. Nabeel speaks as one who was raised a Muslim and has family and friends who still are. He gives facts that he’s spent many years researching and really doesn’t cloud them with any bias at all. With his normal candor and intelligence, he tells the reader what the Quran and hadiths (a tradition of something Muhammad said or did) say about Jihad and violence as a whole. Also the radicalization of young Muslims is a topic I found very interesting and enlightening. There are 4 appendices as well as a glossary which are very helpful in understanding Islam and Jihad. Over all I would highly recommend this book not only for Christians, but for anyone looking to understand Jihad and Islam.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the wake of recent attacks by ISIS in Paris and San Bernardino, understanding the concept of jihad as it is viewed by Islamist extremists is critical to Western Christians wondering how to best respond to events in the Middle East. In his new book, Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward, New York Times best-selling author and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries speaker Nabeel Qureshi provides such a response. Qureshi spends the early chapters of Answering Jihad defining Islam, and looking at the origins of the term “jihad,” before discussing what, specifically, jihad means in the present day. He also addresses current debates taking place as Westerners attempt to compare the Judeo-Christian and Islamic worldviews. For example, Qureshi examines the fairly recent “Same God” controversy that took the evangelical Christian community by storm, and, in closing, provided his thoughts on how Christians should respond to the perceived threat of terrorist attacks in the West by extremist groups citing jihad as their justification for violence. Ultimately, Qureshi calls for Christians in the Western world to respond to radical Islam in a way that is honoring to Jesus. He argues that we should not respond in fear by closing borders, as many of the current presidential candidates have suggested, because that would only further inflame Muslims who already live in the West, and it would also give further resolve to Islamists who want to destroy America and other Western nations. Qureshi argues, and I think rightly, that Christians should not fear radical Islam because our hope is not in our worldly safety, but instead is in God’s (very capable) hands, and there is nothing that a jihadist can do to change that. Qureshi’s book is not meant to be an exhaustive resource on all things related to either Islam or jihad, but it is a very good entry-level book for people unfamiliar with the roots of Islam and the concept of jihad. This book will be particularly beneficial for Christians who are looking for a way to respond to jihad that is honoring to Christ.
Allan_Varghese More than 1 year ago
In Answering Jihad, Qureshi has addressed the concept of Jihad in Islam in a coherent yet loving manner from traditional, historical and theological angles. It’s a very resourceful read for anyone who seeks to outline the truth of Islam and Jihad. Terrorism is closer to our doors today than ever before. Even if you are the most secular and tolerant person, I wonder what you think of Islam when you hear repeated reports of terrorists screaming “Allahu Akbar” before or after terrorist attacks. It surly prompted me to consider a fundamental question—Does Islam promote peace or violence? These are all reasons why this book by Nabeel Qureshi was relevant to my intellectual quest. Nabeel Qureshi has taken on 18 hard questions around Islam and the concept of Jihad; distributed them mainly under three categories-{the origin of Jihad, Jihad today, and Jihad in the Judeo-Christian context}. The answers he proposes are well thought through with both logical reasoning and historical evidence. He has brought personal experience, academic statistics, scholarly references, media opinion and historical evidence (both from Islamic and non-Islamic traditions) together to convey the answers. It will be clear to the reader that Qureshi does not want to attack Muslims; rather he seeks to convey the truth authentically and compassionately. Qureshi is presenting the Truth about Islam that screams loudly with reason and history. In part one, you can expect foundational questions such as: What is Islam, what is Jihad and what is Sharia? been discussed. At the same time you will see some heated questions such as: Is Islam a religion of peace? Was Islam spread by the Sword? Qureshi brings his personal life into the discussion as he answers these questions. He makes a clear distinction between what his Muslim community taught him about Islam and what the Quran and Islamic tradition taught him about Islam. In part two, Qureshi addresses the Jihad we see today. He sheds light on who Al-Qaida is, Isis, Boko haram, their development, violent strategies and relationship with Islam. He also makes a distinction between radical Islam and progressive Islam, which are key in thinking of potential Islamic reformative ideas in secular society. The final half of the book mainly addresses Jihad in the Judeo-Christian context. Here not only does Qureshi shed light on the Crusades, he also explores whether we can compare Jihad with the crusades, and if so, how well we can draw that comparison. His courage to present Historical violence as it happened without hiding whether it is by Muslims or by Christians is truly admirable. Throughout the book, Qureshi presents us with coherent answers to the questions of Islamic Jihad while making references to various Quranic passages, canonical Hadith collections and Islamic history to open the truth. He makes it clear, with reasoning and historical evidence, that the notion ‘Islam is a religion devoid of violence is simply false’. I highly recommend the book if you are looking for a quick (176 pages) and detailed introductory read on Jihad and Islam.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am astounded by Dr Qureshi's ability to take complex, deep theological, sociological, historical and political issues and explain them in a way that a lay person would understand. (In the Army, we would call this "breaking it down Barney style.") Not only that, Dr Qureshi was able to separate his writing from his bias fairly well. Not completely, but he did so more than I would have been able to. In this book, Dr Qureshi systematically answers questions that have been raise by a great many regarding Islam, Muslims and the history of Islam's interaction with the rest of the world. Dr Qureshi makes an amazing point early in the book that "Muslims are not Islam, and Islam is not Muslims." This is an incredibly important point that we need to remember as we seek to deal with so many issues in the world that deal with Muslims and Islam. Overall, this is an amazingly written, and desperately needed resource in the Church today, especially in the West as we struggle to balance the government's need to protect itself and its interests, and the Church's mandate to love her neighbors and enemies. I've told all my friends to read this before voting in November.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nabeel Qureshi's book, Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward, is timely and relevant to our culture today, beginning with the origins of jihad and asking questions like "is Islam a religion of peace?" and "what is jihad?" He then moves forward to help us understand jihad today, discussing what radical Islam is and who Al-Qaida, ISIS and Boko Haram are. This book was respectfully and compassionately written by Nabeel after being raised in a devout American-Muslim family and experiencing 9-11. This tragic day made him question and seek the truth from Islam's original source texts, the Quran and Hadith, about what Islam taught regarding jihad. Nabeel helps us wrestle with questions like "Who are the true Muslims - violent or peaceful Muslims?" and "do Muslims and Christians worship the same god?" Jihad is also explored in a Judeo-Christian context. All the while we see Nabeel's respect for humanity, which is refreshing and necessary when exploring a topic like this. I appreciate that while Nabeel is very well educated (degrees in medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Christian apologetics from Biola University, and religion from Duke University, while currently pursuing a doctorate in New Testament studies at Oxford University) and respected (he has lectured at over 100 universities and participated in 18 public debates around the world), he has made this book very readable. Not only is the book understandable but it is organized in an easy-to-read way. Each chapter addresses a specific question - eighteen in all - and by the end you come away with a much better grasp of Islam like no other source I have seen. The back of the book has a glossary as well as four appendixes which aids in comprehension and allows you to dig deeper into the topics explored. This book is a must read for people seeking to better understand Islam.