Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics utilizes a popular question-and-answer format so that all Catholics, both the theological novice and the well-catechized, can learn the basics of Islam. Co-authors Robert Spencer and Daniel Ali, a convert from Islam, give you a solid understanding of Islam's unique teachings including:
• The Islamic view of God
• The role of Jesus in Islamic theology
• Islam's controversial theology of jihad, or "holy war"
• Why Islam's strong beliefs are so attractive to secularized Western societies
• The role of women in Islam
Inside Islam is an essential resource for anyone who wants to know more about this historic religion from the Middle East. After reading this book, you will have a better understanding of the issues discussed everyday in the news.
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About the Author
Daniel Ali is a Catholic convert from Islam. After many years of study and reflection, Daniel was led to the foot of the Cross — to the realization that the God of the Universe desires an intimate relationship with man and that He did, in fact, send His Son to dwell among us. Daniel was received into the Catholic Church by Father William G. Most in 1998. Daniel has gained national note as the founder of the Christian Islamic Forum as well as his Video series with Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., the host of EWTN Live! Today he travels throughout the world leading seminars on Islam. Daniel and his wife live in Virginia. He can be reached at .
Robert Spencer began his study of Islam in 1980 when he first read the Koran at the invitation of Palestinian and Saudi Muslims. This initial interest was fueled by his grandparents’ unique history as Christians who were raised under the last great Muslim empire, the Ottoman Empire, and who immigrated to the United States in 1919. Spencer is the author of two previous books on Islam, Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World’s Fastest Growing Faith (San Francisco: Encounter Books, 2002), which quickly became a bestseller, and an indepth study of jihad, Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West (Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 2003). He can be reached at .
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a great book for those coming to Islam for the first time. The basic beliefs of Islam are spelled out, and the reader will also get a good overview of Islamic history. It's also a great book for comparing and contrasting Islamic theology with Christian theology (specifically Catholic theology). Finally, the book has a helpful section on how Christians can share the gospel with Muslims. Readers of this book would also like "Jenna's Flaw," a novel about the death of God, the crumbling of Western civilization, and what the West can do to stop it.
This book has an interesting format including a Forward, Introduction, 100 Questions and Answers, a chapter on Sharing the Gospel with Muslims, Contradictory Teachings and Commands of Islamic Theology, Notes and Appendix. It answers some very important questions I myself have asked as a practicing Catholic. One of these was expressed in # 86 where it was asked: "Given Islamic teachings on jihad, how can Muslims claim to be a religion of peace?" This is not only a question I may have had but so might many of the suffering thousands (perhaps millions) of those affected by the bombings of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. In this book the reader is informed: "When the Muslim declares that Islam is a religion of peace, he is either ignorant of the Koran or is extending this "peace" only to those within the Muslim community, without telling you that he is the way he means it. According to the Koran, "Muhammad is the Apostle of Allah. Those who follow him are merciful to one another, but ruthless to unbelievers." As a well educated woman who married later in life and who, if left to fend for herself, could very easily support herself and her family comfortably, I have also often thought on uestion # 94. "What is the position of women in Islamic society? Do they have the same rights as men?" I had already read in the Geraldine Brooks book NINE PARTS OF DESIRE; THE HIDDEN WORLD OF ISLAMIC WOMEN that being married in the Islamic faith meant "the acceptance of a legal code that valued her testimony as half the worth of a man's, an inheritance system that allowed her half the legacy of her brother, a future domestic life in which her husband could beat her if she disobeyed him, make her share her attentions with three more wives, divorce her at whim and get absolute custody of her children." I could not imagine any intelligent, well educated American woman born and raised in a democratic society ever learning to tolerate such injustice. INSIDE ISLAM agrees telling us that "The treatment of women in Islamic countries is consistently shocking to modern Westerners....Islam views women as innately subordinate to men." This uestion was followed by # 95 which states: "The Koran's teachings on the status of women seem to reflect those of St Paul's in the Bible. Didn't he tell wives to be submissive to their husbands?" The author's response to this mirrors what I have been told by a number of Catholic priests I have spoken with over the years: "St. Paul's teachings for wives to be submissive to their husbands must be read in the entire context of his letter to the Ephesians....Immediately prior to his "wives be submissive" injunction, St Paul tells husbands and wives to "be subordinate (or submissive) to one another out of reverence for Christ" (Eph 5:21). I can highly recommend this book.