Oil and Water: Two Faiths: One God

Oil and Water Two Faiths One God Listen to any news broadcast today and the message comes through loud and clear Islam is a religion of violence and behind every Muslim there lurks a potential terrorist Islam is a threat to values of

  • Title: Oil and Water: Two Faiths: One God
  • Author: Amir Hussain
  • ISBN: 9781896836829
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • Listen to any news broadcast today and the message comes through loud and clear Islam is a religion of violence and behind every Muslim there lurks a potential terrorist Islam is a threat to values of the Christian West They are like oil and water Clearly, they don t mix Oil Water Two Faiths One God confronts these popular perceptions head on With keen insighListen to any news broadcast today and the message comes through loud and clear Islam is a religion of violence and behind every Muslim there lurks a potential terrorist Islam is a threat to values of the Christian West They are like oil and water Clearly, they don t mix Oil Water Two Faiths One God confronts these popular perceptions head on With keen insight and gentle understanding, it explores the differences between Christianity and Islam, as well as the many things these two enduring faith traditions hold in common including, first and foremost, their belief in and desire to be faithful to the one, true God their shared roots and scripture from the Jewish faith and the spiritual values of peace and social justice Written for Christians by Muslim world religions scholar Amir Hussain, the book is divided into two parts Part 1, provides an overview of the Islamic faith and of the lives of Muslims in North America today Chapters focus on the place and identity of Muslims in society, as well as on the importance and role of Muhammad, the Qur an, and basic beliefs and practices The Five Pillars of Islam Having provided a foundation for understanding, the book moves on, in Part 2, to explore key points for dialogue today, including issues of violence and jihad, the roles of women and men, and the mystical tradition within Islam The final two chapters look at interfaith dialogue and the practical aspects of being good neighbours In all of this, the book invites the reader to a place of reconciliation, to a place where the truth and value of each of these great faith traditions can be recognized and honoured by the other In the end, the metaphor of oil and water is an interesting one for the reality of conflict and the hope for reconciliation between Islam and Christianity today.

    One thought on “Oil and Water: Two Faiths: One God”

    1. As others have said, the audience for this book is mainly North American Christians; Hussain makes this quite clear. The book serves it's purpose, which is mainly to act as a primer on Islam, and confront the most popular conceptions/misconceptions in (Western) society. Having only a very brief introduction to Islam during my time in High School, I found this was a good place to pick up my learning, and gain a fresh perspective on Islam.It is relatively short, reads nicely, and covered the topic [...]

    2. This book was interesting, but not quite what I expected. The author addressed violence in Islam & Christianity, but made an excuse of every example he gave of violence in historical Islam (he did not do this for present day violence or terrorism) while admonishing Christians for their violence. Most of the book was informative and insightful, but the author is clearly defending Islam, rather than informing about, to the readers. I don't think the audience reading the book is as unappreciati [...]

    3. A good book to have if you want to understand the essentials of Islam. It is a bit one-sided, asking at times for Christians to try ''a better religion'' yet the information you will find in there is something you might not expect.

    4. This is a good read for all those who owe a modicum of knowledge regarding the oil and water. and the idea Does the argument of God hold any water

    5. Very interesting readThis wasa great place to begin understanding the Muslim faith, its history and customs . I'd recommended it to anyone wanting somewhere to begin.

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