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Religious Studies
  • Author:
    Jerald Dirks
  • ISBN:
    1590080211
  • ISBN13:
    978-1590080214
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  • Publisher:
    Amana Pubns (December 1, 2003)
  • Pages:
    394 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Religious Studies
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In Understanding Islam, Dr. Dirks offers a timely and factually correct alternative to understanding Islam. It is written for the Western, and primarily Christian reader. The primary focus of the book is on what is termed Sunni Islam, .

In Understanding Islam, Dr. the Islam practiced by approximately 85-90% of the self-professed Muslims in the world. The book is unique in several respects. It treats Islam from its own point of view. It is written by a natural-born American for the Western reader, and thus may avoid some of the cultural overlay that accompanies some books on Islam written by other Muslim authors.

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He is the author of four books that explore the commonalities and differences among the three Abrahamic religions (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism): The Cross and the Crescent, now in its second printing; Abraham, The Friend of God; Understanding Islam-A Guide for the Judaeo-Christian Reader; and The Abrahamic Faiths-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. His fifth book, Muslims in American History-A Forgotten Legacy was published in 2006 and celebrates the centuries-old history of Muslims in America.

I've read that reading the Quran is not the best way to study Islam academically. Can you recommend a book about Islam for an outsider? Update Cancel. 1- Misgod'ed : A Roadmap of Guidance and Misguidance in the Abrahamic Religions by Dr Laurence B. Brown. this book articulates many of the questions readers have about religion, and poses others of its own. It provides a comprehensive, historically based analysis of documents, traditions and institutions.

Understanding Islam: A Guide for the Judaeo-Christian Reader. Jerald F. Dirks Beltsville, MD: amana publishers, 2003. Dirks is an American Christian convert to Islam who has written on such diverse topics as clinical psychology, Arabian horses, and, recently, inter-religious issues: The Cross and the Crescent: An Interfaith Dialogue between Christianity and Islam (amana publications: 2001) and Abraham: The Friend of God (amana publications: 2002).

In Understanding, Islam Dr. Dirks offers a timely and factually correct alternative to understanding Islam. It is written for the Western, and primarily Christian, reader. The primary focus of the Book is on what is termed Sunni Islam, i.e., the Islam practiced by approximately 85-90% of the self-professed Muslims in the world. The Book is unique in several respects. It treats Islam from its own point of view. It is written by a natural-born American for the Western reader, and thus may avoid some of the cultural overlay that accompanies some books on Islam written by other Muslim authors. The author is an American who has practiced Islam both while living in America and in the Middle East, thus offering a broader perspective than would have otherwise been possible. As a convert from Christianity to Islam, and as a former ordained minister within Christianity, the author does a very good job of expounding the commonalties and contrasts of Islam with Judaism and Christianity, while still avoiding the temptation to distort Islam by interpreting it from within a Judaeo-Christian perspective. The reader is introduced to Islam almost exclusively through the two primary sources of Islam, i.e., the Qur'an and the Sunnah, which are the only completely authoritative sources on Islam.

Stick
I found this book completely unhelpful in understanding Islam better which, is what I bought it, in the first instance. It's actually a line by line comparison of the Bible vs the Qu'ran vs the Torah. Inevitably, the Qu'ran is depicted as being almost entirely superior and more accurate and the life of the prophet is depicted as fact and something witnessed and authenticated as though it happened yesterday, not 1400 years ago.

Unsurprisingly, Islam comes out of it as being incomparably superior to all other belief systems, without any meaningful reasons why, beyond greater historical accuracy and continuity or "the word of Allah". Don't buy it.

The almost complete absence of philosophical discussion about belief systems, behavioural differences, attitude etc. left me no wiser than when I started. It was also stultifyingly boring and tedious to read.

Waste of time.
Bladecliff
This book is detailed enough to give a comprehensive review of many aspects of Islam, without the bias of either Muslims or anti-Muslims.

The writer is a westerner Muslim and former Christian himself so he understand the culture, he understand Christianity and understands Islam, I believe this is a very nice book from an informed writer
Haal
I love it
Hugighma
The best books about Islam for westerners have always been written by former Christians and Jews. Like the following monumental works

Martin Lings' ...MUHAMMAD... (in the arena of Seerah-the life of Prophet Muhammad PBUH)
Muhammad Assad's (Leopold Weiss) ...the Message of The Qur'an... (In the arena of translation of and commentary on the Qur'an)(We should mention the great work of Marmaduke Pickthall for his translation of the Qur'an)
Jeffrey Lang's ...Struggling to Surrender... An introduction to islam from a perspective of a convert from Christianity and his experiences before, during and after the process.

Jerald Dirk's ..."The Cross and The Crescent"..., ..."Abraham- The Friend of God"..., and finally his ..."Understanding Islam"... First one was a direct comparison work between Christianity and Islam (Please see my review on this book); Second one was , for me, the best book ever written about Prophet Abraham... Painstakingly collected information from Judeo-Christian and Islamic sources was knitted very smartly. It was a work of great inspiration and courage...

As an unofficial student of comparative religions, 4-5 years ago I started taking notes to write a book to introduce Islam to westerners; since I felt that most of the books written by Muslims had been written as if they were teaching Islam to less learned Muslims. They don't know and/or regard the backgrounds of a Judeo-Christian readers' and their questions. Or they were not aware of the terminology differences. (Same words don't always have the same meanings in three religions).When I read this book 3 years ago, I saw that somebody else had written the exact book I was intended to write. Nearly nothing was left out that I felt necessary to include in the book.

In this book, Jerald Dirk's profound knowledge of both Christianity and Islam is at the reader's disposal... Excellent introduction to Islam in a very simple and easy to understand manner...
net rider
If you are a non-Mulsim wanting to learn more about the religion of Islam, this book is for you. The author writes in a clear and easy to understand fashion while addressing all the major points of Islam. I recommend this book to those who may have misconceptions regarding this faith. This was a great read and will stay on my bookshelf as a resource book for future references.
avanger
I purchased this book because it is required reading for one of my courses at Seminary. It is what I would expect for master's level reading material.