Understanding Islam: An Introduction.
Understanding Islam: An Introduction. By C. T. R. Hewer hew
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1. To make or shape with or as if with an ax: hew a path through the underbrush.
2. . Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006. xiv and 255 pages. Cloth. $35.00.
This is an interesting explication ex·pli·cate
tr.v. ex·pli·cat·ed, ex·pli·cat·ing, ex·pli·cates
To make clear the meaning of; explain. See Synonyms at explain.
[Latin explic of Islam that manages to be not only detailed but also easily accessible, making it worthwhile reading for both the novice and the intermediate student of Islam. The book is aimed toward a primarily Christian, Western audience, which accounts for its two primary emphases.
First, the author attempts to correct some common misunderstandings of Islam and to offer a more nuanced and sympathetic portrayal than one often receives from the media and other popular sources. Second, he makes repeated helpful connections to Christian beliefs and practices, which facilitate for Christians thoughtful consideration of the similarities and differences between their faith and the faith of their fellow sons and daughters of Abraham.
One example will suffice. A point of contention between Christianity and Islam The historical interaction between Christianity and Islam, in the field of comparative religion, connects fundamental ideas in Christianity with similar ones in Islam. Islam and Christianity share their origins in the Abrahamic tradition though Christianity predates Islam by six is the doctrine of the Trinity, with Islam refusing to recognize any form of plurality The opinion of an appellate court in which more justices join than in any concurring opinion.
The excess of votes cast for one candidate over those votes cast for any other candidate.
Appellate panels are made up of three or more justices. in God. After explaining the historical reasons for such a refusal, Hewer analyzes the Christian doctrine of the Trinity and suggests several ways in which Christians may actually find themselves closer to the Islamic position than is traditionally assumed.
Hewer organizes the book in ten chapters, each of which draws upon and expands the study of the previous chapters. However, he states in the introduction that it is possible, after reading the first three, which form the basis on which all subsequent chapters are built, to skip around according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. one's interest. In any case, each chapter addresses both the historical and the contemporary contexts, examining what often are considered anomalies between practice and theory. So, for example, the question of suicide and suicide bombers Noun 1. suicide bomber - a terrorist who blows himself up in order to kill or injure other people
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political is discussed, as well as the relationship between Muslims and Jews.
In summary, this is an excellent study of Islam and also a superior resource for any pastor or teacher who needs a one-volume reference on Islam on her shelf.
Kristin Johnston Largen
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is America's oldest Lutheran Seminary. The institution was founded in 1826 by Samuel Simon Schmucker, a leading Pennsylvania abolitionist, and is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.