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Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations

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“This woman is a major hero of our time.” —Richard Dawkins

Ayaan Hirsi Ali captured the world’s attention with Infidel, her compelling coming-of-age memoir, which spent thirty-one weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Now, in Nomad, Hirsi Ali tells of coming to America to build a new life, an ocean away from the death threats made to her by European Islamists, the strife she witnessed, and the inner conflict she suffered. It is the story of her physical journey to freedom and, more crucially, her emotional journey to freedom—her transition from a tribal mind-set that restricts women’s every thought and action to a life as a free and equal citizen in an open society. Through stories of the challenges she has faced, she shows the difficulty of reconciling the contradictions of Islam with Western values.

In these pages Hirsi Ali recounts the many turns her life took after she broke with her family, and how she struggled to throw off restrictive superstitions and misconceptions that initially hobbled her ability to assimilate into Western society. She writes movingly of her reconciliation, on his deathbed, with her devout father, who had disowned her when she renounced Islam after 9/11, as well as with her mother and cousins in Somalia and in Europe.

Nomad is a portrait of a family torn apart by the clash of civilizations. But it is also a touching, uplifting, and often funny account of one woman’s discovery of today’s America. While Hirsi Ali loves much of what she encounters, she fears we are repeating the European mistake of underestimating radical Islam. She calls on key institutions of the West—including universities, the feminist movement, and the Christian churches—to enact specific, innovative remedies that would help other Muslim immigrants to overcome the challenges she has experienced and to resist the fatal allure of fundamentalism and terrorism.

This is Hirsi Ali’s intellectual coming-of-age, a memoir that conveys her philosophy as well as her experiences, and that also conveys an urgent message and mission—to inform the West of the extent of the threat from Islam, both from outside and from within our open societies. A celebration of free speech and democracy, Nomad is an important contribution to the history of ideas, but above all a rousing call to action.

Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations

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Islam

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Fazlur Rahman’s Islam is aptly titled, in that this slim volume constitutes an incisive and surprisingly comprehensive history and analysis of Islam—its history, its conflicts, its legacy—and its prospects. From Mohammed to the late twentieth century, Rahman traces the development of Islam as a religion and, more importantly, as an intellectual tradition, offering both an easily understood introduction to the faith and an impassioned argument for its future direction.

Islam

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The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam

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The Crusades were penitential war-pilgrimages fought in the Levant and the eastern Mediterranean, as well as in North Africa, Spain, Portugal, Poland, the Baltic region, Hungary, the Balkans, and Western Europe. Beginning in the eleventh century and ending as late as the eighteenth, these holy wars were waged against Muslims and other enemies of the Church, enlisting generations of laymen and laywomen to fight for the sake of Christendom.

Crusading features prominently in today’s religio-political hostilities, yet the perceptions of these wars held by Arab nationalists, pan-Islamists, and many in the West have been deeply distorted by the language and imagery of nineteenth-century European imperialism. With this book, Jonathan Riley-Smith returns to the actual story of the Crusades, explaining why and where they were fought and how deeply their narratives and symbolism became embedded in popular Catholic thought and devotional life.

From this history, Riley-Smith traces the legacy of the Crusades into modern times, specifically within the attitudes of European imperialists and colonialists and within the beliefs of twentieth-century Muslims. Europeans fashioned an interpretation of the Crusades from the writings of Walter Scott and a French contemporary, Joseph-François Michaud. Scott portrayed Islamic societies as forward-thinking, while casting Christian crusaders as culturally backward and often morally corrupt. Michaud, in contrast, glorified crusading, and his followers used its imagery to illuminate imperial adventures.

These depictions have had a profound influence on contemporary Western opinion, as well as on Muslim attitudes toward their past and present. Whether regarded as a valid expression of Christianity’s divine enterprise or condemned as a weapon of empire, crusading has been a powerful rhetorical tool for centuries. In order to understand the preoccupations of Islamist jihadis and the character of Western discourse on the Middle East, Riley-Smith argues, we must understand how images of crusading were formed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam

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The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam

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The Crusades were penitential war-pilgrimages fought in the Levant and the eastern Mediterranean, as well as in North Africa, Spain, Portugal, Poland, the Baltic region, Hungary, the Balkans, and Western Europe. Beginning in the eleventh century and ending as late as the eighteenth, these holy wars were waged against Muslims and other enemies of the Church, enlisting generations of laymen and laywomen to fight for the sake of Christendom.

Crusading features prominently in today’s religio-political hostilities, yet the perceptions of these wars held by Arab nationalists, pan-Islamists, and many in the West have been deeply distorted by the language and imagery of nineteenth-century European imperialism. With this book, Jonathan Riley-Smith returns to the actual story of the Crusades, explaining why and where they were fought and how deeply their narratives and symbolism became embedded in popular Catholic thought and devotional life.

From this history, Riley-Smith traces the legacy of the Crusades into modern times, specifically within the attitudes of European imperialists and colonialists and within the beliefs of twentieth-century Muslims. Europeans fashioned an interpretation of the Crusades from the writings of Walter Scott and a French contemporary, Joseph-François Michaud. Scott portrayed Islamic societies as forward-thinking, while casting Christian crusaders as culturally backward and often morally corrupt. Michaud, in contrast, glorified crusading, and his followers used its imagery to illuminate imperial adventures.

These depictions have had a profound influence on contemporary Western opinion, as well as on Muslim attitudes toward their past and present. Whether regarded as a valid expression of Christianity’s divine enterprise or condemned as a weapon of empire, crusading has been a powerful rhetorical tool for centuries. In order to understand the preoccupations of Islamist jihadis and the character of Western discourse on the Middle East, Riley-Smith argues, we must understand how images of crusading were formed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam

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Common Ground Between Islam and Buddhism: Spiritual and Ethical Affinities

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Forging an interfaith dialog between traditions that typically stand at odds, this groundbreaking book explores the scriptural and spiritual tenets of Islam and Buddhism in relation to one another, creating a basis for comparison and analysis of the two traditions. The discussion juxtaposes foundational principles and practices by linking underlying principles and fostering a mutual appreciation between followers of both religions. This interfaith initiative focuses upon metaphysical and ethical aspects of Islam and Buddhism, placing them in context with each other, thus encouraging understanding, and providing a point of reference for continuing and deepening reciprocal respect and collaboration. In their respective introductions to this book, H.H. the Dalai Lama states that the book helps demonstrate that Islam is indeed a ‘path of salvation’; while leading Islamic scholar of jurisprudence, Prof Mohammad Hashim Kamali, asserts that on the basis of this book one can argue that Buddhism is an authentic ‘deen’ or religion.

Common Ground Between Islam and Buddhism: Spiritual and Ethical Affinities

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Understanding Islam: An Introduction to the Muslim World, Third Edition

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Lippman’s study of the Muslim world–from its earliest roots to today’s global power politics–includes crucial new material on the Islamic community today. There are also updated descriptions of internal politics in Syria, Egypt, Pakistan and other Islamic nations. Essential reading for both students and all who seek greater understanding of the world in which we live.

Understanding Islam: An Introduction to the Muslim World, Third Edition

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The Destiny of Islam in the End Times

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Faisal Malick knows how Muslims think, why they act, and what they feel. He was one of them until he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Understanding Ishmael and his descendants is the only way to realize their important role in bringing about peace in the Middle East, the West, the hearts of all humanity. The Destiny of Islam in the Endtime exposes the reality of: Muhammad, Ishmael’s direct descendant, the terrorism mentality, dreams, visions and Muslims. Muslims being the catalyst for Jews and Christians. Your thoughts about Muslims will be shaken to the core when reading this thought-provoking book written by a former Muslim. His knowledge of Islam will widen your perspective and enlarge your heart for all of God s people.

The Destiny of Islam in the End Times

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Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out

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Given that I am rather skeptical of the very possibility of a scientific survey of apostates, it is rather difficult for me to make any psychological, sociological, or anthropological generalizations based on fewer than fifty personal testimonies that would be valid outside this particular group. No quick portrait of the typical apostate is likely to appear–some are young (students in their teens), some are middle-aged with children; some are scientists, while others are economists, businesspeople, or journalists; some are from Bangladesh, others are from Pakistan, India, Morocco, Egypt, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, or Iran. Our witnesses, nonetheless, do have certain moral and intellectual qualities in common: for instance, they are all comparatively well educated, computer literate with access to the Internet, and rational, with the ability to think for themselves. However, what is most striking is their fearlessness, their moral courage, and their moral commitment to telling the truth. They all face social ostracism, the loss of friends and family, a deep inner spiritual anguish and loneliness–and occasionally the death penalty if discovered. Their decisions are not frivolously taken, but the ineluctable result of rational thinking.

There are very useful analogies to be drawn between communism and Islam. . . .As Arthur Koestler said, “You hate our Cassandra cries and resent us as allies, but when all is said, we ex-Communists are the only people on your side who know what it’s all about.”

Communism has been defeated, at least for the moment; Islamism has not, and unless a reformed, tolerant, liberal kind of Islam emerges soon, perhaps the final battle will be between Islam and Western democracy. And these former Muslims, to echo Koestler’s words, on the side of Western democracy are the only ones who know what it’s all about, and we would do well to listen to their Cassandra cries. — Ibn Warraq, from the Introduction

Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out

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The Dar ul Islam Movement: An American Odyssey Revisited

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In the pages of this book, Dar ul Islam, an American Odyssey, discover the journey a young 16 year old African American high school student whose interests are music, race and religious philosophy as he becomes totally absorbed in his new found faith Islam. Follow his adventure into the largest American Muslim fundamentalist organization known as the Dar ul Islam Movement (1962-1983). See how the Dar, as it was known by its membership, began and organized itself with the object of establishing the religion of Islam in America. The ‘establishment’ of Islam was understood by its membership, as a semi-autonomous way of living in America with the Qur’an and the Sunnah (Shariah) as legitimate tools for governing the Muslim American Community. The Dar ul Islam Movement, at it’s height was directly responsible for the Islamic direction taken for twenty-one years in over 44 American cities under the leadership of one Imam, Sh. Yahya Abdul Kareem and his Amirate or administrators. In Dar ul Islam, an American Odyssey, Sh. Mahmoud Ibrahim gives some valuable insights into the inner workings of the headquarters of the ‘movement’, Yasin Mosque, and the Imam’s commitment to the Sunnah or practices of Muhammad (pboh) in an urban environment.

The Dar ul Islam Movement: An American Odyssey Revisited

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Islam: Past, Present and Future

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In books which have inspired millions, Kung has worked tirelessly towards a new dialogue between cultures. Following bestselling volumes on Christianity and Judaism, Kung’s critically acclaimed guide to Islam is now available in paperback. A masterful overview of Islam’s 1,400-year history, Kung examines its fundamental beliefs and practices, outlines the major schools of thought, and surveys the positions of Islam on the urgent questions of the day.

Islam: Past, Present and Future

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The Prophet & the Messiah : An Arab Christian’s Perspective on Islam & Christianity

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In an age of media distortion and widespread stereotypes, Christians and Muslims both need a greater understanding of each other’s faith. What do Christians believe about the Bible? What do Muslims believe about the Qur’an? And what do both Christianity and Islam have to say about Jesus and Muhammad?

In this evenhanded and conciliatory book Chawkat Moucarry calls Christians and Muslims to engage in genuine dialogue, urging them to relate to each other with true humility and respect. In a straightforward fashion he describes and compares the central doctrines of both Christianity and Islam, explaining key beliefs and debunking common misconceptions.

Christians who read this book will learn much about Islam. Likewise, Muslims who read it will discover why Christians are convinced of the truth of Christianity. Sure to provide grist for informed discussions, this rare book is one that both Muslims and Christians can fruitfully study together.

“Writing out of a rich experience of interfaith dialogue in both Arabic and European cultures, Chawkat Moucarry issues a stirring challenge to Christians and Muslims to move beyond mutual ignorance and caricature. His book is itself an example of sensitive, humble yet bold engagement with Islamic beliefs, and should be pondered by Muslims and Christians alike.” Vinoth Ramachandra, author of Faiths in Conflict?

“Chawkat Moucarry shows courage in arriving at clear answers to difficult questions through meticulous and rational argumentation, while striving to demonstrate the greatest sensitivity and respect for those who would reach alternative answers. This important work will serve as a valuable new resource for Christian-Muslim interaction. Adherents of both faiths should read it and use it as a key reference point in diverse contexts of interfaith dialogue.” Peter Riddell, Centre for Islamic Studies, London Bible College

The Prophet & the Messiah : An Arab Christian’s Perspective on Islam & Christianity

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Islam in the End Times

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Since the beginning of modern history, experts have been trying to predict when the end of the world will come. They have created terms such as the antiChrist, the 666 Mark of the Beast, End Times, and Rapture common in society, but they may have overlooked the most important ancient prophecy that ties Islam, todays current events, and the worlds response to the exact timing of the end times. In his shocking and revealing book, Islam in the End Times, Islamic relations expert and scholar Ellis Skolfield unlocks the key to understanding all the end time prophecies and Islams role in bringing them about. Ellis expertly maps ancient prophecies with current events to demonstrate that the current Islamic aggression against the world in general and Israel specifically relates to the exact year of the beginning of the end. Skolfield reveals the most shocking prophecy of all, the key to understanding all other end time prophesies. It is a mathematical number that provides the exact year of what is called the Abomination of Desolation — a cataclysmic event in the timeline of human history. In Islam in the End Times, Skolfield statistically documents where the world is in relationship to the end times, and what Islams role is now and in the future. Skolfield uses mathematics and ancient prophecies to demonstrate how Islam is involved in the prophecy called the Abomination of Desolation, the key to unlocking end time prophecies.

Islam in the End Times

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The Vision of Islam

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Covering the four dimensions of Islam as outlined in the Hadith of Gabriel–practice, faith, spirituality, and the Islamic view of history–The Vision of Islam draws on the Koran, the sayings of the Prophet and the great authorities of the tradition. This clearly written book introduces the essentials of each dimension and then shows how each has been embodied in Islamic institutions throughout history.

The Vision of Islam

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Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West

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Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan in October 2007, after eight years of exile, hopeful that she could be a catalyst for change. Upon a tumultuous reception, she survived a suicide-bomb attack that killed nearly two hundred of her compatriots. But she continued to forge ahead, with more courage and conviction than ever, since she knew that time was running out—for the future of her nation and for her life.

In Reconciliation, Bhutto recounts in gripping detail her final months in Pakistan and offers a bold new agenda for how to stem the tide of Islamic radicalism and to rediscover the values of tolerance and justice that lie at the heart of her religion. She speaks out not just to the West but also to the Muslims across the globe. Bhutto presents an image of modern Islam that defies the negative caricatures often seen in the West. After reading this book, it will become even clearer what the world has lost by her assassination.

Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West

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An Introduction to Islam for Jews

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Muslim-Jewish relations in the United States, Israel, and Europe are tenuous. Jews and Muslims struggle to understand one another and know little about each other’s traditions and beliefs.

Firestone explains the remarkable similarities and profound differences between Judaism and Islam, the complex history of Jihad, the legal and religious positions of Jews in the world of Islam, how various expressions of Islam (Sunni, Shi`a, Sufi, Salafi, etc.) regard Jews, the range of Muslim views about Israel, and much more. He addresses these issues and others with candor and integrity, and he writes with language, symbols, and ideas that make sense to Jews.

Exploring these subjects in today’s vexed political climate is a delicate undertaking. Firestone draws on the research and writings of generations of Muslim, Jewish, and other scholars, as well as his own considerable expertise in this field. The book’s tone is neither disparaging, apologetic, nor triumphal. Firestone provides many original sources in translation, as well as an appendix of additional key sources in context. Most importantly, this book is readable and reasoned, presenting to readers for the first time the complexity of Islam and its relationship toward Jews and Judaism.

An Introduction to Islam for Jews

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