Cross and Crescent
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Cross and Crescent

Responding to the Challenge of Islam

2nd Edition

by Colin Chapman

Cross and Crescent
ebook
  • Formats: epub, mobi and pdf
  • Published: June 2012
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-6388-4
  • Item Code: 6388

Is the Muslim my neighbor?

For increasing numbers of Christians, the answer to that question is yes. The crescent, an emblem of the Islamic faith recognized throughout the world, is gaining prominence in the West, bringing with it the collision of worldviews.

When the cross meets the crescent, what ought to happen? In the newly revised classic Cross and Crescent, Colin Chapman brings remarkable sensitivity and humanity to a question that too often incites hostility and suspicion. He introduces Islam in its historical context, its theological assumptions and, most important, its common practice in the West. In this comprehensive, gracious introduction to Islam, you will meet the Muslims in your community and learn how to love these neighbors as yourself.

"This helpful book has been expanded, making it even better. Chapman, a lecturer in Islamic studies in Beirut, brings careful scholarship, clear writing, a deep commitment to the gospel, and a desire to help Christians understand Islam."

critique, Issue 4 (2008)
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CONTENTS

Foreword by Jim Tebbe
Preface to the second edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction

PART ONE: RELATING TO OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS
1. Meeting face to face
2. Appreciating Islamic culture
3. Examining our attitudes

PART TWO: UNDERSTANDING ISLAM
4. What is Islam?
5. Basic Muslim beliefs and practices
6. Muslims at prayer
7. The life of Muhammad
8. The Qur?an
9. Tradition (hadith and sunna)
10. Law (shari?a) and theology (kalam)
11. Sufism
12. Folk Islam or popular Islam
13. The spread and development of Islam
14. Branches and movements within Islam
15. Issues facing Muslims today
16. Women in Islam
17. "Islamic terrorism"

PART THREE: ENTERING INTO DISCUSSION AND DIALOGUE
18. Questions and objections concerning Christian practice
19. Social and political issues
20. Questions and objections concerning Christian beliefs
21. Guidelines in discussion with Muslims
22. A deeper look at the main Muslim objections
23. Learning from the controversies of the past
24. Exploring dialogue

PART FOUR: FACING FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES
25. Theological questions
26. The Islamic view of Jesus
27. The qur?anic view of Christians
28. Crucial differences: the parting of the ways
29. Thinking biblically about Islam
30. Counting the cost of conversion
31. Facing the political challenge of Islam

PART FIVE: BEARING WITNESS TO JESUS
32. Natural openings in everyday life
33. Using the Bible
34. Starting from the Qur?an
35. Explaining Christian beliefs about Jesus
36. Some issues facing Christians today

Conclusion
Notes
Index

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Colin Chapman is lecturer in Islamic studies at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut. A former principal of Crowther Hall, Birmingham (the Church Mission Society training college), he also worked for thirteen years previously in Egypt and Lebanon with CMS. He is also the author of Whose Promised Land?.

BY Colin Chapman

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