Answering Jihad by Nabeel Qureshi is a crucial book for 21st century culture, both secular and religious.
Nabeel and his wife have been dear friends to me for years. We have encouraged each other through both struggles and successes. They were faithful prayer warriors and wise counselors as Dave and I processed the heartbreak of our failed adoption. It is with honor that I encourage you to read his latest book about Islam and its development in our culture.
Nabeel is a Christian who was raised a devout Muslim and converted in college. He now serves as an apologist and speaker with the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries team. His perspective on Islam and rich cultural background give him a platform from which to address Christians on the topic of our Muslim neighbors.
The thing I am most struck by as I read Nabeel’s work or listen to him speak is his deep love for the Muslim people. His compassion is infectious. He made an unfamiliar culture accessible for this southern white girl – and that has allowed me to be more open and compassionate in my personal relationships with my Muslim friends.
Answering Jihad is divided into three large sections:
Part 1: The Origins of Jihad
Part 2: Jihad Today
Part 3: Jihad in Judeo-Christian Context
In each section, Nabeel handles pertinent questions with his usual conversational style (think ease of reading plus vocabulary you may need a dictionary for!). Two of the most interesting questions for me to read have been:
Who are the true Muslims – Violent or Peaceful Muslims?
Why are Muslims being radicalized?
I mean, just based on the evening news or talk radio…we want to know the answers to these questions. We need to begin to understand the cultural developments going on around us.
It is not a long book, so you will be able to read it and get the information you seek relatively quickly. Also, Nabeel is clear it is not a comprehensive textbook on the topic.
“This book is not intended as a comprehensive treatment of jihad, but simply as a primer that will clarify certain questions and point to a better way forward. It focuses on the historical roots of Islam more than other valid areas of exploration.”
This book is exactly the starting point I needed. Read it. Let me know what you think!