- Series: Faith Meets Faith Series
- Paperback: 197 pages
- Publisher: Orbis Books; Later Printing edition (March 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1570754071
- ISBN-13: 978-1570754074
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Islam, Christianity, and the West: A Troubled History (Faith Meets Faith Series) Paperback – March 1, 2002
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I thought I knew the history. But like the author points out so many times in the book, the "knowledge" most parties have on the struggle between Islam and Christianity is generally based on mis-information and complete falsehoods resulting from the historical separation of the two social systems.
I now feel better prepared to listen and deal with all the news and information that we face in the continually complex Middle East. I no longer feel dependent on the historically biased slant one gets from the social and religious environments that we live with in the Western world. This book will help a person interpret and better understand the information that presents itself from the evolving Middle East events.
"The Islamic pattern of relative toleration contrasts rather sharply with Christian Europe, which moved more and more to persecution and expulsion as the middle Ages passed. Exceptions to the Islamic system that allowed Jews and Christians to live undisturbed occurred from time to time, but usually as a result of mob violence or the aberrant behaviour of a local ruler. Over the centuries it was generally better to be a Christian or a Jew in an Islamic society than a Jew or Muslim in a Christian society" (29).
This excerpt is taken from a chapter on "The Spread of Islam" only 4 pages in. I find it amusing that Armour somehow thinks that it is acceptable to arrive at the above conclusion from a single Nestorian Christian's opinion on the laxity of the early Caliphate.Read more ›
The feeble conclusion that they "will put their differences behind them" evades the fact that he has not identified what those differences are, for the "differences" are philosophical or theological and not simply about territory.
This is a poor substitute for honest analysis of the respective truth claims of these three religions as for example done by Montgomery in his Tractatus or History, Law and Christianity.
Armour relies too heavily upon modern authors such as Armstrong, Billing and Daniel and comes up with little new.
The book may be of interest to anyone who still believes that European history is untarnished.