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  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (November 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586171550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586171551
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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By J. Koszarycz on June 11, 2013
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This book is a must-read for anyone who sees the need to understand what Islam is about, something to be avoided only
at the price of political and theological blindness.... This book is written by a man who is both sympathetic toward and critical of Islam. Samir knows its philosophical and theological backgrounds, as well as its history from its appearance in the seventh century on the Arabian peninsula. The book’s presentation is frank, pulls no punches, but never speaks without accurate knowledge and clear conviction.

The question-and-answer format of the book works well. The questions cover most of the basic issues, from suicide bombing to the status of women to the Muslim understanding of Christianity. We really have no idea what we are up against unless we take a careful look at what is held theologically and what has happened historically in the Muslim world and its understanding of the world outside itself.... In short, the “111 questions” of the title of this very incisive book are designed to ask every question one may have had since Islam forced itself before our daily attention. Again, Father Samir is both a hard-headed and sympathetic critic of Islam in all its phases. The book has much force to it precisely because it is written by someone who has been in immediate contact with Islam all his life. He has studied the texts and the history. But he also knows both Christianity and what we call the modern state. The book is often as hard-hitting about the West as it is about Islam.

When one has finished this book, he sees the Muslim with clearer eyes.

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This book is a fantastic resource. Samir cuts through the modern political correctness and fear of offending and gives the reader historically and doctrinally accurate answers to 111 well though out questions about Islam. If you are looking for a reinterpretation of Islam, or a softening of the historic Qur'an, this book is not for you. Likewise, if you are looking for a book which condemns Islam, this book is not for you. Samir handles many of the intricacies and confusing details in Islam in a fair and non-judgemental way. A good book for academics and the curious alike. Highly recommended!
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In this book, Fr Samir's beautiful heart and genius mind come through the book, as I know him personally. He is telling it like it is, definitely uncompromising. You hear him speaking in the simplest of terms an makin things as simple and clear as they can be and when you are done you would have all your questions on Islam completely answered. I love his wide scholarship, how objective he is and you can just use some of these concepts and elaborate on them and create your own new field research.
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written by journalists to present the views of someone who combined the cultural sensitivities of an Arab and the religious convictions of a Christian, this presentation of the mind of an Arab Jesuit priest impresses as balanced and perceptive. I commend it to all who wish to come to a greater understanding of the likely impact of Islam in the now half-hearted Christian or formerly Christian communities in which it is coming to have an ever increasing presence.

Peter M. Roach,
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This is a question-and-answer book featuring 111 articles on Islam written in a popular style. The author, a Middle Eastern Jesuit priest, knows both the Catholic and Muslim traditions from his own life experiences. As an introduction to Middle Eastern forms of Islam for Western Christian readers, this book is ideal. I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants a frank but respectful introduction to Islam from a Christian perspective. Although the author is a Catholic priest, he writes here for a wide audience. This text is ideal for people who want to learn about Islam while staying firmly rooted in a Western Christian perspective.
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Excellent information in a very acessible format of question & answer. Samir's knowledge of Islam, Christianity, history & politics of both east & west is wide, with great depth of understanding. How is it possible to live together ? We must start by learning the facts. Excellent index, annotations etc. It is a scholar's work for ordinary people who want to know and understand one of the main issues facing the west.
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This is one of the best books that I have read on this subject, and it is by that rarity: a genuine and theologically-informed expert on Islam.
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Clearly shows a world of difference between Judaism/Catholicism and the concept of Father vs. the Islamic concept of a punishing and vengeful God who truly does not show love and mercy.
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