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Unveiling Islam: An Insider's Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs Paperback – April 14, 2009
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Raised as Sunni Muslims, brothers Ergun and Emir Caner converted from Islam to Christianity as teenagers. Now respected evangelical scholars and theologians, the Caner brothers are able to present an inside view of the Muslim life from a Christian perspective. In this updated edition of their bestselling book, the authors provide a sympathetic and realistic analysis of Islam's practices, ethics, and beliefs, and outline the principle differences between Islam and Christianity.
This is fascinating. Two former Muslims talk about Islam from the inside. It's a fairly simple but complete read, among other things I think I now get why we supported Iraq as opposed to Iran. I'm not really sure how to describe it, but I think in this day and age, we all need to read it. --Journals AOL dot com 03-12-2007
This informative, well-written book should be read by every Christian who desires to understand Islam and to see Muslims come to Jesus Christ for salvation. --Roy B. Zuck, Bibliotheca Sacra 04-01-2005
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- ASIN : 0825424283
- Publisher : Kregel Publications; Updated and Expanded edition (April 14, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780825424281
- ISBN-13 : 978-0825424281
- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.63 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #825,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was especially happy to see that the book is not just a long lament about how bad Muslims are, or how foul Muhammad is and so on. The authors present the teachings of Islam in the best way possible; from the Qur'an and the Hadith themselves. Some Christian apologists often quote secondary sources, and haven't really studied the primary ones themselves. This leaves them open to criticism in debates, and often misinterpretations.
I was also especially happy to see the authors evaluate the teachings of Islam against a conservative and evangelical perspective of the Scripture. They compared very well, for example, the Biblical accounts of the birth of the Messiah (Jesus) and the Akidah (sacrifice of Isaac) with the accounts of the Qur'an. The ethics of the Qur'am and the Hadith are also sharply contrasted with the teachings of the Bible. I found many things useful, but in particular the list of surahs from Mecca and Medina (there is a huge difference between them) was priceless.
The authors also did a very good job of dispelling many myths. Think that Islam is peaceful at its core (at least as taught by the Qur'an and Hadith)? Think that Islam worships the same God as the Christians? Think that Islam expresses tolerance or equality for women? Think Jihad is only "allegorical" or that is has ceased? The authors show why these myths are untrue, using Muslim primary sources.
The Caner brothers do an excellent job of explaining the Muslim mind because, quite frankly, they were Muslims. They aren't passing along things they heard on the radio. There is also a nice summary chapter that serves to make bridges towards Muslims by understanding things that are culturally offensive in Muslim circles.
Probably the only thing the book is really missing is a discussion of the nation of Israel and the promises God made to them in terms of the land (i.e., the Abrahamic Covenant). The authors recommend that in conversation with Muslims, one should likely dance around this topic. But if true dialogue is to be made with the Muslim world, one must come to grips with the biblical promises God made to Israel. We should approach this topic with love and respect, but in the same way we cannot skip who is Jesus, neither can we skip the promises God made to Israel.
Finally, I liked this book because the authors are respectful. All too often it is easier to just mock the Muslim beliefs. The authors have a deep concern that Muslims come to faith, similar in Spirit to Paul lamenting that his countrymen be saved. These authors give a lot of information so that you might understand the Muslim mind. As a leader of a Messianic congregation, which is very concerned with Islam and its relationship with Israel, I highly recommend this book. You may not find a better one on the topic.
The most fascinating concept is that the Muslims do not believe that the god of Islam is the same as the Christian god. Muslims believe only in Allah and they do not believe Jesus was divine but acknowledge him as a wise prophet. Simply put, these religions are at odds with each other. Any text that disagrees with the Qu'ran, is banned. Muslims that speak against Islam, are put to death. The only sure way to be saved according to the Qu'ran, is jihad which means war against the U.S. and Europe buys salvation for Muslims dying in the conflict.
Christians on the other hand, are saved simply by believing in Christ. Muslims can be cleansed of sin during the annual trip to Mecca, but have no guarantee of salvation, other than jihad. Allah chooses who enters heaven and to which level based on your deeds and your obedience. Jews have a similar dilemma. They have over 600 rules to follow and can be cleansed from sin during Passover, but there is no guarantee of salvation. To make matters worse, their temple was destroyed so they have no place, no priest and no alter for which sins can be cleansed. Ironically, a Muslim temple now stands in the very location where the Jewish temple was once built; another testament to conflict between these religions.
If there is anything I've learned in this book is that Opra's belief that we all worship the same god, is absurd and ignorant. God has fulfilled his promise through both Muslims and Jews but there is no longer any connection between these religions and there is no resolution for how Christ fits into the picture. These religions disagree at their very core. Even the very nature of God is vastly different.
I enjoyed this book and it obviously was written by people who have been in the culture for a significant period of time and have a very good understanding of Islam and Christianity. Good Job and Thanks. This could not have been an easy book to write.
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Islam, the authors of this book declare, is often obscured by a veil of unfamiliar beliefs, customs and practices. The book 'Unveiling Islam' is a very sympathetic yet uncompromising presentation of the entire scope and field of Islam, including it's practices, ethics and beliefs. Not least, it deals with in detail the primary differences between Christianity and Islam.
Ergun Mehmet Caner and Emir Fethi Caner describe themselves as both being raised as Sunni Muslims by a leader in a Mosque and as having lived the Muslim life to the full.
This crucial book by the Caner brothers, both esteemed and learned Professors in their own right, is a phenomenal work. The work shows extensive research and knowledge and is articulate and authoritative, with a deep understanding and comprehension of Islamic politics, theology, beliefs and mindset.
This vivid analysis of Islam is by two former devout Muslims who are now Born Again Christians.
The authors openly reveal that at this moment for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, men, women and children are being bullwhipped into submission, tortured, imprisoned, beaten, battered and broken. Homes are being burnt and families are being executed. Conversion from Islam to Christianity and faith in Jesus Christ often means being disowned, disinherited, expulsion, arrest and even death. The authors insist and expose that if you believe that persecution, torture and murder for belief and faith in Jesus Christ are things of the past, then you are sadly, badly mistaken. This book is strong medicine !
The authors dismiss the claim that "all religions are the same" and the Muslims and Christians worship the "same God". The book unequivocally declares from the text that either Islam is correct in the assumption that "there is only one God, Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet" or that Christianity is correct when Jesus Himself says, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no-one comes to the Father except through Me." They cannot both be correct and both Gods cannot be the same. Muslims overtly declaring that 'Allah has no son' and Christianity declaring that 'Jesus is the Son of God'. Read and digest.
This book is not a diatribe filled with hostility against Islam. There is no hostility here at all. No hatred, only sadness and love and a desire to share the Truth that the authors have found. It is a genuine, honest attempt to portray Islam as it is and from a Christian perspective, by two learned Muslims who have been there and trodden both paths.
The authors state that the events of September 11 2001, were regretfully only a very sad validation of Islam to those familiar with the Qur'an and the Hadith, and those familiar with the protocols of Jihad and the beliefs surrounding the worldwide expansion of Islam & the beliefs surrounding an Islamic martyr's eternity.
There is so much detail here that it is not possible to cover it all in a review. Read it for yourself. We all owe it to ourselves to be aware of the entire context of the contentious issues covered by this study.
I highly recommend this book.