The Wisdom of Islam and the Foolishness of Christianity

Shumack, Richard, 2014, The Wisdom of Islam and the Foolishness of Christianity, Island View Publishing , 240pp, pb
Synopsis
Contrary to popular perception, Muslims view Islam as a deeply rational faith and take pride in its philosophical tradition. At the same time, many thoughtful Muslims view Christian belief as being, at best paradoxical, and at worst nonsensical. Until now, many Muslim objections […]

Nickel, 2011, Narratives of Tampering

Nickel, Gordon, 2011, Narratives of Tampering in the Earliest Commentaries of the Qur’an , Brill, Leiden, 255pp, £96.35, hb
Synopsis
The Muslim accusation of the corruption or deliberate falsification of pre-Qur’ānic scriptures has been a major component of interfaith polemic for a millenium or more. The accusation has frequently sought attestation from a series of “tampering” verses in the Qur’ān. Investigation of […]

Apostasy in Sudan

Islam and Apostasy

The sad case of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag in Sudan has once again raised the vexed issue of conversion and apostasy within Islam.  The news that she has given birth to a baby girl in jail coincides with a lecture by Tim Green tomorrow (May 29th) at the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies on the subject of Issues Faced […]

Easter Reflection: God and Politics

Can Cameron “put God back into politics”?

As we approach Easter it seems that religion is suddenly back on the front page.  Nationally the PM, David Cameron, has generously decided to “put God back into politics” and said that “Britain should be unashamedly evangelical about its Christian faith”.  Here in Oxford the more local headline was “Crucifixion? You’ll need a permit”.  […]

Nazir-Ali, Michael, 2012, Triple Jeopardy for the West: aggressive secularism, radical Islamism and multiculturalism

Nazir-Ali, Michael, 2012, Triple Jeopardy for the West: aggressive secularism, radical Islamism and multiculturalism, Bloomsbury, London, 195pp, £10.99, pb
Synopsis
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali considers the impact that aggressive secularism, radical Islamism and multiculturalism are having on the Western world, and particularly Britain. He argues that, because of the rejection of the Judeo-Christian foundations which have shaped so much of the national narrative, […]

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