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
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
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 […]

Bowen, Inness, 2014, Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent

Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent: Inside British Islam.  Bowen, I.  London  C.Hurst & Co.  2014. 288pp. £16.99. Pb
Synopsis (from the front cover)
Muslim intellectuals may try to define something called British Islam, but the truth is that as the Muslim community of Britain has grown in size and religiosity, so too has the opportunity to found and run mosques which […]

Bayat, Asef (ed), 2013, Post-Islamism: The Changing Faces of Political Islam

Bayat, Asef (ed), 2013, Post-Islamism: The Changing Faces of Political Islam, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 368pp, £20.65 pb
This collected volume explores the idea of ‘post-Islamism’, a term coined by the editor, through papers focused on movements and recent developments in various Muslim-majority nations around the world. Amongst many other examples the Arab Spring and the Iranian Green Movement point to […]

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 […]


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