Other Beliefs: Islam


other beliefs: Islam

These resources explore God’s creation order and its meaning as God’s vision for relationships between human beings, and also between human beings and the created world.

Messages and Essays on Comparisons Between Christianity and Islam:

An Introduction to the Trinity vs. the Singularity: Models of God and Why They Matter God is, and has always been, a loving community of persons. This means He is not a narcissist, but is other-centered, by nature. He is good because He is love, and everything He does is an expression of love.

The Trinity: Can Other Gods Be Personally Known? God is immanent and locatable; God is transcendent and not contained by His appearance; and God is the link between them. This is what makes God personally knowable.

A Lesson in Painting Your Opponents with the Same Brush of “Heresy”: The Trinity, the Tawhid, and Centuries of Missed Opportunity A paper for Dr. Jim Skedros, for a directed study in Orthodox Arabic Christianity and Islam, at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Spring 2019.

Stories and Social Consequences: Comparison Between Jesus and Mohammed (chart)

Stories and Social Consequences: Islamic Political and Military History 

Slavery in Christianity, Part 1:  Slavery in the Bible, Slavery Today (and ppt) and Slavery in Christianity, Part 2:  Abolitionism from the First to Fifteenth Century demonstrate that the Bible is against chattel slavery, and that Christian faith began to abolish slavery immediately, eventually formally abolishing it in northwestern and northern Europe by the 1300’s. This challenges the narrative that Christianity is ambiguous at best on slavery. Rather, Christianity is the only belief system that has generated abolitionist and anti-trafficking movements. See also Slavery in Islam: From the Seventh to Twenty First Century. This raises serious questions for both Muslims and also secularists who might want to argue that all belief systems can be tolerated on neutral, rational grounds.

Helpful Books and Articles on Islam

Wikipedia, Women in Islam (Wikipedia article)

Wikipedia, Islamic Sexual Jurisprudence (Wikipedia article)

Wikipedia, Arab Slave Trade (Wikipedia article)

Wikipedia, Islamic Views on Slavery (Wikipedia article)

Wikipedia, Taqiyah (Wikipedia article) about the principle of lying to disguise your religion or intentions; see also Deception, Lying, and Taqiyya (Religion of Peace website)

Wikipedia, Treaty of Hudaybiyyah (Wikipedia article) a precedent from Muhammed about breaking peace treaties to Muslim advantage, see Myths of Muhammed (Religion of Peace website)

Stefano Nikolaou, A Survey of Byzantine Responses to Islam (Answering Islam: A Christian-Muslim Dialogue)

Jaroslav Pelikan, The Spirit of Eastern Christendom (600 – 1700 AD), ch.5, ‘The Vindication of Trinitarian Monotheism’

Y. Hakan Erdem, Slavery in the Ottoman Empire and its Demise 1800-1909 (Amazon book, 1996)

Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad and John Esposito, Islam, Gender, and Social Change (Amazon book, 1998)

Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad and John Esposito, Daughters of Abraham: Feminist Thought in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Amazon book, Oct 9, 2002)

R. Davis, Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, The Barbary Coast, and Italy, 1500-1800 (Amazon book, Nov 4, 2004)

Sandra Toenies Keating, Defending the People of Truth in the Early Islamic Period: The Christian Apologies of Abu Ra'itah (2006)

David Thomas, Christian Doctrines in Islamic Theology (2008)

David Thomas, et.al, editors, History of Christian-Muslim Relations

Abu Daoud, Islam and Christianity (blog, Oct 26, 2006)

Richard Shumack, The Mystery of Suffering: Christianity and Islam on Suffering (Centre for Public Christianity, Aug 28, 2010)

Bill Warner, Why We Are Afraid, a 1500 Year Old Secret (Political Islam, Aug 31, 2012)

Keith Hamilton,‎ Patrick Salmon, Slavery, Diplomacy and Empire: Britain and the Suppression of the Slave Trade, 1807-1975 (Amazon book, Mar 4, 2013)

Zosimas, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Assassination Plot in Historical Context (Facing Islam blog, May 13, 2013) Eastern Orthodoxy under Islam

Fahad Qureshi, It's Not the "Radical Islam" - It's Islam (Islam Net Video, May 19, 2013)

Mike Dash, Islam's Medieval Underworld (Smithsonian, Jul 22, 2013)

ReformedMediaDotNet, US Imam Preaching Murder of Jews and Christians is Okay During Jihad (youtube video, Oct 30, 2013)

Nabeel Qureshi, How Can God be Infinite and Finite in Jesus?; Did Jesus Really Claim to Be God? (youtube video, Nov 6, 2013)

David B. Marshall, Mohammed Enslaved Women, Then John of Damascus Weighs In (Christ the Tao blog, Nov 18, 2013)

Raymond Ibrahim, How the Muslim World Came Into Being (American Thinker, Jan 9, 2014)

Giorgio Bernardelli, The Muslim Who Gave Up His Life for Mosul's Christians (Vatican Insider, Jul 21, 2014)

Karima Bennoune, When People of Muslim Heritage Challenge Fundamentalism (TED Talk, Mar 2014)

Ismaili Gnostic, Does the Soul Exist? Consciousness, Brain, and Quantum Physics (Ismaili Gnostic blog, Jun 4, 2014)

CNS News, News Journalist on Radical Islam (youtube, Jun 21, 2014)

Mario Joseph, Muslim Imam Conversion to Jesus (Changing Tracks video, Aug 17, 2014)

Alastair Crooke, You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia (Huffington Post, Aug 27, 2014)

Tidiane N'Diaye, The Hidden History of Black Castration (The Real Hidden Colors of Slavery, Aug 28, 2014) re: the Arab Islamic slave trade of Africans

Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah, Crucifixion of Christ (Seekers Hub Global, Sep 2014)

Carl Medearis, A Thoughtful Christian Response to ISIS (blog, Sep 10, 2014)

Sara Leila Husseini, Early Christian-Muslim Debate on the Unity of God: Three Christian Scholars and Their Engagement with Islamic Thought (9th Century C.E.) (Amazon book, Sep 12, 2014) features Theodore Abū Qurra, Abū Rā'iṭa and 'Ammār al-Baṣrī 

Open Letter to Dr. Ibrahim Awwad Al-Badri (Sep 19, 2014)

Akbar Shahid Ahmed, This Cleric Thinks ISIS Can Be Defeated with More Religion (Huffington Post, Sep 26, 2014)

Zouhair Mazouz, #NotInMyName...Or Maybe a Little (Free Arabs, Oct 10, 2014)

Economist, Slavery in Islam: To Have and to Hold (Economist, Oct 18, 2014)

Rafia Zakaria, Polygamy and Child Wives: Women's Rights Are Going in the Wrong Direction in Pakistan (New Republic, Oct 24, 2014)

John Henrick Clarke, Arab Destruction of Africans (African Hall of Knowledge, Oct 30, 2014)

M. Steven Fish, Why is Terror Islamist? (Washington Post, Jan 27, 2015)

Sam Shamoun, I Am What I Am: Responses to Bismikaallahuma (Answering Islam website)

Sam Shamoun, Examining Psalm 110:1: A Look at Its Implications on God Being a Multi-Personal Being and Upon the Deity of Christ (Answering Islam website)

Nick Cohen, Sweden's Feminist Prime Minister Has Dared to Tell the Truth About Saudi Arabia (Spectator UK, Mar 28, 2015)

Azeem Ibrahim, ISIS Declares War on Mohammad's Covenant (Huffington Post, Mar 30, 2015)

Daniel Burke, World's Fastest Growing Religion Is... (CNN, Apr 3, 2015)

Jerusalem Post Staff, Islamic Scholar: Wife Cannot Deny Husband Sex Even While Riding a Camel (Jerusalem Post, Apr 28, 2015)

William Saletan, Preaching to the Choir: ISIS’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Sounds Like a Republican Candidate for President (Slate, May 15, 2015)

Bina Shah, No, Islam Is Not Inherently Misogynistic.  Here's Why.  (Huffington Post, Jul 23, 2015)

John Alembillah Azumah, Ghanaian Author Speaks On How The Arab Slave Trade Has Been Ignored And Romanticized (The Real Hidden Colors of Slavery, Jul 30, 2015)

Rukmini Callimachi, ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape (NY Times, Aug 13, 2015)

Jacques Ellul, Islam and Judeo-Christianity (Wipf and Stock, Aug 13, 2015)

Keeping It Real, Saudi Arabs Are Still Selling Castrated Black Slaves Today (The Real Hidden Colors of Slavery, Aug 16, 2015)

Robert R. Reilly, Exterminating Christians in the Middle East (Wall Street Journal, Aug 20, 2015)

Kimberley Richards, Malcolm X Suggests Cure to Racism In Newly-Discovered Handwritten Letter (Huffington Post, Oct 20, 2015) his vision for Islam

Manal Omar, Islam is a Religion of Peace (Foreign Policy, Nov 9, 2015) comments on the very broad legal pluralism (and confusion?) in Islam

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Islam is a Religion of Violence (Foreign Policy, Nov 9, 2015)

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Saudi Wahhabis Are the Real Foe (Politico EU, Nov 16, 2015)

Kamel Daoud, Saudi Arabia, and ISIS That Has Made It (NY Times, Nov 20, 2015)

David Batty, Saudi Court Sentences Poet to Death for Renouncing Islam (Guardian, Nov 20, 2015)

Joe Cochrane, From Indonesia, a Muslim Challenge to the Ideology of the Islamic State (NY Times, Nov 26, 2015)

Adam Taylor, Saudi Arabian Executioners Are Having an Unusually Prolific Year (Washington Post, Nov 28, 2015)

Jonah Goldberg, Planned Parenthood and Those Villainous Christians (USA Today, Dec 1, 2015)

Nabeel Qureshi, Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God? (RZIM, Dec 22, 2015)

Melissa Eddy, Reports of Attacks on Women in Germany Heighten Tension Over Migrants (NY Times, Jan 5, 2016)

Aaron Griffith, Wheaton's Controversy Over Muslims and Christians Ignores the School's Own History (Washington Post, Jan 5, 2016) 

Mick Jada, Pakistani Ex-Muslim Expose False Prophet (youtube video, Feb 27, 2016)

Christianity Today, Mayasia Rules Muslim Man Can Convert to Christianity (Christianity Today, Mar 30, 2016)

Robert Barsocchini, Father of Western Economics Took ‘Most of his Best Ideas’ from Sharia Law (Washingtons blog, May 24, 2016)

NY Times Editorial Board, The World Reaps What the Saudis Sow (NY Times, May 27, 2016)

Charlie Rose, Bill Maher Battles Charlie Rose For Comparing Islam To Christianity (Media Research Center, Jun 16, 2016)

Nabeel Qureshi, Why I Stopped Believing Islam is a Religion of Peace (Premier on Demand, Jun 27, 2016)

Ben Hubbard, A Saudi Morals Enforcer Called for a More Liberal Islam. Then the Death Threats Began. (NY Times, Jul 10, 2016)

Converted2Islam, Mohammed and Blonde Women (youtube, Jul 25, 2016)

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Let Us Rid the World of Wahhabism (NY Times, Sep 13, 2016)

Nicholas Pelham, The People Who Helped Shape Islamic Civilization (Economist 1843 Magazine, Dec 5, 2016) a review of Chase Robinson, Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives: The First 1,000 Years (Amazon book, Nov 14, 2016)

Shireen Qudosi, Linda Sarsour’s Muslim Identity Politics Epitomize Feminism’s Hypocrisy (The Federalist, Jan 24, 2017)

Anthony Kuhn, Christian Governor Fights Blasphemy Charge In Muslim-Majority Indonesia (NPR, Feb 3, 2017) are Muslims required to vote for Muslim politicians?

Christopher de Bellaigue, The Islamic World Did Liberalise - But Then Came the First World War (The Spectator, Feb 25, 2017)

Mustafa Akyol, Is Free Speech Good for Muslims? (NY Times, Mar 27, 2017)

Sidney Jones, Indonesia's Illiberal Turn After the Ahok Case (Foreign Affairs, May 26, 2017)

Stephen Kinzer, Saudi Arabia is Destabilizing the World (Boston Globe, Jun 10, 2017)

Sean Illing, An Atheist Muslim on What the Left and the Right Get Wrong About Islam (Vox, Nov 17, 2017) "the left is wrong about Islam; the right is wrong about Muslims"

Peter Schadler, John of Damascus and Islam: Christian Heresiology and the Intellectual Background to Earliest Christian-Muslim Relations (Amazon book, Dec 2017) and review by Joshua Mugler, Reimagining Christian Identity in an Islamic World (Marginalia, May 25, 2018)

Dina Temple-Raston, The Female Quran Experts Fighting Radical Islam in Morocco (The Atlantic, Feb 12, 2018)

Tara Isabella Burton, Austria is Closing 7 Mosques and Kicking Out 60 Imams (Vox, Jun 8, 2018) 

Hassan Hassan, The True Origins of ISIS (The Atlantic, Nov 30, 2018) 

Scott McConnell, The Immigrants Challenging Europe’s Code of Silence on Islam (The American Conservative, Jan 11, 2019) "They have been liberated by their ethnic backgrounds to speak more candidly than the vast majority of their countrymen"

Nazia Parveen, Birmingham School Stops LGBT Lessons After Parents Protest (The Guardian, Mar 4, 2019) re: Muslim parents

Daniel Philpott, Both Sides of the Culture War Are Partially Wrong About Islam (Church Life Journal, May 14, 2019) examines religious freedom in Muslim majority and Christian majority nations; “A landscape view shows that on average, Muslim-majority states are less free than the rest of the world and even less free than Christian-majority states. In the 2011 book, The Price of Freedom Denied, sociologists Brian J. Grim and Roger Finke document that 62% of Muslim-majority countries host a moderate to high level of persecution, in comparison with 60% of all other countries and 28% of Christian countries. More sharply, they show that 78% of Muslim-majority countries contain high levels of government restrictions on religion as compared to 43% of all other countries and 10% of Christian countries. Overall, the Muslim-majority world has a religious freedom problem.”