9781462748419

Islam and North America Loving our Muslim Neighbors

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    9781462748419

  • ISBN10:

    1462748414

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-11-01
  • Publisher: B&H Academic
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Summary

Islam and North America offers a missionary engagement with Islam in North America. Most books on Islam approach it appropriately as a World Religion, centering on its medieval origin as a Middle Eastern religion that emerged under the inspiration of their final Prophet Muhammad, its distinctive religious beliefs and practice, and its contemporary resurgence as a World Religion and geopolitical movement. The attention of this book focuses on the presence of Islam in North America. Globalization, Muslim migration to the West, growing terrorist activity and other concerns makes this book timely resource for the Christian church in NorthAmerican. 

The book seeks to accomplish three purposes. (1) Equip North American Christians to think about Islam theologically and missionally. Two-thirds of the book is designed to help prepare Christians to live in a multi-faith context, with particular attention given to living with Muslim neighbors. An overview of Muslim migration explains the development of Islam as a contemporary World Religion, sketching out what takes place when Islam embeds in North American culture and informing readers on what migration patterns are anticipated in the future. In addition, the second section of the book answers some of the big theological and socio-political questions surrounding growth of Islam in the West. Do we worship the same God? Should Christians defend the right of Muslims to worship inNorth America? What does the Quran say about violence? Do Muslims aspire for Sharia law to overtake our political systems? The final section of the book prepares the Christian church to (2) engage their Muslim neighbor with hospitality and without fear and (3) encourage North American Christians to love Muslims with the love of Christ. These chapters help Christians discover places of common ground between themselves and Muslims, helping us identify challenges Muslims face when they immigrate to NorthAmerica, approach our multi-faith context missionally, and prepare to have cross-cultural gospel conversations. The last chapter reminds us that a missionary encounter with Islam in North America is both the calling of the church and is best pursued in community. 

Author Biography

Micah Fries is senior pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
 
Keith Whitfield is assistant professor of theology, dean of graduate studies, and vice president for academic administration at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. 
 
 

Table of Contents

Foreword: Kambiz Saghaey

Chapter 1: The Multi-Faith Challenge: How should Christians live in an increasingly multi-faith world
Ed Stetzer
 
Chapter 2: Islam & the Future: What is the future of Islam in the West? How does migration pattern shape the influence of Islam in North America?
Micah Fries
 
Chapter 3: Overview of Global Islam and Demographics of Islam in North America 
Steve Johnson
 
Chapter 4: Do we all worship the same God?
Keith Whitfield
 
Chapter 5: Islam & Violence: What does the Quran say about violence?
Ayman Ibrahim
 
Chapter 6: Islam and Politics: Do Muslims want to overtake the US political structure and institute Sharia law?
Bob Roberts
 
Chapter 7: Religious Liberty, Islam, and Christian Missions: Should we defend the freedom to worship for other religious?
Bart Barber
 
Chapter 8: Common Ground: What do Christians and Muslims have in common?
Fyne Nsofor
 
Chapter 9: What Challenges do Muslims face in North America?
Shirin Taber
 
Chapter 10: Getting to Know Your Neighbor: How can I explore and appreciate other culture(s) across the street?
D.A. Horton
 
Chapter 11: Muslims and the Great Commission: The Importance of Community
Ant Greenham
 
Chapter 12: The Gospel: How do we discuss faith (ours & theirs) with a Muslim?
Afshin Ziafat
 
 

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