Christianity, Islam, and the West

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University Press of America, Dec 1, 2011 - Religion - 150 pages
This book has its origins in a comparative religions course Burns has taught at the University of Arizona for the past thirty years. Those who have enrolled in the class have come from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. Whatever the mix, a shared curiosity about Christianity, Judaism, and Islam has always been present. Since the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, students-as well as the general public-are especially interested in Islam. Like many Americans, they have little or no knowledge of the Islamic religion. This work touches upon the origins and central teachings of the Islamic religion and discusses the commonalties and differences between Islam and Christianity. Throughout the book, Burns poses and answers the kinds of questions most frequently asked by his students. This approach will be helpful to students in comparative religions courses, as well as other individuals interested in the connections between Christianity and Islam. The purpose of this book is to help alleviate the misinformation surrounding Islam and Christianity and to inspire a dialogue between the two religions. Such communication will, the author hopes, help promote justice and peace throughout the world.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I THE ISLAMIC RELIGION
3
Ch01 Muhammad and the Quran
5
Ch02 The Sunnis and the Shiites
10
Ch03 The Five Pillars of Islam
13
Ch04 Sufism
18
Part II CURRENT AREAS OF CONCERN
23
Ch05 The Role of Women in Islam
25
Ch10 Radical Islam
59
Ch11 Western Muslims
70
Ramadan and Vatican II A Comparison
83
Ch13 A ChristianIslamic Dialogue
87
Ch14 Who Speaks for Islam?
105
Ch15 A Cosmic War?
111
Part III EPILOGUE
117
Glossary
124

Ch06 The Islamic Jesus
32
Ch07 The Muslim Gospel
36
Coexistence A Possibility?
40
Ch09 Muslims in North America
53
Further Reading
131
Index
133
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Robert A. Burns, Ph.D., is the director of the religious studies program at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Roman Catholicism, Yesterday and Today (Loyola University Press), Roman Catholicism after Vatican II (Georgetown University Press), and Catholic Spirituality and Prayer in the Secular City (University Press of America). He teaches a course on comparative religions that focuses on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

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