Islam at the Crossroads: Understanding Its Beliefs, History, and Conflicts

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Islam at the Crossroads traces how the vibrant history of Islam has been inspired by specific core beliefs, including jihad or holy war. Written in a popular and engaging style, it begins with a panoramic view of invasions and campaigns, including those of the Prophet Mohammad, and quickly moves to today's events, including terrorist attacks over the past five years.This historical survey reveals how certain Islamic beliefs have created an international network of violent groups, including Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden's operational base. The authors explore the differences between these militant groups and the peaceful majority of Muslim people and consider the question as to which form of Islam will prevail. The voices of moderate Islamic scholars and clerics then conclude the book with the call for a rejection of radical Shari'a law and a focus, instead, on an inner battle against evil.Readers interested in understanding the history of Islam and its conflicts with Christianity and Judaism, including pastors and theology and political science students, will benefit from this objective book and its illustrative stories, maps, and charts.

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Contents

Islams Earliest Days
41
The Rise and Fall of the Ottomans
59
The Growth of Islamic Extremism
93
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About the author (2002)

Paul Marshall is a senior fellow at both the Center for Religious Freedom at Freedom House in Washington, D.C., and the Claremont Institute in Claremont, California. He is the author of many books on religion and politics. Lela Gilbert is a writer and editor whose work includes both fiction and nonfiction books. She and Marshall co-authored Their Blood Cries Out, which won a Gold Medallion. Roberta Green is an award-winning journalist and a student of Islamic history.

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