111 Questions on Islam: Samir Khalil Samir, S.J. on Islam and the West : a Series of Interviews Conducted by Giorgio Paolucci and Camille Eid

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Ignatius Press, 2008 - Religion - 265 pages

The terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, the Afghan conflict, waves of migration, and the presence of twelve million Muslims in the European Union: these are just a few of the things that have helped contribute to a growing interest in Islam, its culture, and its followers. They awaken old and new questions about a religious, cultural, and political reality that 1,200,000,000 people consider themselves a part of.

This book is the result of a series of extended interviews between an internationally acclaimed expert on Islam and two journalists who have dedicated themselves for many years to studying key themes of Islam and analyzing the possibility of coexistence between people of different faiths and cultures.

How was Islam born? What does the Qur'an represent for Muslims? What relationships have developed between Islam and violence, between Islamic culture and the West? How can a real integration of Islam take place in European societies? What are the conditions for a constructive encounter between Christians and Muslims?

Samir Khalil Samir--one of the world's leading experts on Islam--responds to these questions in an in-depth interview that can help one learn and judge for oneself, without prejudice or naivete. This is a contribution in the spirit of the realism needed in order to build adequate ways of living with those who have become our new neighbors.

 

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One of the most difficult bridges to gap is interfaith dialog.Most people like to remain in their "bubble". Maybe it is fear of the unknown, or that their core beliefs might be shaken by other arguments about beliefs. This book presents a comfortable question and answer format where questions lead into deeper questions and understandings of the divide of ideals. One cannot shake hands easily unless they known the differences. It is easy to fall off the edge of the gap if there is a lack of understanding in the ideals of the other religion and person.
Understanding history and traditions that form beliefs are important to better dialog. Muslim beliefs are social/political, that do not exist for many christian denominations including Judaism. It becomes difficult to comprehend the leap between Christianity to Islam.
This book does a great job in explaining this difficult subject of Muslim belief from a christian/judaism point of view. By also presenting the social and political aspects of Islamic belief, which are part of its core tenants. At the same time of the naiveté of westerners understanding of Islam as a religion. The book seeks to enlighten, inform but not enlarge the gap that exists of understanding between two of the largest religions in the world today.
 

Contents

Preface to the English Edition
15
Preface
21
Pronunciation Guide for Transliterated Arabic Words
27
B Is the Quran the UncreatedWord of God?
40
What are the suras of the Quran?
46
What are the spiritual requirements for
52
Does the suppression of the khalifate mean
59
Can the Muslim youth of the second and third
75
Requests for Recognition
158
E Models of Integration
172
Two Prophets?
186
How is Muhammad seen from a Christian
196
Is Abraham a common ancestral tradition
204
A Chronology of Islam
219
Glossary
232
Index
247

multicultural utopia derive? 174
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What are the authentic foundations
102

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