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The Search for Truth about Islam: A Christian Pastor Separates Fact from Fictionby Ben Daniel
Synopses & Reviews
Are Muslims infiltrating American society? What does Islam really teach about women's roles? Does the Qur'an condone violence? Presbyterian pastor Ben Daniel tackles common stereotypes and misconceptions that tend to define Islam in the popular imagination. Daniel also looks at Christianity's own history of violence and explores what he calls "the American cult of fear," particularly as it relates to the rise of Islamophobia in the United States. Blending travel narrative, interviews, and well-crafted storytelling, Daniel helps debunk the myths and put a human face on Islam in America.
"Daniel, a Presbyterian pastor from San Jose, Calif., challenges common negative myths in this basic introduction to Islam aimed at American readers. No single book on the subject could be entirely comprehensive, but Daniel makes an admirable effort, covering a wide range of topics, from the five pillars of Islam to brief factual overviews of the history of Yemen or Moorish Cordoba; in addition, he seeks out prominent Muslim figures from Jerusalem to Berkeley, Calif., and interviews them about what Islam means to them. Daniel isn't treading new ground here, but his status as a pastor adds credibility for his intended audience, as does his trip to Jerusalem to find common ground between Muslims and Christians. The book is particularly strong when Daniel draws on similarities, both positive or negative, to equate violent connotations of jihad with militant Christian hymns, or to compare the status of women in the Qur'an and the Bible. Readers with any background in Islam will find this overly basic, but those looking for a basic introduction and a refutation of common stereotypes will welcome Daniel's straightforward prose and friendly, approachable tone." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Presbyterian pastor Ben Daniel tackles common stereotypes and misconceptions that tend to define Islam in the popular imagination.
About the Author
Ben Daniel is Pastor of Foothill Presbyterian Church in San Jose, California. He is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and provides commentary for KQED FM, the largest NPR affiliate in the United States. His previous book, Neighbor: Christian Encounters with Illegal Immigration, was named the Religion Book of the Year by ForeWord Reviews. Visit his Web site at bendaniel.org.
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