(Book review) Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward


Reviewed by: Reviewed by Elissa Harkness, a professional writing minor at Taylor University

 


Introduction

Title: Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward

Author: Nabeel Qureshi

PublisherZondervan

Publication Date: 2016

Format: Print book

Length: 168 pages

OVERVIEW

Reared to be a devout Muslim, Nabeel Qureshi was alarmed to hear of the September 11 terrorist attacks being attributed to the religion he believed to be “a religion of peace.” Confused and concerned about this violence, he wanted to defend his religion but knew he couldn’t until he researched more into the teachings of the Quran. His findings proved violence to be deeply embedded in the Quran and the teachings of the prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. However, he still knew the Islam he learned and practiced was one of peace. With a deep angst over the inconsistencies in what he was taught and what he read in the Quran, Qureshi turned to the God of Christianity. Nevertheless, he still knew the Muslim people who were being feared after 9/11 were made in the image of God, made to be loved.
In this informational and challenging book, Qureshi gives a deep insight into how the Islamic principles that call for violence and destruction are not representative of all Muslims. In giving clear answers to eighteen different questions about Islam, such as “Is jihad in the Quran and the life of Muhammad?”, “Who are the true Muslims—violent or peaceful Muslims?” and “What does Jesus teach about violence?” Qureshi delves into multiple layers of analysis. Providing an eye-opening perspective as an ex-Muslim himself, he explains whether or not radical terrorist attacks truly reflect the religion to which they are attributed. He also explores what the God of Christianity says about violence and how Muslims who claim to be peaceful do not need to be feared.
By respectfully, carefully, and clearly answering these eighteen questions, Qureshi ultimately challenges his readers to embrace the necessity of engaging Muslims with a love inspired by Christ’s love for the world.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

5 stars

Suggested Audience

High school and older, Christians

Christian Impact

In informing Christian readers on the history behind such principles and how they have been put into practice, they will be able to understand more fully how to put their fear aside and move forward. Qureshi calls Christians to love, just as Christ has loved and has called them to love.

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