Engaging With Muslims – understanding their world…

OK, I am becoming a “Johnny One Note” at this time, but so be it. In this time when Islam is, for good or ill, in the news almost daily, instead of looking at Muslims with trepidation or hatred (because we don’t understand them), here is a book that will help. A key thing to understand is that Muslims have a religious world view, and to approach them in a secular way just confirms their beliefs about westerners being infidels (but then again maybe you are one)!

http://www.amazon.com/Engaging-Muslims-John-Klaassen/dp/190991911X/ref=cm_sw_em_r_sdptod_J9Bbxb1SH59MG_tt

For American Christians, who are arguably the dominant and most religious group here, that is good news (pardon the pun). You see, most of you tend to be rather head-shy about speaking openly about your faith – it has been part of the way our culture has been developing. Well here it is, a group of immigrants who will secretly be pleased if you do (so feel free to speak like you would around your Christian friends), even though they will disagree with you and misunderstand your faith at first.

Now, for you secular folks, you may find this book academically interesting, but more likely  “offensive.” If the latter is your case, may I politely suggest that you get over your imperialistic American attitude that your worldview and approach to people is the only right one?  If you actually care about Muslims the way you think you do, you will have to get over it, but then you will understand them better than you ever imagined. Love ya, guys, but you really can be a touchy and close-minded bunch.

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