MUSLIM: What You Need to Know about the World’s Fastest-Growing Religion
Is Islam a peaceful and tolerant religion? For all the debate over Islam and its growing presence in the world, one thing is often overlooked: Islam is not a religion in the sanitized Western sense. It is, in contrast, an all-encompassing sociopolitical legal matrix that has bred a worldview antagonistic to anything but itself. While there may be millions of peaceful and tolerant Muslims, many of them our neighbors, Islam itself is hardly peaceful and tolerant.
Islam is the only significant religious system in the history of the human race with a sociopolitical structure of laws that mandate violence against the infidel. The current narrative is that to tell the truth in this regard is tantamount to radicalizing Muslims and exacerbating hostilities that may otherwise lie dormant. A common refrain has reverberated throughout the West: “Islam is not our enemy.” As well-intentioned as this mantra may be, the danger in this stance becomes clear once someone understands Islam in full.
Despite its incoherence, Islam — one billion, six hundred million strong and growing — is poised to fill the vacuum left by a Western culture slouching inexorably toward Gomorrah. Demographics alone are alarming. While polygamist Muslims boast a robust birth rate, native Westerners are moving rapidly toward self-extinction. Filling the void are multiplied millions of Muslims who have no intention of assimilating into Western culture.
Equally grave is the specter of global Islamic jihadism now exacting mass genocide on Christians in the East and ever-multiplying terrorist attacks throughout the West. We also are witnessing the cobelligerency of fantastically wealthy Saudis spending multiplied billions of dollars exporting virulent Wahhabism to the West. Worse still, Western governments, academic institutions, and media outlets seem bent on exporting a false narrative respecting the religious animus animating global Islamic jihadism.
In MUSLIM: What You Need to Know about the World’s Fastest-Growing Religion, Hanegraaff not only outlines the problems in accessible and memorable fashion but also moves toward potential solutions in the clash of civilizations.
The Last Christians: Stories of Persecution, Flight, and Resilience in the Middle East
They were among the world’s first Christians. Now they’re vanishing. The Islamic State’s genocide of Christians in the Middle East is well documented. Yet this modern atrocity is often judged less newsworthy than the jihadists’ destruction of the region’s cultural heritage. What are the roots and human realities of this unfolding tragedy in the birthplace of three great religions?
Andreas Knapp, a German priest, traveled to Iraq to collect stories of refugees and survivors. He found Christians who still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. This uprooted remnant of early Christianity has survived two millennia to the present day, while doggedly holding to Jesus’ teaching of nonviolence.
The heartbreaking eyewitness accounts in this book tell why millions are fleeing the Middle East. Yet though these last Christians don’t expect to get back what they lost, remarkably they harbor no thirst for revenge. Could it be that they hold the key to breaking the cycle of violence in the region?
Includes sixteen pages of color photographs.