A Review of the Lecture Series: “Understanding Jihad in Islam”

On August 31st-September 1st, we hosted our third academic lecture series with professor David Cook as our guest speaker. Cook is an associate professor of religion at Rice University. He is the author of Understanding Jihad and Martyrdom in Islam. The subject of the series was jihad and its evolution in Islam. During his discussion, Cook covered topics including Salafism, … Continued

The Falsification of the Qur’an

Author: Mark Olson If you ask a devoted Muslim why he/she believes Islam is true, it is almost inevitable that one of his/her arguments will center on the Qur’an. This argument will most assuredly venerate the Qur’an for its glory, inimitability, infallibility, and solidarity as God’s final revelation to mankind. Billions of Muslims today believe these … Continued

Hospitality and the Gospel: Loving my Muslim Neighbor

Author: Ashleigh Morgan One of my first encounters with Muslims was when I visited a mosque in New York City with a group from the International Mission Board during the month of Ramadan. We entered the mosque with the purpose of taking a tour and learning more about Islam. However, we were soon invited to join … Continued

An Analysis of The Second Message of Islam: Part Two

Author: Kellen Peck In his book, The Second Message of Islam, Mahmoud Mohammed Taha reconciled the seemingly contradictory Meccan and Medinan passages of the Quran by claiming that many aspects of present Islamic Sharia were not originally present, but instead necessitated by the limitation of human ability in the Prophet’s day. This is the seminal … Continued

An Analysis of The Second Message of Islam: Part One

Author: Kellen Peck On January 18, 1985, in Khartoum, Sudan, Mahmoud Mohammed Taha was hanged for his Islamic convictions. He outspokenly opposed the contemporary application of Sharia because of its injustice and violence; through Sharia, by an accusation of apostasy, Sudanese and Egyptian officials condemned him to death. How did Taha’s moderate, pacifist Islamic message … Continued

4 ways ISIS grounds its actions in religion, and why it should matter

(Originally published at www.religionnews.com on November 16, 2015) The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, labeling them the “first of the storm.” The terrorist group affirmed, in a statement issued in Arabic, French and English, that it chose the targets “accurately,” identifying Paris as the “capital of prostitution” and France, because of its … Continued

What makes killing Christians appealing?

(Originally published at www.religionnews.com on May 26, 2017) (RNS) I was born in Egypt, and my heart is broken by this latest massacre of Coptic Christians who were headed to a monastery in the southern Minya province. I could not bear exploring horrific photos of innocent young girls and boys butchered. They were supposed to be worshipping and … Continued

The Uniqueness of Islam in Indonesia: Part Two

  By Indonesian Abigail Love In the previous blog “The Uniqueness of Islam in Indonesia,” we concluded that although Indonesia has the largest population of Muslims, it is not an Islamic country. This is seen in Indonesia’s constitution which rejects the implementation of Islamic Sharia. However, an exception applies to a special region in the northern … Continued

The Uniqueness of Islam in Indonesia: Part One

By Indonesian Abigail Love Islam in the Indonesian context: Did you know that Indonesia – an archipelago of over 17,000 islands – is the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation? Roughly 88% of 250 million Indonesians are Muslims, which is about 13% of the world’s Muslim population. However, Indonesia is not an Islamic country. Indonesian constitution is … Continued