The world did not change on September 11. Instead, Americans found themselves in a wider struggle in which the rest of the world had been engaged for some time. The terrorist attacks marked the end of America's geographical immunity from the horrors of the outside world. This is not a war between Arabs and the United States or Muslims versus America. September 11 was a manifestation of a deeper struggle between one set of values and another. Christians, Muslims, and Islamic Rage explores the roots of the conflict and offers a perspective on what is going on, how it developed, and what our response as Christians should be. To the purveyors of Islamic rage, past history is at the heart of the hatred they have toward the Christian West. Christians, Muslims, and Islamic Rage looks at the key issues of today, and it explores how those issues are influenced by events of the past. You'll learn about the history that led to current conflicts, including old wars and ancient empires that still capture the minds and imaginations of millions around the world.
The book traces the rise of Islam, the rise and fall of Islamic superpowers over the centuries, and the clash of values between Islam, Christianity, and Western civilization. Christians, Muslims, and Islamic Rage examines the core beliefs of Muslims without either demonizing or idolizing them. You'll also learn how belief affects people's perspectives on world events and how cultural values color the way we interpret today's headlines. Moving beyond the limitations of strictly secular interpretations, the author brings a biblical and evangelical dimension to our understanding of what is happening in the world today. The book addresses the issues of oil in the Middle East, the political and religious consequences of economic issues, and the differences between Western civilization, Christianity, Islam, and extremist beliefs. An analysis of the ebb and flow of empires, especially the fall of the Ottoman Empire after World War I and the rise of modern Middle Eastern nations, will help you identify the players in this geopolitical chess game and the forces that motivate them.
Finally, Christians, Muslims, and Islamic Rage offers a glimpse of what God is doing in these chaotic times, bringing biblical insight on how these conflicts will finally be resolved.
Christopher Catherwood (B.A. Oxford, M.A. Cambridge) is a visiting scholar, teaching each year on the issue of Islam and religious conflict for the University of Richmond in Virginia. He is a historian and author living and teaching in Cambridge, England.