There are three major parts to Answering Jihad:
- Part 1: The Origins of Jihad. What is Jihad? What is Sharia? Was Islam Spread by the Sword?
- Part 2: Jihad Today: What is Radical Islam? Who are Al-Qaida, ISIS, and Boko Haram? Why are Muslims Being Radicalized?
- Part 3: Jihad in Judeo-Christian Context: Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God? What Does Jesus Teach About Violence?
Written on a layman’s level, Answering Jihad informs the reader of the violent origins of Islam while also noting the many divisions currently existing among Muslims. Dr. Qureshi argues that the average Muslim is unaware of the violent aspect of Muhammad’s teachings and that Radical Islam is an attempt at an Islamic Reformation.
In the latter half of the book Dr. Qureshi deals with the issues of biblical warfare in the Old Testament and the Crusades and demonstrates that neither are a parallel to Jihad. While giving a defense of biblical warfare under the Old Testament, he renounces the Crusades and teaches that Christians must adhere to the non-violent teachings of Jesus. It was remarkable to read Dr. Qureshi’s biblical presentation of the non-violent teaching of Christ; he has grasped what many in the Lord’s church fail to understand.
Answering Jihad provides a clear historical account of the violent origins of Islam, while also providing a unique insight into the lives of modern Muslims and how to evangelize them. Dr. Qureshi does a good job making his readers realize Muslims are in need of the Gospel and that there is hope and power in the Gospel that the Quran can never provide.
Consider picking up a copy in our bookstore and broadening your knowledge about your Muslim neighbors and the evangelistic inroads we can use to spread the Good News of Christ.