|| Includes bibliography (p. 365-376) and indexes.
|| Introduction -- Part one : The family of Abraham. Abraham, the friend of God -- The friend of God falters -- The tragedy of Hagar -- Ishmael : God hears -- Hostility toward the brethren -- Part two : Ishmael's most illustrious son. Muhammad : the first Muslim -- Muhammad's book : the Quran -- Islam defined : tradition and law -- Islam : its creeds and duties -- Part three : Varieties of Islam. Ethnicity and politics in Islam -- The great schism : Sunnis and Shias -- Mysticism : escape from law -- Folk Muslims : Islam and the powers -- Militant Islam : a return to roots -- Islam and secularism -- A rival prophet : Mirza Ghulam Ahmad -- Racist Islam : African-American Muslims -- Part four : Ministering to Muslims : the question of attitude. Jesus' way -- The kingdom of God and culture -- A servant to Muslims -- The use of spiritual power -- The practical side -- Part five : Approaches to specific kinds of Muslims. Jesus and the Sunnis -- Jesus and the Shias -- Jesus and the Sufis -- Jesus and the folk Muslims -- Jesus and the militant Muslims -- Jesus and the secular Muslims -- Jesus and the Ahmadis -- Jesus and the African-American Muslims -- Part six : Theological issues between Islam and Christianity. Muslim questioning of Christian doctrine -- Muhammad's claim to prophethood -- Muhammad's claims for the Quran -- Part seven : Concerns in discipling (bringing Muslims into Abraham's family). The trauma of conversion -- The cost of discipling -- Clear objectives in discipling -- Models of community formation -- Completing the task -- Appendices. The demographics of the Muslim world -- The Muslim countries of the world -- Dates of liberation of occupied Muslim lands -- The Muslim lunar year and major festivals -- Muslim countries' standard of living -- Glossary of foreign words and names.
|| This book is an essential resource for the Christian worker committed to sharing Christ's love with Muslims. Four thousand years ago in clustered desert tents festering with rivalry, Abraham banished his slave Hagar and their son Ishmael. Cast aside and embittered, this broken family seemed destined to wander the desert, insignificant and forgotten. But Ishmael grew to father kings and thrives as the cornerstone of Muslim identity. This invaluable book will give you insight into Muslim culture and will help you minister to the followers of the world's fastest growing religion. Your ability to respectfully share Christ's love with Muslims will be strengthened as you read historical accounts and are given practical tools for ministry. - Back cover.