Things you need to know
Check out the Ten Things Everyone Needs to Know about Islam.
Islam and Muslims today suffer unjustly from a bad reputation. Largely as a result of media coverage of criminal terrorist activities carried out by a tiny minority of extremist elements in the last decade or so, many people have developed a negative image or stereotype of Islam and Muslims.
The Columban Mission Institute published Ten Things Everyone Needs to Know about Islam to counter these negative stereotypes and prejudices and to provide accurate information on Muslims and Islam.
Professor John L. Esposito is a leading authority on Islam in the English-speaking world. He is the Editor-in-Chief of several encyclopaedias about Islam, the author of more than 40 books and countless articles on Islam and his works have been translated into more than 30 languages. He is the Founding Director of Georgetown University’s Centre for Christian-Muslim Understanding.
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001, Professor Esposito was called upon to address a wide range of audiences seeking explanation of those events. He collated the pressing questions that his audience constantly asked him and published his answers in What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam.
The book is the fruit of his many years of study, scholarship, lecturing, publishing and dialogue with Muslims. His answers are clear, direct, balanced and informative.
In this handy-sized booklet, the nearly 100 questions and answers are whittled down to 10 core questions and answers. For those who want a comprehensive explanation of the various facets of Islam and Muslim life, we recommend the original book. But for those who need to start with the basics, these are answers to the top 10 most urgent questions about Islam that are on everyone’s mind.
We are very grateful to Professor Esposito for granting us permission to re-print this text. We hope it will help to overcome negative stereotypes and prejudices and contribute to a just appreciation of Muslims and Islam.
Rev Dr Patrick J McInerney is Co-ordinator of the Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations at the Columban Mission Institute in Strathfield, NSW.
Order online now