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Understanding Islam: A Guide for the Judaeo-Christian Reader

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In Understanding, Islam Dr. Dirks offers a timely and factually correct alternative to understanding Islam. It is written for the Western, and primarily Christian, reader. The primary focus of the Book is on what is termed Sunni Islam, i.e., the Islam practiced by approximately 85-90% of the self-professed Muslims in the world. The Book is unique in several respects. It tr ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Amana Publications (first published 2003)
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Upsides of this book include explanations of terms and a voluminous use of the Q'uran, Surats and Hadiths. The primary downside is that this book is not intended to be explanatory, but instead apologetic. The author takes many opportunities to take shots at Jews and Christians as groups. When attacking Christian perspectives, he uses whatever strain of Christianity is most useful, from liberal-critical to fundamentalist, to make his point seem valid. Furthermore, he completely dismisses the mili ...more
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Dr. Jerald F. Dirks received his Bachelor of Arts (philosophy) from Harvard College in 1971, his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1974, his Master of Arts (clinical child psychology) from the University of Denver in 1976, and his Doctor of Psychology degree in clinical psychology from the University of Denver in 1978.

In 1969, he obtained his License to Preach from the United Meth
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