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The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam

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The stories in "The Tenth Parallel" examine the complex relationships of religion, land, and oil; local conflicts and global ideology; and politics and contemporary martyrdom, both Islamic and Christian.
Published August 17th 2010 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published August 1st 2010)
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The concept of this book is a fascinating one: the Tenth Parallel, which runs around the earth 700 miles north of the equator, could be thought of as the dividing line between warring religions. Griswold makes the point that north of the tenth parallel, the Arab/Muslim religion and culture largely holds sway, while below, in Africa at least, Christian and indigenous religions mix. She has put her finger on a critically important subject and has found an area of the world where that divide can be ...more
Both insightful and intrepid, Eliza Griswold journeyed through Africa and Asia along the tenth parallel, the line of latitude 700 miles north of the equator where nearly 25% of the world’s Muslims and Christians compete for resources, converts and political power. A poet with an ear for simple but evocative language, Griswold takes the reader through the dust of encroaching desertification as she attends an indigenous Indonesian wedding, meets with African rape victims, sits with a Muslim religi ...more
Mikey B.
This is an on-site rendition of the ‘Clash of Civilizations’. Ms Griswold goes boldly to outposts in Africa and Asia to meet radical (and rabid) Christians and Muslims. By radical I mean people who may kill because of words written in their so-called sacred texts.

But the book goes beyond that, as Ms Griswold explores the why and the localities of these conflicts. She puts a historical and geographical context in her interviews. There are different manifestations of these ‘radicals’ – some, like
I never would have thought that I would lead off describing this book by saying, "Griswold's writing is spectacular in its clarity." The author's trip around the middle band of the globe, and step-by-step dissection of the spots on that band in which Muslims and Christians have grappled for centuries, has many compelling moments--not the least of which was the decision of the British empire to make a point about Muslim antagonists-to-the-Commonwealth by killing one of these leaders *and then rem ...more
Mike Gellerman
I really like this book for a number of reasons, but first I will say that I almost didn't read it because I generally don't like books that claim some specific place, time or event as something that changed or will change the world - but this subtitle "dispatches from the fault line between Christianity and Islam" appealed - I would have passed it was "the line around the world that will determine who controls the 21st century" or something similar. The second reason I nearly didn't read it is ...more
Bob Pearson
Though the stories are compelling, the theme is pretty much the same throughout. Islam and Christianity are in conflict, says the author, all along the global belt between the equator and 10 degrees north in Africa and Asia. Sometimes, Muslims are the evil doers, sometimes it's Christians. All are afraid of being swallowed by the other religion, and nearly all live in somewhat precarious circumstances, where vulnerability is an ever present reality. And this conflict is likely to continue.

Bart Thanhauser
I think reading too much into this book would be mistake. This is journalism and travelogue more than it is a thesis on religion in the century ahead. If you want to dig for deep answers or conclusions about the relationship between Islam and Christianity in this book, then that’s probably a mistake. Griswold went on some incredible travels over 7 years, and she does this difficult topic justice with meticulous writing, and humanizing interviews.

But the title of this book is misleading; it’s a s
The tenth parallel is the line of latitude seven hundred miles north of the equator where the religions of Islam and Christianity meet and conflict. More than 60 percent of the world's 2 billion Christians live along the 10th parallel — along with half the world's 1.3 billion Muslim population.

Griswold traveled and researched for seven years in the countries of Sudan, Nigeria, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Writing her observations and recounting her interviews with both Christians and
Well worth reading for those wishing to understand and put a human face on conflicts in Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Malaysia, many of which are crystallizing around tensions between Christians and Muslims. Many of the difficulties are caused by economic, cultural, and political problems in which religion has become a group identifier or unifier. Also, fundamentalists on both sides push matters to extremes and violence, rather than seeking ways to compromise or deescalate ...more
Wonderful reportage of the 'clash' between Islam and Christianity along the 10th parallel. Really it is a story about climate change and scarce resources, and those bearing the brunt of the rich world's destruction of the environment seeking solace in identity. Griswold humanises her subjects, from televangelists to terrorists, while putting their beliefs and actions in its proper historical and global context. I had no idea how strong links between Christianity and US foreign policy is - going ...more
Barbie N
The Tenth Parallel, a journalists study of the Muslim/Christian tensions along the tenth parallel which divides Nigeria, Sudan and Somalia in Africa as well as Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, is a beautifully written book on a very difficult subject. I applaud Eliza Griswold for her relentless pursuit of not only the facts of this story, but the very human element behind it. Even though the book is four years published, the story it tells is relevant today.
Ms. Griswold took great pains
Terri Jacobson
The tenth parallel is the line of latitude 700 miles north of the equator. Over half of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims, and 60% of the world's Christians live along this parallel. Christianity and Islam are in a battle along this line. I didn't realize it, but 4/5 of Muslims live outside the Middle East. Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country. This book looks at the populations in Africa (Nigeria, the Sudan, Somalia), Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Both Christianity and Islam ...more
AP Schreiber
This book is a challenge yet lacks substance.

This book is quite thorough. Griswold goes quite in depth regarding the histories of Christianity and Islam along the tenth parallel. Griswold traces those histories quite adroitly to each of the current conflicts ongoing through out the world. One of my favorite sayings is "No man is illogical," and this book illustrates that point quite well. Griswold carefully explains individual's histories which lead to terrorist activities and atrocities.

My lar
Caroline Hooper
Eliza Griswold traveled the 10th parallel circling the globe, although she visited just Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia etc... for a riveting account of the cultural fusion of Islam and Christianity. I liked this because I felt like her actually being in these places and talking with these people captured more of the "truth" than can usually be found in magazines and the media at large.
Reza Aslan
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Christopher Kanas
What an amazing book. I enjoyed the book from beginning to end and found myself captured by the stories. Eliza Griswold entered a world that no one here in America has a clue about and manages to put the reader in the emotional context of the surrounding as though it's right outside your front door. She visits both palaces and jail cells, tribal chiefs and prisoners of war, pastors and imams, getting the stories. Her ability to put that experience on page is amazingly clear to the most novice of ...more
Journalist Eliza Griswold spent seven years traveling along the 10th parallel, the line of latitude which separates Muslims and Christians in several African and Asian countries. Visiting religious leaders and witnessing conflicts in Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, Griswold finds that the battles between Muslims and Christians are about much more than religion. She examines the roles played by oil, weather, war, imperialism and competing civilizations and tribes ...more
Out of the many books I've read concerning religion and international affairs over the past few years, "The Tenth Parallel" by Eliza Griswold is one of the strongest and most perceptive. Through an examination of five nations (Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines), Griswold book examines the way that religion is intertwined with political, economic, social, and environmental pressures along the Tenth Parallel across the Global South.

What make the book strong is that
It took me a little while to get into this book. I found the first half of it, which deals primarily with the struggle for souls between Islam and Christianity in Africa between the 10th and 40th parallels, to be less interesting than the second half, which examines the same struggle, but instead as it plays out over Southeast Asia, in places like Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In fact, as an "Asia-Pacific guy", the text became quite interesting to me when the author began discussing ...more

A very good work of investigative journalism. Griswold writes of her experiences traveling to Africa and southeast Asia to explore the roots of conflict between Muslims and Christians in places where members of the two faiths live alongside each other and compete for converts. Not surprisingly, much of the friction she finds isn't simply about religion, but is fueled by politics, economics, and historic legacy (colonial rulers would often deputize one group of natives, but not another). As
Why read this? You know it's going to engender the usual sentiments: religion clouds ignorance; we're a doomed race; how could doctrines of peace exacerbate bloodshed.
But read on, because you will never know these people. You will hope beyond hope that there are those who can seek the best in a bad situation and make it real.
You share the surface of the earth with them. For all their wrath, for all their babbling, they are family and they're not that far away.

I started reading this book for the chapter on Jos, a town I lived in for three months that both baffled and bewitched me. I've never met a westerner who lived there, especially none so knowledgeable about the low simmering civil war that rages there as Griswold. Everything she wrote rang true.

Three months later I picked up Tenth Parallel again and finished it over a long weekend. In it Griswold presents a compelling and under-reported perspective on the battle between Christianity and Islam, on
Robert Delikat
If you are interested in the background of the conflicts between Islam and other religions, particularly between Christians and Muslims, this is a great primer. While I preferred the book Tea With Hezbollah for readability/listenability, The Tenth Parallel covered more history and geography and was a much more comprehensive treatment. Tea With Hezbollah was more personal and gave one more incite into the personalities and nature of many of the major characters in today’s Middle East.

It is aston
Glenn Myers
Accept no substitutes to a writer who travels to wild places and talks to people. Eliza Griswold (what a wonderful name, like something out of Dickens or Harry Potter) explores in her book the peoples of latitude ten degrees north of the equator. She concentrates on the human geography, the conflict between the desert and the sown, the aristocratic nomad and the dirt-digging farmer, and-- which is her real purpose -- between Islam and Christianity.

She's either fearless, or crazy, in her pursuit
This is a challenging book in terms of both content and form. On the content side, it offers the genuinely fascinating insight that climate change--particularly in the form of increased desertification and flooding--is now exacerbating long-standing tensions between Christians and Muslims along the heavily populated tenth parallel by intensifying their competition for natural resources and political power. Griswold puts herself in obvious peril as she reports from the ground in parts of the worl ...more
This book describes regions of Africa and Asia--Nigeria, Somalia, Malaysia, the Phillipines--where Christianity and Islam meet politically and geographically, fascinatingly along the 10th parallel of latitude, just north of the Equator. The history in the book is informative and interesting, and the author describes well how religion has become the basis for political decisions and disaster where the two cultures meet. The view of many followers of Islam that Christianity inevitably goes hand in ...more
Eric Wright
Eliza Griswold, The Tenth Parallel – Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam. In the intriguing book, Griswold gives us a fascinating picture of the countries along the tenth parallel north of the equator—facts and events that the media omits. The tenth parallel is the geographical and ideological fault line where Christianity and Islam collide. Beginning in Nigeria, then moving on to Sudan, Somalia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, Griswold sketches the history of ...more
Eliza Griswold, reporter and poet, devoted seven years to traveling in Africa and Asia to explore, as she says, "the fault line between Christianity and Islam." The tenth parallel is the horizontal line that rings the earth 700 miles north of the equator. In Africa, this imaginary line divides the Muslims to the north from the Christians to the south. Centuries ago, North Africa experienced Arab immigration and settlement while, much later, British colonization and Christian missionaries endeavo ...more
This rigorously researched book tells the story of communities along the tenth parallel, what Griswold calls “the fault line between Christianity and Islam.” It offers both a historical and a contemporary look at the events, people, and geography that shaped this region and who continue to live within its conflict-ridden borders. Griswold’s own background, as daughter of Frank Griswold, the 25th presiding bishop of the Episcopal church, provides a personal backbone on which to hang th
A travel book in which author Eliza Griswold visits sites of modern Christianity-Islam conflicts. The first half covers Africa (Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia) and the second half covers Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines). Griswold visits some places of very intense conflict and fierce religious beliefs, and consequently her stories are almost inevitably interesting. However the book did not succeed in going any further than simply presenting stories; there was no theme or idea to take away other ...more
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