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Cross and Crescent by Colin Chapman
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Aug 27, 11

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Read from August 21 to 27, 2011

This is the first book about Islam from a Christian perspective that I have read, so I don't have anything to compare it to. I appreciated Chapman's irenic tone above all. I found it a genuinely Christian alternative to all the "West vs. East" culture war rhetoric that has been flying around, especially within the last 10 years. He is measured in his recommendations, and takes pains to allow Muslims to describe what they believe in their own words. That said, he doesn't gloss over the differences between Christianity and Islam. Some of the quotes are longer than necessary, and he repeats himself more often than necessary. Apart from those quibbles, I'd recommend this book to a Christian seeking to respond to Islam in a distinctively Christian way.
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