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Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  809 ratings  ·  151 reviews

From New York Times bestselling author and former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi comes this personal, challenging, and respectful answer to the many questions surrounding jihad, the rise of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism.

San Bernardino was the most lethal terror attack on American soil since 9/11, and it came on the heels of a coordinated assault on Paris. There is no question that in

Kindle Edition, 169 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Zondervan
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Jessica Miller
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nabeel Qureshi is currently my favorite author. I became a huge fan after reading his previous riveting book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. It was hard to put that book down. While this one is very different in content and style, it also captured my attention and was easy to finish (something I cannot say for most books). He has done an excellent job of clarifying some very confusing things happening in our world today. He writes out of a deep love for Muslims and a scholar's understanding of Is ...more
Hannah Mead
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book... Wow. Just one more reason why I think everyone should read Nabeel Qureshi's books. Islamic extremism/jihad is a hot topic in this day and age, and it's often hard to know how to respond to it. Qureshi sheds light on the topic in a gracious, educative, as-unbiased-as-possible way. So many people swing to extremes - either labelling all Muslims as terrorists (which is wrong), or going in the total opposite direction and saying that there is no room for violent jihad in Islam (which is ...more
Garrett Cash
There is perhaps no religious discussion that is more at the forefront of theological and political debate right now than the issue of Islam and jihad. Many are saying that Islam is a religion of peace, and that the rise of jihad shows that Islam needs a reformation. Many of our world leaders are saying that extremist groups like ISIS are not even true Muslims. Thousands of peaceful Muslims in around the world would say the same thing.

The problem is, they're wrong.

It's certainly possible to be
Mark Huenemann
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This repeat performance by the author of the NYT bestseller “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” deserves a place in the religion section of every library, public and private. Organized around eighteen vital questions, this relatively brief (173 pp.) discussion of jihad and related topics is intended for the lay reader. The research is thorough, and the writing is clear, concise, and compassionate.

“Answering Jihad” addresses a potentially volatile topic with understanding and a surprising degree of o
Douglas Wilson
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fine introduction to the subject of jihad. For those who believe that Islam is in need of a "reformation," Qureshi shows that they are experiencing a "back to the sources" reformation right now -- which is the cause of much of the turmoil.
Ultimately, the message of this book is important, so 4 stars. The absence of a bibliography however was almost enough to knock it down to 3.

As a former-Muslim turned Christian, Qureshi has a keen understanding of both faiths. He does a fantastic job of summarizing Islam and explaining how there can co-exist the radical jihadists with those claiming Islam is peaceful. In the second half, some of his Christian exegesis does not align with my own understandings, but that's not key.

His conclusion
Narrator: Nabeel Qureshi

I can't express how glad I am to have listened to this. I know a few things about Islam, living in a country that's surrounded by Muslim neighbors and now, thanks to Qureshi's book, I now understand the why of radical Islam and Jihad. Before discovering Qureshi, my conclusion from the books I'd read (written by ex-Muslims) was that Islam is NOT a religion of peace. There are many good, peaceful Muslims living normal lives like the averag
David Marino
One of the best books about Islam out there. In order to better understand Islam we must understand Jihad. As unbiased as you can get, short, and practical.
Cat Imakittycat
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As much as Dr.Qureshi's first book, "Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus", was a moving, inspiring and hopeful story of his own journey from Islam to the love, hope and joy of Jesus Christ, his 2nd and current release, "Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward", is a continuation of that journey poured outward to all of us. The understanding of the Islamic doctrine of jihad has never been so relevant and urgent as it is today. There is so much fear, judgement, and misinformation out there that it is impos ...more
Rachel B
This is an excellent primer in jihad for those who know very little about Islam. Since the author was a devout Muslim before converting to Christianity, he writes with much love and compassion toward Muslims, while objectively exploring what Islam actually teaches about jihad.

I loved the background information on Islam in general, as I think many people lack a basic understanding of how Islam functions.

"To answer whether Islam truly is a religion of peace, we must consider what Islam teaches, no
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The words flow like warm honey in this provocative inquiry into the multiple meanings of Islamic jihad. Written in early 2016, in an urgent response to the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the author, a former Muslim, investigates the historical foundations of the faith, and reveals core Quranic teachings at odds with the perception of Islam as a religion of peace.

Qureshi believes that forewarned is forearmed; his investigation of primary sources reveals truths that the average Ameri
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Summary: Contends that there is a basis in the foundations of Islam for violent, and not merely defensive, jihad, which neither can be ignored, nor assumed of all Muslims, but calls for a proactive response, particularly of Christians, of love and friendship with the hope of breaking the cycle of violence.

In this book Nabeel Qureshi, a convert from Islam to Christianity, details his own realization, particularly in the aftermath of 9/11 that Islam at its foundations was not the "religion of peac
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timely, highly informative book, which will challenge you on what you believe and how you relate to your Muslim neighbors.

Dr. Nabeel Qureshi was prompted to write this book after the San Bernardino shooting which followed closely on the heels of the Paris attack. Yet despite this, he strives and I believe succeeds, in being unbiased and not giving in to polemics. Each of the 18 questions is considered from various view points and well supported with canonical text references and history.

A few w
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Proverbs 4:7 tells us; "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. "

For such a crucial topic as this, Dr. Qureshi achieves both of these.

As I read through these pages I was challenged and confronted in my personal thoughts towards Islam. Some thoughts remained the same while others have changed. Dr. Qureshi does a wonderful job of using the historical fundamental nature of Islam and jihad, bringing it to the forefront for the novice to grasp.
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for peace-loving citizens of the world in the 21st century, religious or not. This book addresses 18 questions often raised about Islamic jihad — its origins, its manifestations today, and its theological significance in a Judeo-Christian context. Author Nabeel Qureshi, an American of Pakistani heritage and former Muslim, writes intelligently, honestly, and credibly. At great personal cost Qureshi left the faith he had accepted unquestioningly as a child, after exploring its teaching ...more
Emma Story
Informative, yet a bit dry. Qureshi seems to be a bit far out on his attachment to pacifism, even advocating against self defense.
Best part was the history of the language of Islam itself.
Apparently, the word Islam means "peace after surrender," which is fascinating in light of Jihad principles.
Also, "allahu akbhar" is literally translated, "our God is greater," which is chuckle worth.
All together decent, but nothing life changing.
Pam Thomas
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books I thoroughly enjoyed reading, it answers a multitude of question you want to know about Jihadis. Since the war with ISIS or Daesh kicked off and the headlines forever reading about Muslims and Holy War this book answers all those questions even the media cannot respond to. From the journey to Islam to Christianity it takes the reader into a better understanding about Islam and the faith and beliefs and how we are all on the same path irrespective of which religion you ...more
Phil Barnes
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Helpful and Honest Perspective

This is the second book that I have read by Quereshi. Since Quereshi is a former Muslim, he provides a helpful and honest perspective on his former faith. While this book should not be seen as the only perspective on jihad, it is based on both the Quran and the Haddith and should, therefore, be taken seriously when considering the question of how Christians should view the Islamic concept of jihad.
Roger Phillips
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Nabeel Qureshi writes in a compassionate and insightful manner. He provides a good history of jihad within a question and answer format. The chapters are brief and easy to follow for anyone who wants to gain a basic knowledge of jihad within the history of Islam. I recommend it highly.
Steve Hadfield
If you want to know how we Christians should be answering the challenge of Islam, this would be a good place to start. As a former Muslim, he is uniquely positioned to help Christians understand how we should view and respond to Islam and Jihad. Great way to better understand what Islam is historically and its main beliefs.
Crawford Smith
Absolutely brilliant! Nabeel walks through these difficult and challenging questions with great clarity and in such a way that just presents the facts with a great effort in limiting his own biases. He walks through many difficult questions about Islam and answers them very well. It has helped equip me to love my Muslim neighbors better. I would highly recommend reading this book.
Gabe Carter
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great Q & A

In wonderful RZIM Q & A style, Nabeel addresses some tough questions with well reasoned and studied wisdom all while undergirding it in love for his neighbor.
Robert Durough, Jr.
They obviously didn’t begin then, but since September 11, 2001, conversations on Muslim-Christian relations have been on a sharp rise, even more so with recent worldwide bombings. Tensions are high, misunderstandings are often higher, and hate fills more rooms than the love of Christ. This is what eventually pushed Nabeel Qureshi, a former Muslim who converted to Christianity some years ago, to break his silence on the matter and quickly write Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward. Qureshi does ...more
Nathan Albright
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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[Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.]

Although not a perfect book, this is a very timely book from a former Muslim that seeks to find a course of action regarding contemporary radical Islam that is both loving and true. Despite the book’s flaws, most notably because of its misrepresentation of the biblical God as being Trinitarian [1], the book does manage to be both honest about Islam as well as loving towards Muslims
Reg Rivett
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"In my experience as an American Muslim, there was absolutely no emphasis placed on violence....But my experience of Islam is not the only one...For other Muslims, violence is a part of the expression of Islam..."

"What is Islam?"

September 11, 2001.
Words can't express the horror and terror experienced on that day. What happened in New York was devastating in so many ways. It was equally devastating to the communities of American Muslims, including Nabeel Qureshi. He remembers that day vividly, li
Andrew Sprow
While I do think that the author does a good job of explaining some of the intricacies and fallacies of the theological debate happening in the world right now concerning Islam, I find his Christian thoughts to be a bit too liberal. First of all I question whether he truly understands the New testament plan of salvation, or if he instead subscribes to a more worldly and denominational way of thinking. Also, he seems to imply that if we just could get more Muslims to believe, or maintain their be ...more
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am astounded by Dr Qureshi's ability to take complex, deep theological, sociological, historical and political issues and explain them in a way that a lay person would understand. (In the Army, we would call this "breaking it down Barney style.") Not only that, Dr Qureshi was able to separate his writing from his bias fairly well. Not completely, but he did so more than I would have been able to.

In this book, Dr Qureshi systematically answers questions that have been raise by a great many rega
Todd Coburn
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Eye-opening and troubling, this book provides a well-researched, insider view to the question of whether Islam is a religion of peace or jihad, and where an appropriate Christian response should begin.

These questions are best answered by the author himself, a man I have come to love simply from reading his story and from hearing him speak. He states in his conclusion of this book, "Even though Muslims are often raised with the teaching that 'Islam is a religion of peace', when they study the tex
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to this book I finally "get it".

This book answered all my questions regarding Jihad and filled in some blanks in my understanding of Islam. I particularly appreciated the author's use of original Islamic sources throughout. The book isn't polemic, shrill, or imbalanced in any way and he treats the subject honestly and with respect.

I won't spoil the surprise of what his solution to the problem of Jihad is except to say that it is thoroughly biblical and so simple that if you're like me y
Ginni Brinkley
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

I requested this book via NetGalley as I've heard of Nabeel Qureshi and was interested in the input of a former Muslim who has become a Christian, into this area.

Answering Jihad is, for the most part, not overtly Christian, and it appears that the author is at pains to try not to put too Christian a slant on his arguments. This changes somewhat at the end when he addresses questions such as, 'do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?', 'wha
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Nabeel Qureshi was a New York Times best-selling author and an itinerant speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He dedicated his life to spreading the Gospel through teaching, preaching, writing, and debating.

Dr. Qureshi lectured to students at over 100 universities, including Oxford, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Hong Kong. He participated in 18
“believe ideas can be dangerous, even popular ideas held by millions, and I furthermore believe we ought to be able to discuss such ideas freely. Unfortunately, there is a growing mob mentality even in the United States that allows unpopular ideas to be shouted down and the people voicing them to be accused of closed-mindedness and bigotry.” 3 likes
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