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Christian missionaries working with Muslims in less-developed countries are all too familiar with the diverse and aberrant strain of Islam known as “folk Islam.”  Folk Islam is the Islamic version of folk religion, a syncretistic belief system that blends traditional monotheistic religion and animistic pagan superstition. 

DATE LAST EDITED: 07-2019  

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There is a danger that we allow our thinking to be manipulated by the secular media or the agenda of people who want to scare us into supporting their particular cause.  Click below for five suggestions for a calm and biblical approach to Islam and current world events.

DATE LAST EDITED:  07-2019 

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Christianity And Islam

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the perception of Islam by Christians and non-Christians alike has been profoundly influenced by a number of terrorist events that have marked the beginning of the new millennium.  There were, within a few years of each other, the attack on the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and the attacks on public transportation in Madrid and London.  It is necessary, however, to place modern Christian-Muslim relations in their historical and cultural context.

 

DATE LAST EDITED:  11-2019 

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Christianity And Islam

Before the rise of Islam in the early 600s, the Byzantine Empire (the eastern half of the Roman Empire) and the Persian Empire controlled most of the Middle East.  The Persians soon fell to Muslim invaders, but the Byzantine civilization, which was largely Christian, endured for almost 1,000 years.  Throughout history, relations between Christians and Muslims have been characterized by cooperation and conflict. Their followers have fought in wars for political dominance.  At the same time, Muslims and Christians have benefited from cultural and economic exchanges.  Today interaction between the world’s two largest communities of faith continues to be marked by ambivalence.

DATE LAST EDITED:  11-2019 

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Christianity And Islam

Islam originated in a world where Christianity was very much in evidence.  According to Muslim accounts, the Prophet Muammad was acquainted with Christians in Mecca, and he and other merchants traveling north would almost certainly have seen churches and monasteries in the towns on their way.  They quite probably encountered Christians who talked about their beliefs. 

DATE LAST EDITED:  12-2019