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A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Islam

By Patrick Sookhdeo
January 2011 | Review by Ali McLachlan


This book has been written to outline the worldview, practices and history of Islam, to help non-Muslims understand their Muslim friends and neighbours better. Topics covered include the Islamic sacred books and articles of faith, the key religious observances, and the differences to be found among Muslims. The story of Islam is traced from its beginnings in the 7th century to the present. Non-Muslims who read this book will gain an understanding of why Muslims think and act as they do.

  • Publisher: Christian Focus Publications
  • ISBN: 978-1845505721
  • Pages: 112
  • Price: £3.69
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Book Review

This is an Islam ‘espresso’, perfect for the ‘I’ve-got-a-Muslim-colleague’ Christian on the go! (Also perfect for those revising for an RE exam, with two hours available.)

Patrick Sookhdeo concisely describes a religion poised to feature importantly in Europe’s 21st century. In rapid fashion, Mohammed’s life and the origins of Islam are sketched out. Basic Islamic theology and an overview of Qur’anic teachings are given. These usefully include Islam’s treatment of Christ.

Similarities, and the more crucial differences, between Islam and Christianity are explored. The Muslim’s fear-driven, works-based religious system is crisply presented. There is a frank and accurate portrayal of women in Islam.

No words wasted, Sookhdeo skims the centuries of Islamic history, marking the highlights and lowlights. Given the diversity of British Muslims, the different branches and expressions of Islam are helpfully explained. A compact glossary and interesting appendices add to the book’s value.

Although it doesn’t give any evangelistic strategy or witnessing suggestions, the book does give an adequate description of where our Muslim neighbours are coming from.

With this accurate knowledge, it is hoped Christians may avoid unnecessary stumbling blocks and more authoritatively share Christ with their Muslim friends.


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