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Christianity and Political Islam by Mounir Ghabbour, Ahmed Osman


Christianity and Political Islam by Mounir Ghabbour, Ahmed Osman

The tragic events in America on September 11th 2001 and the continuing saga of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East have served to focus world attention on Islam and the nature and origin of Islamic belief. While some Islamic leaders condemn such attacks as contradicting the teaching of Islam, some Muslim politicians praise them as an obligation on every Muslim to kill the unbelievers. This difference in view shows that two forms of Islam exist now in the Middle East: a religious one, and a political one. Political Islam calls for Jihad to fight the enemy, who they identify as their local rulers as well as Israel and the United States. With the spread of Political Islam, the original Islamic teaching, established by the Kuran, seems to have been forgotten. Muhammad confirmed Islam was not a new religion, but an old one, from the time of Abraham. It relies on the monotheistic teaching of Moses and the Christian belief of the resurrection. This concise, erudite account of the background to today's present conflicts is required reading.

About the Author

MOUNIR GHABBOUR is a Christian Egyptian who was born in 1938, studied commerce and became a successful business man. Before this book, he co-authored with Ahmed Osman three books published in Cairo: Christianity in Islam, The History of Coptic Egypt and Mohammad Ali and the Lost Egyptian Memory. AHMED OSMAN is a Muslim Egyptian who born in Cairo in 1934, studied law and worked as a journalist in the early 1960s. He is the author of Stranger in the Valley of the Kings, Moses Pharaoh of Egypt, The House of the Messiah and Out of Egypt. He lives in England.

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Publication date

15th October 2010


Mounir Ghabbour, Ahmed Osman

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Quartet Books


201 pages


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