In A Concise Introduction to Islam
, Dr. Jerald Dirks presents a brief, simple, and straightforward introduction to one of the world’s most misunderstood religions. The book consists of six easily understood chapters. The first chapter focuses on the commonalities that exist between Islam and the Judeo-Christian tradition, including similarities in prophetic history and in ethical and spiritual teachings.
The second chapter clears up prevalent misconceptions that exist about Islam, while the third chapter presents the fundamental pillars of Islamic belief and practice. In the fourth chapter, Dr. Dirks examines four of the major differences between Islam and Christianity, including the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ, the crucifixion event, the nature of Jesus, and the nature of God. Finally, the last two chapters deal with “hot potato” topics.
For example, the fifth chapter looks at the Islamic concept of jihad and how that concept has been misunderstood and distorted by some so-called Muslims. The sixth chapter examines and clarifies the role of women in Islam and presents the evidence supporting the proposition that Islam is actually a champion of women’s rights.