Issue 74 : Christians & Muslims
Originally published in 2002
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Table of Contents
Unusual fruits of Western encounters with Islam.
A picture of Hagia Sophia, heavy with Christian and Islamic symbolism, speaks of centuries of ambition, sorrow, and bad faith.
The prophet's interactions with paganism, Judaism, and Christianity birthed puzzling prophecies and a legacy of strife.
Basics of a foreign faith
It spread faster than any other religion in history. Here are some reasons why.
Islamic protection came with a price.
Crusaders fought many terrible battles in the Middle East, but Muslims started - and won - the war.
Four contemporary accounts paint two radically different pictures.
As their brethren attacked Muslim fortresses, these evangelistic crusaders fought for Muslim souls.
Martin Luther responded to Islam with a new military philosophy, fresh focus on the Qur'an, and provocative readings of biblical prophecy.
Jihad means more than warfare, but the sword is central to Islam's texts, its history, and its founder.
Whether Christians under early Muslim rule used polemic or polite dialogue to defend their faith, they hit an impasse at the Incarnation.
When the West finally gained influence in the Islamic world, Christians lost their nerve.
Because broken promises fueled Islamic militancy, the road to stability must be paved with good faith.