Past, Present and Future

Book - 2009
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For more than two decades the world's religions have been a central topic for Hans Küng. In books that have inspired millions throughout the world, he has pioneered work towards a new dialogue between them. Following bestselling volumes on Christianity and Judaism, Küng's critically acclaimed guide to Islam is now available in paperback. Providing a masterful overview of Islam's 1,400-year history, Küng examines its fundamental beliefs and practices, outlines the major schools of thought, and surveys the positions of Islam on the urgent questions of the day. Deft, assured, and comprehensive, this is a sympathetic assessment of Islam by a renowned Christian theologian. Dr. Küng is President of the Foundation for a Global Ethic (Weltethos). From 1960 until his retirement in 1996, he was Professor of Ecumenical Theology and Director of the Institute for Ecumenical Research at the University of Tübingen. He is a scholar of theology and philosophy and a prolific writer.
Publisher: Oxford : Oneworld, 2009.
ISBN: 9781851686124
Characteristics: xxx, 767 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.


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Oct 04, 2017

Tired of hearing obviously overly simplified and often biased summaries of the history of Islam? Search no further! I started this book knowing next to nothing about the subject and now feel that I have a firm basis for further reading on Islam. Well organized, and exhaustively researched. Although some of the vocabulary may be foreign for lay reader (such as myself), technical terms are often understandable in context or easily researched.
Kungs' goal with this, along with his other titles researching Christianity and Judaism, is to provide a framework for civil discussion between the three Abrahamic religions by identifying the similarities and differences of the three while avoiding judgements. The book also includes questions for the reader/group to spur these discussions.
Rather than trusting those that would tell that Islam is 100% a religion of peace, or of violence, read the whole story and decide for yourself.


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