Re: Christian book about Islam and Muslims?
I agree. For me the key was to study Islam as it is taught by Muslims, for Muslims. Avoid anything meant for the consumption of non-Muslims, whoever wrote it, until you have a solid handle on it.
Originally Posted by Luke34
There are multiple Korans on-line if you want to go that route. I recommend reading it with Tafsir ("commentary"). Tafsir Ibn Kathir is well respected among Muslims, and available on-line.
Personally, I found reading the Koran spiritually draining. I couldn't read too much at a time. I ended up reading through Sura 9, and some bits and pieces after that. It gets repetitive. Because the Suras are organized from longest to shortest, that's almost half of it. It was enough.
In my opinion, David Taylor has provided a very good and fair summary.
To preserve the government we must also preserve morals. Morality rests on religion; if you destroy the foundation, the superstructure must fall. When the public mind becomes vitiated and corrupt, laws are a nullity and constitutions are waste paper. Daniel Webster, 4th of July, 1800, Oration at Hanover, N.H.