Answering Jihad by Nabeel Qureshi

Answering Jihad

From New York Times bestselling author and former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi comes this personal, challenging, and respectful answer to the many questions surrounding jihad, the rise of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism.San Bernardino was the most lethal terror attack on American soil since 9/11, and it came on the heels of a coordinated assault on Paris. There is no question that innocents were slaughtered in the name of Allah and in the way of jihad, bu...

Details Answering Jihad

TitleAnswering Jihad
Release DateMar 8th, 2016
GenreReligion, Islam, Nonfiction, Christianity, History

Reviews Answering Jihad

  • Jessica Miller
    Nabeel Qureshi is currently my favorite author. I became a huge fan after reading his previous riveting book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. It was hard to put that book down. While this one is very different in content and style, it also captured my attention and was easy to finish (something I cannot say for most books). He has done an excellent job of clarifying some very confusing things happening in our world today. He writes out of a deep lo...
  • Garrett Cash
    There is perhaps no religious discussion that is more at the forefront of theological and political debate right now than the issue of Islam and jihad. Many are saying that Islam is a religion of peace, and that the rise of jihad shows that Islam needs a reformation. Many of our world leaders are saying that extremist groups like ISIS are not even true Muslims. Thousands of peaceful Muslims in around the world would say the same thing. The proble...
  • Mark Huenemann
    This repeat performance by the author of the NYT bestseller “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” deserves a place in the religion section of every library, public and private. Organized around eighteen vital questions, this relatively brief (173 pp.) discussion of jihad and related topics is intended for the lay reader. The research is thorough, and the writing is clear, concise, and compassionate. “Answering Jihad” addresses a potentially vola...
  • Douglas Wilson
    Very fine introduction to the subject of jihad. For those who believe that Islam is in need of a "reformation," Qureshi shows that they are experiencing a "back to the sources" reformation right now -- which is the cause of much of the turmoil.
  • Allison
    Ultimately, the message of this book is important, so 4 stars. The absence of a bibliography however was almost enough to knock it down to 3.As a former-Muslim turned Christian, Qureshi has a keen understanding of both faiths. He does a fantastic job of summarizing Islam and explaining how there can co-exist the radical jihadists with those claiming Islam is peaceful. In the second half, some of his Christian exegesis does not align with my own u...
  • ElaineY
    REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MARCH 15, 2016Narrator: Nabeel QureshiI can't express how glad I am to have listened to this. I know a few things about Islam, living in a country that's surrounded by Muslim neighbors and now, thanks to Qureshi's book, I now understand the why of radical Islam and Jihad. Before discovering Qureshi, my conclusion from the books I'd read (written by ex-Muslims) was that Islam is NOT a religion of peace. There are many good, pe...
  • David Marino
    One of the best books about Islam out there. In order to better understand Islam we must understand Jihad. As unbiased as you can get, short, and practical.
  • Cat Imakittycat
    As much as Dr.Qureshi's first book, "Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus", was a moving, inspiring and hopeful story of his own journey from Islam to the love, hope and joy of Jesus Christ, his 2nd and current release, "Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward", is a continuation of that journey poured outward to all of us. The understanding of the Islamic doctrine of jihad has never been so relevant and urgent as it is today. There is so much fear, judgem...
  • Rachel B
    This is an excellent primer in jihad for those who know very little about Islam. Since the author was a devout Muslim before converting to Christianity, he writes with much love and compassion toward Muslims, while objectively exploring what Islam actually teaches about jihad.I loved the background information on Islam in general, as I think many people lack a basic understanding of how Islam functions."To answer whether Islam truly is a religion...
  • Zippergirl
    The words flow like warm honey in this provocative inquiry into the multiple meanings of Islamic jihad. Written in early 2016, in an urgent response to the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the author, a former Muslim, investigates the historical foundations of the faith, and reveals core Quranic teachings at odds with the perception of Islam as a religion of peace. Qureshi believes that forewarned is forearmed; his investigation of pri...
  • Bob
    Summary: Contends that there is a basis in the foundations of Islam for violent, and not merely defensive, jihad, which neither can be ignored, nor assumed of all Muslims, but calls for a proactive response, particularly of Christians, of love and friendship with the hope of breaking the cycle of violence.In this book Nabeel Qureshi, a convert from Islam to Christianity, details his own realization, particularly in the aftermath of 9/11 that Isla...
  • Natasha
    Timely, highly informative book, which will challenge you on what you believe and how you relate to your Muslim neighbors. Dr. Nabeel Qureshi was prompted to write this book after the San Bernardino shooting which followed closely on the heels of the Paris attack. Yet despite this, he strives and I believe succeeds, in being unbiased and not giving in to polemics. Each of the 18 questions is considered from various view points and well supported ...
  • Ann
    A must-read for peace-loving citizens of the world in the 21st century, religious or not. This book addresses 18 questions often raised about Islamic jihad — its origins, its manifestations today, and its theological significance in a Judeo-Christian context. Author Nabeel Qureshi, an American of Pakistani heritage and former Muslim, writes intelligently, honestly, and credibly. At great personal cost Qureshi left the faith he had accepted unqu...
  • Justin
    Proverbs 4:7 tells us; "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. "For such a crucial topic as this, Dr. Qureshi achieves both of these.As I read through these pages I was challenged and confronted in my personal thoughts towards Islam. Some thoughts remained the same while others have changed. Dr. Qureshi does a wonderful job of using the historical fundamental nature of Islam and jihad, bri...
  • Emma Story
    Informative, yet a bit dry. Qureshi seems to be a bit far out on his attachment to pacifism, even advocating against self defense. Best part was the history of the language of Islam itself.Apparently, the word Islam means "peace after surrender," which is fascinating in light of Jihad principles. Also, "allahu akbhar" is literally translated, "our God is greater," which is chuckle worth. All together decent, but nothing life changing.
  • Pam Thomas
    This is one of those books I thoroughly enjoyed reading, it answers a multitude of question you want to know about Jihadis. Since the war with ISIS or Daesh kicked off and the headlines forever reading about Muslims and Holy War this book answers all those questions even the media cannot respond to. From the journey to Islam to Christianity it takes the reader into a better understanding about Islam and the faith and beliefs and how we are all on...
  • Phil Barnes
    Helpful and Honest PerspectiveThis is the second book that I have read by Quereshi. Since Quereshi is a former Muslim, he provides a helpful and honest perspective on his former faith. While this book should not be seen as the only perspective on jihad, it is based on both the Quran and the Haddith and should, therefore, be taken seriously when considering the question of how Christians should view the Islamic concept of jihad.
  • Crawford Smith
    Absolutely brilliant! Nabeel walks through these difficult and challenging questions with great clarity and in such a way that just presents the facts with a great effort in limiting his own biases. He walks through many difficult questions about Islam and answers them very well. It has helped equip me to love my Muslim neighbors better. I would highly recommend reading this book.
  • Steve Hadfield
    If you want to know how we Christians should be answering the challenge of Islam, this would be a good place to start. As a former Muslim, he is uniquely positioned to help Christians understand how we should view and respond to Islam and Jihad. Great way to better understand what Islam is historically and its main beliefs.
  • Roger Phillips
    Enlightening!Nabeel Qureshi writes in a compassionate and insightful manner. He provides a good history of jihad within a question and answer format. The chapters are brief and easy to follow for anyone who wants to gain a basic knowledge of jihad within the history of Islam. I recommend it highly.
  • Gabe Carter
    Great Q & AIn wonderful RZIM Q & A style, Nabeel addresses some tough questions with well reasoned and studied wisdom all while undergirding it in love for his neighbor.
  • Robert Durough, Jr.
    They obviously didn’t begin then, but since September 11, 2001, conversations on Muslim-Christian relations have been on a sharp rise, even more so with recent worldwide bombings. Tensions are high, misunderstandings are often higher, and hate fills more rooms than the love of Christ. This is what eventually pushed Nabeel Qureshi, a former Muslim who converted to Christianity some years ago, to break his silence on the matter and quickly write ...
  • Nathan Albright
    [Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.]Although not a perfect book, this is a very timely book from a former Muslim that seeks to find a course of action regarding contemporary radical Islam that is both loving and true. Despite the book’s flaws, most notably because of its misrepresentation of the biblical God as being Trinitarian [1], the book does manage to be both ...
  • Reg Rivett
    "In my experience as an American Muslim, there was absolutely no emphasis placed on violence....But my experience of Islam is not the only one...For other Muslims, violence is a part of the expression of Islam...""What is Islam?"September 11, 2001.Words can't express the horror and terror experienced on that day. What happened in New York was devastating in so many ways. It was equally devastating to the communities of American Muslims, including...
  • Andrew Sprow
    While I do think that the author does a good job of explaining some of the intricacies and fallacies of the theological debate happening in the world right now concerning Islam, I find his Christian thoughts to be a bit too liberal. First of all I question whether he truly understands the New testament plan of salvation, or if he instead subscribes to a more worldly and denominational way of thinking. Also, he seems to imply that if we just could...
  • Todd Coburn
    Eye-opening and troubling, this book provides a well-researched, insider view to the question of whether Islam is a religion of peace or jihad, and where an appropriate Christian response should begin.These questions are best answered by the author himself, a man I have come to love simply from reading his story and from hearing him speak. He states in his conclusion of this book, "Even though Muslims are often raised with the teaching that 'Isla...
  • Cam
    I am astounded by Dr Qureshi's ability to take complex, deep theological, sociological, historical and political issues and explain them in a way that a lay person would understand. (In the Army, we would call this "breaking it down Barney style.") Not only that, Dr Qureshi was able to separate his writing from his bias fairly well. Not completely, but he did so more than I would have been able to.In this book, Dr Qureshi systematically answers q...
  • Ginni Brinkley
    ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review.I requested this book via NetGalley as I've heard of Nabeel Qureshi and was interested in the input of a former Muslim who has become a Christian, into this area.Answering Jihad is, for the most part, not overtly Christian, and it appears that the author is at pains to try not to put too Christian a slant on his arguments. This changes somewhat at the end when he addresses questions such as, 'do C...
  • Fred
    Thanks to this book I finally "get it". This book answered all my questions regarding Jihad and filled in some blanks in my understanding of Islam. I particularly appreciated the author's use of original Islamic sources throughout. The book isn't polemic, shrill, or imbalanced in any way and he treats the subject honestly and with respect. I won't spoil the surprise of what his solution to the problem of Jihad is except to say that it is thorough...
  • Jaimie
    ***2016 Reading Challenge - A book about a culture with which you are unfamiliar***If you have been looking for a book that can lay out in simple terms questions about what Islam is, if it is a peaceful religion, and how it relates to us today (including questions about jihad), then this is the book for you. It is a short 169 pages and has a very direct Question-Answer format. I found his ideas explained clearly with good support from scholars an...