Understanding Islam


The following are some resources and books which we recommend for those who wish to learn more about Islam and how to minister to Muslims.

Answering Islam.org: This is an excellent site with many great and informative articles and books. Browse around, there's lots of material here to help you understand Islam and answer Muslims' questions. You'll find great free books by authors like John Gilchrist and others, such as AntiChrist: Islam's Awaited Messiah by Joel Richardson. If you want a good look at the history of Islam, read Sir William Muir's writings here.

Global Initiative: The Assemblies of God's own missions center focusing on reaching Muslims. Here you can learn how you can pray for Muslims, and also order free tracts and materials, as well as read free online materials.

The World of Islam CD: This valuable CD-ROM contains over 39 books and articles on Islam, including an English (searchable) translation of the Qur'an with explanatory footnotes, more than 100 photographs of Islamic life and culture, The World of Islam map set (10 maps), plus 7 transcripts of Islamic academic courses. It is an incredible treasure trove of classic books by missionaries on Islam. On the same site you can find the downloadable book Operation World, a valuable resource for praying for the nations.

Islam: The Way, the Truth, and the Light?: a site comparing Islam and Christianity that has good articles on Islamic beliefs and the truly fragile ground they stand on.

Truthnet.org: A Christian site covering different religions, with some good articles on Islam.

Islam Review: A Christian site with some good articles on Islam.

Internet Islamic History Sourcebook: A site with many links to articles on Islamic history and beliefs.

Loving a Muslim: a site with good information for non-Muslim women who are dating or are planning on marrying (or even already married to) a Muslim.

ArabBible: good software to help you learn Arabic using the Arabic New Testament

Open Doors: there are a number of good videos and books available here, like Behind the Sun and Secret Believers.

Message for Muslims: a site good for Christians to learn more about Islam, and for Muslims to learn about the Christian faith and its sources.

The Quran.com: contains detailed analysis of the Quran, produced by Arabic-speaking scholars from both Christian and apostate backgrounds. It also has a series of articles on particular suras and verses of interest. Here you can “examine many of the historical variant readings of the Quran, read the Quran more clearly and accurately, see abrogated verses alongside explanations within the text, examine the current sequence of the Quranic chapters in comparison to other historical codices, research many of the grammatical, historical, and scientific errors in the Quran, and examine a variety of internal contradictions within the Quran.”

Sahih Bukhari Hadith: complete collection of Islam’s most important collection of hadith (the stories of what Muslims believe Muhammad said and did).

YaQuB: a Quran search engine to view various translations of any verse in the Quran at the same time.

Alim: An excellent free online site for investigating the Quran and the hadith (the stories and traditions of Muhammad's words and actions). Previously available as a Windows software program (now online only), Alim has several searchable Qurans in English, as well as the full authorized hadith collections of Bukhari and others, and more.


For the Muslim Viewpoint


If you want to see the Muslim perspective, the following are Islamic sites or sites with Islamic materials:

Al-Islam.org: An Islamic site, explaining Islam.

Islamic-Awareness: An Islamic website specifically dedicated to helping Muslims counter Christian beliefs and arguments.

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