Can we talk about Islam?

Can we talk about Islam?

A short book reflecting on why the discussion about Islam in our society rarely seems to make any progress—and what to do about it.

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For many of us, it doesn’t seem so long ago that Islam was a remote subject, barely touching our lives. Now hardly a day goes past when someone isn’t talking about it in the media, or in our parliaments, or over the watercooler at work.

Much of that talk goes in one of two directions. Some want to blame Islam in general for the violence and atrocities being committed in its name (which hardly seems fair). Others insist that Islamic State and other Islamic terrorist groups have nothing whatsoever to do with Islam (which strikes many as being implausible).

Are these our only two options in talking about Islam—to blame it or to absolve it?

In this short book written from a Christian viewpoint, Tony Payne argues that there is an honest and constructive way to talk together about Islam. It begins with a better understanding not only of Islam, but also of the modern secular worldview that makes talking about any sort of faith so difficult.

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  • 1. Rash words
  • 2. Why don’t secular humanists want to talk?
  • 3. Understanding Islam
  • 4. How to talk about Islam


Author Tony Payne
ISBN 9781922206916
Format Paperback
First published 2016
Dimensions 115mm x 176mm x 4mm
Language English
Pages 56
Publisher Matthias Media
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