In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, many of
America's Christian evangelicals have denounced Islam as a
"demonic" and inherently violent religion, provoking frustration
among other Christian conservatives who wish to present a more
appealing message to the world's Muslims. Yet as Thomas Kidd
reveals in this sobering book, the conflicted views expressed by
today's evangelicals have deep roots in American history.
Tracing Islam's role in the popular imagination of American
Christians from the colonial period to today, Kidd demonstrates
that Protestant evangelicals have viewed Islam as a global
threat--while also actively seeking to convert Muslims to the
Christian faith--since the nation's founding. He shows how accounts
of "Mahometan" despotism and lurid stories of European enslavement
by Barbary pirates fueled early evangelicals' fears concerning
Islam, and describes the growing conservatism of American missions
to Muslim lands up through the post-World War II era. Kidd exposes
American Christians' anxieties about an internal Islamic threat
from groups like the Nation of Islam in the 1960s and America's
immigrant Muslim population today, and he demonstrates why Islam
has become central to evangelical "end-times" narratives. Pointing
to many evangelicals' unwillingness to acknowledge Islam's
theological commonalities with Christianity and their continued
portrayal of Islam as an "evil" and false religion, Kidd explains
why Christians themselves are ironically to blame for the failure
of evangelism in the Muslim world.
"American Christians and Islam" is essential reading for anyone
seeking to understand the causes of the mounting tensions between
Christians and Muslims today.
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