Islam purports to be God's final revelation to man, a completion of the Jewish and Christian traditions that preceded it. Having grown up around Muslim family members and friends, John Azumah has first-hand experience with the culture, history and holy scriptures of this far-spreading world religion. Azumah speaks with the authority of one who knows the source material intimately and is conversant in the misunderstandings and fallacies both of Muslims toward Christianity and Christians toward Islam. Writing from the heart, he attempts to break down Islam to its component elements to address each from a biblical perspective. My Neighbour's Faith will enable many to understand their Muslim friends and come to a place where they can address repentance and faith in Jesus Christ in a way that their friends will understand.
Nowhere else in the world have both Islam and Christianity been more instrumental in shaping the history of a people and their way of life than in Africa. African Muslims and Christians have a lot in common, including kinship ties, shared languages and citizenship. Yet, despite the centuries of deep historical links and harmonious existence between the two religions, new challenges threaten this harmony. Conflicts involving Christians and Muslims in places like Sudan, Nigeria and Ivory Coast are common. These conflicts are fueled primarily by ignorance, stereotyping and prejudice, which in turn breed fear, suspicion and even hatred, in some cases leading to violence. My Neighbours Faith sheds light on the beliefs and teaching of Islam by addressing matters of contemporary importance to Christians and the wider non-Muslim audience. It presents the human face of Islamthe face of a close relative, a neighbour, a teacher and even a head of statein a balanced and critical way that gives a credible view of Islam.
John Azumah holds a PhD in Islamics from the University of Birmingham, UK, and is the Director for the Centre of Islamic Studies at the London School of Theology. He has previously served as a Research Fellow with the Akrofi-Christaller Institute in Ghana. Dr. Azumah is the author of The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa: A Quest for Inter-Religious Dialogue (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2001) and has written articles on the subject in various academic journals.