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Christian Mission to Muslims

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  1. The Formation of a Protestant Concept of Mission, 1500–1800
  2. Anglican and Reformed Missions to Muslims in India, 1800–1910: A Study in Methods
  3. Reformed and Anglican Missions to Muslims in the Near East, 1800–1910: Ecclesiastical and Environmental Factors
  4. Maturing Anglican and Reformed Approaches to Muslims Before 1938: W. H. T. Gairdner and S. M. Zwemer





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Christian Mission to Muslims
The Record
Lyle L. Vander Werff

This book aims to offer the reader access to the treasury of experience and literature resulting from nineteenth- and twentieth-century missions to Muslims. Based on the author’s doctoral work completed at the University of Edinburgh, this research also grew out of the author's mission service in the Near East. This volume represents research completed under the direction of professors W. M. Watt and A. C. Cheyne.

Christian Mission to Muslims will prove of good encouragement to the host of Christ’s disciples living and witnessing among their Muslim neighbors. This work is consistent with the larger biblical vision granted by God through prophet, Messiah, and apostle—a vision voiced in the Abrahamic prayer and the motto of the Arabian Mission: “O that Ishmael might live in thy sight!” (Gen 17:18); in Jesus’s words: “I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice” (John 10:15–16); and in the abiding hope of Revelation 11:15: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever.”


  • Nothing, absolutely nothing could be more important at this historic moment than a thorough, careful investigation of the past experience and present possibilities in extending to the awakening Islamic world a genuine knowledge of Jesus Christ. This book is exactly that.
    Ralph D. WinterFormer Director, U.S. Center for World Mission
  • Vander Werff has assembled a wealth of information and has provided essential background material for every serious student of Islam.
    John H. PietProfessor of MissionsWestern Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church in America
  • The interaction of individuals, missions, and strategies not only makes for fascinating reading but is also enlightening regarding the understanding of cross-cultural communication between the world’s two largest religious groupings, Christianity and Islam.
    Christy WilsonProfessor of Missions and EvangelismGordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Many parts of the Christian world are now turning with a sense of urgency to dialogue with Muslims, and some liberal-minded Muslims, even a few of the more conservative, are making a friendly response to Christian initiatives. In this context I warmly welcome the publication of Dr. Vander Werff’s book.
    W. Montgomery WattProfessor of Arabic and Islamic Studies

Additional Details

  • Pages: 380
  • Publisher: William Carey Publishing
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publish Year: 1977
  • ISBN: 9780878083206
  • Vendor: William Carey Library