Engaging Islamic Traditions

Using the Hadith in Christian Ministry to Muslims
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The Hadith have long been neglected by Christians, yet they may hold the key to reaching Muslims with the good news of Jesus Christ. In this ground-breaking book, the earliest traditions of Islam are assessed from a biblical perspective. Insights into the Islamic worldview and potential springboards to Christian truth are uncovered along the way. For those contextualizing the gospel to Muslim friends and colleagues, this book seeks for concord and connection with Muslim thinking, while maintaining a clear commitment to Jesus Christ and his gospel.

  • ISBN: 9780878084913
  • Pages: 289
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2016
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

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A monumental work, providing an impressive amount of information about what the Hadith is all about. Most importantly from a missiological perspective, it brings out numerous bridges for Christian witness. It is an in-depth study.” 

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A monumental work, providing an impressive amount of information about what the Hadith is all about. Most importantly from a missiological perspective, it brings out numerous bridges for Christian witness. It is an in-depth study.” 

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In Engaging Islamic Traditions Power scrutinizes and evaluates the Hadith to point out that Christians should use it as an avenue to engage Muslims. He begins with a brief description of the contents of the Hadith and its significance for Islamic life. He also writes that there are truths in the Hadith that are shared with the Bible that will help establish “common ground between Muslims and Christians,” as well as provide avenues for discussion to point Muslims to revealed truth in the Bible. In Section Two, Power discusses the “concord” between Islam and Christianity, touching on topics such as positive aspects in the life of Muhammad; positive ways in which both Muhammad and Jesus treated women; and theological and devotional, as well as ethical, elements that the Hadith and Christian teaching share.
Section Three emphasizes connections between the Hadith and Christian teaching that serve as points of dialogue to draw Muslims’ attention to Christ. Power highlights the character and actions of God; the nature of human beings; forgiveness and punishment of sins; inadequacy of works for eternal destiny, and the connection between ‘deeds’ and ‘rewards;’ and the significance of the cross.
In Section Four, Powers focuses on practical implications for Christian ministry and offers a very helpful discussion of three types of dialogue for engaging Muslims, all of which stem from overlaps between Christian teachings and the Hadith. Power’s irenic, positive, and bridge-building tone is particularly appropriate, and will instruct and encourage Christians seeking to engage Muslims with the gospel of Christ in a time when there is so much negative perception of and animosity towards Muslims and Islam.
Both these books are well researched, drawing deeply from Christian and Muslim scholars. They provide rich information about Islamic life, knowledge, and comprehension which will go a long way in endearing Christians to Muslims in the course of their dialogue.

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Table of Contents

Transliteration Table
Illustrations
Figures
Sidebars
Tables
Introduction


I About the Hadith
1. What Is the Hadith?
2. Classifying the Hadith
3. Can Christians Use the Hadith?


II Finding Concord
4. Positive Aspects of Muhammad’s Life
5. Positive Treatment and Depiction of Women
6. Theological Aspects
7. Ethical Issues


III Seeking Connections
8. The Character and Actions of God
9. The Nature of Humankind
10. The Forgiveness of Sins
11. The Inadequacy of Works
12. Avoiding Punishment for One’s Sins
13. Gaining Reward
14. Pictures of the Cross
15. Appropriating the Cross


IV Using the Hadith in Christian Ministry
16. Dialogue with Muslims
17. Discussion with Muslims
18. Conclusion

Appendix
Bibliography
Index

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