11 September : religious perspectives on the causes and consequences /
edited by Ian Markham and Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi.
Oxford : Oneworld, 2002.
x, 292 p. ; 23 cm.
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Oxford : Oneworld, 2002.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Ian Markham is Dean of Hartford Seminary and Professor of Theology and Ethics. An expert on Christian ethics and interfaith relations, he is the author of several books and numerous papers Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi is co-Director of the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, and Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations. He is a leading specialist in Islamic Revivalism, and the author of several books on the subject
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-03-01:
The historical and theological analysis in this collection of essays by faculty from the Hartford Theological Seminary is neither thoroughgoing nor profound, but a way of responding to the crisis by doing one's ordinary scholarly work, framed by and filtered through the events of 9/11. There is breadth here; topics include Old Testament exegesis, American spirituality, faith-based social agencies, library collection methodology, and biblical leadership models. Some essays are more directly tied to an analysis of 9/11, including a survey on modern Islamic history, essays by both a Christian and a Muslim on the connection between religion and violence, and an analysis of the impact of 9/11 on civil liberties. A real strength of this book is that authentic American Muslim voices can be heard; however, the balance is clearly in favor of mainline Christian perspectives. The essays are heartfelt and motivated by a strong commitment to inter-religious dialogue. The book in general remains shallow, however; this may be partly a function of the nearness to the events that it seeks to analyze. It is likely to be superseded by other works before too long. ^BSumming Up: Optional. General readers through graduate students. G. J. Miller Malone College
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2002-09-15:
Abu-Rabi' (Secularization and its Discontents), co-director of the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, and Markham (Plurality and Christian Ethics), dean of Hartford Seminary, present this collection via a British publisher, providing 12 different religious perspectives on the events of September 11. Aside from the two editors, who each supply an essay, contributors include a Baptist minister, a Presbyterian pastor, sociologists and Islamic scholars. Accounts cover the origins of Islamic extremists' hatred of the West and America in particular, how U.S. involvement in the Middle East affects these feelings-though no one can fully "account" for the acts of that day-and how the impact of the destruction has played out in religious communities around the world. One standout essay is Nancy T. Ammerman's "Grieving Together: September 11 as a Measure of Social Capital in the U.S.," which examines the recent history of U.S. religious institutions as forces in society, and how they performed during the months of aftermath. Determinedly pluralistic and thoughtfully informed by history and politics, this collection provides leavened religious perspectives. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Main Description
This title offers a comprehensive perspective on the background, causes andutcome of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Containing 13rticles by leading scholars of sociology, theology and history, this bookxamines all aspects of the events, from the motivations of Bin Laden to theifficult question, "why did God permit this?". It also covers Muslim andhristian perspectives and concludes with a thoughtful argument for increasedutual understanding between nations and religions.
Unpaid Annotation
Containing 14 articles by leading scholars and covering both Christian and Muslim perspectives, this book examines all aspects of the events, from the motivations of Osama bin Laden to the difficult question, 'Why did God permit this?'
Bowker Data Service Summary
Compelling yet balanced and objective, this book contains 14 articles from key scholars of religion, history and sociology, which places the tragic events of September 11th into a new context of religious understanding.
Table of Contents
List of contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
September 11: The terrorist attack on Americap. 1
The Cultural and Social Context
A post-September 11 critical assessment of modern Islamic historyp. 21
Grieving together: September 11 as a measure of social capital in the U.S.p. 53
Faith-based community ministries in a 9.11 worldp. 74
Theological Reflections
Stopping oppression: an Islamic obligationp. 101
Witnessing to the spirit: reflections on an emerging American spiritualityp. 111
Violent faithp. 136
Religious leadership in the aftermath of September 11: some lessons from Jesus and Paulp. 164
The Bible and dialoguep. 189
9.11: contrasting reactions and the challenge of dialoguep. 206
Broader Issues
Recording the moment: moving from a collection model to a documentation modelp. 231
Internal security and civil liberties: moral dilemmas and debatesp. 248
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 287
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