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Islam for the Western Mind
Understanding Muhammad and the Koran
Richard Henry Drummond
ISBN: 9781571744241
Book (Paperback)
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
288 pages
August 17, 2005


" insightful overview of the faith..." -Venture Inward, January 2006

"Highly recommended..." -Library Journal, August 2005
Prophecy, politics, and the birth of a religion

More than a billion people consider themselves Muslim. It is the world’s second-largest religion. Yet Western portrayals of the Islamic mind are often flawed. Islam for the Western Mind is an intensive look--from a Christian perspective--at what inspires and motivates Muslims, namely Muhammad and the teaching of the Koran.

Dr. Drummond, an ordained Presbyterian minister and former professor, presents a balanced look at the life and teaching of Islam's founding Prophet, paying detailed attention to the religious and political community that existed during Muhammad's time as well as after his death.

Dr. Drummond also looks at the larger cultural impact of Islam, examining what he calls the lightning-like spread of the new religion across much of the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of Europe, and examines Muhammad’s teaching about women, pagans, and Jesus, the Messiah, Son of Mary. He gives detailed attention to the ethical teaching of the Koran. All this is with primary emphasis upon God as Lord of the Worlds, yet merciful and compassionate, and upon prophecy as divine revelation.

Islam for the Western Mind is an essential text for anyone wanting an unbiased look at Muhammad, the Koran, and the religion they inspired.

Richard Henry Drummond is an author with a broadly cosmopolitan cultural background. A linguist, he was born in San Francisco and raised in Hollywood and North Hollywood, California, graduating from U.C.L.A. with highest honors in Latin. He received a P.H.D. in classics from the University of Wisconsin with a dissertation on the historical thinking of the Latin Christian writers. Dr. Drummond became the first incumbent of the Florence Livergood Warren chair of comparative religions. He is the author of several books and many articles. His focus has been upon biblical studies, history of religions and related disciplines. As for Islam, Dr. Drummond has studied, taught, and written about Islam for fifty years. Dr. Drummond, now retired, continues to reside with is wife, in Dubuque, Iowa. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister.
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