17 April 2011

Resensi Buku-117: JESUS AND MUHAMMAD: Profound Differences and Surprising Similarities (Prof. Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D.)

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Profound Differences and Surprising Similarities

by: Prof. Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D.

Publisher: Front Line, Florida, 2004

Simple Description from Denny Teguh Sutandio:
Most people claim that all religions are same. Is that statement true? NO. One of the examples is the great differences between Christianity and Islam. Eventhough most people especially many “Christian” pastors (who deny the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible and other orthodox doctrines) claim that Christian and Islam worship one God, the fact tells us that Christianity and Islam are different religions. A person who proves that fact is Prof. Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D., a Christian evangelist which was a former lecturer of Islamic History at Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt. In his book Jesus and Muhammad, Dr. Gabriel explains some similarities between Jesus and Muhammad especially in their childhood and also many and great differences between them in their doctrine and the way spreading their messages to people (especially Gentile). Before explaining similarities and differences between Jesus and Muhammad, Dr. Gabriel tells us his personal testimony: his childhood in devout Muslim in Egypt, his study in Islamic history until his doctoral thesis, some questions that he asked to his previous lecturers, and the way that he found the Truth in Christ. After explaining similarities and differences between Jesus and Muhammad, Dr. Gabriel continues his personal testimony: what’s happened after he converted to Christianity. I believe that this book is prohibited to be sold in Indonesia, but I know that Indonesian translation of this book has been already downloadable in a website: faithfreedom. I think that this book is an academic book both for Christianity and Islam in order to understand Christianity and Islam well, because Dr. Gabriel has studied Ph.D. in Islam and Ph.D. in Christian education.

Biography of Prof. Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D.:
Prof. Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D. who was born on 30 December 1957 to Muslim parents in the region of upper Egypt known as Al Saeed was a Professor of Islamic History at Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt (the most respected, authoritative Islamic university in the world). He earned Bachelor, Master, and doctoral degree in Islamic History and Culture from Al-Azhar University, Egypt. After he converted to Christianity, he pursued a Christian education: Discipleship Training School with Youth With a Mission in Cape Town, South Africa; Master’s degree in World Religion and Doctorate degree in Christian Education from Florida Christian University in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A, and also induction as a fellow in the Oxford Society of Scholars in September 2003. He wrote other books, include: Against the Tides in the Middle East, International Academic Centre for Muslim Evangelism in South Africa, 1997 (published under the name “Mustafa”), Islam and Terrorism: What the Qur’an Really Teaches about Christianity, Violence and the Goals of the Islamic Jihad (2002), and Islam and the Jews: The Unfinished Battle (2003). After wrote Jesus and Muhammad, he also wrote other books, i.e. Journey into the Mind of an Islamic Terrorist (2006), Culture Clash, and Coffee with the Prophet: 21st Century Conversations with Muhammad.

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