New Book Offer Insights for Developing Christian-Muslim Friendships

December 26, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times,1,6506715.story?coll=la-news-religion

On December 26, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "for a first-time author from Lake Forest [CA], a book demystifying Muslims for Christians was easy, because she had grown up as both... First-time author Shirin Taber, 38, said the idea for the book came in the months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, when she worried that an anti-Muslim backlash would create a lasting schism between mainstream Muslims and the rest of America... Taber's biggest challenge was tone. To keep the book from upsetting Muslims or Christians, she did not address divisive theological differences. She also touched only softly on proselytizing, choosing instead to focus on how to forge friendships. 'I wrote my book with deep respect for my Muslim friends and family members,' Taber said. 'My heart's desire is to show the human side of Muslims living in our nation.' The 138-page book, targeted to evangelical Christians, is divided into two parts. The first half uncovers common myths about Islam — for example, that Muslims and Christians having nothing in common spiritually; that all Muslims are Arab; that all Muslims are radical fundamentalists; and that women are oppressed by Islam."