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Here are the discussion questions for this month's book club pick - The Search for Truth About Islam by Ben Daniel.
1. In chapter 4, Ben Daniel explains the word “jihad” as the vast majority of Muslims understand it. What do you think about the comparison of “jihad” with our Christian term “crusade”?
2. How do those of us who are Christians in the U.S. participate in an over reliance on stereotypes about Muslims? Is there legislation in your community that targets people of other religions, particularly Muslims?
3. Ben Daniel notes that while Jews in Muslim societies lived under more tolerant circumstances than those in Christian societies, and that most current anti-Semitic tropes in the Muslim world are imports from Christian Europe. How have we as U.S. Christians contributed to upholding and/or ending stereotyping of other religious groups?
4. Ben Daniel writes that the narrative that Islam is the more violent religion is a long-standing myth, particularly in light of the overwhelming history of Christian violence. How do you observe that the dominant (Christian) cultural narratives in the U.S. reinforce the stereotype of Islam as a violent religion?
5. Not all of us might have the opportunities to speak with diverse Muslims like the author of the book. What next steps might you and your church take to build relationships with Muslims in your community or with Muslims around the world?
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