Accessible and Informative
John Klaassen’s short read is a great introduction for anyone trying to learn more about their Muslim neighbour. Drawing from nearly twenty years’ of experience of living and serving in North Africa, Klaassen outlines key areas for understanding Islamic beliefs, values and practical advice for engagement. His purpose is to equip the reader to better relate with their Muslim friends. With opportunities for personal reflection and summaries after each chapter, Klaassen communicates in a clear and informal manner. Throughout the book, he demonstrates his passion for relationships and the gospel.
The book is in two parts, ‘Understanding Muslims’ and ‘Engaging with Muslims’. The first part helps communicate everyday norms for a Muslim, helping the reader to understand Muslim views of honour and shame culture, sin and hospitality. This is followed by a brief outline of the major tenets or pillars of Islam. These chapters help to build a basic understanding of Muslim people, whilst also acknowledging the diversity of Muslim peoples across the world.