This book is a highly readable introduction in the diversity of Islam, as well as a fascinating dialogue with a number of modern islamic thinkers, musicians, female rights activists, writers etc. Jonas explains complex matters in a very understandable and even entertaining way. He pleads for more dialogue, more room for spirituality, more diversity for Muslims, Christians and all other men of good will, as this is the only way to transcend the actual perceptions about the "clash of cultures" in popular media all over the world. As you discover one eye-opener after another, you'll find yourself turning page after page to find more and more enlightenment.
5つ星のうち5.0Written from an honest search for the reason why so many people would adhere to something which is said to be so wrong
As-salamu alaykum, Peace be with you all. Being a Muslim and knowing Jonas, made me longing to read this book as soon as possible once I heard it was available as e-book. Now, some weeks later I finishes the last page, and I don’t regret. The book is what it promised to be, a walk of an interested religious men trough the landscape of Islam, talking to a number of Muslims. He brings a honest image of a majority that includes more than a quarter of the world population, far from prejudices and clichés. This book should indeed be required reading in all schools, no matter what religious background the students have. For non-Muslims a window with a view on the meaning of Islam and to the Muslim, an understanding of how a Non-Muslim with an open mind is looking at Islam Perhaps a rare criticism, it was better for completion of the work to also invite a representative of "radical Islam" to have their say as well, they are there too and they fit into the overall picture of the community. To really understand the “ummah” one has to understand all of the parts of it. All in all a healthy work being worth to recommend. The book is written from an honest search for the reason why so many people would adhere to something which is said to be so wrong. The book is published in Dutch too under the name “Soefi's, Punkers & Poëten. Een christen op reis door de islam.” Jonas is a men from who the Quran says in surah 3 aya 199: “And indeed, among the People of the Scripture are those who believe in Allah and what was revealed to you and what was revealed to them, [being] humbly submissive to Allah . They do not exchange the verses of Allah for a small price. Those will have their reward with their Lord. Indeed, Allah is swift in account.” To be rewarded with all stars. Ma’a as-salama. Yahya ibn Imeel.
This is a work to be treasured, now more than ever. Whether you know Islam or not, reading the opinions of such a variety of thinkers and believers, each with their own vision of their belief, offers a perspective on Islam that is seldom heard.
The writer, a catholic, engages in a journey to uncover aspects of Islam in an original yet highly insightful way. Highlighting each aspect separately, and then engaging in a dialogue about it with religious leaders, musicians, linguists, etc... what a revealing and intriguing journey this proves to be!
But the true nature of this book is perhaps not –solely- to obtain a better understanding of Islam. As the writer says so rightfully in the introduction: “the true nature of sincere dialogue above all lies in the courage to confront the self”. A lesson often forgotten by today’s intellectual elite. This book should inspire them –and anyone- to have real dialogues again, especially with people from different opinions.
I chose the rating because the book was not enjoyable to me. Described Islam as a religion of love and peace but never dealt with explaining all of the slaughtering of their own people in the name of Muhammad.