Sons of Abraham

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Beacon Press | Sep 17, 2013 | 240 Pages | ISBN 9780807033081

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    Beacon Press | Sep 17, 2013 | 240 Pages | ISBN 9780807033081

Praise

Sons of Abraham represents the culmination of years of work by Rabbi Schneier, my partner at the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Imam Ali, and myself to bring Muslims and Jews together all across the world.  Few people thought that these orthodox religious leaders could be friends, and even fewer believed their work would succeed, but Sons of Abraham shows how their friendship has created a model for a worldwide Muslim-Jewish reconciliation.”
—Russell Simmons, Chairman of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and co-founder of Def Jam Records

“Through a robust discussion of the history and mindsets that define both Judaism and Islam, Imam Shamsi Ali and Rabbi Marc Schneier offer that the truest illustration of faith lies not in traditions or a myopic approach to piety, but rather in a deeply held belief in one God, a concern for human dignity, and a commitment to mutual respect.  The authors—in their friendship and in their service—offer a rare example of cooperation and provide a beacon of hope as we pursue peace between peoples torn apart by millennia of misunderstanding and mistrust.  Sons of Abraham is a work of political, social, and religious significance and a roadmap for how we should and can move forward.”
—Congressman André Carson

“In this book my friends Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali show us that Muslims and Jews are not enemies, but friends who are united by our belief in a monotheistic god and our lineage to our forefather Abraham. The Rabbi and Imam’s friendship is a reminder that peace and friendship are possible between our peoples.”
—S. Daniel Abraham, Chairman, Center for Middle East Peace  

Table Of Contents

Contents
 
Foreword by President Bill Clinton xi
 
Introduction by Samuel G. Freedman xiii
 
PART ONE: WHO WE ARE
Chapter One
Child of the Soil  3
Imam Shamsi Ali

Chapter Two
Child of a Dynasty  13
Rabbi Marc Schneier
 
Chapter Three
The Struggle Within  21
Imam Shamsi Ali
 
Chapter Four
The Empathetic Imagination  33
Rabbi Marc Schneier
 
Chapter Five
From Suspicion to Trust  41
Imam Shamsi Ali

Chapter Six
Growth and Evolution  54
Rabbi Marc Schneier

PART TWO: WHAT WE BELIEVE
Chapter Seven
The Chosen People  63
Rabbi Marc Schneier
 
Chapter Eight
Kheir Ummah  79
Imam Shamsi Ali
 
Chapter Nine
Amalek, the Dangers of Literalism,
and the Role of Oral Tradition  98
Rabbi Marc Schneier
 
Chapter Ten
War and Jihad  114
Imam Shamsi Ali
 
Chapter Eleven
Love Thy Neighbor or Love the Stranger?  132
Rabbi Marc Schneier
 
Chapter Twelve
Understanding Shari’a  151
Imam Shamsi Ali
 
PART THREE: OUR SHARED FUTURE
Chapter Thirteen
What Israel Means to Jews  175
Rabbi Marc Schneier
 
Chapter Fourteen
Anti-Semitism  181
Imam Shamsi Ali

Chapter Fifteen
Why Jews Should Care about Islamophobia  190
Rabbi Marc Schneier
 
Chapter Sixteen
Palestine  197
Imam Shamsi Ali
 
Chapter Seventeen
Standing Up against Holocaust Denial  206
Rabbi Marc Schneier
 
Chapter Eighteen
At Home in America  211
Imam Shamsi Ali
 
Acknowledgments  219

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