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Author:
Mike Kuhn
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978-0830856558
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IVP Books (November 9, 2009)
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Mike Kuhn married Stephanie in 1983 and for the next twenty-two years lived in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle . Given his long experience among Muslims, another extremely helpful aspect of the book is ability to present delicate issues from more than one perspective.

Mike Kuhn married Stephanie in 1983 and for the next twenty-two years lived in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. As he befriended his Muslim neighbors, what he learned experiencing day-to-day life was more than any book or university could have ever taught him about engaging the Muslim world. He does this both in his discussion on Islamic history in general and in his reflections on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular. This section alone is invaluable.

Author Background Mike Kuhn is uniquely qualified to write on this subject as he has many years of experience in. .This book is important because it is true to its title, it gives fresh vision for the Muslim world

Author Background Mike Kuhn is uniquely qualified to write on this subject as he has many years of experience in living closely with Muslims in both the Middle East and North Africa. He holds master’s degrees in both Arabic and theology. This book is important because it is true to its title, it gives fresh vision for the Muslim world. The reader will put the book down with a better understanding not only of Islam but also of the people that follow its teachings. The reader will be moved to compassion, stirred to action, and guided by practical direction.

Kuhn’s aim is a fresh vision, which he provides, in the end, not only for the Muslim world but also for interactions . God has clearly blessed Mike Kuhn with an exceptional gift for communication.

Kuhn’s aim is a fresh vision, which he provides, in the end, not only for the Muslim world but also for interactions in our own communities. His ideas are clear, and his writing includes elements of various styles-at times imaginative in its narration of events and provocative approach to ideas, persuasive in its rhetoric and logical force of his vision, descriptive of the contemporary situation of Islam, and expository in its balanced presentation of the various views held on an issue so that the reader can use their. own cognitive abilities. Mike's ongoing friendship with believers from an Islamic background continues to influence his understanding of God's pursuit to reconcile all nations to himself.

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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is a 2005 film starring and directed by Albert Brooks. It was shown at the Dubai International Film Festival. Albert Brooks, a Jewish-American comedian, is asked by the United States government to travel to India and Pakistan to find out "what makes Muslims laugh. References are made to Brooks's earlier films, including Finding Nemo, Lost In America and Defending Your Life, along with his earlier stand-up comedy material.

Fresh Vision for the Muslim World. Either having taken a course on Introduction to Islam or having read before coming to class Mike Kuhn's book Fresh Vision for the Muslim World. ISBN 13: 978-160657-019-7 Either having taken a course on Introduction to Islam or having read before coming to class Mike Kuhn's book Fresh Vision for the Muslim World. ISBN 13: 978-160657-019-7.

After living for more than two decades in the Middle East, pastor, author and college Arabic instructor Mike Kuhn wonders if there can be a fresh vision for the Muslim world-one not rooted in media lies or personal fears but in the values of Christ's kingdom. Is the only option to fight, to eradicate, to judge? Or can the mindset of confrontation give way to one of incarnation? In Fresh Vision for the Muslim World, Kuhn challenges readers to love the Muslims down the street and across the world with the love of Christ.

After living for more than two decades in the Middle East, pastor, author and college Arabic instructor Mike Kuhn wonders if there can be a fresh vision for the Muslim world―one not rooted in media lies or personal fears but in the values of Christ's kingdom. Is the only option to fight, to eradicate, to judge? Or can the mindset of confrontation give way to one of incarnation? In Fresh Vision for the Muslim World, Kuhn challenges readers to love the Muslims down the street and across the world with the love of Christ. Kuhn's vast experience and research show readers that Muslims today have the same hopes and spiritual needs as any of us. With practical suggestions, Kuhn helps readers leave the path of isolation, fear and self-preservation and choose a less-traveled road: a path of self-awareness, empathy, and deep listening. Choosing the latter path is radical. It is difficult. And it is a step toward seeing Jesus Christ receive his rightful place of honor among a people longing to know him.
  • Given the plethora of books on Islam written by evangelical Christians, particularly since September 11, 2001, a degree of skepticism about another book about Islam is understandable. Nonetheless, Fresh Vision for the Muslim World by Mike Kuhn is not simply another similar rehashing of evangelical perspectives on Islam. It is not intended to be an introduction to Islam, nor a guidebook for dialogue between Muslims and Christians. Rather, Kuhn draws upon a great deal of experience to suggest ways in which Christians can be involved in meaningful relationships with Muslims by understanding Muslim perspectives and having open eyes for the blind spots of Western culture.
    Commendations

    I would highly recommend that everyone who is interested in understanding Islam (whether because of current events or new neighbors or any other reason) read this book, because it will stretch one's thinking in helpful new ways. But here are some more specific ways in which the book is helpful:

    * Mike Kuhn clearly writes as one who knows the academic information about Islam very well (having read the Qur'an, the Hadith and other sources in Arabic), but who also knows Muslims. We don't encounter Islam, we encounter Muslims, and his 20 years of experience living among Muslims helps him to write with an accurate, clear perspective.
    * One of the most helpful-and challenging-parts of the book to me was his discussion of arrogance on the part of Westerners, even those Westerners who work in Muslim countries. I would encourage you to read the book purely to see what he has to say about this, but the basic point is that we can subtly, perhaps even unconsciously, display an attitude of arrogance to our Muslim (or other non-Christian, non-Western) friends. Such an attitude is out of step with the gospel, and we must fight against it.
    * Given his long experience among Muslims, another extremely helpful aspect of the book is ability to present delicate issues from more than one perspective. He does this both in his discussion on Islamic history in general and in his reflections on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular. This section alone is invaluable. It is so easy to listen to only one side, and his ability to enable us to hear both sides is very challenging.
    * Along with those things, he also provides a helpful call for American Christians to reject nationalism and to not identify our political views too closely with the gospel itself. Democracy is not the gospel, and confusing the two causes serious problems when discussing our faith with others.
    * Kuhn doesn't only discuss perspectives on various issues. He also looks at what Scripture has to say about some of the underlying tensions that affect us as we view Muslims. In particular, he looks at our views of eschatology (doctrine of the last things or end times) and how they have practical consequences for our view of what is happening in the Middle East. Again, his analysis is quite insightful, for he explains how we ought not to equate the modern state of Israel with any divinely sanctioned institution, and how we ought to be focused instead on how God is gathering his people from all nations and languages today.

    Questions/Weaknesses

    I should make it clear that I loved this book, and that I think most if not all Western Christians should read it. Additionally, some of my minimal reservations probably stem from the fact that no author can deal with everything in one book (at least if it's to be of manageable length). Nevertheless, here are a few possible areas of weakness:

    * Towards the end of the book in particular, Kuhn discusses how the church ought to relate to culture, particularly in cultures that are antagonistic to Christianity. He assumes (to some extent) a transformationalist paradigm of the Christ-culture relationship, which might not be shared by all who read the book. He spends some time explaining his view of this, but he doesn't really defend this approach to the Christ and culture question from Scripture (but, as noted above, that's probably beyond the scope of such a book).
    * Along with the first point, when Kuhn discusses how we ought not to let the way of "empire" infiltrate us as Christians, I felt like the points were less practical than they needed to be in order to be extremely helpful. E.g., he urges us not to use force, but love, but then other questions arise: what about disciplining kids? What about those who work for the government? There were other similar issues on which I felt some more specificity would have been helpful, but nonetheless, his basic points are still helpful.

  • Here is well chosen, basic information and much needed perspective for American Christians who care about Muslims. Kuhn helps us see how things look from their side of the fence, and what it takes to help them meet and follow Jesus. He provides vital background briefly and clearly. He doesn't avoid hard questions. He deals charitably with various points of view. He sets the pace and helps us on the path of incarnational life and ministry.

    "Fresh Vision" is excellent first reading for people who share in the work of Christ overseas or around the corner. Kuhn concentrates on standard, core Islam, so you may want to supplement this. But I would say, read Kuhn first.

  • Best book I have read thus far. We are in desperate need of more Kingdom minded thinkers and less empire minded thinkers.

  • It is not bad. But is focus for american readers, it take to long on politics, explaining the why muslims have a bad view of USA. Sincerely I expected more like exegesis of some of the texts of koran or the main believes of muslims. It is a good book for people with zero understand of islam.

  • This is an amazing book. I have a new understanding of Islam. We in the US may not understand the Muslim world at all. This is a start towards that understanding
    I believe the book is consistent with the teachings of Jesus.

  • Mike Kuhn has done an excellent job of sharing perspective. He seeks to share perspective from both a Western point of view and a Muslim point of view. His writing is easily understood and comes across as written with great humility and a good deal of passion.

    By going back and giving a good historical overview of Islam, the book helps the reader see the foundation for the current realities we see in our world today. The reading then delves into some of the Christian patterns of thinking that today may help fuel the current attitude Christians in the West often take towards Islam.

    I would highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to better understand Islam and the cultural influences that have huge effect on our attitudes and interpretations of current events. It is a must read as our world becomes a global village and we struggle to live in the melting pot of the diversity we encounter in this new world.

  • The perspective Mike Kuhn offers in this book and the calling he reminds Christians of-incarnation as opposed to confrontation-is vital. Considering the copious amount of myopic and jingoistic perspectives out there concerning Christian/Muslim relations, this book is such a breath of fresh air. I could not recommend it highly enough, particularly as an introduction to multiple dynamics at play in the Muslim world and how that plays out in relation to other faiths, other cultures (particularly those in the Western hemisphere), and political realities of the day. I wish our politicians would read this...Especially those maintaining a very rigid understanding of Israel and Palestine. Things are not as simplistic as politicians, the media (Fox News in particular), and many Christians wish, and have the pretense, to believe they are. Give it a read.

  • Very thoughtful view of Christianity vs Americanity. How we, as American believers mix our patriotism with our faith too much and can easily alienate the Muslim world.