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Of Creeds and Christians from a Muslim Background, Part 1 of 2

“What do Muslim believe? That there is no deity but Allah and that Muhammad is his prophet. That is the shahada of Islam. The Arabic root sh-h-d is also found in the word shaahid or witness and shahiid or martyr. Your Christian from a Muslim Background (CMB) knew the shahada and had probably born witness to it thousands of time during her lifetime, and this is likely true even if she was not very devout…”

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What is the Shari'a?

Over the years I’ve done a great deal of teaching on Islam and Christianity. That recently resulted in the publication of my book Two Stories of Everything: The Competing Metanarratives of Islam and Christianity. But I note that there is one question that people almost always ask: what exactly is the shari’a? Where does it come from? Generally one hears the word shari’a translated as “law” but that’s not quite right…

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