Islam Means Peace? A brief etymological reflection

Martin Accad on what Islam means: Here is his punch line:~’As one who struggles to be faithful in following in the way of Jesus, I long to see the impact of his teaching on love and forgiveness penetrate all religious traditions, perhaps even contemporary Christianity! And I hope that one day I will be able to affirm that Islam means peace. But for now, this will remain a hope and a prayer.’

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Martin Accad

‘Islam Means Peace!’ So affirmed the flyer of a conference organized in the US that remains etched in my memory. And so affirm many books and websites you will find by simply googling the phrase. You will also find an equally large number of websites and books that claim that this is a lie, that when Muslims make that claim they are practicing taqiyya.

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Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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