Comments on: William E. Phipps, Muhammad and Jesus: A Comparison of the Prophets and Their Teachings

(Reproduced from the Journal of the Muslim Research Institute, January-June, 2001, Vol. 5, No.1)

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat


There have been many scholars of Christian background who have extensively studied Islamic sources and written on the Prophet Muhammad. They have also made some brief statements comparing Muhammad and Jesus but without showing in detail how they used Christian sources to arrive at their view of Jesus underlying their comparative statements. Often it appears that they proceed from certain views of Jesus that they did not examine with the same type of critical approach to the Christian sources to which they subject the Islamic sources. The significance of this book lies in the fact that Phipps dares to set his views about the Prophets Muhammad and Jesus side by side, presents evidence for his views of both prophets, and handles that evidence with a critical approach and with the declared intention of being objective, honest, and fair.

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A review of: Pervez Hoodbhoy, Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and Battle for Rationality

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(November, 2002)

Some Views on This Review (Added June 24, 2005)

In this book, Dr. Hoodbhoy, a nuclear physicist, eloquently and usefully draws attention to the plight of science and technology in the Muslim world and to the need to do something about it. The book also makes some other helpful insights here and there about why, after centuries of brilliant achievements, science suffered such a fate in the Muslim world. But the book also suffers from some very serious flaws in its view of Islam and analysis of Islamic history.


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The Muslim Veil in North America: Issues and Debates, 2003

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(October, 2003)

This book, edited by Sajida S. Alvi et al and published by Women’s Press, has several positive features. But it also suffers from one big flaw: it rejects hijab without providing sufficient basis for doing so and whatever basis it does provide or may be read in-between the lines is extremely unsound. In this review, I first mention the book’s positive features and then critically examine its rejection of hijab in some detail. My purpose is to offer Muslim women a different, and hopefully a much more Islamic perspective, so that they can make more informed choice about hijab.

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