This collection of articles from various Turkish scholars discusses the recent wave of terrorism and offers a critical opinion of suicide bombers. They present the majority view that suicide bombing and terrorism are in fact condemned in Islam.
This is a significant book for many reasons. Firs of all, the authors are Muslim professors and researchers who are knowledgeable in their fields. Secondly, they are collectively showing that terror and sucide attacks have no basis in the canonical resources of Islam. Thirdly, they are pointing out to some important considerations which bring light into the question of why perpetrators of the many terrorist attacks recently appear to be Muslim, if there is no basis for such actions in the faith. This book is a must read for anybody who wants to understand the Muslim perspective on terror and suicide attackes beyond lazy stereotypes and the comfort of “good guys” vs “bad guys” paradigm.Ergun Capan has written and contributed to various books and articles on Islam, interfaith dialogue, and Qur’anic commentary. He is currently editor-in-chief of Yeni Umit, a quarterly journal of Islamic sciences published in Turkey.
“Far from being reactionary, the book is a self-initiative by Muslims as a result of of their consciousness of responsibility. This book is a proposal for interfiaht and intercultural dialogue; a dialogue for which I almost give no chance of realization.” Jorg Becker, The Institute of Research for Communication and Technology, Germany