Books About Islam and Muslims vs. the West

Posted on June 2, 2009. Filed under: Apologetics, Islam, The Walker Library |

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“Islam and Muslims vs. West”


Introduction: The Walker Library Project is an effort to catalogue the 6000+ volumes of the Walker Library so that they can be loaned out to students at SouthWestern Baptist Theological Seminary, homeschoolers, the members of Redeemer Church in Fort Worth and other special friends.


Although the long war between Islam and the West began in the 7th century (or, if you look at the Wars with Persia that Greece and, later, Rome waged it goes back to 499 BC) for most Americans the war seems to have started on September 11, 2001. But our country actually waged a war with Islam earlier in our history. In 1783 America was a new nation, the War for Independence from Britain was over, and the US merchant ships were free to sail. But the North African coast was full of Muslim Pirates and they preyed on all shipping of countries who did not pay tribute. By 1801 the young country grew tired of paying this tribute and began to fight back. The issue was finally settled by 1815 after two brief wars. If you want a better understanding of what we face today, you will need to read about the Barbary Pirates.


Any understanding of the modern or historical conflicts between Islam and the West must go into the differences in theology between Islam and Christianity. At its root, the modern day conflict is in fact a Religious War, whether the Politicians in the West want to acknowledge that or not. Our Muslim opponents know it and state it clearly; we really ought to listen to our enemies on this subject.


I am not the least interested in learning about Islam and Islamic culture so that we can have nice chats, peace talks or the like. Islam is out to take over the world through converting those they can, conquering, killing or enslaving those who don’t convert, or die trying. With Muslims it is not at all about competing fairly in the marketplace of ideas for the hearts and souls of men. Though the Bible and Christianity have never taught that it is right to spread the gospel by war and coercion, some Christians in the past,with political and military power, have. They were sinfully and dreadfully wrong to do so. Separation of Church and State is a must, but that doesn’t mean that our theology and ethics do not influence our political theory and practice. With Islam it is impossible to separate the mosque from the state; they are supposed to be united.


I am interested in learning about Islam and their history and culture for two main reasons: 1) to aid in sharing the gospel with muslims and 2) to awaken the West to the dangers of Islam so that we can defend Western Civilization from the East. This conflict between East and West, as I said earlier, goes all the way back to Greece vs. Persia, well, all the way back to Ishmael vs. Isaac really.


Here are the books on the subject from the Walker Library:

I.                   Introductory Works and Theology of Islam Compared with Christianity


Answering Islam by Norman Geisler and Abdul Saleeb. Baker Books: Grand Rapids, MI. 1993 (336pp.) Unfortunately I do not yet have the 2nd edition of this good book, written after 9/11.

Arabs In The Shadow of Israel: The Unfolding of God’s Prophetic Plan for Ishmael’s Line by Tony Maalouf. Kregel: Grand Rapids, MI 2003 (366pp.)

The Cross and the Crescent: Understanding the Muslim Mind and Heart by Phil Parshall. Tyndale House: Wheaton, Ill. 1989 (224pp.) 

The Dark Side of Islam by R.C. Sproul and Abdul Saleeb. Crossway Books: Wheaton, IL. 2003 (107pp.)

 Fast Facts on Islam by John Ankerberg and John Weldon. Harvest House: Eugene, OR. 2001 (159pp.)

Islam And Human Rights: Tradition and Politics, 3rd ed. by Ann Elizabeth Mayer. Westview Press: Boulder, CO 1999 (260pp.)

 Islam: Its Prophet, Peoples, Politics and Power by George W. Braswell, Jr. Broadman&Holman: Nashville, TN 1996 (338pp.)

 More Than a Prophet, an Insider’s Response to Muslim Beliefs About Jesus and Christianity, by Emir Fethi Caner and Ergun Mehmet Caner. Kregel: Grand Rapids, MI. 2003 (269pp.)

 The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades), by Robert Spencer. Regnery Publishing: Washington DC 2005 (270pp.)

 So What’s The Difference? A Look at 20 Worldviews, Faiths and Religions and How They Compare To Christianity, by Fritz Ridenour. Regal: Ventura, CA. 2001 (Chapter 5 “Islam”).

 The Sword of the Prophet, Islam: history, theology, impact on the world by Serge Trifkovic. Regina Orthodox Press: Boston, MA. 2002 (312pp.)

 Unveiling Islam, an Insider’s Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs, by Ergun Mehmet Caner and Emir Fethi Caner. Kregel: Grand Rapids, MI. 2002 (251pp.)

Why I Am Not A Muslim by Ibn Warraq. Prometheus Books: Amherst, New York, NY 2003 (402pp.) 


II.                Arab and Islamic History and Culture


A History of the Arab Peoples, by Albert Hourani. The Belknap Press: Cambridge, MA 1991 (551pp.)

 The Closed Circle: An Interpretation of the Arabs, by David Pryce-Jones. Ivan R. Dee: Chicago, IL 2002 (464pp.)

 The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2000 Years, by Bernard Lewis. Scribner: New York, NY 1995 (433pp.)

 The Muslim Discovery of Europe, by Bernard Lewis. WW Norton and Co: New York, NY 2002 (350pp.)

 The Truth About Muhammad Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion, by Robert Spencer. Regnery Publishing: Washington DC 2006 (224pp.)


III.             Conflict Between Islam and the West


The Age of Sacred Terror, by Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon. Random House: New York, NY 2002 (490pp.)

The Battle for Christendom: The Council of Constance, The East-West Conflict, and the Dawn of Modern Europe by Frank Welsh. The Overlook Press: Woodstock, NY. 2008 (283pp.)

 The Blood of the Moon: Understanding the Historic Struggle Between Islam and Western Civilization, by George Grant. Thomas Nelson: Nashville, TN 2001 (207pp.)

 The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, by Samuel P. Huntington. Touchstone: New York, NY 1996 (367pp.) Although only chapters 5, 7, 9, and 10 deal with Islam extensively, the whole book is valuable for the subject.

 The Crisis of Islam, Holy War and Unholy Terror, by Bernard Lewis. The Modern Library: New York, NY 2003 (184pp.)

Defenders of the Faith: Charles V, Suleyman the Magnificent, and the Battle for Europe 1520-1536 by James Reston, Jr. The Penguin Press: New York, NY 2009 (407pp.)

The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans and the Battle for Europe, by Andrew Wheatcroft. Basic Books: New York, NY 2008 (339pp.)

 Religion of Peace? Islam’s War Against the World, by Gregory M. Davis. World Ahead Publishing: Los Angeles, CA 2006 (159pp.)

 The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success, Rodney Stark. Random House: New York, NY 2005 (281pp.)

 The West’s Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations? By Tony Blankley. Regnery: Washington DC 2005 (232pp.)

 What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East, by Bernard Lewis. Perennial: New York, NY 2002 (186pp.)



IV.              The Crusades and Battle for Lepanto


1453 The Holy War for Constantinople and The Clash of Islam and The West, Roger Crowley. Hyperion: New York, NY 2005 (304pp.)

 A Concise History of the Crusades, Thomas F. Madden, a part of the series “Critical Issues in History”. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers: Oxford 1999 (247pp.)

 Confrontation at Lepanto: Christendom vs. Islam, by T.C.F. Hopkins. Tom Doherty Associates: New York, NY 2006 (208pp.)

 Crescent and Cross: The Battle of Lepanto 1571, by Hugh Bicheno. Cassell: London 2003 (350pp.)

 The Crusades, by Zoe’ Oldenbourg. Wiedenfeld & Nicolson: London 1966 (650pp.)

 The Crusades, A History, by Jonathon Riley-Smith. Yale University Press: New Haven CT 2005 (353pp.)

 Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World, by Roger Crowley. Random House: New York, NY 2008 (336pp.)

 The First Crusade, A New History: The Roots of Conflict Between Christianity and Islam, by Thomas Asbridge. Oxford University Press: Oxford 2004 (408pp.)

 God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215, David Levering Lewis. WW Norton: New York, NY 2008 (473pp.)

God’s War: A New History of the Crusades by Christopher Tyerman. The Belknap Press of Harvard University: Cambridge, Mass. 2006 (1024pp.)

Saladin In His Time by P.H. Newby. Phoenix Press: London, 1983 (210pp.)

 Victory of the West: The Great Christian-Muslim Clash At The Battle of Lepanto, Niccolo’ Capponi. Da Capo Press: Essex 2006 (411pp.)

Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade by James Reston, Jr. Anchor Books: New York, 2001 (410pp.)

V.                 America and Islam

A.     War with the Barbary Pirates

A Rage for Glory: The Life of Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN, by James Tertius De Kay. Free Press: New York, NY 2004 (237pp.)

 The End of Barbary Terror: America’s 1815 War Against the Pirates of North Africa, by Frederick C. Leiner. Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2006 (239pp.)

 Jefferson’s War: America’s First War on Terror 1801-1805, Joseph Wheelan. Carroll & Graf Publishers: New York, NY 2003 (414pp.)

 The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805, by Richard Zacks. Hyperion: New York, NY 2005 (432pp.)

 Victory in Tripoli: How America’s War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation, by Joshua E. London. John Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ 2005 (276pp.)

Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy by Ian W. Toll. WW Norton Company: New York, NY. 2006 (560pp.) 


B.     General

Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present, by Michael B. Oren. WW Norton & Company: New York, NY 2007 (778pp.)

Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America by P.David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry. WorldNetDaily Books: Los Angeles, CA 2009 (422pp.) 

C.     The Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan 

Crusade: The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War, Rick Atkinson. Houghton Mifflin Company: New York, NY 1993 (575pp.)

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq, by Thomas E. Ricks. Penguin Books: New York, NY 2007 (492pp.)

 First In: An Insider’s Account of How the CIA Speaheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan, by Gary C. Schroen. Ballantine Books: New York, NY 2005 (379pp.)

 The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008, by Thomas E. Ricks. Penguin Press: New York, NY. 2009 (394pp.)

Into the Storm: A Study in Command by Tom Clancy and Gen. Fred Franks, Jr. GP Putnam’s Sons: New York, NY 1997 (551pp.)

It Doesn’t Take A Hero, General H. Norman Schwartzkopf. Bantam: New York, NY 1992 (530pp.)

 Licensed To Kill: Hired Guns In The War On Terror, by Robert young Pelton. Crown Publishers: New York, NY 2006 (358pp.)

Lightning in the Storm: The 101st Air Assault Division in the Gulf War by Thomas Taylor. Hippocrene Books: New York, NY 1994 (468pp.)

Not A Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda, Chaos and Courage in the Mountains of Afghanistan by Sean Naylor. Berkley Books: New York, NY 2005 (425pp.)

Storm Over Iraq: Air Power and the Gulf War by Richard P. Hallion. Smithsonian Institution Press: Washington, DC 1992 (383pp.)

Strike Eagle: Flying the F-15E in the Gulf War by William L. Smallwood. Brassey’s Inc.: Washington DS 1994 (218pp.)

VI.              Arab-Israeli Wars


No Victor, No Vanquished: The Yom Kippur War, Edgar O’Balance. Presidio Press: San Rafael, CA 1978 (370pp.)

The Arab-Israeli Wars by Chaim Herzog. Random House: New York, NY 1982 (441pp.)

Sinai Victory by S.L.A. Marshall. The Battery Press: Nashville, TN 1958 (280pp.)

 The Yom Kippur War by Peter Alan. Charles Scribner’s Sons: New York, 1982 (244pp.)

VII.           Ancient Antecedents: Persia vs. the West



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