Larry Poston explores the reality of da'wah - Islamic evangelism, or the `call' to Islam - as it has been interpreted and practised by Muslims in the West. Beginning with a brief examination of the expansion of Islam during its early centuries, Poston looks at the concept of da'wah as understood by the earliest followers of Muhammad. He shows how this early paradigm has been adapted to the demands of the Western context, and goes on to discuss the institutionalization of the new missionary strategy in North America.
Larry Poston, Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Missiology, Nyack College
"`The main value of Poston's study is the insight it provides into the Muslim community in the USA and Canada, and the diverse ways in which it seeks to communicate the message of Islam ... a valuable resource for further study in this area, with a helpful bibliography which includes an extensive list of testimonies of converts to Islam ... very readable and informative.'
CSIC, Selly Oak Colleges"
"'A significant contribution to the study of Islam in the West.'
William Bielefeldt, Hartford Seminary"
"'This is a serious work on an important subject ... the book represents a valuable piece of research. An important and valuable part of Poston's work studies conversion to Islam. I hope to see future scholarly contributions about Islam among the Americans of a similar calibre to Poston's work.'
Fathi Osman, Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol. 5, No. 2, '94"