Our July Book of the Month is Restoring the Balance: Using the Qur’an and the Sunnah to Guide a Return to the Prophet’s Islam by John Andrew Morrow.
Restoring the Balance is a penetrating reflection upon the reality of Islam in the modern world. Addressing a myriad of pressing issues that impact Muslims in the East, West, North, and South, it tackles topics that are both difficult and troubling, threading its way through a mine-field of religious, cultural, and ideological issues with courage, balance, caution, and concern.
In a world of extremes, which pits religious fundamentalists against radical reformists, it calls upon Muslims to maintain the middle ground, using the Qur’an and the Sunnah to guide to a return of the Prophet’s Islam.
To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.
We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMJUL17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st July 2017.
Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:
“An invaluable and much needed contribution to our national dialogue and our near term future under a Trump administration, “Restoring The Balance” is a critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library collections in general, and Islamic Studies supplemental reading lists in particular.”
—Midwest Book Review, 15:12 (December 2016)
“‘Bold’ and ‘courageous.’ Those are the two words that best summarize Restoring the Balance. John Andrew Morrow once again challenges Muslims and non-Muslims to re-think Islam in universalistic terms. He not only tackles bigotry and radicalism head-on, but he also highlights the anti-racist and egalitarian underpinnings of core Islamic teachings. This highly accessible book of short essays will be of interest to academics, intellectuals, students, teachers, and lay-readers; basically, to people of all backgrounds who want to learn more about the real message of Islam. Restoring the Balance has the potential to restore your faith in humanity.”
—Dr Craig Considine, Lecturer of Sociology at Rice University and co-author of Islam and the People of the Book: Critical Studies on the Covenants of the Prophet
“In his latest book, Dr John Andrew Morrow holds a mirror to Muslims to see where they have erred. He touches on many sensitive issues that Muslims would do well to understand and, therefore, rectify. An excitingly informative book that will benefit both the scholar and the lay person.”
—Zafar Bangash, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought; President of the Islamic Society of York Region, Toronto
“Though Muslims invented the university, traditional Islamic scholarship was often informal and personal: You would hear about a teacher of the subject you wanted to learn, travel to meet him or her, and join the ‘classes’ that began after prayer time in the corner of the local mosque. In Restoring the Balance, a leading authority on Islam, Dr John Andrew Morrow, speaks informally, but with great erudition and – most importantly – wisdom. For those of us who can’t go sit in the mosque with him, this book is the next best thing.”
—Dr Kevin Barrett, Editor of 9/11 and American Empire v.2: Christians, Jews and Muslims Speak Out and We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11; author of Truth Jihad and Questioning the War on Terror
“This is a book of passionate pleas to reason, and it raises ideas that are at once unpopular and urgent.”
—Barbara Castleton, Co-author of Arabic, Islam, and the Allah Lexicon and Global English and Arabic: Issues of Language, Culture and Identity
“Dr Morrow stresses the middle way of Islam as he conveys the hypocrisy of Islamic fundamentalism. Each chapter stands on its own—a must-read for critical thinking.”
—Dr Bridget Blomfield, Author of The Language of Tears: My Journey into the World of Shi‘i Muslim Women
“Inspired, witty and refreshingly honest. As a Muslim convert and a Westerner, I found that Dr Morrow handed a mirror to those very issues which have gnawed at me—this dichotomy in between Islam and some Muslims’ interpretation of Islam. A book of reason and reasoning, Restoring the Balance echoes Dr Morrow’s profound love for Islam, people and knowledge.”
—Catherine Shakdam, Author of Arabia’s Rising: Under The Banner of The First Imam; Director of Programs at the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies