My Neighbour's Faith: Introduction
The deepest tragedy of the history of religions is that the very movements that should bring human beings closer to each other and to their ultimate source and goal have time and time again become forces of division. In one conflict after another in the world, religious convictions and interpretations of revelation have been used and abused as justifications for violence.
Leo D. Lefebure, Revelations, the Religions, and Violence
Western scholars have tended to take a very critical and sometimes hostile view of the Christian tradition and heritage. However, they do not apply the same critical approach when dealing with Islamic teaching and history. Mainline post-colonial Western discourse on Islam has, in the view of many, moved from extreme Islamophobia (the fear and demonisation of Islam) to Islamophilia (the love and romanticisation of Islam).
John Azumah, p. 3
In Africa, Islam is not an impersonal system of beliefs or the religion of immigrant communities. Rather, Islam has a human face: the face of a close relative, a neighbour, a teacher and even a head of state.
John Azumah, p. 5