Responses to Sherif Abdel Azeem

Dr. Sherif Abdel Azeem has been a Muslim activist for some time. A number of publications by him are available on the internet. One Muslim website gives the following background information:

Sherif Abdel Azeem Mohamed has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) and is with the department of Electrical Engineering at Cairo University. He is the author of several articles on Islam and contemporary Islamic issues as well as being a Hafiz, that is, he has memorized the whole Qur'an by heart. (Source)

One of his publications has been propagated widely: Women In Islam Versus Women In The Judaeo-Christian Tradition: The Myth And The Reality. This book was originally published by the "World Assembly of Muslim Youth" in 1995, but it is now mainly found online on several dozens of websites [*, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, etc.]. In addition, there are many more websites which recommend it and link to one of these locations.

The purpose of the book is to demonstrate the superiority of Islam over Christianity regarding the status and treatment of women. It is the right of every Muslim to explain and commend the position of women in Islam. This particular publication is, however, a polemical — and at times even vicious — attack on Christianity that should not be left unanswered. The following are a number of different Christian responses to either the complete book, or some specific arguments made in it:

Note that there are several versions of this book. The earlier versions usually give the name of the author as "Br. Sherif Muhammad" and its date as February 10, 1995 [*, *, *, *, *, *, *, *, etc.]. It is apparently the success that this Friday khutbah (Friday sermon at the mosque) had, which led to its revision, extension and publication in book form in late 1995 in the final and main version that is linked above.

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