Comparative Book Review (Carl Ernsts and Mona Siddiquis book)

n several controversies have emerged to challenge the relevance of the Islam religion the books seek to shed light on some of the central aspects of the religion. This paper will contact a comparative book review highlighting the themes discussed in each of the books.Carl Ernst, the author of ‘Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World’ is a religious scholar who has been influential in portraying Islam in a positive light and presenting new perspectives on the Islamic religion. This book was published in 2003, and focuses on describing the western perception of the Islamic religion. In the book, Ernst also strives to highlight the central beliefs defining the Islam religion. He describes Islam as a pluralist society, which does not have terrorism as a main agenda as many people have opined. He also considers the relevant view that Muslims should have towards their religion (Ernst, 2004). In chapter one of the book, Ernst describes how the western perspectives of Islam have led to the prejudice. He offers a critical analysis of the western perception of Islam in the historical context. He considers the medieval times and works towards the perceptions depicted by the westerners in the modern day. Ernst places emphasis on the fact that the global society should focus on adopting new perspectives of the Islam religion. According to him, it is critical for westerners to develop a measure of tolerance towards Islam.On the other hand, the book titled How to Read the Qur’an, which was published in 2008, has the purpose of helping those interested in the Qur’an to have a reliable guideline for understanding the sacred scriptures. The author of the book realized that the Quran was used by more than a billion people across the globe, and was considered a source of sacred scriptures. The author highlights that the Qur’an is regarded highly as God’s Word, which has exhibited relevance and timelessness (Siddiqui, 2007). Siddiqui highlights