|The Islam Debate||
The Islam Debate by Josh McDowell, John Gilchrist", contains the famous debate between Josh Mcdowell and a Muslim apologist, Ahmed Hoosen Deedat.
Ahmed Hoosen Deedat (Gujarati: born July 1918, was a South African writer and public speaker of Indian descent. He was best known as a Muslim missionary, who held numerous inter-religious public debates with evangelical Christians, as well as video lectures, most of that centred on Islam, Christianity and the Bible. He also established the IPCI, an international Islamic missionary organisation, and wrote several booklets on Islam and Christianity that were widely distributed by the organisation. He was awarded the King Faisal International Prize in 1986 for his fifty years of missionary work. He used English to communicate with Muslims and non-Muslims in the western world.
The Introduction to this book by coauthor John Gilchrist states, "Islam is committed to challenging the claims of Christianity… What is needed is … for discussion to be greatly increased in a spirit of amicability, love and mutual understanding. Such a debate took place between Josh McDowell and Ahmed Deedat… in Durban, South Africa, during August 1981… It was conducted in a spirit of warmth and tolerance without either speaker being expected to dilute his message or refrain from debating the issues head-on… The text of the debate is recorded at the end of this book and the open, frank, but charitable manner in which the speakers gave account of themselves is clear for all to see. The debate was initiated from the Muslim side. Ahmed Deedat… had read Josh McDowell's book, 'Evidence That Demands a Verdict,' and during 1980 wrote to him, challenging him to come to South Africa to debate the issues regarding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Muslim leader had held similar debates in South Africa with other Christians…" (Pg. 9-