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The Tenth Parallel Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam

And that local and tribal issues are often shaped by religious ideas Above all she makes clear that for the people she writes about one's sense of God is shaped by one's place on earth; along the tenth parallel faith is geographic and demographicAn urgent examination of the relationship between faith and worldly power The Tenth Parallel is an essential work about the conflicts over religion nationhood and natural resources that will remake the world in the years to com I ve been meaning to read this book for about a decade And I confess the 2019 edition did not contain many references to any events post 2008 that make me feel like a recent edition is needed But I m glad I finally read it the prose was beautiful and the topic is the most interesting and all encompassing thesis I have read it a while Geographic and social forces have made the 10th parallel a fault line between Islam and Christianity in Asia and Africa but in actuality inter and intra sectarian issues and struggles for resources and political power undergirds most of the conflict I learned a lot and enjoyed every chapter It s definitely not chronological or linear no pun intended except in that the sections move from west Nigeria to East the Philippines along the tenth parallel Griswold is a badass who has talked to many different men and women entrenched in the fault line about ideologies she does not share and that can sound pretty scary and combative From Christians who believe she will go to hell to Muslims who believe she is a representative of the infidel West she gives all her sources a fair representation Double Jeopardy urgent examination of the relationship between faith and worldly power The Tenth Parallel is an essential work about the conflicts over religion nationhood and natural resources that will remake the world in the years to com I ve been meaning to read this book for about a decade And I confess the 2019 edition did not contain many references to any events post 2008 that make me feel like a recent edition is needed But I m glad I finally read it the prose was beautiful and the topic is the most interesting and all encompassing thesis I have read it a while Geographic and social forces have made the 10th parallel a fault line between Islam and Christianity in Asia and Africa but in actuality inter and intra sectarian issues and struggles for resources and political power Einsteins Generation undergirds most of the conflict I learned a lot and enjoyed every chapter It s definitely not chronological or linear no pun intended except in that the sections move from west Nigeria to East the Philippines along the tenth parallel Griswold is a badass who has talked to many different men and women entrenched in the fault line about ideologies she does not share and that can sound pretty scary and combative From Christians who believe she will go to hell to Muslims who believe she is a representative of the infidel West she gives all her sources a fair representation

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O religions meet; their encounter is shaping the future of each faith and of whole societies as wellAn award winning investigative journalist and poet Eliza Griswold has spent the past seven years traveling between the euator and the tenth parallel in Nigeria the Sudan and Somalia and in Indonesia Malaysia and the Philippines The stories she tells in The Tenth Parallel show us that religious conflicts are also conflicts about land water oil and other natural resources Though the stories are compelling the theme is pretty much the same throughout Islam and Christianity are in conflict says the author all along the global belt between the euator and 10 degrees north in Africa and Asia Sometimes Muslims are the evil doers sometimes it s Christians All are afraid of being swallowed by the other religion and nearly all live in somewhat precarious circumstances where vulnerability is an ever present reality And this conflict is likely to continueWhile the validity of the stories is unassailable and touching these accounts do not reflect the main currents of these two great religions In fact they really represent the exceptions the sad and tragic exceptions in many cases Throw into competition for scare land and resources two groups of divergent beliefs religious political cultural or military and you will inevitably have this kind of story So while I learned a great deal about conditions in the countries described I don t think I learned very much about how Islam and Christianity are going to interact at all earth s latitudes and in all earth s cultures

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A riveting investigation of the jagged fault line between the Christian and Muslim worldsThe tenth parallel the line of latitude seven hundred miles north of the euator is a geographical and ideological front line where Christianity and Islam collide More than half of the world's 13 billion Muslims live along the tenth parallel; so do sixty percent of the world's 2 billion Christians Here in the buzzing megacities and swarming jungles of Africa and Asia is where the tw I never would have thought that I would lead off describing this book by saying Griswold s writing is spectacular in its clarity The author s trip around the middle band of the globe and step by step dissection of the spots on that band in which Muslims and Christians have grappled for centuries has many compelling moments not the least of which was the decision of the British empire to make a point about Muslim antagonists to the Commonwealth by killing one of these leaders and then remapping his city Khartoum in the pattern of the British flag I haven t Google Earthed it yet but apparently this layout remains today Griswold does a fine job of elucidating one of the hairiest latitudes on the earth where all forces seem to combine to make the residents miserable She provides excellent background of both Christianity and Islam s history in Africa for example I ve made it through the Nigeria and Sudan chapters so far and am amazed at the descriptions of missionary worldviews both past and preset Apparently Franklin Graham Billy s son and the heir to that multi million dollar empire flies there freuently in his bush plane with his own agenda of evangelization In contemporary missionary hospitals doctors mark patient charts with plus or minus signs to indicate whether a patient has been saved or not in the heavenly sense not the medical sense the mark apparently influences decisions about when a patient might be scheduled for operation for example that is could translate into a week longer wait for a transplant in the hopes that the patient will receive Christ before the operation So so much to ponder here Well worth the read and not at all dry like so many contemporary political texts are


10 thoughts on “The Tenth Parallel Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam

  1. says:

    The concept of this book is a fascinating one the Tenth Parallel which runs around the earth 700 miles north of the euator could be thought of as the dividing line between warring religions Griswold makes the point that north of the tenth parallel the ArabMuslim religion and culture largely holds sway while below in Africa at least Christian

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    This is an on site rendition of the ‘Clash of Civilizations’ Ms Griswold goes boldly to outposts in Africa and Asia to meet radical and rabid Christians and Muslims By radical I mean people who may kill because of words written in their s

  3. says:

    I never would have thought that I would lead off describing this book by saying Griswold's writing is spectacular

  4. says:

    Both insightful and intrepid Eliza Griswold journeyed through Africa and Asia along the tenth parallel the line of latitude 700 miles north of the euator where nearly 25% of the world’s Muslims and Christians compete for resources converts and political power A poet with an ear for simple but evocative language Griswold takes th

  5. says:

    I really like this book for a number of reasons but first I will say that I almost didn't read it because I generally don't like books that cl

  6. says:

    Though the stories are compelling the theme is pretty much the same throughout Islam and Christianity are in conflict says the author all along the global belt between the euator and 10 degrees north in Africa and Asia Sometimes Muslims are the evil doers sometimes it's Christians All are afraid of being swallowed by the other religion and nearly all live in somewhat precarious circumstances where vulnerability is an eve

  7. says:

    A great read with accurate depictions of the humanly hypocritical and situationally paradoxical events that occ

  8. says:

    I think reading too much into this book would be mistake This is journalism and travelogue than it is a thesis on religion in the c

  9. says:

    I’ve been meaning to read this book for about a decade And I confess the 2019 edition did not contain many references to any events post 2008 that make me feel like a recent edition is needed But I’m glad I finally read it; the prose was beautiful and the topic is the most interesting and all encompassing thesis I have read it a while G

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    The tenth parallel is the line of latitude seven hundred miles north of the euator where the religions of Islam and Christianity meet and conflict More than 60 percent of the world's 2 billion Christians live alo

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