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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. A great read with accurate depictions of the humanly hypocritical and situationally paradoxical events that occur on the fault line between these two great religions I have lived and visited all countries mentioned in this book and have felt the civilized tension between both religions knowing that ugly versions of that tension are taking place not very far away I have sat at tables where members of both faiths have expressed their dissatisfaction and distrust of members of the opposite faith using crude words like snakes schemers and immoral In Nigeria Indonesia and the Philippines it was rather extreme Many felt that I was either living in denial or too much of an idealist or a liberal carefree product of a privileged international upbringing Many were surprised to hear that I try and do my prayers on time and have read the Bible with great respect appreciation and noting of the similarities in messageI therefore believe that any harm done between religions especially the Abrahamic ones due to their close comparability is mostly due to an inherent bias tribalism and all its traits of power and control in human beings and most warm blooded carnivorous animals for that matter that is further fueled by amateurish short sightedness impulsiveness and unaccountability The failure of many states to provide to ALL their people and ensure their basic rights has also driven communities to fend for themselves with all the inclusiveness and disenfranchisement that entails As a Muslim I actively believe in my choice of faith yet also strongly relate and admiringly relate to my Christian and Jewish believers In support I have attended Mass many times and observed many Yamim Tovim The spirituality I felt and my love for honest faith in one God has made me an even better Muslim My experience has been different in all countries I lived in from conservative Saudi Arabia modernist Malaysia dirigiste Singapore to liberal Sweden and many other countries in between My only memories of debasing disagreements and issues usually occurred with those who either did not know their faith well including myself many times or did not care or relate and their only reason for a arousing conflict is personal familial argumentative or hate driven

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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. 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 and indigenous religions mix She has put her finger on a critically important subject and has found an area of the world where that divide can be witnessed within one country Griswold is the daughter of Frank Griswold former bishop of the Episcopal Church She travelled with her family in Africa and later as a journalist in the entourage of Bill Graham Her background therefore informs her interest in the religious divide and we may assume she brings both experience and a certain amount of access with her history She doesn t however have an obvious religious bias but points out abuses overstepping political purpose and overweening personal aggrandizement on both sides of the religious divide She makes important points changes in climatic conditions on the continent in Africa are forcing a mixing of religious cultures that have been traditionally separate poverty and famine are exacerbating religious conflicts both sides are eagerly trying to gain converts through political and economic meansHaving given credit to Griswold for staking out an important area of the world the sub Saharan region of Nigeria Somalia and Ethiopia I had to leave half this book unread I had the audio version because of the diffuse and fractured manner of presentation I note the author is a poet as well as a journalist There was perhaps a little too much description of local color Griswold s descriptions distracted me from the points she was trying to make I have an indelible picture of Billy Graham s ostrich skin boots and the house and face of a Somalian religious warlordGriswold travelled to remote and dangerous sites to conduct interviews but somehow what she came away with was less impressive than her getting there and back in one piece There may have been too much running around and too little analysis in this account I couldn t help but feel this was one reporter who had the instincts for an important story but was unnecessarily kinetic in her pursuit of it There is always a wide audience for a tight analysis of a conflict area with historical elements woven in The audio reading was very fast and the reader Tavia Gilbert has a disconcertingly young sounding voice but I began to suspect I was getting the same material again and again I even checked my discs to make sure I was going forward rather than backwards This could have used a far less indulgent editor and instead have given us a pinpointed analysis that doesn t get buried with fact slinging I am curious now why this was recommended by someone at Politics and Prose the independent bookstore in Washington DC While the subject is undoubtedly an important one the narrative cannot rank with the best

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  • 336
  • The Tenth Parallel Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam
  • Eliza Griswold
  • English
  • 05 February 2017
  • 9781429979665

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 and indigenous religions mix She has put her finger on a critically

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    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 o

  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 langu

  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 claim some specific place time or event as something that changed or will change the world but this subtitle dispatches from the fault line between Christianity and Islam appealed I would have passed it was the line around the world that will determine who controls the 21

  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

  7. says:

    A great read with accurate depictions of the humanly hypocritical and situationally paradoxical events that occur on the fault line between these two great religions I have lived and visited all countries mentioned in this book and have felt

  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 century ahead If you want to dig for deep answers or conclusions about the relationship between Islam and Christianity in this book then that’s probably a mistake Griswold went on s

  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 event

  10. says:

    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 along the 10th parallel — along with half the world's 13 billion Muslim populationGriswold traveled and researched for seven years in the countries of Sudan Nigeria Indonesia Malaysia and the Philippines Writing h

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