Why Do They Hate Us?

Why Do They Hate Us?

Winner of 2020 Benjamin Franklin Award

“A thoughtful, firsthand examination of Islam’s peaceful mainstream.”
After 9/11, the world became more fearful, and acts of terrorism were prominent in the news cycles and Islamophobia became a political tool. In Why Do They Hate Us?, author Steve Slocum takes the spotlight off the extremists and instead exposes the heart of the everyday Muslim through Christian outreach.


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About the Book

With Americans still in shock after watching packed airliners slam into the twin towers, George W. Bush asked America, “Why do they hate us?” 

After 9/11, the world became more fearful, and acts of terrorism were prominent in the news cycles. In Why Do They Hate Us?, author Steve Slocum takes the spotlight off the extremists and instead exposes the heart of the everyday Muslim through Christian outreach.

Why Do They Hate Us? brings the story of Mohammed to life and unveils the storied history of Islam with refreshing detail. Slocum clears up common misconceptions about jihad, Sharia law and the role of women in Islam. He then connects the dots for readers of all faiths between cause and effect for the rise in Islamophobia. Finally, Slocum suggests practical ways to overcome societal fears by face-to-face interaction with our Muslim neighbors.

Why Do They Hate Us? is sprinkled with stories from the lives of everyday Muslims and anecdotes from Slocum’s time in Kazakhstan, allowing the reader to catch a glimpse of a different side of Muslims than portrayed in the media.

“Before reading this book I knew very little about Islam despite a pastoral career. I now feel like I know much more. It left me with a hunger to befriend Muslims.” – Pastor Martha Freeman, M.Div.

Genres: Non-Fiction, Religion
Tags: Award Winner, Recommended Books
Publisher: Top Reads Publishing
Publication Year: 2019
ISBN: 9780998683867
List Price: 18.99
eBook Price: 8.99
In his comprehensive, helpful debut, Slocum, an aircraft design engineer and former missionary, encourages Christians to establish friendly relationships with Muslims.… Effectively countering pernicious, misinformed narratives, this is an essential contribution to interfaith studies.
– Publishers Weekly
Well-researched, cogently argued, and drawing on the work of scholars as well personal insights, Slocum’s work avoids clichés and deeply examines the complex relationship between Islam and the West.
– Booklist, starred review, Muhammed Hassanali
An exploration of Islamic beliefs and history that aims to challenge American Islamophobia.… A clear, concise, and thoughtful introduction to Islam.
– Kirkus, starred review
Why Do They Hate Us? takes a stand against prejudice by advocating a different approach to not just tolerating Muslims, but getting to know them on a personal level.… It stands out from the crowd in offering a powerful blend of historical, political, and personal perspectives on a very complex issue...
– D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Steve Slocum's Why Do They Hate Us? offers readers a highly accessible introduction to Islam as a lived religion along with a helpful blueprint for how to build and maintain peace between Muslims and majority populations in the West. In an era of rampant Islamophobia, Slocum's book is essential reading.
– Todd H. Green, author of The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West
“In a time when government leaders are fanning the flames of Islamophobia, citizen diplomacy is called for.” “Why do they hate us?” is a very informative book. It can give an average American very relevant and accurate information about Islam, Muslim history and the history of the West relations to the Muslim World. Without such information an average American will not understand what is happening and why. More importantly, he/she will not know what to do about it. I recommend that you read the book. You will not regret it.
– Safi Kaskas, Strategist, lecturer on the Qur’an and teachings of Jesus
Why Do They Hate Us? is a labor of love. It provides needed information about the Muslim world to help non-Muslims see through misleading propaganda. It provides real inspiration based on Steve Slocum's experience as a Christian living in a Muslim country and traveling widely in the Muslim world. And most important, it is an invitation to join Steve as a peacemaker, learning to love our 1.5 billion Muslim neighbors as we love ourselves. That's an important mission, and a lot depends on our being part of it.
– Brian D. McLaren, author, The Great Spiritual Migration
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About the Author
Steve Slocum

Steve Slocum took the adventure of a lifetime when he traveled with his family of five to Kazakhstan to become missionaries. Slocum and his family were among the first Americans to learn the Kazakh language and experience the culture of the indigenous Kazakhs. They were often on the receiving end of the iconic Muslim hospitality. It left a lasting impression.

Back in the states, Slocum resumed his engineering career, but grew uneasy with the growing levels of animosity towards Muslims. In 2018 he founded a nonprofit organization called Salaam whose mission is creating mutual understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims.

Slocum is an ambassador for the Parliament of World Religions and is a presenter at the 2018 Parliament in Toronto. He is a frequent speaker at churches, mosques, and civic groups.

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