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Dr. Jerald F. Dirks (born 1950, Kansas) is a former ordained Methodist minister, Muslim convert and popular author of several books on Islam and Christianity.

Education

Dr. Dirks enrolled at Harvard Collegemarker as a philosophy major in 1967. He was named a Hollis Scholar, signifying that he was a top pre-theology student in the college. He worked as a youth minister at a fairly large United Methodist Church during his freshman and sophomore years. He graduated in 1971 and was admitted to the Harvard Divinity Schoolmarker thereafter, from where he graduated with a Master's degree in Divinity. During his seminary education, he also completed a two-year externship program as a hospital chaplain at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. He also holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Denvermarker.

His Works

He has published several works on Islam and Christianity in recent years. These include:
  • The Cross and the Crescent (ISBN 1590080025)
  • The Abrahamic Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam: Similarities & Contrasts (ISBN 1590080319)
  • Muslims in American History: A Forgotten Legacy (ISBN 1590080440)
  • Understanding Islam: A Guide for the Judaeo-Christian Reader (ISBN 1590080211)
  • Letters to My Elders in Islam: Advice to the Muslim Community of America (ISBN 9781590080542)
  • Abraham: The Friend of God (ISBN 1590080092)


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