Booklist, starred review, Muhammed Hassanali

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.

Kirkus, starred review

An exploration of Islamic beliefs and history that aims to challenge American Islamophobia.… A clear, concise, and thoughtful introduction to Islam.

Rice University, Department of Sociology

This accessibly written book is an important antidote to the rising anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. and beyond. It will appeal to those who are seeking the truth about the Islamic faith and those who are hoping to liven their spirit by reading the work of a committed bridge builder.

Dr. Craig Considine
Rice University, Department of Sociology

Publishers Weekly

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

Midwest Book 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

Mending the Divides

Steve Slocum skillfully encourages us to reclaim our sight and rediscover the beautiful truth about our Muslim sisters and brothers: just like us, they are beloved image bearers of the Divine.  This book is for the peacemakers, the haters, and everyone in between who long to see more clearly and who dare to believe that God inhabits uncommon friendships and, through them, is remaking the world.

Jer Swigart
Co-Founder, The Global Immersion Project

Todd H. Green

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

Martha Freeman

I did not enjoy all the parts of your book, although I found ALL of it helpful, enlightening, informative, and thought provoking.


It is a very good read.  I confess to knowing very little about Islam when I began reading, and I now feel that I know much more. It left me with a hunger to befriend Muslims.

Martha Freeman
M. Div., Pastor

Brian D. McLaren

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

Safi Kaskas

Steve, I wasn’t able to glance through your book. I had to read it slowly. I found it to be captivating, full of important information, relevant to every American

Safi Kaskas
Safi Kaskas / Muslim peacemaker/activist. Author, The Qur'an - A Contemporary Understanding