About the Author
DR. JERALD F. DIRKS holds B.A. and M. Divinity from Harvard University and doctorate in Psychology from the University of Denver. He is a former ordained minister (deacon) in the United Methodist Church and is author of The Cross & The Crescent, The Abrahamic Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; Understanding Islam: A Guide for the Judaeo-Christian Reader; Abraham: The Friend of God; and Muslims in American History: A Forgotten Legacy. He published over sixty articles in the field of clinical psychology and over one hundred and fifty articles on Arabian horses. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and interacted widely with the Muslim communities in the United States.