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What is EWI?

Encountering the World of Islam (EWI) helps Christians understand Islam and foster positive relationships with Muslims. EWI looks at the whole global community of Muslims, most of whom live in South and Southeast Asia (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan) rather than in the Middle East, as is often supposed.

We recommend EWI for anyone wanting to gain a broad Christian perspective on today's world.


EWI originated with the U. S. Center for World Mission (now Frontier Ventures) in 1992 and continued refining the curriculum in the years prior to September 11, 2001. The U. S. Center for World Mission's Perspectives Study Program served as the model and inspiration for EWI.

In 2002, oversight of the course and book was transferred to Caleb Project. Since 2007, the program has been a ministry of Pioneers.

Encountering the World of Islam is a recognized Perspectives Family curriculum.

Need to know more? Here are many Frequently Asked Questions.


The views and opinions expressed in the Encountering the World of Islam textbook, in related publications, the course, and the website are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Encountering the World of Islam, Pioneers USA, or its affiliates, members, donors, groups hosting the course, the employers of the instructors, or any contributors to this textbook, course, and website. This material may have been previously disseminated in print, internet, or another medium. In particular, views expressed in many articles, discussion forums, and class activities are intended to spur discussion and not to advocate for a particular point of view.

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Encountering the World of Islam assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in the contents in the Services.

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