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Wafa Sultan
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1 May 2011
From the front page of "The New York Times" to You Tube, Dr. Wafa Sultan has become a force radical Islam has to reckon with. For the first time, she tells her story and what she learned, first-hand, about radical Islam in "A God Who Hates", a passionate memoir by an outspoken Arabic woman that is also a cautionary tale for the West. She grew up in Syria in a culture ruled by a god who hates women. 'How can such a culture be anything but barbarous?', Sultan asks. 'It can't', she concludes 'because any culture that hates its women can't love anything else'. She believes that the god who hates is waging a battle between modernity and barbarism, not a battle between religions. She also knows that it's a battle radical Islam will lose. Condemned by some and praised by others for speaking out, Sultan wants everyone to understand the danger posed by "A God Who Hates".


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.; Reprint edition (1 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312538367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312538361
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An absorbing book, full of Dickensian details."--"Forbes""Wafa Sultan is a great heroine of our times, willing to risk everything to stand up to these immense evils when most people are too fainthearted or politically correct to do so. A God Who Hates should be read closely and studied by the President, European leaders, and all Western policymakers and opinion-shapers -- before it is too late."-- Robert Spencer, author of the "New York Times" bestsellers "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)" and "The Truth About Muhammad""Wafa Sultan experienced firsthand the immense contempt of human dignity Islam harbours, and the unimaginable cruelty Muslim women have to endure on a daily basis, resulting from it. Her compelling book is a touching life story filled with bone chilling examples of what it is like to live in a society that is ruled by Islam and how valuable our Western freedom truly is. It is because brave women like Wafa Sultan have the courage to speak out against this doctrine of hate that we in the West have been forewarned. I hope that everyone reads this book and takes note of the important message it contains. We must defend our precious liberties, our Western freedom and never give in to Islam."-- Geert Wilders, member of the Dutch Parliament and leader of the Party for Freedom"With rare courage and candor, Wafa Sultan throws open the shuttered windows on Islam, letting clean, bright sunshine pour into its darkest corners to illuminate Islam from the inside. This is where she lived it, confronted it, and ultimately rejected its sacralized teachings--on women, on marriage, on children, on Christians, on Jews, on freedom of conscience, on war, on world domination--as a humanity-warping pathology based on hate and fear. Such is the fascinating psychological analysis that is the underpinning achievement of "A God Who Hates" With unique insight and unstinting compassion, Wafa Sultan, a trained psychiatrist, employs her exp

About the Author

WAFA SULTAN is a Syrian-born American psychiatrist included on "Time Magazine's"" "list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2006. She created a firestorm on Al-Jazeera as the first Arab Muslim woman on that network who demanded to be heard.

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104 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Face of Islam Revealed 2 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is a brilliant psychopathological analysis of Islam and is essential reading. I can but give you a taste. Apologists for Islam frequently argue that if there is a problem it lies with individual Muslims and that it is they who need to change - not Islam itself. Wafa Sultan will have no truck with this nor with the idea of `radical' Islam, which is a Western distinction. She points her accusatory finger very firmly at the Koran and the hatred that pours out of its pages.

Saddam Hussein committed genocide against Shias and Kurds, though they were fellow Muslims, and yet, `Not a single Sunni clergyman has expressed any regret over what that criminal did to his country' (p.230). Why? Muslims are commanded by the Koran to obey their rulers - even bad rulers. The Kurds and Shias disobeyed Saddam. In disobeying him they disobeyed Allah. Consequently Saddam `... committed no crime under Muslim religious law'(p.160).

Just as reprehensible is the personal example of Mohammed, who is the role model for all Muslim men. The author gives many examples of his excesses. Here's a taste. On one occasion he decapitated 800 Jews with his own hands. After beheading the husband, brother and father of Safia in her presence, he took her to bed and made her his wife that very night. When he was fifty he married the six year old Aisha and consummated his union with her when she was nine.

Given Mohammed's sexual appetite and example, it is not surprising that, in modern Syria, Wafa Sultan's eleven year old niece should have been given in marriage to a man in his forties. It is only to be expected that such marriages are a commonplace in Arab countries and that not infrequently they should end in tragedy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening 1 Mar 2012
By T. S. C. VINE VOICE
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One of the reviewers here states that non-Muslims should read this book; being a Christian and not a Muslim myself, I have read this book and it is an eye-opener, if not completely surprising. On the contrary, I don't just think non-Muslims should read it, Muslims should also read this illuminating book, in my humble opinion.

Wafa Sultan, the writer, spent 33 years of her life in Syria and talks about the life she lead as a Muslim woman, and in her eyes although she is a doctor and very much an accomplished Middle Class member of that society, she regales how as a woman she was very much seen as a third-class citizen in her own country.

The nub of her argument isn't that some Muslims are deranged, but Islam and the Qu'ran are basically sound, her opinion is that the Qu'ran itself is off-kilter and its teaching can be twisted to allow all kinds of injustices to be allowed, all in the name of religion. I have never read the Qu'ran but am thinking of buying one, a good translation, so that I can perhaps fully understand, as much as is possible, the book a billion people hold as important to their faith. I have no axe to grind here, just an interest and curiosity. Let's be honest also, people in the name of every religion, be it Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism to name but five have all committed atrocities in the name of their god or holy prophet, and often all these religions have been used to justify injustice, 'holy' wars, brutal divisions, conquest and land-grabbing and the like; so none of us can point fingers at each other in that respect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars info on Islam 17 Jun 2012
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I was looking for a well informed assessment of Islam, and found it in this most interesting book...the more so because Wafa has both a Muslim and medical background, and therefore writes from actual experience.

Her opinions have been formed over decades, and are well considered. I would recommend it to others.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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Wafa Sultan is renowned for her taboo shattering interview on Al Jazeera, when she skewered a poor Muslim cleric with a long overdue diatribe on the faults and blindnesses of Islam. This book is a piece with that mission. It is searingly honest, largely autobiographical and brims with horrific experiences derived from her family and medical practice in Syria, and with the now well described duplicity of many Arab-speaking acquaintances in the West. It is peppered with ascerbic analysis for this behaviour, the naive Western response and valuable insights into the Middle Eastern mind. The role of honour, the difficulty of apologising, saving face, the state of the conscience are among some of the crucial themes she touches on.

Her description of the Arab and Muslim neurosis (if not psychosis) about Israel is especially illuminating, and reveals just how poisoned and distorted much Middle Eastern political and journalistic discourse has become. Detractors should learn to read Arabic or read accurate translations of publications to find ample confirmation for what she claims, if anything she understates it.

She doesn't adequately explain why the West is so cowed by Islamic morality, and given her history, understandably doesn't have a clear sense of just how deeply Western morality has decayed, why for example the rocketing teenage pregnancies, STDs, broken families and feral children that Muslims clerics so often harp upon are indeed hallmarks of dangerous lawlessness in Western society. Muslims have a point when they speak with disdain of Western 'values', but Wafa Sultan's rejoinder would no doubt be that much of that 'morality' is also hollow and deeply hypocritical, and may act as a shield for disgusting abuse, as evidenced by her numerous accounts.

The book however makes tentative positive recommendations and serves as a salty, prophetic wake up call that both Muslims and other faiths would do well to read carefully and critically.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is Islam a load of Sh'ite........
A great read by a very brave women.
Published 21 days ago by Mr. D. C. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars true recollection
Very good,couldn't put it down.filled my heart with sadness from the recollections disclosed, we need more books like this thank u
Published 22 days ago by samira el abassi
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to read a good book about fear, superstition and all...
I simply love her story and what she has to say. I only wish that I had as much courage as Wafa Sultan. Read more
Published 1 month ago by pawelgonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. This book should be in every high school ...
Brilliant. This book should be in every high school library in the UK. And discussed as part of modern history lessons.
Published 1 month ago by Bernard
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thoughtful, well written, arguments backed by evidence; and...
Wafa Sultan describes her life and early medical work in Syria, including the various ways she witnessed women being treated. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Penny Pincher
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy title - Serious book!
Read this for yourself about a God who hates... and then come up with your own conclusions. You will not be disappointed that you bought this book.
Published 8 months ago by Natural One
4.0 out of 5 stars A God Who Hates
One woman's analysis of the basis of misogyny in the Islamic religion. A Must Read for those interested in tdoay's conflicts.
Published 15 months ago by MBS
5.0 out of 5 stars A very brave lady.
If you are into true life stories then this is for you. This woman has educated herself beyond the barriers that threaten many from success. Read more
Published 20 months ago by rosalie sheard
3.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting.
The book was very interesting and an eye-opener. It also answered some of my questions about Muslims. Read more
Published 22 months ago by B. Lazare
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
First of all after studying Islam as a Westerner I have come to the conclusion it is not a radical or violent religion and people feel it is so due to a minority of Muslims and... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2011 by Asma
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