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Islamophilia [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Murray
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You will not read a more vital—or more disturbing, or even funnier—book all year than ISLAMOPHILIA

Columnist and broadcaster Douglas Murray, with trademark wit, delivers an alarming analysis behind the events of the past week in the UK, as the country tries to make sense of the barbaric slaughter of British soldier Lee Rigby on the streets of London. In a devastating satire on the climate of fear in the UK today, Murray’s analysis is wildly entertaining yet ultimately profound:

“If absolutely everybody in the world agrees on something – from the President of the United States to most film-stars, pop-stars, Popes, Bishops, atheists, writers, film-makers, brain-boxes and everyone else – then surely they must be right. Well, no. I think they are wrong. Wildly, terribly, embarrassingly and dangerously wrong, “ writes Murray.

ISLAMOPHILIA shows how so many of the celebrities above, have, at some point chosen to abandon any hope or wish to criticize Islam and instead decided to profess some degree of love for it. Love, that Murray points out in the book, is often irrational and certainly misguided: Murray is not afraid to name and shame, and the book’s tour includes novelists Sebastian Faulks and Martin Amis, Boris Johnson, South Park, Tony Blair, Ridley Scott, David Cameron, Liam Neeson, Justin Bieber, Random House Publishers, the BBC, Richard Dawkins, the Prince of Wales and even George Bush. Yes, George Bush.

“They may have done this for a range of good and bad reasons. Some of them have to done it to save other people. Some of them have done it to save themselves. Some of them have done it because they are too stupid to do anything else and others because clever people can be really dumb at times.”

Murray then goes to detail the extraordinary strategic cultural efforts made in recent years to “rewrite the last few millennia of history, minimising and denigrating the impact of actual scientists and promoting the claims of Islamic proselytisers” and he has fighting words for the version of history depicted by Ridley Scott and others in Hollywood.

Artists and writers have been caught off-guard, he alleges, “Having poked at empty hornets nests for so many years they have forgotten the courage required to do the necessary poking at full ones.”

He concludes, “Let’s be clear. For the record I don’t think everybody needs to spend their time being offensive about Islam. Not only is there no need to be offensive all the time, but most Muslims just want to get on with their lives as peacefully and successfully as everybody else. But there is an un-evenness in our societies that needs to be righted…to think that to think that the answer to any criticism of Islam or Muslims is a delegitimizing of critics and an indulgence in self-pity is not to make an advance. It is to pave the way for self-harm. For all of us.

Where people are telling lies about it we should not be fearful to correct them. And where people are fearful – and genuine reasons to be so do keep coming along – people should remind themselves of something. Which is that just as bravery in one person instils bravery in others, so cowardice in one person has a tendency to be catching.”

ISLAMOPHILIA – bravery is catching. Pass it on.

Made available for sale a mere week after the Woolwich terror attack, ISLAMOPHILIA is a stunning example of the kind of fast to market, newspaper-style publishing that Melanie Phillips plans to make a hallmark of her new, cross-Atlantic ebook company - emBooks.

Douglas Murray is a bestselling, award winning British-born writer, political commentator, and cultural critic. He writes for the Wall Street Journal, The Daily Mail, The Spectator and the Telegraph and is a frequent panelist on the BBC’s Question Time. He is Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society and is a fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion in London.

"Superb" - The Telegraph

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 218 KB
  • Print Length: 57 pages
  • Publisher: emBooks; 1 edition (30 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D454GV2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I have watched Douglas Murray in action in debates against the likes of Mehdi Hasan and Maajid Nawaaz, and I have been a fan ever since. While I may not agree with everything he says about neoconservatism, I do enjoy and look forward to hearing him espouse his arguments. And that's what this book highlights - the need to be able to have dialogue that others may find unsavoury. Islam and censorship have become almost synonymous in recent times, and it's high time that those who have enabled the despicable nature of this religion to stifle opposition, are held accountable. Which is what Douglas does so brilliantly, and humorously, in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The author has written a lot of things that badly need to be said, but far too many people are either too afraid or too obsequious to say.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent e-book 6 Jun 2013
By Dan1978
A well written and fascinating book by Douglas Murray that tells some startling truths about the world we live in. It's a quick read and well worth a look. I wish it was longer!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! Long-awaited! 5 Jun 2013
By Margot
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This book is brilliant. Only wish there was a print version available - would buy one for everyone I know. It should be left everywhere - like those Gideon Bibles they use to leave around. Let's only hope it gets a wide readership. Be interesting to see if an paper will run with it. If it has any interest in free speech the Guardian certainly should - might atone for all its a**e licking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Political satire at its very best. 28 Nov 2013
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Aside from Chris Morris' Four Lions there have been virtually no satirical works of art on Islam in recent years. This is odd considering the potency of Islamic extremism. There have been fierce debates on the topic of integration. The Muslim population of France is now around 10% and France's values are really quite different to those of Islam. Marine Le Pen is looking like a plausible presidential candidate - scary considering her predecessor/Dad was a holocaust denier.

If moderate voices don't take the lead in this debate then extremists will. But so few liberal minded people have anything negative to say about Islam, whereas they will gladly attack the Judaeo-Christian tradition. It's as if post-imperial guilt is too much to bear, and one must reserve one's rage for America and Israel. Israel, its economy is smaller than Greece's and it's surrounded by enemies. Yet liberals in the West will go out of their way to denounce it - but will they extend those sentiments a Muslim country? Only if they really have to.

Douglas Murray describes, in hilarious detail, the moral cowardice of everyone from Prime Ministers to leading novelists. They present themselves as free thinking, maybe even radical, but they swiftly suspend their critical faculties when conversations turn to Islam.

The West is becoming increasingly secularised. Tony Blair's spin doctor famously said 'we don't do God'. Christian's say they feel increasingly marginalised and they kind of have a point - we tend to treat them with tolerance or ridicule. But why do we fear criticising Islam? Charges of Islamophobia are instantly bandied around when we do. Murray argues that the charge of Islamophilia - love of Islam - is a more appropriate accusation these days.

Question: would there ever be an Islamic equivalent of The Life Of Brian? I'd like to think so, some day - but it seems unlikely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious with a serious message 25 Nov 2013
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It is a well known fact that the liberal-left tend to treat Islam differently to other religions. Whilst many liberal-leftists are quite happy to rain down limitless abuse and criticism on Christianity, they become very quiet about Islam. Murray shows how in some cases, this is not just silence or neutrality, but in some cases, crosses the line into rapt, uncritical adulation of Islamic culture and history. This ranges from fawning commentary in The Guardian of even the most intolerant theocracies in the Middle East, to no-expenses-spared public funding for Islamic community projects. Murray's small, but highly readable book showcases examples of this. There is a particularly interesting analysis of the role played by Hollywood in all this, with a focus on how movies like 'Kingdom of Heaven'. This book is written in a wonderful style, and its use of humour to hammer home a serious point reminded me of Mark Steyn. If you enjoyed this book you would enjoy America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It (Unabridged).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny but identifies a serious problem 27 Sep 2013
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This book present's some symptoms of the West's dysfunctional relationship with Islam in a way only Murray can deliver. I guarantee you'll be chuckling and shaking your head in disbelief as you read. Amusing as it is, it identifies the serious problem of the unlevel playing field that Islam occupies within Western society, and suggests some sensible and practical ideas for a new frame of mind to tackle the problem.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Islamophilia 28 Jun 2013
By larni
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A different stance is taken in this book. Usually is is about Islamophobia. My guess is that there are many, many more people in government and other influential places who defer to Islam. Fear is a terrible breeding ground for this to happen, as Douglas Murray shows.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Trashy
Trashy just like the front cover. I expected more from Murray but i'm afraid he just comes accross as the Islamophobe people often accuse him of being
Published 12 days ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars A truth long delayed.
Following the London Bombings and listening to politicians, the BBC, news and current affairs shows we may well have, if taking the pundit view without any mental examination,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian Willimson
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
It's both disturbing & amusing how some of our leaders and the smartest people in our society are so quick to abandon their beliefs, traditions, culture and facts to appear more... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ben
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't read
Bigotry and racism rapped up in pseudo-political science, Murray's attack on Muslims is no different to the insanity of Enoch Powell. Don't read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patrick Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Douglas Murray is a very intelligent and brave men and I comend him for having the courage to write this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr S Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars OK so now what?
So Douglas has told us what the looming problem is. So now what? It seams to me that we non-believers have a stark choice, capitulation or fight. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rik
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
This is an amazingly accurate book! Douglas Murray captures today paradoxical attitude towards Islam in the west. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This book was more than needed in contemporary debates. While Islamic terrorist attacks occur on daily basis all over the world, western elites' fascination with Islam is at least... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael
3.0 out of 5 stars Tell it like it is
This book reads like a rather long newspaper article. Does not get to any great depth nor offer many insights. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Edward M. Sedgwick
4.0 out of 5 stars a true insight into Islam and their horrible wars
Long overdue exposure of our pathetic political leaders. Meanwhile, while Islamic leaders bleat that their religion is basically peaceful, we have on a daily basis one of the most... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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