Make no mistake, this book is written solely with the purpose of converting readers to Islam. For that reason, the seven chapters herein chiefly set out to present Islam as unrivaled in its purity, and to outline of demands for an Islamic life. Apart from belief in one god, this requires acceptance of the "unity" of the Muslim community and a belief that Islam is, to quote from the Koran (Sura 3: 199) "the best community to have been raised up for mankind."
This would explain why the book was published by the Islamic Texts Society, whose purpose is to extend Islamic evangelism, or Da'wa, to all non-Muslims. In classic Islamic form, the reader is "invited to discover a world," in other words, invited to convert to Islam.
Thus Chapter 4, entitled "A miracle and its progression in history," makes the ridiculous claim (through quotation from Francesco Gabrieli's Muhammad and the Arab Conquest) that "No one was converted by the sword." Still more absurd (and unsubstantiated) is the claim that "Arabs never presented the people they had conquered with the choice between death and the acceptance of their faith."
On the contrary, the historical record makes precisely this pattern clear in land after land, and region after region, as denoted in such scholars as Bat Ye'or (The Decline of Eastern Christianity and Islam and Dhimitude), K.S. Lal and others.
If you buy this book, do so only with the understanding that it in no way purports to be impartial or balanced. The sole purpose of this text, stated clearly at the outset, is to convert infidels and kafirs to Islam, nothing less. Moreover, misrepresenting history is part and parcel of that process.
--Alyssa A. Lappen