ARRAY(0xad0468dc)
 
Profile for WM > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by WM
Top Reviewer Ranking: 194,833
Helpful Votes: 120

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
WM (UK)

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
pixel
Rapitest Damp Test Meter
Rapitest Damp Test Meter
Price: 17.89

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the probes need to be inserted 1-2mm into surface, 25 Jun 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I didn't realise the needle-like probes have to be inserted 1-2mm into the surface (e.g. plaster, wall) in order for it to take a reading. This leaves small holes in the surface. Annoying.


Wife Beating in Islam? the Quran Strikes Back!
Wife Beating in Islam? the Quran Strikes Back!
by MR W. Muhammad
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.40

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the only book written about this subject, 29 April 2011
This work can be read online, and is primarily aimed at those interested in a more detailed and thorough investigation into this infamous verse of The Quran. A brief summary of the book's main points are shown below:
1) idriboo/DaRaBa was shown not to mean "beat" anywhere in The Quran
2) no Classical Arabic Dictionary references 4:34 at all nor gives DRB=beat in a comparable example, i.e. with a direct object with no prepositions, no what/where/how
3) when The Quran uses DRB to mean a physical hit/strike it ALWAYS uses the preposition "bi" (with/by)
4) The understanding of "beat/strike" causes internal contradictions within The Quran, and this is also probably why no commentator, past or present, uses The Quran itself to justify this view.
5) "beat" causes discrepancies between Traditional commentators, Traditional Ahadith and Classical Arabic dictionaries
6) the earliest Classical Arabic dictionary (Kitab Al Ayn) does not state DRB=beat as a meaning, and only indirectly does it have DRB=strike with sword.

The understanding of DRB in 4:34 as "cite / indicate / put/show forth them" (to the authority) is the ONLY understanding that provides perfect internal coherence in The Quran. It is the ONLY understanding:
1) that provides a sequential link from 4:34 to 4:35
2) to provide identical solutions between men & women in 4:34 and 4:128
3) that fits and perfectly explains 58:1-4
4) that fits the divorce procedure of The Quran and related compensation
5) that explains the reasoning behind the context of wealth/inheritance/giving/kindness etc.
6) is consistent with the use of DRB with a direct object with no prepositions, in which it always means "put/show forth"
7) that 100% matches the use of DRB when used with a person as the object, e.g. 2:73, 43:57.

You may need to read the book to understand each of the above points. It ends with a somewhat stunning conclusion.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Oct 30, 2011 2:23 PM GMT


Understanding the Qur'an: Themes and Style
Understanding the Qur'an: Themes and Style
by Muhammad Abdel Haleem
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.64

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good - now available online, 12 April 2011
I particularly liked the discussion on the story of adam, the logical argument in The Quran, and the analysis of the alleged wife-beating verse, although this part was not as comprehensive as the book "Wife Beating in Islam? The Quran Strikes Back!".


The Sources of Islamic Law: Islamic Theories of Abrogation
The Sources of Islamic Law: Islamic Theories of Abrogation
by John Burton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 97.62

4.0 out of 5 stars Alternative look at the theories of abrogation, 19 Dec 2010
This book is interesting because it reviews and critiques the Classical theories of abrogation, and shows that they are critically flawed in many respects. Summaries of this book are available online. This should be read in conjunction with "Kitab al nasikh wa-l-mansukh" by Abu Ubaid al-Qasim b. Sallam (d. 224AH/839), one of the earliest works in its field, translated and edited by John Burton.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jan 20, 2011 6:37 PM GMT


WikiLeaks documents expose US foreign policy conspiracies. All cables with tags from 1 5000 [DOES NOT CONTAIN TEXT OF CABLES]
WikiLeaks documents expose US foreign policy conspiracies. All cables with tags from 1 5000 [DOES NOT CONTAIN TEXT OF CABLES]

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed by Amazon, 12 Dec 2010
If Wikileaks broke your user agreement, then selling of related material should be disallowed also.

Profit over ethics?

Hypocrisy?

I am disappointed Amazon.

I will seriously consider buying elsewhere from now on.


Discovering the Qur'an: A Contemporary Approach to a Veiled Text - 2nd edition
Discovering the Qur'an: A Contemporary Approach to a Veiled Text - 2nd edition
by Neal Robinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good info and a bargain if bought used, 3 Oct 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The book is written in three parts: how the Qur'an is experienced by Muslims as they learn the books by hearts and the importance of calligraphy, the chronology, the relationship between the Qur'an and the earliest biographies of Muhammad and lastly the structure of the Qur'an. Sometimes it goes into too much detail but for its insights into the subjects it discusses, considering the price if bought used, it is a bargain. From Amazon marketplace it is less than 5 delivered UK. Mainly for those interested in a deeper analysis of The Quran, particularly its structure.


The Development of Islamic Ritual (Formation of the Classical Islamic World)
The Development of Islamic Ritual (Formation of the Classical Islamic World)
by G. R. Hawting
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 111.68

4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting information about early islam and muslims, 3 Oct 2010
This book is expensive but provides excellent information regarding the development and practice of early Muslims, in the formative period of Islam. Some gems include the Hajj rituals their origins and their Islam-ification, the practice of two daily prayers in Islam prior to the controversial "night journey" (isra and miraj) story, origin and formation of friday congregational prayer. Some of the information in this book is very difficult to find elsewhere. I recommend reading some of it in the Amazon preview, before buying.


Easy Arabic Grammar
Easy Arabic Grammar
by Jane Wightwick
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners, 24 Sep 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Easy Arabic Grammar (Paperback)
This book is excellent for beginners. Simple explanations, good examples of usage, and best of all, after each unit there is a summary of the important points covered in that unit. An easy and quick read. Highly recommended.


Concept of Belief in Islamic Theology 1980
Concept of Belief in Islamic Theology 1980
by Toshihiko Izutsu
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars detailed discussion of "islam" and "iman", 18 Aug 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This book goes into significant detail about these two terms: islam and iman. Documents understandings from the early "Muslims" up to more recent "scholars". Interestingly, the early "Muslims" seem to have had varying views on these two terms, which sometimes led to conflict. For me this book is not as good as his other works, e.g. "God and Man in Koran" and "Ethico-Religious Concepts" in the Quran" (pdf available online). For those unfamiliar with Toshihiko Izutsu's works, his analysis is brilliant, in fact some of the best I've seen. If you are looking for an analysis and history of these two terms, then this is the book to get however.


The Holy Quran: Arabic Text-English Translation
The Holy Quran: Arabic Text-English Translation
by Allamah Nooruddin
Edition: Leather Bound

3.0 out of 5 stars average content, but nicely made book, 18 Aug 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
You can read this translation online, and also download the 'Dictionary of Holy Quran' by Abdul Manan Omar, from the same islamusa organisation. The translation is average, but the book is nicely made, Arabic script too.


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4