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5.0 out of 5 stars
Very important book, 19 Jun 2007
Unlike the one star reviewers I have actually read this book. It is well written, easy to read, and impeccably researched. It is NOT based on "dubious and unsubstantiated sources" as one reviewer stated, but rather exclusively from respected Islamic texts including the Qu'ran, the Haddith (traditions of Muhammad), and the earliest biography of Muhammad written by Ibn Ishaq. There are literally hundreds of references that you can check out yourself.
Perhaps it isn't "balanced" but it doesn't set out to be a full biography of Mohammad: it clearly states that it concentrates on what Mohammad did that is being used by Islamic terrorists today to justify their actions. It is absolutely not insulting to Muhammad or muslims, it simply reports what these Islamic sources say, without judgement, though Spencer does highlight the connection between these ancient texts and Islamic behaviour in the modern world. The reader draws their own conclusions (though that is not difficult).
Spencer also highlights where Islamic apologists such as the much praised (by one star reviewers) Karen Armstrong spin the story of Muhammad by untruths and omissions. That is why the one star reviewers seethe with indignation: their secret is coming out. This is a very important and recommended book.