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on 16 December 2014
Wafa Sultan grew up in Syria. She was luckier than many, with a family that allowed her to become educated and, eventually, a doctor. But, living in a closeted, inward-looking Muslim society, where any man (however thick) has authority over any woman (however clever), and where obedience to authority is imbibed with mother's milk, it was not until she was obliged to leave and live in the US that she actually began to feel free enough to think. And this is an educated, intelligent woman (as the book makes plain) - illustrating the stultification inherent in a Muslim world.

The first part of the book is essentially this story - growing up in an authoritarian and misogynist world, then discovering that the outside world is not the degenerate and racist place that one has always been indoctrinated about. The last third or so of the book is an interesting thesis - based on experience - as to why the Muslim world is so limited and blinkered and authoritarian, and why it inevitably cannot actually meet the real needs of its peoples. You should read the book for the full details.

Wafa Sultan has gone on the achieve some fame/notoriety in televised conflicts with assorted wise men/mad bigots (depending on your point of view...), many of which can be found on Youtube. Brave woman, and an eye-opening book.
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on 17 June 2012
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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on 2 January 2010
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. After several attempts to escape her marriage, her niece finally committed suicide.

In beheading Western hostages in Iraq, the late al-Zarqawi, was simply following the example of Mohammed in killing the enemies of Allah. This is a shocking and revealing book whose message non-Muslims cannot afford to ignore.
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on 8 June 2010
Wafa Sultan, the Syrian psychiatrist who escaped to the USA from a traditional Muslim culture, writes with real courage and insight. She was raised in a 'normal' Arabic Muslim country, where women are kept as servants, even slaves, all their lives. Children are literally brainwashed into the hatred of Jews, Christians and any others who dare to challenge the teaching of Islam or cut with rigid Muslim traditions. Wafa cries out to other Muslim women to see what a bondage they are in and to have the courage to pursue their own freedom and that of their children. Personally for me, what hit home hardest, was the power of the brainwashing to those whose mother tongue is Arabic. For the many Muslim converts who really do not understand the hatred of the regular Koranic prayers excoriating others, the words remain as meaningless slogans, but for children from their tenderest years to have these ideas breathed into their very souls 5 times a day, the long-term effect is deadly. This, combined with the total valueless of life here on earth now - martyrdom and 'paradise' - is the grist of suicide bombers and jihadists attacks. Thus, pursuing leading terrorists is ineffective, as the nothing will change until the poisonous roots of the Koran are confronted and excised. The book ends with a warning to America as these roots are fast getting a foothold in the land which gave Wafa Sultan her much appreciated freedom.
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on 6 July 2014
I simply love her story and what she has to say. I only wish that I had as much courage as Wafa Sultan. If you want to read a good book about fear, superstition and all other crazy behavior and believes of people who share this planet with you and me then that is the book for you.
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on 8 January 2015
It's high time that someone had the courage to speak the truth with love. Islam should be challenged on the basis of what the religion demands of its followers. This seems to include xenophobia, superstition, enslavement, and even killing for several reasons. This is unacceptable in a modern world and people need to understand WHY western civilisation threw out these barbarian practices in the Middle Ages.
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on 24 December 2012
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. Wafa has been lucky enough to have a very supporting husband in her endeavour to tell the truth, not only about her country and it's religion but she has stood up to the staunch islamist clerics on tv interviews.
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on 24 December 2013
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.
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on 26 December 2009
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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on 10 November 2014
Fantastic insights into Islam. Brave and intelligent woman. Highly recommended.
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