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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nazism in Different Garb.
A book all in the West should read in order to understand the motivations,and self justifications of, particularly, the dangerous Fundamentalist" Jihadist"element of Muslim Society.( and why the more proggressive elements are so unwilling to speak out strongly against it,or reform their religion for the 21st Century)
The book convincingly corrects the...
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52 of 80 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Go on then, refute what he says
I have just been all through the 21 (at time of writing) 1* reviews of this book and replies. The reviewers all say the book is very bad, but not a single one of them refutes anything the book says. Please refute it, quoting chapter and verse from the Koran as your reference. Just saying the book is very bad without demonstrating specifically how it is incorrect convinces...
Published on 23 Jun. 2010 by Keith Anderson


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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What A Shame, 13 Dec. 2011
It is a shame that people still are not well-educated enough to back their views on islam. Like the book mentions on the punishment awaiting non-muslims, but little did they know that the word 'islam' means submission, in this case submitting to the will of Allah [ASWS](God), and a 'muslim' is he who submitted himself to the will of Allah [ASWS] (God). So what i am saying is anyone, be it Christian, Muslim or Jew, who fully submits his soul to serve God is considered a 'Muslim', not as in the followers of Muhamad [PBUH], but a man who devotes his life to serve Allah [ASWS] (God).
Thank You for whoever takes the time in reading this.
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44 of 121 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hardly suitable as an authoritive source, 17 Mar. 2008
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It would seem that Robert Spencer has an axe to grind, and he does it so well, you can see the axe cuts on the pages. Spencer is a well known critic of Islam, and he takes it to extraordinary extremes. Is Spencer a Christian fundamentalist I wonder? As Karen Armstrong has said about this book, he deliberately manipulates the evidence. It lacks clarity of research, and is a classic case of twisting the sources to support your own view.

Alas, Mr Spencer seems only interested in conflating assumptions with his own prejudices, at the expense of good research. If you start out with the proposition that what you are studying is negative, then you will find ways to support that hypothesis. I would have preferred balance and objectivity to a personal vendetta and paranoia. As with many people that share Mr Spencer's views, bias and quoting out of context seems to be the norm here. Muhammed's time, it would seem to be obvious, is not our time.

As an historical study, it lacks insight and a knowledge of historical research. As a damming indictment of some of the most controversial sources in Islam, it works well enough, although one has the nagging feeling that the whole truth isn't being given here, rather like listening to a used car salesman's pitch.

I literally can't find anything good to say about this, even the subtitle gives away the fact that the contents are going to be very unbalanced and contentious, it would seem to be aimed squarely at the tabloid readership that laps up anything it can't understand without soundbites.

A very poor study and an even poorer read.
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81 of 255 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed, 27 Mar. 2007
This review is from: The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion (Hardcover)
Unfortunately this is not a book written with an open mind. The author approaches the topic with a very negative mindset, which seems to have distorted his judgment. This is demonstrated, for example, when he criticizes the first five verses of the Quran's 66th chapter. The author complains about the details being missing, but it is not too hard to see that the details do not really matter for lessons to be taken from this passage. In fact this is one of the key features of the Quran - insignificant matters are kept brief while significant issues are repeated frequently.

Interestingly, the book contains some good remarks about Muhammad, even though Spencer did not mean that, e.g.:

"Muhammad summoned his kinsmen, the Quraysh, climbing a mountain and calling the names of the various Quraysh clans. He asked them, 'Suppose I told you that there is an (enemy) cavalry in the valley intending to attack you, would you believe me?' They responded, 'Yes, for we have not found you telling anything other than the truth.' Muhammad's riposte to this was: 'I am a warner to you in face of a terrific punishment.' In other words, the dreadful judgment of Allah would be far worse than the enemy cavalry."

Spencer totally disregards this display of Muhammad's trustworthiness, and struggles to find a negative point.

Throughout the book, the author presents his interpretations as actual facts, for example: "But some of the Quran's stories and details about Biblical characters actually come from sources ..."

To sum up, I find this book full of prejudice, so would not recommend it.
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56 of 187 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A very biased account, 16 Dec. 2006
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This review is from: The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion (Hardcover)
Spencer, in common with his previous anti-Islam works, seems to have used dubious sources and material out of context to justify a pre-determined conception of Muhammed's personality. His objectivity is questionable.

Unless you conform to the Islamophobia school of thought, the serious students of Islam will find this book seriously lacking and blatantly biased.

Other books on Muhammed's life by western authors, Karen Armstrong and Barnaby Rogerson are much more balanced and thought provoking.
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61 of 205 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars excellent!, 17 Feb. 2007
This review is from: The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion (Hardcover)
An excellent book for racict, small minded people. If you fall under this category and enjoy fiction stories by all means, this book was made for you. However for the more intellectual, open minded, Un-biased individuals, try Muhammad by Martin Lings based on historic evidence!

The one star i have given is by far an overstatement, and too much credit for the writer, of this fictional darwinistic pretence of a story book.
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19 of 71 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Biased emotional diatribe, 17 Aug. 2010
As a historian I'd recommend Karen Armstrong's biography of Muhammad. I picked this up in the library out of curiosity and after reading it's fairly obvious Robert Spencer makes his money from the "politically incorrect" view of Islam for which there is a some appetite in the West today, most of it stemming from 9/11. It would be silly to think this is an objective piece of work about a one of the worlds largest religions, it's more an emotional reaction to recent current affairs and a savvy way to make money from people who are afraid of Islam and scary brown people with rucksacks on planes, trains and buses. Don't waste your money buying it, if anything get it from the library like I did.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A biased, misinformed book, 3 Jan. 2015
This is a biased book written by Robert Spencer who was recently banned from entering the UK where he was due to talk at a far right EDL march. In justifying this decision a aUK government spokesman said, "We condemn all those whose behaviours and views run counter to our shared values and will not stand for extremism in any form."

The book peddles fear and a twisted interpretation of Islam.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is full of misrepresentations. The insertion of ..., 29 April 2015
This book is full of misrepresentations. The insertion of "Truth" in the title is a inaccurate! It appears to be written to offend rather than inform.
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50 of 186 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a balanced or well-written book, 6 Feb. 2007
This review is from: The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion (Hardcover)
The purpose of the book seems to be to gratuitously attack the Prophet by using materials from dubious and unsubstantiated sources. The author never manages to give a balanced and unbiased view and the book is riddled with his own value judgments.

As a disinterested reader I found his book disturbing. I don't consider the book to be worth the paper it's written on.
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49 of 187 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars According to Robert Spencer and other Islamophobe facists, 22 Jan. 2007
This review is from: The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion (Hardcover)
The truth is that as a monotheistic revealed religion Islam is no different than Christianity and Judaism in its history of "violence". Islam and Mohammed came at a time when Jews and Christians had no impact on pagan customs like burying infant girls alive and hte general degradation of women and weaker members of society. The truth is that with the advent of Islam, came the emancipation of women, slaves and all men, something quite foreign to traditions of the time. Even in War, Mohammed laid down the foundations and principles of humanity, something that has influenced the Geneva Convention. (No wonder Jews and other relgions' followers loved living under Muslim rule when the Christians decided to burn them out of Europe and the Holy Lands)Indeed his teachings of the Brotherhood of men will have lead and inspired to the ideology behind the League of Nations or united nations. What Mohammed taught so many centuries ago has seeped into modern civilisation in the west only the last couple of centuries. The supporting comments about this book not surpisingly come from recommenders of other islamophobic authors, pro Zionist mentalities. Like them Robert Spencer has calls his facts truthful yet forgets to mention that it is the truth according to what suits their hidden or even overt agenda. This book is inconsistent and manipulated sentences are picked out of context. Ironic that it is the fastest growing religion in the west, may be we westerners are really dumb and can't get our facts right?
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