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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insight to a subject rarely discussed
The subject of Muhammad and Islam is constantly avoided in the Western world as the majority of people either have little knowledge, or do not wish to offend others. As Spencer mentions in his reasons for writing the book, we live in a world where free speech is encouraged and Islam should be allowed to be criticised in the same way anything else in the western world...
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63 of 101 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Truth will out
I found this book restrained but compelling. I also often found it amusing, because it gently exposes the folly, gullibility and self-serving nature of the purely human-cultural phenomenon that is religious pursuit and that is Islam. Spencer lets the source materials speak for themselves and refrains from merely writing one long insult about the `Prophet'.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Info, 26 May 2014
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5 stars for this ; little is known about Mohammed ( not least how to spell his name; it seems ! ) and Europeans need to be able to separate the lunatic fringe from the dedicated Muslim. This book will allow you to see which is which and will help you to understand how to relate to Islam in your community.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for everyone, 25 Nov 2012
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Terence J. Winter (Hampshire UK) - See all my reviews
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It is a revelation to learn just how barbaric and ungodly that man really was and how so many millions have been duped into following him!
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61 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and backed by evidence, 2 July 2008
This review is from: The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion (Paperback)
This author backs all his claims with evidence from respected islamic sources, which hold up to closer inspection. It is well written and it changed my view of Islam entirely. Maybe muslims should read this.
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113 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real motivation of the Jihadi terrorists we face, 21 Oct 2006
The Truth about Muhammad is a marvelously researched and scrupulously documented academic description of the life of Muhammad drawing only on respected Muslim sources. Despite this it manages to read like a great novel! It's got sex violence, deception and magic. It's just a pity that the implications of this are so serious for the world.

It will, of course, be criticised as only taking the negative elements from the story of the life of Muhammad but that is not the point. The point is to find the elements in this man's life that are used NOW to justify the most despicable acts; and that justification is easy to find.

The author gives a very good interview on the podcast Shire Network News and he is completely upfront about this. It takes a great deal of courage to publish this material that really needs to be read by a wide audience.
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85 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivering the goods., 23 Jun 2007
Robert Spencer had found the clever point of view and courage to take position based on facts of Islam, using their official sources and simply and honestly exposing them to the public light without you have to go to a Mosque.

He is not anti Muslim but he simply shows his discomfort with Mohamed and Islam itself, he doesn't tell you not to be a Muslim he just explain himself in why he would never be one and how certainly you have to have a very special moral that allows you to explain, share or justify many basic bricks of the Mohamed's Foundation.

Still he had been amazingly respectful and dedicated to the evidences instead of self indulge in his point of view and I think he could be even much destructive and hard lined but still considered the right of the readers of having their own conception of the world, In the case of the girl aged 9 when Mohamed was 54 and had sexual relations with her Spencer for example didn't mention that the girl even had an elder sister and still moved trough the story with admirable control.

I congratulate the Author who didn't apply his own religion, not his own point of view but just the facts in a very illustrative and intelligent relation about the Q'uoran and Hardiths, point by point and issue after issue letting you "learn" the different topics in a schematic, easy, intelligent, direct and balanced way making the book so interesting and easy to navigate making the topics so interesting that even with the heavy topics involved you find yourself going to the kitchen for a sandwich and coming back for more.

The book has a 5 stars for me, being interesting, educative, direct, controlled and touching such a very difficult topics with an elegant, neutral and very well focused point of view.

I do recommend it not only because achieve to explain perfectly what the title promise but because of teachings on how to get on board with these topics with an equilibrated, deep, complete and serene point of view.
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68 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Muslims will struggle to refute this excellent book, 21 July 2008
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S. Arif (London) - See all my reviews
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Muhammad is supposedly a role model for ALL of humanity (not just 7th century Arabians). Yes the book is negatively one sided, but all the 'deeds' portrayed are sourced from Muslim's writings (Quran, Hadiths).
In a nutshell, he orders executions & murders, condones slavery, a polygamist with 13 wives, a paedophile, a warlord. Trying to be objective, it terrifies me that 1.2bn muslims revere him as a perfect role model...
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78 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an actual reader says..., 2 April 2008
This review is from: The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion (Paperback)
Yes, it is blindingly obvious many of the partisan reviewers (need we say more?) are merely trying to prevent the message of this book getting out. Robert Spencer quotes Muslim sources. The fact many Muslims have not studied the more unsavoury even perverted episodes of Muhammad's life should not surprise us!
This book should be read by all so that we can better understand why Islam is such a problem (and will continue to be).
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125 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't allow yourself to be mentally bullied, 22 Mar 2007
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Guy reid-brown "GRB" (England) - See all my reviews
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First, let's just summarise the three obligatory ways in which this or any other work that is critical of Islam is to be damned:

1/ Call it `Islamophobic' - an invented word with no intrinsic meaning except to insinuate that criticising Islam is some form of `Hate Crime' - itself a dubious concept used in Western `liberal' states as a form of mental oppression, backed up by the threat of career wreckage at best and imprisonment at worst.

2/ State that the relevant passage cited from Islamic texts, no matter how lengthy or unambiguous, is `taken out of context'

3/State that the author is citing `dubious sources' - even though that source is the authentic one used in your own religion, so that you are thereby blaspheming against your own Faith.

In the writer's biography provided in the book it states that `He lives in an undisclosed, secure location.' What other religion in the world today would necessitate a critic doing that? The writer makes clear that the only sources he used in putting this book together were those from which Muslims themselves derive their belief and practice - the Qu'ran, the Hadith and the Sira. This man is risking his life to present this material. The least you can do is to read it and make up your own mind about it.

[23/10/08: As of today I have to add an enormous caveat to the above. In this time of recession, as the Straits Time headline of 20.10.08 puts it: `Islamic banking escapes fallout' It goes on to explain: `The rules of Islamic banking and finance - which incorporate principles of sharia or Islamic law - read like a how-to guide on avoiding the kind of disaster that is currently gripping world markets. . Islamic law prohibits the payment and collection of interest, which is seen as a form of gambling, so highly complex instruments such as derivatives and other creative accounting practices are banned. . . Islamic finance . .shuns investments in gaming, alcohol and pornography in favour of ethical investments.'

All this in contrast to the secular West, which has dumped wholesale the Christian principles that caused it (pre-Templar) to enforce the same rules. For keeping to the tenets of it's Faith and highlighting the intimate connection between the traditional morality buttressed by Religious Faith and Common Sense practices that work - Islam we salute you!]
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40 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most objective biography of Muhammed, 30 Mar 2010
This review is from: The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion (Paperback)
What the people who criticising Robert Spencer's book are missing is that Muhammed was a man, whose acts and words are reasonably well documented.

Even Muslims and apologists for Islam must admit it's difficult to defend a man who, while undoubtedly charismatic, fought battles, ordered massacres, and lived a far from ascetic life.

Spencer seems to tell his story like it actually was, rather than as Muslims pretend (and wish) that it was. By comparison, other biographies seem worthless as they start from the highly unobjective assumption that Muhammed was a prophet of a God.
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115 of 150 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Islam condemns itself, 19 April 2007
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Deoradh (Dundee United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
The one star reviews fail to mention that Spencer only uses Islamic sources for this critique, and use the usual "quotes taken out of context" argument. Well I've read this book and the Qur'an, various other books on the mythology of the region and if anything Spencer moderates his criticism and is more than fair and the quotes used are not out of context.
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