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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Look at Islam from a Western Standpoint
The only way most Europeans and other peoples of the world can view Islam is from the viewpoint of their own cultures. In most cases, they have been raised in either the Christian or Jewish faith. When they look at Islam, they cannot help but compare the word of the Koran with the word of the Old and/or New Testaments. Even Islam states that Jesus was a prophet, though...
Published on 20 Jun 2006 by Sugarplum Fairy

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3.0 out of 5 stars Christianity V Islam??
I enjoyed this book but continuously found myself thinking that it seems to be intended as a literary Christianity V Islam. The author is either blinkered about the true nature of Christianity or has not spent as much time researching this religion (with its own diabolical past) as he has the Muslim religion. For example, on page 52 he quotes the Qua'ran concerning...
Published on 5 Sep 2009 by Mr. C. Vaughan


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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Look at Islam from a Western Standpoint, 20 Jun 2006
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The only way most Europeans and other peoples of the world can view Islam is from the viewpoint of their own cultures. In most cases, they have been raised in either the Christian or Jewish faith. When they look at Islam, they cannot help but compare the word of the Koran with the word of the Old and/or New Testaments. Even Islam states that Jesus was a prophet, though they stop short of divinity.

This book gives a careful and thorough look at the major points of Islam from the standpoint of one coming from a Christo-Judaic culture. It carefully compares the sayings of the Koran AND the Hadiths (the religious interpretation of the Koran) with the cultural 'expectations', religious beliefs and viewpoint of a Christian or Jew. It does not state which one is correct or incorrect, morally or otherwise.

After reading the chapter on women, I was shocked. True, the Koran gave many freedoms to women that did not exist at the time of Muhammad. But - the hadiths (and the Arab culture retained as part of Islam)- take it all away. Add the possibility of stoning for reporting rape (absence of 4 'impeccable' muslim male witnesses for actual penetration), polygamy, religiously accepted wife beating and child marriage and Islam becomes a misogynist's heaven...
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 8 July 2007
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I have read most books dealing with Mohammed the leader of the Mohammedans (muslims) It is rare that the authors get their hands dirty and do any real reseqarch but this author is different he knows his stuff.

Robert Spencer has not only touched heavily on the political side of Islam but also the promiscious and dark side to the leader Mohammed. it is about time that someone begins to looked at the life of Mohammed without being hoodwinked by fear or political correctness. Excellent book you owe to yourself to buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book that westerners should all read, 19 Jan 2010
This book does indeed pose some disturbing questions about the nature of Islam and points to parts of Islam which will make it very difficult for Islam to get away from the parts which encourage conflict and violence. A disturbing read unless you are Osama bin Laden or the 7/7 bombers as it demonstrates that their view of Islam is at least supported by history and the texts of the Koran.
As for the other the other reviewer that criticized the book on the grounds that it didn't answer the question as to why Islam is the fastest growing religion - this is not answered because it has nothing at all to do with the book. However, the answer is because Islamic countries have high birth rates and Islamic communities in the west have high birth rates.
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129 of 147 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Praiseworthy yet flawed., 25 May 2003
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Spencer's work is to be praised for its attempt to cut through the platitudes about Islam that have become so common in the post September 11th era. In their attempts to inform a largely ignorant Western public about the nature of Islam, he argues, the West's Media, and indeed its politicians, have avoided any real assessment of Islam, preferring instead to offer meaningless political soundbytes.
Spencer attempts to understand the 'fundamental' elements of Islam, using the cornerstones of the Islamic faith: The Qur'an, and the Sunnah (collections of the 'sayings and doings' of the prophet Muhammad). His assessment does not shy away from the disturbing questions which the book's title promises, and presents some compelling and equally disturbing answers.
However, Spencer has opened himself up to criticism by his tendency to routinely compare Islam with Christianity (with Christianity invariably coming out on top). He also provides only a cursory discussion in the chapters dealing with Islam's compatability with Western Democracy and the Pluralistic Framework, which could have been developed much further.
Though it will no doubt be condemned as an apologia for prejudice in some quarters, overall the book is a useful addition to an area that is bereft of serious debate
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5.0 out of 5 stars Islam Unveiled, 13 Jun 2014
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This book did exactly what its title said! It explained facts and questions without bias - a throughly interesting book which I found most stimulating and I highly recommend it to be read.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Christianity V Islam??, 5 Sep 2009
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I enjoyed this book but continuously found myself thinking that it seems to be intended as a literary Christianity V Islam. The author is either blinkered about the true nature of Christianity or has not spent as much time researching this religion (with its own diabolical past) as he has the Muslim religion. For example, on page 52 he quotes the Qua'ran concerning Jesus: "We sent other apostles, and after those Jesus the Son of Mary. We gave him the gospel, and put mercy in the hearts of his followers." He then explains that Muhammad, in the battlefield, told his soldiers to strike of the heads of their enemies (Sura 47:4). As someone who has read a little into Christianity too I could name numerous examples of Christian brutality too. For example, Lk 22:36-37 in which Jesus tell his followers to buy swords.

Although the book seems well researched, the discourse is shaped towards a promotion of Christianity, which has its own problems! I cannot help but feel there is an agenda to simply smite Islam wherever possible!
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1.0 out of 5 stars See no Evil, Hear no Evil, 28 Mar 2006
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This book is based on stereotyping, misinterpreting quotations and generalising. I really do not understand how the author could come to half the conclusions. His arguments are baseless and he already made his mind up before even exploring. I do not recommend this book at all.
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