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5.0 out of 5 stars A searching analysis of Islam
Rebecca Bynum really probes into the heart of islamic doctrine and experience from a philosophical and religio-psychological perspective. She shows a profound understanding of the fundamental nature of islam and its even more fundamental shortcomings. I found myself highlighting line after line and reviewing all my marks again and again as this book certainly repays...
Published on 20 Jan. 2012 by Valetta

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1.0 out of 5 stars Biased and opinionated... waste of money!
Obviously the author must have been influenced HUGELY by the media's view of islam, this book shows to me that it is a close minded view of islam and islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, so I dont think billions of muslims are alienated by islam, but because Islam is a religion not like others it is different in a way which makes some people scared and want...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A searching analysis of Islam, 20 Jan. 2012
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Valetta (Bradford, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion (Kindle Edition)
Rebecca Bynum really probes into the heart of islamic doctrine and experience from a philosophical and religio-psychological perspective. She shows a profound understanding of the fundamental nature of islam and its even more fundamental shortcomings. I found myself highlighting line after line and reviewing all my marks again and again as this book certainly repays re-reading. What struck me most of all was the amoral nature of islamic codes of behaviour. What the author shows forcefully is the robotic and unthinking nature of islamic conformity, a conformity which completely by-passes the muslim's moral sensibility. This is contrasted in a very illuminating way with the Christian emphasis on moral reflection and the inner education of the soul. Where islam enforces outward compliance with detailed rules about everything, Christianity teaches the importance of seeing and knowing what is truly in your heart - a big difference. Islam demands blind obedience and submission toward the goal of furthering islamic domination and achieving self-oriented goals in the afterlife for the believer as a reward. There was a section on the evolving concept of God through the Old Testament that I found a bit tedious (as a non-believer) but overall I rate this book very highly in what is becoming quite a competitive market.

I would summarise one of the key messages of the book as follows: Islam fools Muslims into believing that blind obedience to an arbitrary system of rules is the same thing as morality and, in so doing, it imprisons them in a complex maze of moral darkness. They need to find a way out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than the title suggests., 25 Jun. 2013
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I'll give this book five stars because it's a such a well researched and lucid account of the fundamental differences between Judeo-Christianity and Islam. The author's knowledge and understanding is very impressive but I have to say it's also a very hard read. Having said that and despite the fact that the writing is often uninspired and rather flat the ideas are well worth pursuing.

It's a pity the book isn't better written because I'd go so far as to say that this is an important work. In the West - whether we appreciate it or not - we have been brought up to view the world from a lliberal and Christian perspective, Christian principles run deep and inform our outlook and values to such an extent that we fail to realise that Islam is an entirely different kettle of fish.

Islam, it seems, is an ideology that looks inwards and seeks to enslave it's adherents with an explicit goal of dominating the world whereas Judeo-Christianity and other major religions look outwards and in accepting the differences between people seek to free their members in a world where liberty, equality and fraternity are bywords..

Essentially, this is more than just a book about Islam, the author delves into the philosophy of religion and it's importance to the human psyche and examines the way in which science, in particular, has served to devalue human worth, aspiration and spirituality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful but obtuse, 19 April 2015
This review is from: Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion (Kindle Edition)
This book is well worth a read and raises some potent and intellectually serious questions concerning the nature of truth and value, contrasting how different belief systems approach these, Islam, materialism and christianity.

In doing this it highlights the particular short comings of the first two and the often neglected wisdom and importance of the latter, and in this respect the book contains and deals with a lot of serious thought and arguments.

However where I would most certainly fault this book is how obtuse it's assumptions and descriptions can be. For example Muslims and Islamic thought is presented as being almost monolithic without the ability to adapt or be subject the reinterpretation, which is just plainly ignorant, no matter how valid the objections raised against islam are as Bynum presents it, and how it does manifest itself in many countries in the world.
Equally the lack of any alternative presented as to the possibility of engendering transcendent values into western society other than a return to Christianity is also problematic and quite blinkered.
And finally the treatment of materialism though valid in many respects does also run over into rather emotive and lazy dismissal. Bynum for sure is better than the crude scientism that she attacks but her attacks on materialism are very sweeping culminating in the most shocking statement in the piece towards the end of the book which states that Nazism was nothing but Darwinism carried to its logical extremes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for the 21st century!, 8 April 2015
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Wow amazing read. We ALL need to read this book. Muslims and non-muslims alike. Well written, well researched coherent and informative. Rebecca Bynam covers this subject with tact and compassion. If there can be a way forward for muslim people to live in harmony with the rest of us Ms Bynam offers us a way forward that does not involve the demise of our culture.
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1 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Biased and opinionated... waste of money!, 2 July 2012
This review is from: Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion (Kindle Edition)
Obviously the author must have been influenced HUGELY by the media's view of islam, this book shows to me that it is a close minded view of islam and islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, so I dont think billions of muslims are alienated by islam, but because Islam is a religion not like others it is different in a way which makes some people scared and want to discriminate islam so it keeps their fear at bay. Islam should be given a chance not discriminated.
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