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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent example of balony detection!, 31 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Questioning Islam: Tough Questions & Honest Answers About the Muslim Religion (Kindle Edition)
I've been looking fo a work like this for a couple of years.

Most of my recent reading has been ancient religious texts or books by biblical scholars and historians as well as anthropologists like Robin Dunbar. I found myself pondering the "Dunbar Number(s)" - measuring the population of social groups - and "Theory Of Mind" - our capacities for appreciation of others' viewpoints - as I read "Questioning Islam." It's been a struggle to find non-sycophantic books on Islam or Big Mo.
This is a fascinating and clearly focused analysis of the foundations and marketing of that religion. I pefer Peter Townsend's style to that of Robert Spencer - in whom I've also invested many kindle-hours.
Townsend's penetrative intellect isn't blunted by the years he's spent studying Islam's footprint on its victims' psyches and the threats it poses globally. At points I found myself seeking defences of koranic words - "do the sura implicitly undermine the analysis I'm reading?" But I regularly read the koran (I've a copy in the downstairs toilet) and long ago compared it to "a poorly-written 1970s sales manual:" agressive and full of pre-closes, positioning phrases and price conditioning. The seven muslims I shared this description with, one dark night outside after a debate, told me I needed to read the original Arabic. Townsend reveals their advice to be on a par with the US congressman who, on hearing the bible was to be translated, said "if English was good enough for Jesus..."

This is a book I'll be buying several copies of. Along with Richard Carrier's "Bayes Theoem..." and Ophelia Benson's co-written "Does God Hate Women?" I've lots of rereading and studying to do.

There are some questions that remain:
Muhammad historical?
How can we expose and undermine the vulgar grooming of children (without which most religions would have their recruitment disabled)?
What's Islam's sponsorship of FGM (active, passive, variable, uncaring)?
Is Islam really just 600 years behind christianity (whose 30 000 plus denominations vary in pomposity and child abue)?

"Questioning Islam: Tough Questions & Answers" is a book for every home and school library. I heartilly recommend you treat, inform and equip yourself with its insights.
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