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4.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly and well tempered, 11 Jun 2007
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This review is from: Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), The (Politically Incorrect Guides) (Paperback)
Before you buy this book you need to ask yourself just one question: firstly, am I concerned about radical Islam and doubt the PC "elites" ability to confront it? If the answer is yes, then this is a valuable book to read.

When I bought this book, I expected to read polemic, and weapons grade anti-PC material. In fact, this book is written in a very calm, methodical style, and the author's background as a religious studies researcher clearly visible. He does however insert a private joke, writing DEUS VOLT in the inside cover, which was of course the motto of the crusaders.

The book essentially examines several things. Firstly, a look at the life and times of Muhammad, especially in the context of his military campaigns and how these have influenced radical Islamist doctrines of warfare and its boundaries of acceptable conduct. Secondly, an analysis of Islamic teaching on how to treat conquered peoples, with special emphasis placed on the treatment religious minorities in a Muslim majority context. Thirdly, an analysis of the Crusades, where the myth that this was some act of European bloodlust is conclusively dismissed.

The book does not have any glaring weaknesses, but is slightly short, and I felt that the author could have said more than he did. As with other titles in the series, there are no pictures or photographs, and I felt that these could have been useful to break up the text.

This book is an excellent companion to other books such as "While Europe Slept" by Bruce Bawer and "America Alone" by Mark Steyn.
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