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1.0 out of 5 stars Full of contradictions and apprehensions-complete waste of time, 11 April 2012
This review is from: In The Shadow Of The Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World (Kindle Edition)
Firstly, the title is misleading and does not represent the book or it's storyline.

As the author attempts to take a clinical view of authenticity of documentation and records of Sunnah and Ahadiths, it's start by spelling 'Sahih al-Bukhari' INCORRECTLY. I found the written has taken on a task to bitterly gone to the limits of his ability to turn the picture extremely dark and full of contradictions. There are plenty of evidences and places to be visited personally to clear one's head from such doubts. The author somehow tries to implement his grasp of the history and material but completely failed once was was through first 50 pages!!

I would not recommend it to any one as its misleading and can easily put you on wrong ideology.

My first and last read from this author. Hardly find any good references for the author- DONOT KNOW WHY TIME PUT IT AS MUST READ!

MISLEADING AND FULL OF CONTRADICTIONS & APPREHENSIONS- may be author needs to clear his head up before writing or try to find work that's within his grasp.

Regret buying it..
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Initial post: 11 Apr 2012 23:46:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Apr 2012 19:34:48 BDT
Book fan says:

Have read some reviews and just got started on this book - basically, I've got through some of the pages the author of this review found objectionable. I enjoyed them and am going to press on, anticipating that I'll find the book stimulating and informative. I've read some of Tom Holland's other histories and although he's not an historian of the first rank he is a talented summariser and populariser.

This is a history book and not a religious work and I'd guess that anyone who's not reconciled to the idea that religious movements have historical roots and that religions are cultural artefacts will not find this a comfortable read. I gather the book is even handed and takes a similar approach to the three major monotheistic faiths so the author may have cut himself out a tidy parcel of grief!

I'd suggest this isn't a book for anyone who doesn't like being unsettled. Read something else instead?

I'll post again with my review when I've finished the book.

Posted on 11 Apr 2012 23:49:56 BDT
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Posted on 12 Apr 2012 11:52:41 BDT
This, quite frankly, is an appalling review. I appreciate that the writer's first language may not be English (which begs the question 'why not review the book on a site that uses your first language?'), but it doesn't actually tell me why the book is apparently so poor. It's apparently misleading and full of contradictions, but we're never told why, or offered any examples of this.

The whole review seems calculated to inflict damage on the book and drive the rating down - and I can make a few guesses as to the reasons why someone would do that ('to defend their religion' being the most likely).

As Book fan says above, Holland has probably cut himself out a tidy parcel of grief by concentrating on this subject in particular, and sadly this review seems to illustrate that.

Posted on 12 Apr 2012 11:55:04 BDT
As English does not appear to be your first language (no offence intended), you did well to read a tome of five hundred pages so quickly given that the book was only published in the last few days. Forgive me, but have you actually read it all, or indeed at all? And what exactly do you mean by 'wrong ideology'? Do you mean that the author's ideology conflicts with your ideology - and if so what would that be?

Posted on 12 Apr 2012 19:12:18 BDT
Rational says:
Sounds like the reviewer read or was told something about this book they didn't like.

Posted on 13 Apr 2012 07:22:23 BDT
Tim Randall says:
You are a touchy Muslim...and I claim my £20.00. Oh, and learn how to write properly if you are going to review books.

Posted on 13 Apr 2012 12:12:52 BDT
King Lear says:
It seems a bit rich to complain about a spelling mistake in a review that is itself full of grammatical errors!

Posted on 13 Apr 2012 12:45:47 BDT
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Posted on 13 Apr 2012 12:54:31 BDT
This illiterate review betrays a total lack of objective. A comprehension of the English language and syntax might help this reviewer to better understand critical objectivity rather than the nonsense published here.

Posted on 13 Apr 2012 13:50:54 BDT
Sgt Pinback says:
Expect many other pitiful reviews like this - fundamentalists, of any religion, don't like it when facts demolish their disgusting world view. If Holland is making people like 'Casual Cool' angry, he is certainly doing something right.
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