Considering the controversial and politically sensitive subject of this book, the author's strategy was clearly to combat the expected charge of bigotry by almost exclusively quoting the Koran, the news media, history books, and Islamic religious and political leaders such that the bulk of the material is not the author's interpretation, but rather the words of the Koran and the interpretation of its Muslim leaders. Given this almost legalistic style, I will say the redundancy of Koranic scripture can be a bit grinding. After 4 hours of chapter after chapter of quotations calling for violence, intolerance, bigotry, killing, oppression, conquest, torture and jihad I couldn’t believe I was only halfway through the book! However, the book did start looking at historical and current events related to Islam about then, so my interest was renewed. The realistic look at the Crusades was really a gem, having been educated in the liberal tradition, I believed the Crusades to be spontaneous, unjustified acts of European aggression. However, it is interesting to realize that the Crusades were chronologically a response to Muslim aggression, not a cause of it. It is also interesting to think that without the distraction that Crusades created against aggressive Islamic designs on Europe, European civilization may never have had the opportunity to progress securely, and then to flourish to create the culture we live in today... otherwise, no Galileo, Boticelli, Mozart, Shakespeare, Newton, Faraday, Dickens, Curie or Einstein. Overall the book is very informative, if anxiety-provoking. It seems we are facing a single-minded intolerant adversary of militant religionists committed to conquest and subjugation of nonbelievers, and our politically correct tendencies may be a great detriment in assessing this threat and its ability to be negotiated with. The book gives a perspective on the current terroristic and jihadist crisis one will not find in the news. Get it!
The Author opened my eyes about a lot of facts about Islam and the truth about Jihad and it’s motives .
The only disappointing point is the author is extremely biased when it comes to Crusades and the comparison between Jesus and Mohammed wasn’t very good specially he could used a lot of Hadeeth (Mohammed’s Saying) that’d made his point more clearer than the verses he used from The Quran.
In the words of Swiss journalist and author, Roger Du Pasquier “The West, whether Christian or dechristianised, has never really known Islam. Ever since they watched it appear on the world stage, Christians never ceased to insult and slander it in order to find justification for waging war on it.
Islam, Muslims and The Quran have become a subject of major concern to the world media, religious groups and people, especially after the events of September 11th 2001 in the USA. Many articles and books have been written about a religion followed by over one billion people worldwide, some of which saw in Islam a separate civilization that will inevitably clash with the current dominant western civilization, but some were more optimistic, showing interest in a constructive debate, seeking understanding. However, many of these writings continued to perpetuate misinformation and repeat the same common misconceptions, thus giving a distorted picture of what islam is about, and what The Quran actually says.
I suggest to read a book titled (Even angels ask ) by Jeffery Lang Or watch his lecture on youtube titled (The purpose of life - Jeffery Lang). You will learn many things that are not only related to Islam but also answers so many questions asked by many individuals such as why do we exist , what's the meaning of life etc.
This book is so over the top, I felt like I was listening to a well reasoned WWII tract on why the Japanese are evil monsters or why the German people are superior and the Jews should be exterminated. With sections like: Mohommed vs. Jesus and Books You are Not Supposed to Read, you get this continual view that Islam preaches violence and cannot be reconciled with Western society. Wake up White People! Or maybe it's already too late and we wake up to the land of Euarabia in place of France, born of our own ambivelence for our Christian heritage, political correctness and lack of undertanding of the true nature of our enemy. Or maybe not. Balance is not the objective here. This book give you something to think about. I've thought about it, and it's just wrong.
This book opens your mind to the true nature of Islam(although there might be a few of that faith that would disagree), it changed my perspective of the religion and its followers. I don't think i will have a "jihad" any time soon but I will definitely be paying better attention to what is going in in that part of the world as well as my own. This book is a must read for any non-believer of Islam. I would rate it 6 stars across the board if there was another one available.
The subject matter is very interesting, but the snide tone of the narrator and text made me wonder whether the information was credible. This topic should be of interest to everyone who wants to understand current geopolitics, but I would look elsewhere to get information on Islam. Don't waste your time on this one.
If you like tabloids and half truths, you'll enjoy Mr. Spencer's writing. The book is a melodramatic view of Islam and Muslims full of historical distortions and loaded, emotionally charged words. The writing is amateurish and the style insipid. This is not a scholarly work.
I started listening expecting to be somewhat entertained. However, the narration quickly turned into a drone and I lost interest. I even tried fast forwarding to different parts, hoping to get caught up but I couldn't. Maybe someone might be interested in listening to this but not me.
Avid history and fiction/non-fiction fan.
I thought this book was very concise and detailed. I have not read the Qu'ran or checked the cited S'uras. If what Mr Spencer details is true, Islamic life is misery for anyone who is not a Muslim. Scary...