What the two most negative reviewers of this book claim to be truth, are only a function of the historical paradigm in which we currently live. True, we may not see Christians killing each other now, but that was not always true. And Christians may be more tolerant now, but that is certainly not historically true. Islam does have a history of peace, coexistence, and tolerance. This may not be what we see today, but remember only the negative and prejudicial make news.
It was only in 1920 that women in the US were allowed to vote, and child labor laws were still abused. We are very quick to forget our own shortcomings and view ourselves as a morally superior and enlightened group. This book is an attempt to show that Islam is not synonymous with terrorism and rights abuse, the same way that Christianity does not mean Crusades and The Inquisition. This book shows that Islam can play a vital and integral role in bringing world peace. But if some of these reviewers are representative of US or world opinion, maybe it is us that won?t let them become more than the stereotype we have.
The book is textually sound and gives good exaples from Islamic writings and history. I do wish it would go into greater detail, but that is my own curiosity. I don't nescessarily agree with all that he says but my opinion is to give the book a chance and maybe it will change what you think Islam is really about.
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