Mr. Spencer is no stranger to controversy, as his books and his 'Jihadwatch' Web site speak for themselves, yet he manages never to pull his punches. He takes quotations from the Qur'an, and other works held in high regard, and uses them to present different sides of the Prophet's character: his skill as a military leader, his views on other religions, his pressure and agitation for constant war against unbelievers. It's a challenging work, and will probably win him fans and sworn enemies in equal measure.
James Adams reads the audiobook, endowed with a mellow English accent, yet tackling the Arabian pronunciation with skill and aplomb. The English accent surprised me, since Robert Spencer is American, but being a straight factual work I believe a good voice from either side of the Atlantic would suffice. I listened in one sitting; the near seven hours passing remarkably swiftly (always a good sign) and the narration and audio quality were of consistently high quality. Simply an all-round excellent book.
--Brad Jackson, UK
Spencer details Muhammad's development from a preacher of hellfire and damnation into a political and military leader who expanded his rule by force of arms, promising his warriors luridly physical delights in Paradise if they were killed in his cause. He explains how the Qur'an's teaching on warfare against unbelievers developed, with constant war to establish the hegemony of Islamic law as the last stage.
© 2006 Robert Spencer; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
Biased author. Too bad so many people are following a flawed human and thinking otherwise. Don't waste your money and time... It wasn't worth the $4.95 I spent on it.
This book is filled with information. Alot true and more untrue. The problem is the writer does not have a clear idea of the quran. He has taken alot of the verses out of its context and made it suit his own point of view.
Alot of the facts of the history is also untrue. I dont know where he got his information from?
I am positive there are much better books out there.
I can challange alot of what was said in this book.
When I first started listening to this book I thought to myself that the author must be exagerating the situation. Then I started checking all his assertions by cross referencing to a copy of the Koran I took out of the library. The terrifying truth is that everything is exactly as Spencer states it. And the most terrifying of it all is that the Koran forms the basis of criminal and civil law for parts of the Muslim world. We should take his warning seriously and beware of extremism of any kind regardless of its pedigree.. If you want more information check out the author's web site at www.jihadwatch.org.
All of the knowledge and information I received. Mohammad was an interesting person. Even though he was unable to write it's amazing he and his scribes were able to remember all that the spirit told him to repeat. It's a shame that most of the information he got from Jews and heiretic Christians was incorrect.
His fear of the alleged spirit of the angel interested. Where was Ala? Usually The Lord speaks directly to His subjects.
Unable to decide. James Adams spoke the names and places in Arabia, but didn't really do well with the different characters portrayed.
Fear of repercussions.
Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.
I found Mr. Spencer's approach to this effort was reasoned and balanced, an intellectual examination of a very controversial topic. I learned quite a lot. I wish that he had gone into the history of the Koran a little deeper, being that it was the first book written in Arabic (hence the 4-stars). Overall an excellent study of Islam. I highly recommend it.
I didn't realize how much I did not know about the life of the key figure in Islam before I listened to this book. It certainly is a controversial piece for anyone who is emotionally invested in this religion, but the account seems to be pretty balanced, even though it does not paint the main hero in a positive way. The author however tries mostly to avoid judgement or speculation and to present only facts.
In my opinion he succeeds in demystifying the religious figure of the prophet, and to gather as much information about him as is currently possible. Even though there are a few conclusions and suggestions made during the book, and it is quite clear which side of the debate Spencer is on, I feel that he does successfully present the case and the historical account. Even if you disagree with the conclusion, it is definitely worth listening to.
The narration was pleasant to my ears as well.
The story, while well researched, is too detailed regarding all the battles and commings and goings of the different characters. With an abundance of references, in the printed form the reader can choose whether to skip the references or to consult all, some, or a particular one at a given point, but in the audio presentation I found it annoying having to listen to all those meaningless numbers read out every so often, interrupting the line of thought. I would suggest a new recording, with either none or only the most outstanding references read out.
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