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The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran | [Robert Spencer]

The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran

The Koran: It may be the most controversial book in the world. Some see it as a paean to peace, others call it a violent mandate for worldwide Islamic supremacy. How can one book lead to such dramatically different conclusions?
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The Koran: It may be the most controversial book in the world. Some see it as a paean to peace, others call it a violent mandate for worldwide Islamic supremacy. How can one book lead to such dramatically different conclusions? New York Times best-selling author Robert Spencer reveals the truth in The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran: not many Westerners know what's in the Koran because few have actually read it---even among the legions of politicians, diplomats, analysts, and editorial writers who vehemently insist that the Koran preaches tolerance. Now Spencer unveils the mysteries lying behind this powerful book, guiding listeners through the controversies surrounding the Koran's origins and its most contentious passages. Stripping out the obsolete debates, Spencer focuses on the Koran's decrees toward Jews, Christians, and other infidels, explaining how they were viewed in Muhammad's time, what they've supposedly done wrong, and, most important, what the Koran has in store for them.

©2009 Robert Spencer; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Todd United States 12-04-13
    Todd United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Not exactly what I was looking for"

    Choosing this book, I thought I was going to get insight into how Islam works for Muslims in helping them connect to God, with an in-depth look at the Koran in a manner that explains Koranic concepts to non-Mulsims. That was not exactly the case.

    While this book is very much in-depth and meticulously written and soundly argued, there is very little about the spiritual or mystical aspects of Islam. It is very clear in its forward or preface that this is a cautionary book about the entrenched violence, disdain for the infidel and outright deception that is sactioned in the Koran. How Koranic verses are very clear and often repeated in their hatred of the infidel and how Muslims are compelled by the Koran to subdue all to Islam by sword or subjugation, not matter what.

    I did appreciate learning about the Koran, its compilation, Muhammad and the 7th century environment in which Islam was first proselytized. Spencer hits on all the high points of concern for Christians and Jews, women and of course terrorism. He gives Koranic references constantly, including the commentary of the Hadith as well as many Muslim scholars and theologian's points of view on the Koranic verses. As well, there are interesting biographical elements to Muhammad's story here too.

    So the book is extremely rich in knowledge. And for that I am thankful and enjoyed learning about Islam. But it was painful to wade through the basic tenant of the book, that infidels are in grave danger. What Spencer never squares is the fact that hundreds of millions of Muslims (22% of world population according to Wikipedia) live in peace throughout the world, with no intention of Jihad.

    The final nail in the coffin is that in his conclusion, Spencer talks about the Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has alarmist views on Islam and has been often liked to a Nazi in his views on how to deal with Islam. If you are thinking of reading this book, just take a look at the titles of Spencer's other 12 books on Islam (I wish I did). You'll get the idea. If that's what you're looking for, then this book is for you. If you are looking for insight into the spiritual of Islam, best keep looking.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle 10-03-10
    Gayle 10-03-10
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    "Indisputable facts"

    There are those who would shrink from the message in this book - that the Koran is not a religion of peace, that a major theme of Islam is to subjugate all those of a different religion. This book, mostly in tedious way, goes through the Koran in detail. It analyzes the many positions on the Koran, e.g. that sections of it (regarding killing infidels, for example) are read "out of context." It looks at the sections that are contradictory, or that are used to validate the claim that the Koran is just a book of wisdom. The Infide's Guide is somewhat dry and somewhat tedious, as it analyzes the positions and then cites the verses in the book that support or refute these claims.

    No one can say that this book is a rant against Islam. That is what makes it so compelling. It is a scholarly, dry, and altogether horrifying look at what the Koran really says. You can't deny it, because the citations are there, and there are many.

    This is a must-read for those who want to cut through the rhetoric and conflicting emotional appeals and learn the basic content of the Koran. While the author takes a clear editorial position, the only conclusion that this reader can make is that the editorial bent is driven by a criticial reading of the Koran.

    The narration is adequate for the task.

    19 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Jon W Burris San Antonio, Tx, US 11-18-12
    Jon W Burris San Antonio, Tx, US 11-18-12
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    "Your Guess is as Good as Mine"
    Would you listen to The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran again? Why?

    No. It's a book that's very clear on the authors stance. All points are clear as a bell.


    Would you recommend The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran to your friends? Why or why not?

    I knew nothing of the Koran before I got this book. I need another viewpoint before I can recommend it.


    What about Lloyd James’s performance did you like?

    outstanding.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 09-14-12
    Aaron 09-14-12
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    "An 'Infidel' is the Muslim term for "Unbeliever""

    If you are interested in learning more about Islam, albeit in a critical way, this book is worth a listen.

    The "Infidel's Guide" points out a number of inconsistencies within the religion -- and-- its founder, as well as states the major tenets of the religion of Islam, and some common misperceptions. It gives a brief history of Islam, and states what Muslims consider holy about the book and its prophet, while the narrator states what he considers false about this religion from a Biblical perspective.

    If you are a Christian wondering about the impact of Islam, and would like to learn more about this religion, and why it is a false religion, this book is also recommended.

    As an aside, the tone of this book (as the title may suggest) is not one of respect for Islam or its founders, but seems to me to convey a transparency and frankness about the disparity between the two religions. The tone, seems to me, conveys one that is similar to how Muslims feel about Jews and Christians (many verses from the Koran are mentioned about this).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dane DURHAM, NC, United States 01-26-12
    Dane DURHAM, NC, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you listen to The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran again? Why?

    I'll probably listen to it again, there are a lot of layers to the analysis, the first read will give a good overview.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran?

    The history of how the Koran actually came about and how many muslims have not read it in their native language.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's a little too analytically intense to do in one sitting.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David craig, CO, United States 10-08-12
    David craig, CO, United States 10-08-12
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    "Very interesting!"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was not quite what I expected but I was satisfied with the read. I would recommend it to any Infidel looking for more information on the Koran. Since reading this book I have read the Koran, and several other books about the Koran and the life of Mohamed. From these other reads I can say that author was unbiased and presented true information in the material covered. I think that in light of current world affairs this book would be good for every one to read.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Tumacacori, AZ, United States 03-26-12
    Greg Tumacacori, AZ, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Educational objective evaluation"
    If you could sum up The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran in three words, what would they be?

    This book gave me the tools and information I needed to make an educated decision as to the nature and goals of Islam via its


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Larry 04-16-12
    Larry 04-16-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Scary"

    I generally am a skeptic. An author must Prove his points ,in a book such as this. For that matter, in any non-fiction. I expect a bias , towards the particular author's point of view. As long as I know where he's coming from, that bias is OK. I can , and will , seek out other points of view, and make up my own mind.
    When it comes to Islam , however, my mind is made up, and was, before this book. The author gave me many new insights , that I previously didn't have, , but only confirmed what I already knew to be true.
    His opinion , in the last few minutes of the book, on what we Infidels can do , here in the U.S. , are well thought out, and reasoned. I believe them, however , to be wholly inadequate.
    They are, however, much more realistic , than our "Leaders" , here and abroad, running around , proclaiming Islam a "Religion of Peace".
    That is akin to proclaiming L. Ron Hubbard's " Scientology ", a real Religion, when, in fact, Hubbard set that whole farce up to escape the 90% Tax Rate, back when he was writing well.
    Forgive the analogy. Though Islam is akin.
    My only real complaint , is due to my advanced age, and , therefor, my forgetting what certain terms mean. The author refers to them, without reminding us , late in the book , as to what they mean. As I listened to the book over many days, I hope to be forgiven for forgetting what those Arab terms meant.
    To sum it up , if you think 9/11 was a fluck, think again. My eyes were opened that day. If yours were not , this book will open them, if you dare .
    God help us , if it doesn't.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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