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.
This book serves three major purposes. First, it helps you understand the structure and origin of the Islamic Religion. Second it gives a recount of the life and times of Muhammad. Third, it places the puzzling actions of Muslims in a clear and stark light of their traditions and beliefs. While I was somewhat disturbed by the implications of this book it is an invaluable read. No responsible Westerner should overlook this book . . . or disregard its warnings.
Audio: Narrator James Adams does an excellent job. His British accent and pronounciation of the many Arabic words are both very understandble. The pace is just right, neither dragging nor being a "speed-read". The recording is clear and unobstructed by any interference. I will look for other works J. Adams has read as possible future choices.
Content: As in Spencer's P.I. Guide to Islam that I read, this book is packed with referenced facts. These are largely quotes and accounts from the Quran, Sura, and hadith. The book is largely a fascinating and reasonably brief historical account of the life of Muhammad. As a Protestant Westerner and minor history buff, I enjoyed it and felt educated by it! I was enthralled enough to listen to the 7 hour book within a single 24-hr period. Spencer sticks to the facts throughout and lets them speak for themselves. Only in the final chapter does he coalesce the various points presented and apply them to our modern world. Is 7th century Muhammad a bad example for conduct in the 21st century? (My question.) Read\listen and decide for yourself. I highly recommend this book.
Here is current information not found in news reports, a perspective taken from Islamic documents. In light of hair-trigger reactions, it's amazing that the author and publisher decided to provide this insight.
Given the current political situation in the Muslim world, it's important for westerners to learn about the prophet Muhammad and the origins of Islam. This book presents a clear, concise account of the prophet and his religion, while stimulating thought--and, hopefully, discussion on the topic. Makes for good, interesting listening.
Spencer’s book will make you want to learn more about early Islamic history. He does not mince harsh words about one of the world’s largest and fastest growing religions.
This book is a careful and scholarly analysis of Muhammad and his legacy based on respected islamic sources.
Muhammad is revered by something close to one billion people and held up as an example of how his followers should live their lives. His apologists often point out his wisdom, his charisma, and the respect he earned from his contemporaries. What his islamic apologists don't mention to non-muslims is that he was a bloodthirsty warlord who married a seven year old girl, his daughter-in-law, and 10 to 15 other women. He conquered the Arabian peninsula in the name of his new religion, and repeatedly commanded his followers to kill non-muslims "wherever they found them". His example reverberates to this day. The "religion of peace" is often anything but, and no amount of wishful thinking will make it so. The West sorely needs a better understanding of the life of Muhammad and the example he set.
I was shocked to learn about Islam & their prophet, Mohammed. I took those saying Islam is peaceful at their word - it is not. Mohammed was a brutal, warring figure. One has a far better understanding of why the Jihadist are so fanatic in their ways after listening. I would be interested in any books that say otherwise about this religion and their prophet. The book is well-referenced and well read.
I am guessing I have purchased better than 60 audible books to date. I should review more of them on this site. Robert Spencer is one of Audible's invaluable authors. Before I got hooked up with Audible, I bought and listened to the cassette tape edition of Spencer's "Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest Growing Faith." It is excellent. I notice with Islam Unveiled, as with these reviews here on "The Truth About Muhammad," there are some one or two starred reviews from people that either did not appear to have listened to the audio book or from people who only reviewed "one" audio book on the Audible web-site:
I've got three good biographies of Muhammad including Audible's "Muhammad" by Martin Lings. I recommend it, though unlike Spencer, Lings' biography is more of an apologetic of the prophet's life. Suffice it to say, Muhammad, unlike Jesus and Moses, was a warrior-king along the order of King David, though perhaps more violent than David. There may be those who will dispute this point. A Biography that details the violent exploits of a warrior-king is not necessarily an exciting read or listen, yet in the case of Muhammad it is a must read; because he was and still is such an important historical figure. Robert Spencer is a scholar on Islam whether you agree with his conclusions or not. I cannot recommend Spencer's books enough to audible subscribers; all of them.
Yes, it brings about many facts and events that are correct according to my account of the history of islam.
Yes, He has critical sense and an apparent accademic presentation.
All the verses of Quraan, it touch me deeply in the heart. It is my first time to listen to them in English, with such elegant reading.
No, i had to stop many times and reflect on what was said
As a muslim i felt offended in many places reading this book. And I disgaree with much of the critique that was writtern about Prophet Mohammed. But it was interesting to know how Non-muslims may interpret Islam and the Islamic beliefs.
This is a very illuminating book, about the beginnings of Islam. It is full of interesting facts about where Mohammad came from, and how he was chosen as the prophet.It also tells what the division between the major sects is all about, this not a book about modern mainstream Islam. It tells the how and why Islam is more like Christianity than most Muslims will admit. If you are trying to understand The mind set of the Islamic radicals this book will help.
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