Phillip Petersen

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  • A Brief Guide to Islam

  • Brief Histories
  • By: Paul Grieve
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Exploring the beliefs, history and politics of the ordinary people of Muslim countries, Grieve cuts through the complexities as he examines all aspects of Islam. He also addresses the big issues: Can Islam support true democracy? Is true democracy what the West really wants for Muslim countries or are we merely seeking a cover of legitimacy for a policy of 'might is right'? Paul Grieve is an unbeliever - he is not a born-again Muslim, a proselytizer or a frustrated desert romantic. His aim is to inform.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fair and square

  • By Michael on 10-05-14

Take the good with the bad

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Reviewed: 08-19-17

What did you like best about A Brief Guide to Islam? What did you like least?

Good historical information is presented as well as how history shapes Islamic viewpoints. However, there are numerous occasions where this information is one-sided, prejudicial, and propagandist. (We in the west have a hard time understanding that 9/11 was an obvious outcome to our policies - we should have seen it coming - we deserved it).

I am very pleased overall and have very few complaints. The content exceeded the expectations I had when I first purchased.

Would you ever listen to anything by Paul Grieve again?

Yes. While I have issues with the occasional bigotry in the wording towards Christians, Jesus, and the west, I understand this is not a news article and shouldn't expect facts and a fair and balanced view. The information was presented logically and in-depth and there were attempts not be so prejudicial.

What three words best describe Roger Davis’s voice?

Well paced, good enunciation, pleasant tone.

Was A Brief Guide to Islam worth the listening time?