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Publisher's Summary

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. The result is an accessible but never simplistic guide that challenges stereotypical views, from women and banking to war and Malcolm X.

Complete with advice for visitors to Muslim countries, and with carefully chosen primary sources, maps, and illustrations, this is the ideal summary for the listener looking for an unbiased overview of the religious and political world issues that have become part of our everyday lives.

©2006 Paul Grieve (P)2014 Audible Ltd

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Fair and square

It is unrealistic to expect someone to write a serious book on a subject without developing strong emotional ties to it. Moreover, those ties are likely to be of a positive nature. In the other words, the author who writes seriously about Muslims will sympathize with them, and it is only normal.

Current conflict between the Muslim and the Western worlds and between Muslims and Jews makes the topic particularly hot. One who removes the lid from the boiling pot must not be surprised when he sees boiling water, even gets a few hot drops on his skin.

I give five stars to the author, who, while loving Muslims, never sounds irritated, refrains from outwardly negative assessments and stays in this hot stream as cool as possible. I have not sensed a hint of antisemitic or anti-western inclinations when a proponent of the Muslim point of view would be expected to fall into some.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and have understood Muslim cause a great deal more as a result of reading it without loosing a bit of my Western and Jewish sympathies.

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  • Craig
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • 05-05-15

Very good book, but biased

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I read the book because I wanted to find out more about Islam, and this is an excellent book for that. There is a lot of information about belief, history, the schools, culture, architecture, food and politics.

However there are sections (in particular towards the beginning) whereby it is very biased towards Islam and against Christianity and Judaism. He is almost trying to show why Islam is better then Christianity and Judaism, presenting a very one-sided view of many historical events.

But if you can ignore the bias, having read the book I feel I have a much better understanding and I would recommend the book to anybody wanting to find out more about Islam.

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Take the good with the bad

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?

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The author's shock-talk, almost begging for a fight, is cloying at best. Nothing new is revealed here...

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  • paul
  • 02-13-14

Guess its difficult to please everyone

i see the reviews are extremely polarized, No doubt because any one interested in the subject comes at it from a point of view. I picked this book as I have always wanted to understand the religion and had lived ten years in Saudi Arabia so had many questions to answer.

I think the author tried his best, though claiming to be agnostic he tries to reveal the belief system without any comment or challenge and leaves the reader to make up his own mind. I got the sense he felt he was walking on egg shells a bit.

He also shows a particular ant US bias and quite keen to draw the readers attention to what he perceives to be strongly anti US sentiments within the Middle East Muslim world. He over plays tis aspect

otherwise an interesting if not authoritative read


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