- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Regnery Publishing (22. September 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1596981040
- ISBN-13: 978-1596981041
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,6 x 1,5 x 22,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 135.940 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran (Complete Infidel's Guides) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 22. September 2009
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ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of ten books, including the "New York Times" bestsellers "The Truth About Muhammad" and "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)". Spencer is a weekly columnist for "Human Events" and "FrontPage Magazine", and has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army's Asymmetric Warfare Group, the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the U.S. intelligence community.
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As a "Guide," the book pulls together the fragments of themes which are actually scattered in various parts of the Koran, explains illusions which would not be understood by the average English reader -- such as "right hand possesses" and "striving in the way of Allah", highlights the many contradictory themes, and compares the descriptions of events recorded by the "all-knowing Allah" with existing pre-Islamic accounts of the same events. Thanks to Spencer's patient unravelling of the Gordian knot, readers will gain new insights into many of familiar themes in religious history and theology.
But Spencer acknowledges on page 97 that all of this new knowledge may not help Infidels vis-a-vis Muslims: ". . [t]he Koran consistently assumes that the Infidels are not people who have come to a good faith decision that Islam is false. . . In the Koran, those who reject Islam are never acting out of sincere conviction. . . so anyone who rejects it must not be dong so out of intellectual or spiritual conviction, but out of narrow self-interest or desire for material gain. . . In other words, their unbelief in Islam is . . sheer perversity."
If knowledge is power, this book will be very useful for policy makers and opinion leaders.
I would like to close with one last thought. A democracy is only as strong as its voters as it is the will of those who vote that ultimately control the direction the nation will take. As voters we have an obligation to be informed so that we may cast our vote wisely and not waste it by falling prey to slick propaganda and deception. Mr. Spencer's latest work will help you meet your obligation to cast an informed vote on some of the most important issues of our time so please buy it and read it as soon as you can. You will not regret it.
I've read the book three times now, and I have to say, Muslim readers beware; you will not like this book. I'm not a Muslim, so I was not offended. The author is very critical of Islam and at times downright sarcastic. So why did I give it four stars?
Well, I read an English translation of the Koran years ago when I was "searching" for religion. The translator was a Muslim, but I was a bit taken back by antisemitic and anti-Christian verses as I came across them. Prior to those verses I had read with an open mind.
As of late, I've been frustrated hearing again and again as our American Presidents Bush and Obama have attempted to convince us that Islam is a "religion of peace". The American media has also repeated this mantra ad nauseam.
My Muslim friends keep telling me that the translation I read was wrong, that the Koran is positive towards "the people of the book" and that the Koran must be read in the original Arabic, etc..
So, I picked up this book.
If you're like me, a Westerner, you've already heard time and time again of the "gotchas" in the bible (Hollywood's favorite is the book of Job), this book will provide you with the "gotchas" in the Koran.
You'll learn the prophet M. allegedly taught it's OK to consummate a marriage with a girl who is nine years old, you'll learn of the obligation to "make war" on the infidels, you'll learn how Jews and Christians are evil, it's OK for Muslims to lie to non-Muslims, and that the Jews supposedly believe that "Ezra is the son of God" (according to the Koran). Say what????
All the gotchas are extensively backed up with Surah and verse so you can look it up yourself to verify the author's claims.
So, I found this book refreshing as it offered a critical view of Islam. As I said, if you're a Westerner, you've certainly been very exposed on the weak points of the bible, and provided with a litany of apologies for Islam, so after all the Rosy presentations of Islam, you may find it refreshing to finally read a critical text.
I found the book informative, humorous, scholarly and a fun read (as a Westerner, again a Muslim may develop an ulcer reading this text). I had to read it a few times to digest the wealth of information (the third time I listened to the unabridged version offered by Audible). So, I was entertained, I laughed out loud, and at times was disgusted.
That's four stars for me.
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