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The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Is this really Islam?

This is in general an easy to read, informative book, but either the author has a bias, or mainstream Islam is not the religion of peace, except perhaps if everyone submits to it. Lewis claims that jihad has meant military struggle for 14 centuries, not a moral or inter...
This is in general an easy to read, informative book, but either the author has a bias, or mainstream Islam is not the religion of peace, except perhaps if everyone submits to it. Lewis claims that jihad has meant military struggle for 14 centuries, not a moral or interior struggle. He states that the spreading of Islam is also the spreading of political dominance, and he states that Muhammed admonished all Muslims to continue the struggle until all of the infidels submit. Can the rest of the world live with that? More specifically jihad has been a struggle against Judaism and Christianity. According to Lewis, it does not seem like a small radical fringe that support this idea, but rather that by history and culture, this idea has been inculcated into the average believer in Islam. Is he biased or is this the truth?

posted by Anonymous on June 23, 2003

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5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Betrayed

I was looking for something insightful when I spent a lot of money on this book, but I found myself frustrated, manipulated, and misinformed from beginning to end. I could not believe that the author would actually refer to the reader as 'us' when he made his profoundly...
I was looking for something insightful when I spent a lot of money on this book, but I found myself frustrated, manipulated, and misinformed from beginning to end. I could not believe that the author would actually refer to the reader as 'us' when he made his profoundly biased claims against Islam. What kind of 'academic historian' would use the words 'us' when speaking to the public at large on such a divided issue? He ignores some very important aspects of Islam. Something fishy is going on here. I'm not an academic and I'm not a muslim, but I was deeply annoyed by this author and the disservice he has done to humanity. He's not even a good writer. Not recommended.

posted by Anonymous on February 16, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2003

    Is this really Islam?

    This is in general an easy to read, informative book, but either the author has a bias, or mainstream Islam is not the religion of peace, except perhaps if everyone submits to it. Lewis claims that jihad has meant military struggle for 14 centuries, not a moral or interior struggle. He states that the spreading of Islam is also the spreading of political dominance, and he states that Muhammed admonished all Muslims to continue the struggle until all of the infidels submit. Can the rest of the world live with that? More specifically jihad has been a struggle against Judaism and Christianity. According to Lewis, it does not seem like a small radical fringe that support this idea, but rather that by history and culture, this idea has been inculcated into the average believer in Islam. Is he biased or is this the truth?

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2006

    'A' plus for Mr.Lewis!!!

    I respected his courage for writing such a book. Although I personally disagree some of his writings, but overall.. he has done a good job in giving information about the Muslim world. Chapter Nine 'The Rise of Terrorism' good chapter for everyone to read. Some theories about 9/11, information of terrorism, and many more should be interesting for all of us.

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