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The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

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14 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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This book should be required reading and a starting point for anyone seriously interested in Islam and the Crusades. Were the Crusaders perfect - No, but they were trying to recapture Christian lands. Muslims had already invaded Europe by the sword which was how Islam...
This book should be required reading and a starting point for anyone seriously interested in Islam and the Crusades. Were the Crusaders perfect - No, but they were trying to recapture Christian lands. Muslims had already invaded Europe by the sword which was how Islam was spread throughout. Islam has lead to opression and misery everyone it has spread. Look at the global issues today. Islam is in the center of most. It doesn't coexist well anywhere when it builds enmasse. I know too many people that have left their country because of Islam. Does that make all Muslims bad - absolutely not. Unfortunately education in the US has too much of a PC influence and doesn't provide a balanced approach to many subjects. This one included. This book may not be perfect, but it is definetely an eye-opener. Islam and the Koran are not built on the same moral code as Christianity. Read it, observe Muslim behavior worldwide. Islam is built on power, intolerance, and the subjegation of women and non-beliviers. I am not a scholar of Islam, but I am capable of observing Islamic societies. Mr. Spencer doesn't have his facts refuted. Research him and discover only his credibility is attacked. Not his research and information presented.

posted by Anonymous on September 13, 2007

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9 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

Falsity, Deception and Lies at it's best

A true study of Islam is required. Reading the Qur'an, studying the life of Muhammad, and looking at Muslims in history is necessary. Under an Islamic state is the only time we have seen TRUE tolerance. In Muslim Spain, Christains and Jews were allowed to have their ...
A true study of Islam is required. Reading the Qur'an, studying the life of Muhammad, and looking at Muslims in history is necessary. Under an Islamic state is the only time we have seen TRUE tolerance. In Muslim Spain, Christains and Jews were allowed to have their own places of worship as well as their own courts and laws. Where in the world do we see that now. Not only did the Prophet Muhammad demand respect of other religions but he made the Muslims sign a law promising they would die to defend the Churches and Synagogues. Sorry to all those Islamaphobics wanting to find something negative on Islam, but these are the facts.

posted by Anonymous on April 27, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2006

    Falsity, Deception and Lies at it's best

    A true study of Islam is required. Reading the Qur'an, studying the life of Muhammad, and looking at Muslims in history is necessary. Under an Islamic state is the only time we have seen TRUE tolerance. In Muslim Spain, Christains and Jews were allowed to have their own places of worship as well as their own courts and laws. Where in the world do we see that now. Not only did the Prophet Muhammad demand respect of other religions but he made the Muslims sign a law promising they would die to defend the Churches and Synagogues. Sorry to all those Islamaphobics wanting to find something negative on Islam, but these are the facts.

    9 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    Biased

    This book was ridiculously biased, without any basis in the religion of Islam. I'm a muslim, and I know my religion. If you are writing a book on religion, at least some thought should have gone into it, maybe a little bit of studying. This book was just written to give muslims a bad name by confusing the poor public who read this thinking it is the truth

    3 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2006

    YOU CAN'T CHANGE DESTINY

    The book is just hilarious. If any person believes this Spencer guy and his interpretations of Islam, I would be forced to question his logic and his intelligence. It is AGAINST ISLAM to start a war. The guy doesn't even know the definition of Jihad! Spread by the sword huh??? Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world TODAY!!!!!! And has been for the last century--as was predicted by the Prophet (pbuh)--no book written against this miraculous religion can change its DESTINY. Who's forcing who to do what? Are Muslims forcing the Westerners to convert to Islam? Are they holding up a sword against their necks and forcing them to convert?? Believe me if this was the case, you would not have millions of Arab Christians (who were in Islamic territory before and after the advent of Islam). Go learn Islamic history and law from someone who knows what they're talking about--you owe it to yourself--you've only got one life to live--it would be a shame to throw it away on a piece of junk book like this. Go learn why more people are converting to Islam than any other religion in the world today--go on! What are you waiting for?

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2006

    Absolute rubbish!

    I am surprised to see this book at the top of the list of islamic books. This is the most distorted description of islam I have ever read. The fact that Mr. Spencer's decribed as an 'expert' on islam is ignominios!!If you really want an objective and factual portrayal of Islam read Gai Eaton, Martin Lings, Karen Armstrong or Thomas Cleary.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2006

    hmm..

    Short excerp from Wikipedia, which is actually semi- scholarly compared to this 'book' 'Christians were forbidden to convert to Judaism on pain of death during most of the Middle Ages. In the 1700s a famous convert by the name of Count Valentin Potoski in Poland was burned at the stake. He was a contemporary and a disciple of Rabbi Elijah, known as the Vilna Gaon. In Hellenistic and Roman times, some Pharisees were eager proselytizers, and had at least some success throughout the empire. Some Jews are also descended from converts to Judaism outside the Mediterranean world. It is known that some Khazars, Edomites, and Ethiopians, as well as many Arabs, particularly in Yemen before, converted to Judaism in the past today in the United States, Israel and Europe some people still convert to Judaism. In fact, there is a greater tradition of conversion to Judaism than many people realize. The word 'proselyte' originally meant a Greek who had converted to Judaism. As late as the 6th century the Eastern Roman empire (i.e., the Byzantine empire) was issuing decrees against conversion to Judaism, implying that conversion to Judaism was still occurring. I have no idea about you people who think this book is great, or can answer Christianities loathing of Judiasm, or for that fact even the adherants to Mani (Manichiasm), the mongering that goes on is truly incredible, check your sources and look for real history, not under 20$ garbage like this.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2006

    Wholly Incorrect Guide to Islam

    The facts about a religion followed by a quarter of the world's population have been grossly misconstrued and seem like they have been interpreted with a distorted, stringent bias. The 'opinions' in this book seem more to be aimed at undermining a race, rather than on understanding them. This book is based completely on 'incorrect' rather than 'politically incorrect' ideas. Please refer to more authentic sources from scholars who have devoted their lives to studying the subject of Islam such as the works of Ahmed Deedat, Abu Hanifa, Imam Malik, AbdulWahid Hamid, Abdallah bin Bayyah, Hamza Yusuf etc. Also, refer to a translation of the Quran and a book on the life of Prophet Muhammad and find out for yourself what Islam represents.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    A huge disappointment

    In the wake of 9/11, it has become imperative that Americans and citizens of the various Middle Eastern countries come to terms with each other. History shows us that retaliation followed by retaliation only exacerbates conflict further. That's what makes this book so offensive. After reading it, not only did it become clear that the author has no interest in accurately portraying all aspects of Islam, the history of the Middle East, and the current 'War on Terror,' it became obvious that the author is intent on pursuing a dangerous political agenda bent on deepening religious hatred and inciting additional conflict. This book is highly inaccurate and deeply troubling.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    I've lived in Muslim lands

    I've lived in Muslim lands and this book couldn't be any more full of crap then it is. The title would have been better as "The Politically (and everything else) Ignorant Guide To Islam"

    Spencer is an creep and not a very intelligent one. It would take me forever to go through this book and tell you all the lies because it is almost 100% lies. It's filled with fabrications and twisted logic (if you can call it that).

    He's made a pretty penny off of it though. Look into WHO an author is before you just pick up a book and take it as God's truth. You might want to check out a site called loonwatch ...Spencer and several others of his kind are there.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

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    Garbage

    Compares apples to oranges with it's skewed view of Islam.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

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    Load of BS

    As a Crusades era Historian for the past quarter century, I am shocked and appalled at the crap contained in this book. It reads like Fox News run amok, and then written down by a kindergärtner. Shame on both the author and publisher for spinning this tale of pure prejudice and moder day bias. This is pure dreck, and devoid of any real research. In fact, it is Intellectually devoid of any redeeming qualities.

    2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2005

    Not Credible Material

    In this non-scholarly work spenser demonstrates how superficial readings of Muslim scriptures can lead to gross mis-interpretations. His thesis in regards to jihad strays far from the classical and contemporary mainstream muslim political theorists perspective. By misconstruing and misinterpretting Islamic laws and principals the author attempts to make a case against Islam at the cost of his scholarly credibility. For scholarly works that would thoroughly debase this baseless piece of propaganda I would advise people who are truley interested in the Islamic position on this topic to search the works of real academics like Dr.Sherman Jackson and Dr. Fred Donner, and Imam Zaid Shakir.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Terrible

    Just a bunch of fear provoking garbage.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Terrible

    Not worth my time. A middle school student could have written this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Christians beware: this book contains many extractions from the

    Christians beware: this book contains many extractions from the Quaran and the author purposely uses them out of context in highly deceitful inflammatory ways. In just the first pages, he throws enough mud on Islam to make you hate and seethe and fear Muslims. This can be considered nothing but the denigration of this authentic world religion, which at this time in history I think is illegal, which I think hedges on Treason for the incitement it obviously helped to create. If I were to write such a book against Christianity, certainly I might be assassinated. I was a Christian. I’ve been a Muslim since 1991.
    Anyone who actually reads the Quaran (and you must read its entirety to know anything and you must interpret the verses in their context) and remains either unmoved, unimpressed, an atheist, or otherwise unchanged--has a spiritual problem. Such a response can only mean a few things. We learn from the Quaran that such person has likely had a seal placed over their eyes, ears, and their hearts—by Allah who does get fed up with such people. In Christianity, there is the same scripture which talks about the hardened heart. The Quran also warns mankind about disbelief--telling us that habitual sin or unbelief will also harden a person’s heart so they can no longer see or hear the truth even if it was put before them. Such people are the devil’s advocate.
    If the truth was put forth we would have read how the Quaran came to Prophet Muhammad (who had no military training and no formal education and couldn’t write,) yet this enormous masterpiece came from him. The Quaran gives commands, historical accounts, instruction, warning, explanation, stories, etc…. If the author had explained that the verses he took out of context which speak of war efforts in graphic terms, which were given to the believers during war time when the pagan, Jewish, and Christian communities were fighting them, readers would understand these were DEFENSIVE commands given which every human has the right to do when attacked. This happened to many prophets throughout history. Such unbelieving people can become so evil they want to murder.
    Did Mr. Spencer bother to tell us that the early Christians (believers), many of them, recognized the truth of the message and had no problem with the Prophet, (because the message wasn’t different—it was just clearer because: the Quaran was sent for the FACT that the believers had lost their way and had made up religion, had lost and missing verses due to man tampering with them.
    The notion that Islam was spread by force is a lie and western propaganda tool. But if you want to cling to that then you must explain why millions of Muslims still cling to Islam despite being harassed, maimed forced out of their lands…..yet--there are no swords. Government is really at odds with the masses being allegiant to our Creator rather than it.
    Lastly, beware of anyone implying Christians and Muslims must hate one another and fight. Is this not inciting war, is this not a crime, isn’t this a form of treason… (question). The Quran (Allah) says: The closest amongst you, you will find, are the Christians. And it is well known by Egyptians, Turkish, and all inhabitants throughout the Middle East, where I have lived for 20 years that Muslims, Jewish, and Christians have resided in peace for literally hundreds of years. They did, at least, until Yemen was visited by one of our American politicians, and directly thereafter, the Arab Spring ensued—these uprisings were not instigated by the citizens of those respective countries, they were instigated by outside foreign conspirators. The verses used out of context by this author, were in actuality sent to the new Muslims via the Prophet telling them how to deal with the assaults they were enduring. It is these verses that make the Quaran stand out as authentic for how could an unlettered, untrained, desert Arab have come up with such perfect military advice otherwise (question). It is advice militaries the world has emulated but don’t always practice such as laws for war. Muslims are forbidden to hurt a woman, child, or elderly man or anyone during war if they are non-combatants. This is why 9/11 was not an act of Jihad, nor an act even a fundamental fanatical Muslim could do. It would be illegal, according to the Quaran. To kill one person is as if they killed the whole world, (also in the Quran.) Did Mr. Spencer tell us that in his book (question).
    If Islam was won by force what explains why American, men and women are embracing Islam. Where is the force, where are the swords, (question). It would take someone tremendous courage and conviction to embrace Islam, today. How about this verse: Let there be NO coercion in religion; truth stands out clear from error, (Quaran). Another verse which squashes the paranoid who believe Muslims have the intention of ‘taking over’ America is: It is Allah who chooses whom He wants to be Muslim, (Quran).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2006

    Operating in a black-and-white bubble.

    What do Islamophobes and Islamists have in common? They found their arguments on a common violent, selective, and radical interpretation of Islam, unwilling to consider any contrary realities. Their 'Islam,' they argue, is the only 'Islam.'

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2005

    The Protocols of the Learned Muftis of Islam?

    This is merely another hate-filled collection of misinformation (and out right lies) brought to you by the same people who brought us 'Mein Kampf' and 'The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.' To really learn about the 'Islamic conspiracy,' get a good translation of the Qur'an and read it (I recommend the Ahmed Ali English translation.)

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2005

    A PIECE OF RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY

    The book ¿The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusaders) by Robert Spencer is outright offensive, racist and based on bigoted propaganda. The lack of author¿s knowledge about Islam is glaring as the book is written under the influence of extremist views, with a sinister purpose. It is more of a piece of propaganda against Islam, than anything else. The Americans are people of conscious, fairness and moderation, and such a piece of religious bigotry does not reflect the noble American culture. Does Robert Spencer intend to start a religious war in this already turmoil world? After reading Robert Spencer¿s book, one feels that there is no difference between the thinking of Osama bin Laden and the author ¿ both are advocates of hate and religious bigotry. Prof. Dr. Syed Farooq Hasnat Former Chairman Department of Political Science Punjab University, Lahore

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