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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 41 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 January 23, 2006

    Someone Sets the Record Straight

    I am proud someone had the courage to tell the truth about Islam, what really happened in the Crusades and bring up ideas no one thought about before. This is a must for anyone wanting to restore faith in the West.

    3 out of 5 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 9 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 September 25, 2005

    Courageous author speaks out

    As a former moslem who realized the innate threat of Islam to Human Rights and other religions, I found Robert Spenser's book (Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades) straigh forward. The author explains the controlling nature of Islam and it's ultimate goal to conquer the World by either peaceful manners or forcefully.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2005

    A crucial and timely analysis.

    The cover of this study carries the declaration that the contents refute 'popular myths' and reveal 'facts' that will not be heard on the news. From the outset this proves to be very much the case as the reader is taken into a courageous investigation of Islam. Replete with references as well as quotations and examples direct from former practising, learned Muslims, the claims that Islam is a 'peaceful' and 'tolerant' religion are examined in considerable depth for a book of this nature. Many quotes are provided which reveal fundamental differences between the statements made by Jesus Christ and Muhammed. This is done with the declared intent of providing the reader with an opportunity to visualise what is cited as the 'fallacy' of those who claim that Islam and Christianity are basically 'equal' in their ability to inspire good or evil. Furthermore, these quotes are provided for the reader to understand that a 'distinction' can be drawn between what are described as the 'core principles' that guide faithful Muslims and Christians. Beginning with an examination of the life and character of Muhammed himself, the study proceeds to discuss a plethora of other subjects including the alleged Islamic 'oppression' of women, historical revisionism, the Crusades, the purported 'dangers' of criticising Islam, 'Islamophobia' and 'Jihad'. The reader is provided, in no uncertain terms, with a visualisation of what allegedly faces the US, Europe, the West & indeed the International arena, should we fail to come to terms with the consequences of what is described as the 'real' message and implications of Islam, which are purportedly being denied the public by the powers that be. One former Muslim is quoted as saying that the theory and practice of Jihad was '....not concocted in the Pentagon....it was taken from the Koran, the Hadith and Islamic tradition...'. This statement is then elaborated and clarified by stating that it is the 'divinely ordained duty' of Muslims to fight in the literal sense until man-made law has been 'replaced by God's law'. (The latter being described as Sharia and Islamic law). Further to the subjects already mentioned, the book analyses a series of issues which many readers will find disturbing, such as the investigation of the much-publicised promise of 'virgins' in Paradise to Islamic martyrs. Many concerns are echoed towards the end of this work, including a call for what is described as 'responsible reporting' from the media and honesty from law enforcement officials about jihadist attacks in the US. This is made whilst still recognising the need to confront an official fear pertaining to vigilantes who would victimise innocent Muslims should certain information be publicised. Concern is also expressed with reference to the post September 11th statement by US President Bush who warned the world that '...you are either with the terrorists or you're with us...'. The book alleging an official refusal to acknowledge who the terrorists really are and what they are fighting for that has subsequently seen the US administration still counting as friends and allies, many states where jihadist activities are extensive. Many will perceive this book and it's message to be highly contentious and perhaps even offensive, but I feel that it is required reading at this time, irrespective of the reader's personal views. Thank you.

    3 out of 5 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

    more from this reviewer

    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 March 12, 2006

    Comment to Christians loathing of Judaism

    I am going to purchase this book today but the comment on Christians loathing of Judaism is ignorant. We were there for them in World War II, and we are there for them now in the Middle East with the Palestinian¿s. Catholics didn't kill people because they were not willing to convert to Christians.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2006

    The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam

    This book certainly changes our misconceptions regarding history and how things are connected. Although it is something that people are not used to hearing, it is necessary read, and has evidence to back up its claim. With the war on terror showing no signs of abating and as the terrorists strike all who are not in accord with their cause, this book not only provide an insight into the problem from a historical point of view, it also shows how easily Islam¿s distortion came about.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2006

    Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

    A well written and quick read. Extensively documented. A must for anyone who is wondering why terrorism is springing up around the world from Bali, and Chechnya to Bhagdad. It will cause you to think twice about the news from around the world.

    2 out of 2 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 August 19, 2005

    Finally, Undiluted Truth

    This bold book finally dares to give us the truth about Islam in crystal clear, easy to read, language. I found nothing in the book that was not easily verified and documented. The problem in the past has not been that the facts were unavailable but that they were unspeakable. Here they are spoken, and they need to be heard.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2005

    A MUST Read by all Freedom Loving Americans

    A classical liberal education teaches that one must be able to analyze a subject, study it from all angles, differentiate between facts, documentable truth, opinion, and fable, and rationally reach a justifiable conclusion. A classical liberal mind dictates to itself that the maxims it learned are to be applied in the real world, and to completely deny a documentably accurate description of events is the ultimate fraud. Robert Spencer has put together an overview of how Islam has been understood and used by many of it's adherents in a manner that is highly detrimental, nay, deadly to those who did not agree with it. A strength are the quotations from source documents and people, and the references to other material for those who want to investigate in depth. Having read most of the reference material, this is a review for me, but it is a concise, fairly complete, and completely reliable review of many basic and irrefutable facts, quotes, documents, and historical findings. For those who are just approaching this subject, this is a magnificent first book. I believe Mr. Spencer is trying to achieve two very difficult learning experiences with this book. One is that there is much in Islam that that needs to be either deleted or reformed in a manner such that it cannot be reconstituted. Historically, every attempt at reformation, whether in Andalusia or Baghdad during the so-called and false 'Golden Ages', i.e. every time moderate forward thinking Muslims speak out and make any progress, the radicals squash them and Jihad and Dhimmitude rule again with quotations from the basic precepts of the Holy Qur'an and the Hadiths and Traditions as their justification. Second is that everyone should be able to openly and honestly discuss the Holy Qur'an and the Hadiths and the Traditions and the historical reality without being called racists and bigots. Islam, with all of its good, bad, and ugly needs to be examined in detail in the great marketplace of ideas. To present only the Islamic apologists side results in a very distorted and mostly false picture that is a denial of documentable reality. To argue based primarily on emotions, as the apologists do, is degrading. To argue that only Muslims can understand and interpret Islam is patently false and completely demeaning to all non-Muslims and any one with any intellectual honesty. In order to ensure that everyone has enough knowledge to participate in the great discussion in the marketplace of ideas, this book presents an excellent knowledge base, and should be read by every non-Muslim, so they can understand the unbelievable struggle the moderates within Islam are going to have to wage if Islam is not going to continuously revert to the radicals views. It should be read by every Muslim so that even they can understand their religion and history as it relates to others and the radicals, as they are not taught this in their Mosques or Maddrasses, and thusly the moderates can truly know that they face a monumental, but necessary, task. Sir Winston Churchill is quoted in this book. He foresaw the evil of the Nazis almost before anyone else he foresaw the Iron Curtain and the evil of communist Russia almost before anyone else he speaks about some aspects of Islam that must be reformed or Islam will always be a religion and lifestyle promoting and realizing the subjugation of women and non-Muslims. Churchill was the voice in the wilderness that was recognized to be perfectly correct just before it was too late with the Nazis and the Communists. Hopefully this book by Robert Spencer will serve the purpose, since Sir Winston is no longer with us just his prophetic words. If moderate Muslims cannot win this necessary battle, then they must be willing to ally themselves with non-Muslims. Hopefully this book will provide the vital mustard seed of reality that the Islamic apologists need in order to reenter the world of reason and factual documentation so that they ca

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2005

    History as History Happened

    Venturing into a highly controversial subject, Robert Spencer equipped himself with a plethora of information. This he had to do, as he is covering the accurate history of the founding of Islam, which was spread by the sword. I find it imperative reading for anyone who wishes to understand that Western Civilization only existed and gave to us its many gifts in the cultural and philosophical spheres because of valiant men, who weren't vain, complacent fools who remained passive when came dire threats from the invading Saracens who not only took many Christians slaves, but killed their own people who converted to the religion of Christ. I am referring to the Crusaders, some of which were noble saints like St. Louis the IX of France, who even Voltaire praised for his virtue. Now, for anyone who knows history, Voltaire wasn't a religious man. While there are Muslims who do not agree with Jihad, it's an undeniable fact, as Spencer meticulously demonstrates, the Quran encourages violence against the 'infidel.' Also, many claim that the Crusades were about racism, but that is a reflection of great ignorance, because it was not, it was about two worldviews which can't coincide.The Crusades were an act of self defense against an aggressor. Consequently, when a Muslim converts or leaves his or her religion they are hunted down and must conceal their identity. This is done to a person who looks just like them. Clearly it's not about race. A book like this is sorely needed today, when the PC establishment is doing its best to make people ashamed of Western Civilization and apathetic to the truth.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2005

    Logical, straight from the source book

    Apparently our leaders are still shamelessly mired in the same PC blindness that has already cost us dearly once. The author, thankfully, is not. Quoting directly from the Quran itself. And after you read this book go to the book itself. It's all there. One can hope the policy makers are actually reading what the terrorists are using to commit murder and war.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    Brilliant

    This book certainly changes our misconceptions regarding history and how things are connected. Although it is something that people are not used to hearing, it is necessary read, and has evidence to back up its claim. With the war on terror showing no signs of abating and as the terrorists strike all who are not in accord with their cause, this book not only provide an insight into the problem from a historical point of view, it also shows how easily Islam¿s distortion came about. This book changes many misconceptions. The idea of jihad is the centre of it all, something that ought to be criticized or rejected for the world to be at peace. As indicated in the UNION MOUJIK, the jihadists are the quasi-faithful. ¿they kill for the sake of reasoning, a reasoning that distorts faith¿¿¿.they are even worst than the atheists who got lost in their noble intentions because they lacked faith¿..Tomorrow you will find them slitting one another¿s throats. These quasi-faithful are the curse of our children¿s age.¿ Overall, THE POLITICALY INCORRECT GUIDE TO ISLAM is a book to read.

    2 out of 2 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 February 24, 2013

    A MUST READ BOOK

    Like it or not, this book should be read. If you are a devout Muslim, it is incumbent upon you to face up to the sources provided as the references and underpinning of this work. Spencer states plainly in his other books that both Christianity and Judaism have undergone similar, if not more stringent, scrutiny, so why should Islam be exempt from such examination. Attacking the author for his work and the reaction it may provoke, is both childish and infantile; Islamophobes will certainly use Spencer's works to justify their hatred toward Muslim people, as will Muslim fundamentalists who will simply hate on Spencer and will thus justify their violent aggressions toward non-believers. Personally, i wish to thank Spencer for writing his books and liberating me from the delusional propaganda of Islamic tradition. Noteworthy to mention here are Ibn Warraq and, to a lesser degree, Craig Winn.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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