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Posted January 31, 2003
Why I am not a muslim
Islam is more like some kind of a culture than a religion the way people practice it. In every Islamic society it is acceptable to kill a fellow muslims for converting to other religion.One great example in Saudi Arabia and some Arab countries. Lately in Malaysia, where thier parliament past a law to legalized the killing of thier own citizens for converting to other religion. This book is written well.
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Posted September 20, 2003
An eye opening, often shocking book.
From an autobiographical perspective, this book takes what is described as an uncompromising and critical look at almost all the fundamental tenets of Islam. A critique of Islam which is also described as a plea for freedom of expression in Muslim society and the right to pursue such a discussion without fear of personal death threats and terrorism. For the purposes of understanding the context of this work, the source is described as having been raised as a Muslim with much personal experience of Islam as well as a thorough knowledge of Islamic scholarship. The book is written from what is described as the perspective of a secular humanist and not one who has converted to another religion. The life of Muhammad and the writing of the Quran are thoroughly examined, together with the alleged suppression of human rights in many Muslim countries. Attention is also made to the Salman Rushdie affair and many other issues which are all thoroughly addressed. In the section devoted to the 'Origins of Islam', the reliance of Muhammad upon Judaism in relation to the writing of the Quran is examined and the book describes how Muhammad allegedly had only the 'fuzziest notions of Hebrew chronology'and the study then proceeds to describe in some detail how many Old and New Testament characters are incorporated into the Quran in both an incorrect and chronologically flawed context. The Hadith is also described and it's context in the Islamic World together with how it is revered by Muslims. The Quranic denial of the Lordship of Jesus Christ is also described, together with how the Quran denies the crucifixion of Jesus and His resurrection. The book also describes, in the introduction, that the 'horrendous behaviour' in the treatment of women, non-Muslims, unbelievers, heretics & slaves manifested in Islamic civilisation is as a direct result of the principles laid down in the Quran and developed by Islamic jurists. One of the issues also examined is the declaration that Islam is allegedly a 'peaceful religion'. The book declaring on page 11 that 'no amount of mental gymnastics or intellectual dishonesty' is going to make the 'unpalatable, unacceptable, and barbaric aspects of Islam disappear'. As a Christian there is much that I do not agree with in this book, but personal opinions might invalidate the review. I therefore encourage interested parties to draw their own conclusions. This is certainly an eye-opening book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.