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Why I Am Not a Muslim

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2005

    A humanist critiques Islam¿honest and unflinching!

    This book is a rare find¿a scholarly treatment of a controversial topic¿that is balanced, definitive and absolutely riveting. If you read one book on Islam and the West, this should be it. ¿   Ibn Warraq knows his history and can cite his numerous sources in great detail. The sweep of his knowledge¿from North Africa to Malaysia and from prehistory to the present¿is nothing short of breathtaking. ¿ Not surprisingly, his more rabid critics take the low road and launch ad hominem attacks on the man and not his writing. Plainly, a book of this title is not aimed at those who will reject any criticism of Islam as blasphemous and unhelpful. Those who can approach it with an open mind will certainly find it illuminating. ¿ A central thesis of 'Why I Am Not A Muslim' is that the Koran may be¿and indeed rightly should be¿examined and questioned critically as a historical and not a divine document. While such historicist techques have been openly applied and accepted in Christianity for two centuries or more, such is still not the case for Islamic writers, historians and scientists who have ever published at their peril. Writers such as Taslima Nasrin and Salman Rushdie are only among the best known, recent examples, of those who like Ibn Warraq have been forced to flee their homelands, adopt pseudonyms and disguises, or go into hiding to avoid murderous 'fatwas' issued in deadly earnest. Indeed, many publishing houses even in the West have been at one time or another intimidated against publishing any material deemed 'against Islam'. ¿ Such dire threats have not prevented brave souls from speaking out down through the centuries. Ibn Warraq is one such person. He has not been afraid to look frankly at how Muslims have victimized Muslims and non-Muslims alike under the pretext of religion. Just one example¿a reviewer here accuses Ibn Warraq of dishonesty and failing to mention the 'freedom of religion' available under Islam. In fact, Ibn Warraq thoroughly documents the onerous taxation, physical humiliations, and religious restrictions which have kept non-Muslims far from equal whenever and wherever they have fallen under Islamic colonialist domination. It would appear that the willful misrepresentation lies with those who refuse to confront the truth and draw the appropriate conclusions. ¿ Readers interested in further exploring Islamic censorship in the West may wish to browse the Internet for Howard Bloom's article, 'Islamic Censorship: How Allah Has Nipped Your Right To Know' ¿

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2002

    THIS BOOK *IS* WHY I'M NOT A MUSLIM ALSO!!!

    I can't express how significant this book was on my life. I was a convert to Islam until I read Ibn Warraq's wonderfully researched and factual book on the truth behind Islam. He saved my life!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 1999

    Brilliant, helped me find my moorings!!

    This book helped me understand the workings of Islam, a religion into which I, like the author, was born. The quotation, ``Muslims are the first victims of Islam...kept into it by terror'' is entirely true. It is works like this that will help liberate Muslims from Islam.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2006

    The bravest man in the Middle East

    Every thinking person who has a genuine interest in the history and the doctrinal underpinnings of Islam should read this book. Having lived many years in Muslim countries and having read dozens of books on Middle Easten history and on Islam, I am astounded at the scholarship the author put into this book. Indeed it is hard to believe that a single author was able to produce this work. After reading this book you will understand why the author wisely wrote the book under the pseudonym Ibn Warraq.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2005

    Review of Why I Am Not A Muslim

    We have all seen thousands of pamphlets and heard from the Imams all about how the poor middle east has been horribly oppressed by the evil crusaders; but we seldom hear about how Islam conquered its way to Spain triggering the Crusades. We have all seen thousands of pamphlets and heard from the Imams all about how ⿿Historical, Peace has only existed under the benevolent rule of Muslims⿝, but we do not often hear the reason for this, that Muslims are not allowed by their religion, to live in peace, unless they have forced dominance over all others. Oppressing others, is required of them, literally, in a book which states quite clearly, that nothing in it can be interpreted in any other way. Books like this are important and rare. These books are significant because their writers would likely be silenced, likely by death, if they were known. That others have been killed for this reason, so frequently, so recently, proves their point, that something is very wrong and has to be addressed. Hundreds died, because they feel someone has ⿿Disrespected the Koran⿝. No one died when that government funded ⿿Bible Art⿝ show in New York featured The Virgin Mary made of Elephant Dung and a bible, in a box, with flies and a maggot infested rotting animal head. The writer has a point. There is a reason that part of the world is in such bad shape. It is better to be honest about the cause, than to look to feed their pride on scapegoating and excuses. This book should be in every library, if only because it is so unpopular with those it criticizes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2002

    THE BEST BOOK ON THE REALITY OF ISLAM

    Thsi is the best researched book on Islam out there. It is fair, accurate, and balanced. It should be read by people of all faiths, especially Westerners and Muslims. Both will profit from an understanding of the true reality of Islam, the Koran(s), and Mohammed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2006

    Thought Provoking,

    Builds a carefully thought out case. Leads the reader through a twisted history and carefully examines many dark corners shedding in the benifit of the authors light of knowledge.

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    Posted October 29, 2008

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