Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions about the World's Fastest-Growing Faithby Robert Spencer
Pub. Date: 08/28/2003
Publisher: Encounter Books
In "Islam Unveiled," Robert Spencer dares to face the hard questions about what the Islamic religion actually teaches--and the potentially ominous implications of those teachings for the future of both the Muslim world and the West. Going beyond the shallow distinction between a "true" peaceful Islam and the "hijacked" Islam of terrorist groups, Spencer probes the… See more details below
In "Islam Unveiled," Robert Spencer dares to face the hard questions about what the Islamic religion actually teaches--and the potentially ominous implications of those teachings for the future of both the Muslim world and the West. Going beyond the shallow distinction between a "true" peaceful Islam and the "hijacked" Islam of terrorist groups, Spencer probes the Koran and Islamic traditions (as well as the history and present-day situation of the Muslim world) as part of his inquiry into why the world's fastest growing faith tends to arouse fanaticism. "Islam Unveiled" evaluates the relationship between Islamic fundamentalism and "mainstream" Islam; the fixation with violence and jihad; the reasons for Muslims' disturbing treatment of women; and devastating effects of Muslim polygamy and Islamic divorce laws. Spencer explores other daunting questions--why the human rights record of Islamic countries is so unrelievedly grim and how the root causes of this record exist in basic Muslim beliefs; why science and high culture died out in the Muslim world--and why this is a root cause of modern Muslim resentment. He evaluates what Muslims learn from the life of Muhammad, the man that Islam hails as the supreme model of human behavior. Above all, this provocative work grapples with the question that most preoccupies us today: can Islam create successful secularized societies that will coexist peacefully with the West's multicultural mosaic?
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Table of Contents
|Prologue: What Does Islam Really Stand For?||1|
|1||Is Islam a Religion of Peace?||7|
|2||Does Islam Promote and Safeguard Sound Moral Values?||39|
|3||Does Islam Respect Human Rights?||57|
|4||Does Islam Respect Women?||73|
|5||Is Islam Compatible with Liberal Democracy?||93|
|6||Can Islam Be Secularized and Made Compatible with the Western Pluralistic Framework?||101|
|7||Can Science and Culture Flourish under Islam?||113|
|8||The Crusades: Christian and Muslim||131|
|9||Is Islam Tolerant of Non-Muslims?||143|
|10||Does the West Really Have Nothing to Fear from Islam?||165|
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This is the Islam other PC mythical derived fools don't want you to see.
This is an extremely accurate a close look at Islam as it is really understood throughout the ummah. It takes a hard look at the real questions. Has Islam been hijacked by fundamentalists and terrorists or does it truly teach the things that they represent? I found this book to be very enlightening to the real problems with the clash of Western ideals against an enormous world Muslim population. His conclusion in awesome.
This is a great book for those coming to Islam for the first time. Spencer unpacks the basic teachings of Islam as well as Islamic history. The Islam you'll meet in these pages is unlike the version you get in "polite" Western society. Read this book to learn more about what Muhammad said and did, and then ask yourself if Islam is really a religion of peace. It's a question all modern Westerners must eventually ask. Nothing less than the future of Western civilization is at stake. Readers would also like "Jenna's Flaw," a novel about the death of God, the crumbling of Western civilization, and what the West can do to save it.
I really like this book, it's very informative, it answers pretty much all of the questions you might have about Islam, and the Quran and about the people who follow it. It's hard for me to write a review it's easier to just tell you to read it. Please do you won't be disappointed.
I'm Muslim and American and living in the Middle East for 20 years now. From the beginning of this book I can tell this book was written using the Quaran out of context. This kind of writing will produce nothing but fear, hate and distrust. The Quaranic verses about "infidels" pertain to the times when the early Muslims were being attacked and Allah told them they had a right to defend themselves.