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Posted August 11, 2012
Disappointed! to begin with, the author seems to spend too much time talking about dialects, dots, and vowels (In arabic, vowels are indicated by dots and strokes), and to grasp the subtleties of what he is talking about you need to have a good knowledge of the arabic language. But even if you knew the language, is that really an issue that matters? Then he goes at length about how much Mohammad borrowed from the jews but there is nothing new about that. Mohammad himself would have told you that. The author does discuss how the compilation of the Koran came about at some length but I hoped he would have dissected it, analyzed it, and to have expounded more on its contradictions; he did very little of that. I also expected a little more about Mohammad himself. That's a man who wrote a whole book, or at least most of it, telling people how to live their lives and there is much that can be learned about a man by what he wrote but there is very little of that in this book. Granted, the title is "The Origins", but you expect more. He closes by reproducing some articles by some other people but those too seemed to be thick read. And that's it; I have just summarized the whole book for you. I liked better his book "Why I am not a Muslim" but even there I found only one chapter that stood out for me. This story hasn't been told yet, and the author seems to be overrated, but I'll give him three stars for trying and for being one of a very few who did so. The world needs light. Furthermore, you'll find a jewel here and there, but after much digging.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.