The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

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Islam expert Robert Spencer reveals Islam's ongoing, unshakable quest for global conquest and why the West today faces the same threat as the Crusaders did—and what we can learn from their experience.

A clarion call for the defense of the West before it is too late." — Ibn Warraq, author

"A much-needed antidote to the poisonous propaganda that compromises our current battle against jihadist murder." — Bruce Thornton, historian

"An enormous amount of well-researched material. ...

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Overview

Islam expert Robert Spencer reveals Islam's ongoing, unshakable quest for global conquest and why the West today faces the same threat as the Crusaders did—and what we can learn from their experience.

A clarion call for the defense of the West before it is too late." — Ibn Warraq, author

"A much-needed antidote to the poisonous propaganda that compromises our current battle against jihadist murder." — Bruce Thornton, historian

"An enormous amount of well-researched material. Throws the ball back into the camp of Arabist historians." — Walid Phares, terror analyst

"Assails, with much erudition, the taboos imposed by the Politically Correct League." — Bat Ye’or, historian

"The courageous Robert Spencer busts myths and tells truths about jihadists that no one else will tell." — Michelle Malkin, bestselling author and columnist

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  • ISBN-13: 9780895260130
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/25/2005
  • Series: Politically Incorrect Guides
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 307,181
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation. He is the author of four books on Islam, including Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World’s Fastest Growing Faith (Encounter) and Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West (Regnery), as well as eight monographs and hundreds of articles. He lives in a Secure, Undisclosed Location.

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The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusaders)


By Robert Spencer

Regnery Publishing, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Robert Spencer
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-89526-013-1


Chapter One

ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY: EQUIVALENT TRADITIONS?

Guess what?

* Most modern-day presentations of the Crusades are politically motivated, ahistorical nonsense.

* The problem the world faces today is not generalized "religious fundamentalism"-it is Islamic jihad.

* We will not be able to resist jihad without recovering pride in Western civilization.

"It's not like a stupid Hollywood movie," said French actress Eva Green about English director Sir Ridley Scott's Crusades flick, Kingdom of Heaven.

That's true. It's, like, a stupid English movie.

"Muslims," gushed the New York Times after an advance showing of the new blockbuster, "are portrayed as bent on coexistence until Christian extremists ruin everything. And even when the Christians are defeated, the Muslims give them safe conduct to return to Europe." Sir Ridley, according to the Times, "said he hoped to demonstrate that Christians, Muslims and Jews could live together in harmony-if only fanaticism were kept at bay." Or, as Green put it, the movie is intended to move people "to be more tolerant, more open towards the Arab people."

By now it should be clear: The idea that Muslims were "bent on coexistence" with non-Muslims until the Crusaders arrived is historically inaccurate-unless by "coexistence" Ridley Scott means the coexistence of oppressor and oppressed that was the dhimma. Both he and Eva Green make the PC motivations behind this movie clear: to show that what interferes with peaceful coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims is "fanaticism," not any element in a religious tradition. The film is also intended to make us intolerant racist Westerners nicer to Arabs.

But the movie is just one part of a much larger campaign to convince Westerners that Islamic civilization is equal or superior to Western civilization.

The whitewash of Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven is a classic cowboys-and-Indians story in which the Muslims are noble and heroic and the Christians are venal and violent. The script is heavy on modern-day PC cliches and fantasies of Islamic tolerance; brushing aside dhimmi laws and attitudes (of which Ridley Scott has most likely never heard), it invents a peace-and-tolerance group called the "Brotherhood of Muslims, Jews and Christians." But of course, the Christians spoiled everything. A publicist for the film explained, "They were working together. It was a strong bond until the Knights Templar caused friction between them." Ah yes, those nasty "Christian extremists."

Kingdom of Heaven was made for those who believe that all the trouble between the Islamic world and the West has been caused by Western imperialism, racism, and colonialism, and that the glorious paradigm of Islamic tolerance, which was once a beacon to the world, could be reestablished if only the wicked white men of America and Europe would be more tolerant. Ridley Scott and his team arranged advance screenings for groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, making sure that sensitive Muslim feelings were not hurt. It is a dream movie for the PC establishment in every way except one: It isn't true.

Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith, author of A Short History of the Crusades and one of the world's leading historians of the period, called the movie "rubbish," explaining that "it's not historically accurate at all" as it "depicts the Muslims as sophisticated and civilised, and the Crusaders are all brutes and barbarians. It has nothing to do with reality." Oh, and "there was never a confraternity of Muslims, Jews and Christians. That is utter nonsense."

Professor Jonathan Philips, author of The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople, also dismissed the idea of the film as a true depiction of history and took issue with its portrayal of the Crusader Knights Templar as villains: "The Templars as 'baddies' is only sustainable from the Muslim perspective, and 'baddies' is the wrong way to show it anyway. They are the biggest threat to the Muslims and many end up being killed because their sworn vocation is to defend the Holy Land." Saladin is, according to a film publicist, a "hero of the piece." No mention, of course, is made of his massacres at Hattin, or his plans for more of the same in Jerusalem.

Yet despite Kingdom of Heaven's numerous whitewashes of history and strenuous efforts to portray the Muslims of the Crusader era in a favorable light, Islamic apologist Khaled Abou El Fadl, a professor of Islamic law at the University of California, is in a froth about the film: "In my view," he raged, "it is inevitable-I'm willing to risk my reputation on this-that after this movie is released there will be hate crimes committed directly because of it. People will go see it on a weekend and decide to teach some turbanhead a lesson." Of course, this is less an indictment of the film than of the American people.

In any event, Kingdom of Heaven cost over $150 million to make, features an all-star cast, and is being touted as "a fascinating history lesson." Fascinating, maybe-but only as evidence of the lengths to which modern Westerners are willing to go to delude themselves.

PC Myth: The problem the world faces today is religious fundamentalism

Is every religious tradition equally capable of giving rise to violence? This notion, widespread as it is, would have a lot more credibility if Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell were writing articles defending the stoning of adulterers (as did the Switzerland-based Muslim writer Hani Ramadan, who published an article in the French journal Le Monde in September 2002 doing just that), or calling for the killing of blasphemers (blasphemy is a capital offense in Pakistan and elsewhere in the Islamic world), or flying planes into the iconic buildings of those they considered enemies.

That evangelical Christians do not commit these acts is one clear indication that not all "fundamentalisms" are equivalent. Contrary to the deconstructionist views that prevail on college campuses today, religions are not simply raw material that can be fashioned into absolutely anything by believers. There is considerable overlap in the behavior of religious people in all traditions. For example, they pray, meet together, and perform certain rituals. Sometimes they even commit violence in the name of their religion. But the frequency and commonality of such acts of violence-and how close they are to each religion's mainstream-is determined to a great degree by the actual teachings of each religion. Islamic apologists like to point to Timothy McVeigh and Eric Rudolph as examples of Christian terrorists, but there are three reasons why McVeigh and Rudolph are not equivalent to bin Laden and Zarqawi:

* They did not even attempt to justify their actions by reference to Christian Scripture or tradition. * They were not acting on mainstream Christian teachings. * There are not large Christian groups around the world dedicated to implementing the same teachings.

The difference between Osama bin Laden and Eric Rudolph is the difference between aberrant acts and aberrant teachings. Any human being with a belief system can do abominable things. But abominable acts are more likely to come in greater numbers and frequency when they are encouraged and perpetuated by religious texts and those who teach from them.

But surely you're not saying that Islam is the problem?

What is the alternative to the Ridley Scott view that "fanaticism" is causing all our troubles today? It's a view that PC types just can't understand: The problem is within Islam and will not go away, or be neutralized, until this fact is recognized.

To say that the problem is within Islam is not to say that every Muslim is the problem. As we have seen, many who identify themselves as Muslims have only a glancing acquaintance with and interest in what Islam teaches. No, to admit that global jihadist violence indicates a problem with Islam is simply to be honest: There are groups around the world that believe that it is their responsibility before God to wage war against non-Muslims and impose Islamic law, first on Muslim states and then on non-Muslim states. This is a core motivation behind terrorist violence today, and it is rooted in the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunna (Islamic tradition).

Some analysts fear that if Western authorities begin to acknowledge that America's foe in the War on Terror is not a bunch of hijackers of Islam, but people who are working from core Islamic teachings, we will soon be embroiled in a war with the entire Islamic world. This will certainly make it harder to perpetuate the sham alliances that now exist with the Saudis, the Pakistanis, and the Egyptians. But it would also allow the United States to call those putative allies to account for their allegiance to the global jihad and to give real substance to President George W. Bush's post-September 11 announcement to the world that "you're either with the terrorists or with us."

Others have shied away from admitting the deep crisis in Islam today on the pretext that it will demoralize and anger moderate Muslims. If they are genuine moderates, there is no reason why this should occur. No problem can be solved unless its source is identified. A doctor who treats persistent headaches caused by brain tumors with aspirin will not escape malpractice suits for long. If any moderate Islam project is to succeed, it will only do so by identifying the elements in Islam that give rise to violence and terrorism, and working in whatever way possible to change Muslims' understanding of those elements so that jihadist recruiters can no longer convince young men to join them by appealing to their desire to live out "pure Islam." Whether moderate Muslims can actually succeed in changing millions of Muslims' understanding of Islam is an open question. But it has no chance whatsoever of happening unless they acknowledge why Islam creates people like bin Laden and Zarqawi.

That makes sense. Why is it so hard for people to accept?

Part of the reason why the PC establishment finds this so hard to accept is because, in their simplistic and reductionist view of the world, Westerners are "white" and Muslims are "brown." The brown peoples of the world, goes the PC myth, cannot be guilty of wrongdoing; they are forever the wronged and eternal victims. Any violence they commit is a reaction to the egregious provocations of the white man.

The most outrageous example of this may be radical lawyer Lynne Stewart, who was convicted in February 2005 of smuggling messages for the jailed Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Why did Stewart become an errand girl for bloodthirsty jihad terrorists? She explained, "To rid ourselves of the entrenched, voracious type of capitalism that is in this country that perpetuates sexism and racism, I don't think that can come nonviolently." How did Stewart get the idea that Omar Abdel Rahman, a traditionalist Muslim who no doubt believes that women exist to serve men and that disobedient ones should be beaten (as per Qur'an 4:34), was a champion of the fight against sexism and racism? Well, he's fighting the "white man," isn't he?

Recovering pride in Western civilization

"Look, Dr. Yeagley, I don't see anything about my culture to be proud of. It's all nothing. My race is just nothing.... Look at your culture. Look at American Indian tradition. Now I think that's really great. You have something to be proud of. My culture is nothing."

A white American student, "Rachel," spoke these words to American Indian professor Dr. David Yeagley in 2001.

Clearly Rachel had imbibed deeply of the mindset Jesse Jackson memorably articulated in 1985: "Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Western Civ has got to go!" And it is virtually certain that she considers the Crusaders to have been the ultimate Dead White Males, and the Crusades to be an inexcusable exercise in Western imperialism, racism, and probably genocide. If she attended a school with "Crusaders" as its mascot, she would have been among the first to want it changed. The way the Crusades are presented in most schools these days, that's perfectly understandable. But most of what the average student today knows about the Crusades, and other topics like them, is false. Those who teach such falsehoods have a vested interest in creating Americans who speak like Rachel. She believes all these falsehoods due to decades of anti-American, anti-Western, and anti-Christian conditioning in our schools and universities.

Why the truth must be told

This is why the truth must be told about the Crusades and other elements of the historical interaction between Christianity and Islam. Americans and Europeans-as well as Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere-need to stop apologizing for past sins and recall past heroism, and recognize what Judeo-Christian civilization has brought to the world. We must look honestly at Islam and Christianity and recognize how they differ. PC censors must no longer be allowed to make it taboo to note that although human nature is everywhere the same, and people have justified violence in the name of every faith, religions are not the same.

Christianity is at the heart of Western civilization. It has formed who we are as Americans, and influenced Europeans and others around the globe for even longer. Like it or not, it has even formed those who reject the Christian faith. Christianity also shares key moral principles with Judaism-principles that pervade the West but do not universally carry over into Islam. These principles are the fountain from which modern ethicists have drawn the concept of universal human rights-the foundation of Western secular culture.

Yeagley observes, "The Cheyenne people have a saying: A nation is never conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.... When Rachel denounced her people, she did it with the serene self-confidence of a High Priestess reciting a liturgy. She said it without fear of criticism or censure. And she received none. The other students listened in silence, their eyes moving timidly back and forth between me and Rachel, as if unsure which of us constituted a higher authority.... Who had conquered Rachel's people? What had led her to disrespect them? Why did she behave like a woman of a defeated tribe?"

Why indeed? The ultimate end result, as Yeagley points out, is defeat: People who are ashamed of their own culture will not defend it.

That's why telling the truth about the Crusades, Christianity, and the West is not a matter of cultural cheerleading or religious apologetics. It's an essential element of the defense of the West against today's global jihad.

Bertrand Russell on Islam:

"Bolshevism combines the characteristics of the French Revolution with those of the rise of Islam. Marx has taught that Communism is fatally predestined to come about; this produces a state of mind not unlike that of the early successors of Mahommet. Among religions, Bolshevism is to be reckoned with Mohammedanism rather than with Christianity and Buddhism. Christianity and Buddhism are primarily personal religions, with mystical doctrines and a love of contemplation. Mohammedanism and Bolshevism are practical, social, unspiritual, concerned to win the empire of this world."

Muhammad vs. Jesus

"And when those who were about him saw what would follow, they said, 'Lord, shall we strike with the sword?' And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, 'No more of this!' And he touched his ear and healed him."

Jesus (Luke 22:49-51)

"Narrated Abu Qilaba: Anas said, 'Some people of 'Ukl or 'Uraina tribe came to Medina and its climate did not suit them. After they became healthy, they killed the shepherd of the Prophet and drove away all the camels. The news reached the Prophet early in the morning and he sent (men) in their pursuit and they were captured and brought at noon. He then ordered to cut their hands and feet (and it was done), and their eyes were branded with heated pieces of iron. They were put in Al-Harra and when they asked for water, no water was given to them.' Abu Qilaba added, 'Those people committed theft, murder, became infidels after embracing Islam and fought against Allah and His Messenger.'"

A Book You're Not Supposed to Read

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.; Washington, DC: Regnery, 2005. Here is a book that everyone in the Western world-non-Catholic as well as Catholic-should read. It vividly illustrates how many features of Western life and thought originated in the Catholic Church, and puts to rest the PC notion that all religious traditions are morally equivalent.

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Excerpted from The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusaders) by Robert Spencer Copyright © 2005 by Robert Spencer. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Muhammad : prophet of war 3
Ch. 2 The Qur'an : book of war 19
Ch. 3 Islam : religion of war 33
Ch. 4 Islam : religion of intolerance 47
Ch. 5 Islam oppresses women 65
Ch. 6 Islamic law : lie, steal, and kill 79
Ch. 7 How Allah killed science 87
Ch. 8 The lure of Islamic paradise 99
Ch. 9 Islam - spread by the sword? You bet 107
Ch. 10 Why the crusades were called 121
Ch. 11 The crusades : myth and reality 133
Ch. 12 What the crusades accomplished - and what they didn't 147
Ch. 13 What if the crusades had never happened? 159
Ch. 14 Islam and Christianity : equivalent traditions? 171
Ch. 15 The jihad continues 183
Ch. 16 "Islamophobia" and today's ideological jihad 195
Ch. 17 Criticizing Islam may be hazardous to your health 209
Ch. 18 The crusade we must fight today 221
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2007

    Must Read

    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.

    14 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2006

    Important presentation

    This book was recommended to me by a Lebanese Arab-American who, after growing up in that country and emmigrating has presented the book as a truthful treatment of the tenents of Islam. I find the book well researched and quite refreshing after hearing nothing but apologies for everything we are as Americans. It's time as Americans to stand up and say that all the evil in the world is not necessarily our fault simply because we are Americans.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    The truth about Islam and the Crusades

    I know nothing about Islam and purchased this book to become at least conversational regarding it. To my shock,I have discovered that Islam is not what its supporters purport it to be. This book is so "anti-Islam" that it compelled me to go out and buy an actual Holy Koran to compare claim to actual verse. What I wanted to know for myself was, " Is Politically Incorrect slandering the Koran or telling the truth?" To my amazement, Politically Incorrect was correct approximately 85% of the time; the other 15% did not match the claims it made, or, the verses were not in the exact place it said they would be located. But, nevertheless, I enjoyed the book, learned a lot and will use it as a reference when I engage in Christian vs Islam debats.

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2008

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    A wonderful starting point

    This book is an excellent starter book for anyone who wants to understand the danger that is Islamic terrorism. It was written by a man who has a masters in Religious Studies and has studied Islam for well over twenty years. <BR/><BR/>The book itself touches on various aspects of Islamic teachings and history. The section on the Crusades caused me to dig deeper into the true history of the Christian/Muslim conflicts. What I liked best about the book is when the book shows what Jesus taught versus the teachings of Muhammad. It shows what the Bible says versus what is said in the Qur'an and in the Hadith.<BR/><BR/>Take the information and references provided in this book and run with them!

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    There is no 'Radical Islam'... just simply Islam

    After reading the Quran (translated by Abdul Yusuf Ali), I purchased the CD version of this book and listened to it extensively during my daily commute of nearly one hour. I was blown away by its depth, annotation, and related historical facts. I HIGHLY recommend this book (or set of CDs) to all who wish to know the truth about Islam. To be knowledgeable enough to 'cut through' the BS spouted by those who defend Islam, to know the whole truth, not just the politically correct portion of the truth, should be an American educational requirement. Islam declared war on all that is not Islamic more than 1400 years ago. Sadly, I believe it will take an atrocity orders of magnitude greater than 9/11 to wake up the American people to that fact.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2007

    Open your eyes to what's happening

    I work in the intelligence field and this book is a must read. Don't be fooled by the reviews of some people here claiming the book is wrong or baseless, and that the author is off point, because he is not! Read this book inconjunction with the Koran and you will see for yourself how Islam is.

    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2006

    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 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.

    9 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2010

    Thanks, Mr. Spencer!

    Writing a controversial book of the nature isn't easy! However, it is much needed. Americans need to wake up to an understanding of what the Islamic agenda is all about. Thanks, Mr. Spencer for your courage to do so!

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2007

    Loved it - scholarly, informative, easy to read & understand

    Descriptive,, defines things in an educated style, but in an easy to read format.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2006

    illuminating book and responses

    A book well researched directly from Islamic sources. I find it interesting that the wide gap in reviews replicates the cultural gap extant today. Hmm, now why do you think that could be? The book has been attacked for it's 'motivations' but never for the facts contained, at least not successfully.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2006

    A reviewer and has lived in Islamic countries

    This is a very accurate, and as its title states,'politically incorrect' look at Islam. Like it or not, for all of the cries from other reviewers that the author's points are simply 'false', I can say without a doubt that off the cuff criticism of the book belies intolerance for any critical analysis of Islam that is demanded of other religions. That is the purpose behind this book. The author's points, clearly made, point out what the Koran states. I'm sorry, but what is written in the Koran is in the Koran! The intolerance of other religions, while downplayed, is still a fact of life. The 'Dhimmi' are not even allowed to speak the Prophet Muhammed's name. Any practice of your own faith must be done in secret. Period. While there will be those who claim that the book misrepresents and oversimplifies Islam, I can only state that it provides a critical look at a world religion that is simply applied towards others. In true Islamic style, criticism is not allowed.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2009

    Janus

    I grow more angry every day. I try very hard to keep a balanced opinion and actively look from different quarters to prove my growning concerns wrong or unfounded. It is disappointing that I continue to be unable to do so. I find the most disturbing prospect of this issue is the lack of attention it receives in the United States. I find an ever increasing number of situations that directly mirror Chapter three in this book or at least parts of it. I really get especially upset knowing that many Muslims come to the United States, swear allegiance to uphold and defend this constitution only to marry American's with a birthright of hard won rights and slowly erode the woman's self esteem and ignore those enshrined rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the name of Islam through gradual and systematic abuse and degredation. Americans need to not only wake up but put a stop to such abusive relationships. Doing this will help deny an increasing foothold in our country. For the naysayers, let them show that the principles in the book and the widespread abuse is NOT true.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    Biased

    This book was ridiculously biased, without any basis in the religion of Islam. I'm a muslim, and I know my religion. If you are writing a book on religion, at least some thought should have gone into it, maybe a little bit of studying. This book was just written to give muslims a bad name by confusing the poor public who read this thinking it is the truth

    3 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    The Truth

    This should be mandatory reading for Americans. This is the threat we face today, and we must unite against it, or we will lose to the violence, intolerance, and threat to progress that Islam represents. Some reviews on this site claim it is a narrow and incorrect view of Islam. Well, tune your TV to the world news and see what it truly is. How can this be disputed? The American culture is in danger, and we are sleeping through it. Please read this book.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2006

    Insightful and thought provoking look at Islam

    The book is very well laid out and the author provides an abundance of sources that support this book. This book is an eye opener and a must read for anyone interested in the root causes of our modern day conflict.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2006

    The Heart of the Matter

    Finally, one book that dares tell the truth and shame the PC devil.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2006

    YOU CAN'T CHANGE DESTINY

    The book is just hilarious. If any person believes this Spencer guy and his interpretations of Islam, I would be forced to question his logic and his intelligence. It is AGAINST ISLAM to start a war. The guy doesn't even know the definition of Jihad! Spread by the sword huh??? Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world TODAY!!!!!! And has been for the last century--as was predicted by the Prophet (pbuh)--no book written against this miraculous religion can change its DESTINY. Who's forcing who to do what? Are Muslims forcing the Westerners to convert to Islam? Are they holding up a sword against their necks and forcing them to convert?? Believe me if this was the case, you would not have millions of Arab Christians (who were in Islamic territory before and after the advent of Islam). Go learn Islamic history and law from someone who knows what they're talking about--you owe it to yourself--you've only got one life to live--it would be a shame to throw it away on a piece of junk book like this. Go learn why more people are converting to Islam than any other religion in the world today--go on! What are you waiting for?

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2006

    Absolute rubbish!

    I am surprised to see this book at the top of the list of islamic books. This is the most distorted description of islam I have ever read. The fact that Mr. Spencer's decribed as an 'expert' on islam is ignominios!!If you really want an objective and factual portrayal of Islam read Gai Eaton, Martin Lings, Karen Armstrong or Thomas Cleary.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2006

    Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

    This book is a fine short summary on the basic principles of Islam. It explains how the radical branch of the religion can justify the use of violence, terror, murder and intimidation around the world. Mr. Spencer allows the reader to judge for oneself, and quotes the Koran extensively. In addition, he provides an excellent bibliography for further reading. Many people are in need of answers at this troubling time in history. This book provides the knowledge and insight to better understand the news we hear daily coming out of Iraq, Afganistan, Africa and Indonesia. No muslum should be offended or afraid of the truth. Only through understanding, tolerance and moderation will all the peoples of the world be able to live in peace. No race, culture, or religion that forces subjugation on another will ever be the path to peace and justice.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2006

    hmm..

    Short excerp from Wikipedia, which is actually semi- scholarly compared to this 'book' 'Christians were forbidden to convert to Judaism on pain of death during most of the Middle Ages. In the 1700s a famous convert by the name of Count Valentin Potoski in Poland was burned at the stake. He was a contemporary and a disciple of Rabbi Elijah, known as the Vilna Gaon. In Hellenistic and Roman times, some Pharisees were eager proselytizers, and had at least some success throughout the empire. Some Jews are also descended from converts to Judaism outside the Mediterranean world. It is known that some Khazars, Edomites, and Ethiopians, as well as many Arabs, particularly in Yemen before, converted to Judaism in the past today in the United States, Israel and Europe some people still convert to Judaism. In fact, there is a greater tradition of conversion to Judaism than many people realize. The word 'proselyte' originally meant a Greek who had converted to Judaism. As late as the 6th century the Eastern Roman empire (i.e., the Byzantine empire) was issuing decrees against conversion to Judaism, implying that conversion to Judaism was still occurring. I have no idea about you people who think this book is great, or can answer Christianities loathing of Judiasm, or for that fact even the adherants to Mani (Manichiasm), the mongering that goes on is truly incredible, check your sources and look for real history, not under 20$ garbage like this.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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