The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

by Robert Spencer


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ISBN-13: 9780895260130
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 07/25/2005
Series: Politically Incorrect Guides Series
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 353,327
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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 Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West.

His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning News, FrontPage, WorldNet Daily, Insight in the News, Human Events, National Review Online, and many other journals.

He has appeared on FOX News, CNN, PBS, and C-Span and numerous nationally syndicated radio shows, including Michael Savage’s Savage Nation, G. Gordon Liddy Show, Janet Parshall’s America, the Michael Reagan Show, and Vatican Radio discussing jihad, Islam, and terrorism.

Spencer has studied Islamic theology, law, and history for more than 20 years.

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Chapter One


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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In the second installment of the bestselling Politically Incorrect Guide™ series, Islam expert Robert Spencer takes you on a fast-paced politically incorrect tour of Islamic teaching and Crusades history that will give you all the information you need to understand the true nature of the global conflict America faces today.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Martel-Sobieski More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

Take the information and references provided in this book and run with them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Descriptive,, defines things in an educated style, but in an easy to read format.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, one book that dares tell the truth and shame the PC devil.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A well written and quick read. Extensively documented. A must for anyone who is wondering why terrorism is springing up around the world from Bali, and Chechnya to Bhagdad. It will cause you to think twice about the news from around the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Apparently our leaders are still shamelessly mired in the same PC blindness that has already cost us dearly once. The author, thankfully, is not. Quoting directly from the Quran itself. And after you read this book go to the book itself. It's all there. One can hope the policy makers are actually reading what the terrorists are using to commit murder and war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This bold book finally dares to give us the truth about Islam in crystal clear, easy to read, language. I found nothing in the book that was not easily verified and documented. The problem in the past has not been that the facts were unavailable but that they were unspeakable. Here they are spoken, and they need to be heard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A classical liberal education teaches that one must be able to analyze a subject, study it from all angles, differentiate between facts, documentable truth, opinion, and fable, and rationally reach a justifiable conclusion. A classical liberal mind dictates to itself that the maxims it learned are to be applied in the real world, and to completely deny a documentably accurate description of events is the ultimate fraud. Robert Spencer has put together an overview of how Islam has been understood and used by many of it's adherents in a manner that is highly detrimental, nay, deadly to those who did not agree with it. A strength are the quotations from source documents and people, and the references to other material for those who want to investigate in depth. Having read most of the reference material, this is a review for me, but it is a concise, fairly complete, and completely reliable review of many basic and irrefutable facts, quotes, documents, and historical findings. For those who are just approaching this subject, this is a magnificent first book. I believe Mr. Spencer is trying to achieve two very difficult learning experiences with this book. One is that there is much in Islam that that needs to be either deleted or reformed in a manner such that it cannot be reconstituted. Historically, every attempt at reformation, whether in Andalusia or Baghdad during the so-called and false 'Golden Ages', i.e. every time moderate forward thinking Muslims speak out and make any progress, the radicals squash them and Jihad and Dhimmitude rule again with quotations from the basic precepts of the Holy Qur'an and the Hadiths and Traditions as their justification. Second is that everyone should be able to openly and honestly discuss the Holy Qur'an and the Hadiths and the Traditions and the historical reality without being called racists and bigots. Islam, with all of its good, bad, and ugly needs to be examined in detail in the great marketplace of ideas. To present only the Islamic apologists side results in a very distorted and mostly false picture that is a denial of documentable reality. To argue based primarily on emotions, as the apologists do, is degrading. To argue that only Muslims can understand and interpret Islam is patently false and completely demeaning to all non-Muslims and any one with any intellectual honesty. In order to ensure that everyone has enough knowledge to participate in the great discussion in the marketplace of ideas, this book presents an excellent knowledge base, and should be read by every non-Muslim, so they can understand the unbelievable struggle the moderates within Islam are going to have to wage if Islam is not going to continuously revert to the radicals views. It should be read by every Muslim so that even they can understand their religion and history as it relates to others and the radicals, as they are not taught this in their Mosques or Maddrasses, and thusly the moderates can truly know that they face a monumental, but necessary, task. Sir Winston Churchill is quoted in this book. He foresaw the evil of the Nazis almost before anyone else he foresaw the Iron Curtain and the evil of communist Russia almost before anyone else he speaks about some aspects of Islam that must be reformed or Islam will always be a religion and lifestyle promoting and realizing the subjugation of women and non-Muslims. Churchill was the voice in the wilderness that was recognized to be perfectly correct just before it was too late with the Nazis and the Communists. Hopefully this book by Robert Spencer will serve the purpose, since Sir Winston is no longer with us just his prophetic words. If moderate Muslims cannot win this necessary battle, then they must be willing to ally themselves with non-Muslims. Hopefully this book will provide the vital mustard seed of reality that the Islamic apologists need in order to reenter the world of reason and factual documentation so that they ca
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book certainly changes our misconceptions regarding history and how things are connected. Although it is something that people are not used to hearing, it is necessary read, and has evidence to back up its claim. With the war on terror showing no signs of abating and as the terrorists strike all who are not in accord with their cause, this book not only provide an insight into the problem from a historical point of view, it also shows how easily Islam¿s distortion came about. This book changes many misconceptions. The idea of jihad is the centre of it all, something that ought to be criticized or rejected for the world to be at peace. As indicated in the UNION MOUJIK, the jihadists are the quasi-faithful. ¿they kill for the sake of reasoning, a reasoning that distorts faith¿¿¿.they are even worst than the atheists who got lost in their noble intentions because they lacked faith¿..Tomorrow you will find them slitting one another¿s throats. These quasi-faithful are the curse of our children¿s age.¿ Overall, THE POLITICALY INCORRECT GUIDE TO ISLAM is a book to read.
Stevo0 More than 1 year ago
Well written and organized. As the Koran is one of the most difficult books to read as it does not follow a chronological order and comments made by the prophet later in his life negates earlier comments. My Spencer who is a scholar in Islam for which Muslim religious leaders acknowledge. When he make statements about their religion - he provides the passage numbers from both the Koran and Hadiths so that one can validate his analysis and opinions about this faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written book on this subject. It reveals how obvious it is that the current "jihad" against western peoples is just a continuation of the war begun fourteen centuries ago against non-Muslims (with periodic "rest periods" for Muslims to regain their military strength). It also shows that we in the West should not have any guilt feelings about the Crusades, since they saved western Europeans from death or slavery and, therefore, made it possible for a free America to be established. Again, "political correctness" is shown to be propaganda (lies and half-truths) and very dangerous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlike the shameful and perverted white washing given Islam by apologists and blatant propagandists like Karen Armstrong (what Jane Fonda was to North Vietnam - a dupe), this book is a great first step to garnering a good overview of the real Islam. Continue with "the Secrets of the Koran" and "Jefferson's War" (Yes, President Thomas Jefferson - who had to build up the American Navy to protect America's nascent merchant marine against the Muslim Barbary pirates - operating as pirates, thieves, kidnappers and generally parasites as their religion promotes ).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spencer turned me from skeptic to believer with this book, and that belief was only strengthened by following his blog on which he provides daily examples that suport his thesis. Exhaustively researched, expertly written: a must read in the 21st century!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am going to purchase this book today but the comment on Christians loathing of Judaism is ignorant. We were there for them in World War II, and we are there for them now in the Middle East with the Palestinian¿s. Catholics didn't kill people because they were not willing to convert to Christians.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Venturing into a highly controversial subject, Robert Spencer equipped himself with a plethora of information. This he had to do, as he is covering the accurate history of the founding of Islam, which was spread by the sword. I find it imperative reading for anyone who wishes to understand that Western Civilization only existed and gave to us its many gifts in the cultural and philosophical spheres because of valiant men, who weren't vain, complacent fools who remained passive when came dire threats from the invading Saracens who not only took many Christians slaves, but killed their own people who converted to the religion of Christ. I am referring to the Crusaders, some of which were noble saints like St. Louis the IX of France, who even Voltaire praised for his virtue. Now, for anyone who knows history, Voltaire wasn't a religious man. While there are Muslims who do not agree with Jihad, it's an undeniable fact, as Spencer meticulously demonstrates, the Quran encourages violence against the 'infidel.' Also, many claim that the Crusades were about racism, but that is a reflection of great ignorance, because it was not, it was about two worldviews which can't coincide.The Crusades were an act of self defense against an aggressor. Consequently, when a Muslim converts or leaves his or her religion they are hunted down and must conceal their identity. This is done to a person who looks just like them. Clearly it's not about race. A book like this is sorely needed today, when the PC establishment is doing its best to make people ashamed of Western Civilization and apathetic to the truth.