Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders

Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders

by Denise A. Spellberg
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Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LarryM52 More than 1 year ago
A great book that presents the development of religious freedom in the United States and concludes with a presentation that examines how denial of those liberties to one group becomes a denial to us all. Islam was not the only religious group to be demonized by many of the people who were inventing our country. Also hated were Catholics and Jews. In fact, some of today's mainline Protestant denominations were discriminated against. As a youngster I can still recall the sting of religious bigotry when people called into question Presidential-candidate Kennedy's loyalty as critics claimed he'd run to Rome for guidance on critical issues. One question, and this is not a critique, but there is another religios group that has faced persecution in contemporary America for their faith: the Mormans. Did Denice purposefully exclude them? BTW, nice examination of the work done by John Leland in the 18th & 19th centuries. Thanks. 
GeoffreyF More than 1 year ago
This is very well researched and goes beyond the title subject.  It's an investigation into religious prejudice, philosophical discourse on prejudice.  It's a discussion into why the 1st Amendment was written as it was.  It's also about the negotiating advantage Thomas Jefferson got from his knowledge of the Quran and from being able to demonstrate that the then unique character of the US government as secular,  without any preference for one faith over another.  If you wish to learn about 17th, 18th and 19th century philosophy of government as well as the origin of century old prejudices we still endure today, this is an outstanding book.  Thomas Jefferson was the first President scurrilously accused of being a Muslim.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very informative. Well researched. Reading is not understanding, and understaning is not wisdom. I recommend highly with the hope that peaple will understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago