Those who practice the Muslim faith have resisted examinations of their religion. They are extremely guarded about their religion, and what they consider blasphemous acts by skeptical Muslims and non-Muslims alike has only served to pique the world's curiosity. This critical examination reveals an unflattering picture of the faith and its practitioners. Nevertheless, it is the truth, something that has either been deliberately concealed by modern scholars or buried in obscure journals accessible only to a select few.
A self-described Pakistani 'religious zealot' and jihad-oriented Muslim became disillusioned with the West, the free-speech advocates, the media, and nearly everyone else did not condemn the fatwa against Rushdie (author of "The Satanic Verses") but instead apologized for the Islam fanatics and said Rushdie 'shouldn't have written the book' which was a fictional novel. Warraq gives a detailed, footnoted and referenced history of Mohammad, the Arab world of his time, the development of the Koran, the Islamic borrowings from Judaism, early Christianity, Zoroastrian, Persian culture, and others. He also covers how the Islamic legal system developed and codified/fossilized during the Middle Ages, and how it affects Arab and non-Arab culture and civilization today.read more
(Alistair) An excellent sceptical analysis of Islam, and a breath of fresh air in the current climate in which slavish deference to non-Western cultures' self-perception is the order of the day. It is unfortunate, if telling, that the author had to publish this book under a pseudonym for fear of reprisals.read more
Tedious read, but a necessary work and interesting in spots.read more
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