Spencer bases this distinctly anti-Muslim book on a selection of sources that includes newspaper articles, trade books, the websites of fundamentalists, and an uncritical reading of the Koran (rather than consideration of actual religious practice). Among the inaccurate and gross...
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Spencer bases this distinctly anti-Muslim book on a selection of sources that includes newspaper articles, trade books, the websites of fundamentalists, and an uncritical reading of the Koran (rather than consideration of actual religious practice). Among the inaccurate and gross generalizations put forth here are: all Muslim men are allowed to be polygamists, the practice of jihad was fully established before the Crusades, and the whole of Islam is determined to take over the West. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Robert Spencer dares to face the hard questions about what Islam actually teaches--and the potentially ominous implications of those teachings for the future of both the Muslim world and the West. Going beyond the shallow distinction between a "true" peaceful Islam and the "hijacked" Islam of terrorists, Spencer probes the Koran and Islamic traditions (as well as the history and present-day situation of the Muslim world) in his inquiry into why the world's fastest-growing faith tends to arouse fanaticism. Islam Unveiled evaluates the relationship between Islamic fundamentalism and "mainstream" Islam; the fixation on violence and jihad; the reasons for Muslims' disturbing treatment of women; and devastating effects of Muslim polygamy and Islamic divorce laws. Spencer explores other daunting questions: why the human rights record of Islamic countries is so unrelievedly grim and how the root causes of this record exist in basic Muslim beliefs; why science and high culture died out in the Muslim world and why this is a source of modern Muslim resentment. He evaluates what Muslims learn from the life of Muhammad, the man that Islam hails as the supreme model of human behavior, Above all, this provocative work grapples with the question that most preoccupies us today: can Islam create successful secularized societies that will coexist peacefully with the West's multicultural mosaic?
Taking on the hard questions about what the Islamic religion actually teaches, Robert Spencer sets forth the potentially ominous implications of those teaching for the future of both the Muslim world and the West.
ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of ten books, including the "New York Times" bestsellers "The Truth About Muhammad" and "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)". Spencer is a weekly columnist for "Human Events" and "FrontPage Magazine", and has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army's Asymmetric Warfare Group, the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the U.S. intelligence community.