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a book produced by a sick mentality

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This book is nothing more than hate propaganda. The views of the author are no different than the anti-semetic views of the Nazis. The author seeks to defame muslims just as the Nazis defamed the Jews. The Nazis had authors that blamed their problems on the Jews and this author is following in their footsteps. The best way to learn about muslims is to go talk to them instead of reading a hateful book about them. You can't define all muslims by the acts of a very tiny minority who get all the attention. Once you have a conversation with a muslim, you will realize they have the same hopes and aspirations as you do. This author wishes to promote hate so that even intelligent people think twice about approaching a muslim. This author inspires those who wish to inflict harm on those who are different from them, as is evident by recent shootings. This author is pure evil. 

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Spencer does a valuable service in an extremely partisan way - I was not interested in reading apologetics for Yahweh, but that's the large part of what I got. The factual contents of the book and the "narrow" conclusions they draw are interesting, and certainly do a good job of exposing some of the mindless rhetoric about Islam for what it is. Spencer's book falls flat in three major ways - his referencing isn't the best (for a topic as contested as this, I'd like to see a little more than 20 references per chapter), the structure is choppy and confusing with intrusive, tangential text boxes sometimes taking up whole pages, and the book transitions partway through from a criticism and exploration of Islam and the Crusades to a defence and promotion of Christianity. Spencer tries to spin it as "pro-Western Civilization", which would have been great, but it turns very much into "Go Jesus Go". "Opposing" quotes from the Bible and the Koran fill the margins throughout, but missing are quotes from moral philosophers, law books and history which would be more genuinely reflective of a what truly made Western Civilization great - secularism and empiricism. The book's saving grace are the frequent capsules listing "Books you aren't supposed to read" - historical texts, translations of Arabic literature and links to more scholarly criticisms of Islam and the Crusades. At best a good starting point on a more serious study of the subjects it touches on, with occasional glimmers of obvious and valuable rebuttals of some contemporary inaccuracies and talking points.  

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what a stupid book.

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This book is a great 101 reader for understanding political Islam. Spencer's writings have been irrefutable and proven right in light of 1400+ years of Islamic territorial expansion and by daily occurences within and out of Islam's borders. His assertions and a near encyclopedic knowledge of Islamic texts leave his critics with little else than name calling.  

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This book is ESSENTIAL reading for anyone interested in preserving civilization and our freedoms!
Read it, now. Please.

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Regarding brettrobertsullivan's review :
So reading "a good amount" of the book is enough to dismiss it as biased fear mongering.
All the while, R. Spencer's extensive knowledge of the Coran, the
Hadith, the Sira and of Muslim scholars is all rejected on the basis that he hasn't learned 7th century Arabic...
Also, the Muslim scholars quoted extensively by Spencer, such as Ibn Kathir and Ibn Juzayy, are indeed pillars of Sunni Islam, contrary to what Mr. brettrobertsullivan deceivingly asserts.
How fair !
With such standards, any critical analysis of any subject could be dismissed offhandedly. (Especially if we can throw some baseless ad hominem at the author.)
 

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I've read a good amount of this book and unfortunately this self proclaimed "expert on Islam" is a joke. Fear mongering, biases etc. One of the books he quotes, Umdat as Salik, which was translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller isn't even acccepted by main stream Sunni scholars. Those so called "scholars" are actually sufi's drenched in philosophy, mysticism and innovation. He hasn't even mastered the Arabic language so I'm wondering how he is deriving his points from ancient scriptures when he isn't even qualified. Taking lessons on Islam from this guy is like taking lessons on Judaism from David Duke. Only in America can you be an "expert" in any field you want. Hey Robert I'm an expert Neuro-surgeon--want a lobotomy?  

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The author's views, were at large, hypothetically discriminating of Islam
with utter bias and preconceived fallacies.

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