The Mother Of Mohammed: An Australian Woman's Extraordinary Journey Into Jihad

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, Jan 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 440 pages
In The Mother of Mohammed, Four Corners journalist Sally Neighbour tells the extraordinary story of how a dope-smoking beach bunny from Mudgee, Robyn Hutchinson, became Rabiah-a member of the jihadist elite. Known among her peers as 'the mother of Mohammed', and as 'the Elizabeth Taylor of the jihad' in CIA circles, Rabiah lived for twenty years on the frontlines of the global holy war. With a reputation for tough investigative journalism, Sally Neighbour persuaded Rabiah to tell her story. She investigates how Rabiah became a trusted insider to the Jemaah Islamiyah, Taliban and al Qaeda leaderships, and married a leading figure in Osama bin Laden's inner sanctum. In The Mother of Mohammed Sally Neighbour discovers a world of converts and true believers. This unique and confronting account from inside the jihad helps us to understand the magnetism of the Islamist cause.

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This book gives an amazing insight into purist Islam. Rabiah is extremely brave and charismatic woman with exceptional strength. It is the first book I have read that tells from a Muslim perspective why jihad has taken place and the atrocities of war (and on the Muslim people by namely America and allies), and why a Muslim may want to live in a Islamic state. The book also shows the generosity of Muslims towards each other, from a Sheik in Darwin, to a Sheik in Sydney to Muslims on the other side of the world helping Rabiah out when she was in need. There is a connection amongst the people of this religion that is lost in western culture, where the majority of it is all self centered and about 'me'. Thanks for sharing your story.  

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Possibly the worst book ever written. Written in a tabloid drawl of exclamations and innuendo. Not for a serious reader on the subject. Good book to give to someone you dislike.

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Sally Neighbour is a reporter with Australia's premier investigative public affairs program, ABC TV's Four Corners, a writer for The Australian newspaper and winner of three Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism. Her previous book was In the Shadow of Swords: On the Trail of Terrorism from Afghanistan to Australia.

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