By Robert Spencer

In "Islam Unveiled," Robert Spencer dares to stand the tough questions about what the Islamic faith really teaches--and the doubtless ominous implications of these teachings for the way forward for either the Muslim international and the West. Going past the shallow contrast among a "true" peaceable Islam and the "hijacked" Islam of terrorist teams, Spencer probes the Koran and Islamic traditions (as good because the heritage and present-day scenario of the Muslim international) as a part of his inquiry into why the world's quickest starting to be religion has a tendency to arouse fanaticism. "Islam Unveiled" evaluates the connection among Islamic fundamentalism and "mainstream" Islam; the fixation with violence and jihad; the explanations for Muslims' stressful therapy of ladies; and devastating results of Muslim polygamy and Islamic divorce legislation. Spencer explores different daunting questions--why the human rights checklist of Islamic nations is so unrelievedly grim and the way the foundation factors of this list exist in easy Muslim ideals; why technological know-how and excessive tradition died out within the Muslim world--and why this can be a root reason for glossy Muslim resentment. He evaluates what Muslims research from the lifetime of Muhammad, the fellow that Islam hails because the superb version of human habit. particularly, this provocative paintings grapples with the query that almost all preoccupies us at the present time: can Islam create winning secularized societies that may coexist peacefully with the West's multicultural mosaic?

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The problem is that for all its schisms, sects and multiplicity of voices, Islam’s violent elements are rooted in its central texts. It is unlikely that the voices of moderation will ultimately silence the militants, because the militants will always be able to make the case that they are standing for the true expression of the faith. Liberal Muslims have not established a viable alternative interpretation of the relevant verses in the Qur’an. “When liberal Muslims declare that Sept.  was an atrocity contrary to the Koran,” observes Farrukh Dhondy, “the majority of Muslims around the world don’t believe them.

After all, it has now been only  years since the time of Muhammad, and  years after Christ, goes the analogy, Christians were killing infidels (often fellow Christians of different sects) themselves. Islam is simply a religion that will eventually mature, as did Christianity, into a more tolerant, more expansive faith. Moreover, such observers say, it already has to some degree, and the moderates now show the true face of Islam. The benighted young men training in al-Qaeda camps to kill themselves and other people are simply clinging, out of fears and resentments of various kinds, to a more primitive and violent form of their religion.

25 that the opinions of “deconstructionists” and “European scholars” carry little weight for most Muslims. After all, that is the kind of thinking that got Suliman Bashear thrown out of a second-story window. , a literal reading of Qur’anic exhortations to violence] more easily than other world religions. Here’s my case for why it might: We Muslims are routinely told that The Holy Koran is a book about which there is no doubt. By building upon the Torah and the Christian Bible, the Koran perfects their teachings.

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