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This was a very informative book. Its concise format provides just the right amount of information about the history of Islam the reader needs in order to get the big picture of what Islam is all about and how it has shaped history. It even provides details of the various pagan religions and Christian heresies Muhammad was exposed to in his early life that he would later come to piece-meal together into his own religion. An interesting example is the apparent idol worship of the meteorite in Mecca, believed to be from a moon god, that Muslims face during their prayers. This book completely blows away the argument that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance, all with evidence from 1400 years of Islam and the Qur'an itself. Any Muslim who reads this book will probably very seriously question their faith in Islam.
My complaint about the book is that it appears to have been poorly edited. It could have been structured better, and it contains several gramatical errors. However, the book still made for very fast and easy reading.
The Reason: Having just finished watching William Federer narrate the video series "Political Islam's War on the West", I felt the need to read the book he stated contained the material the series was based upon. This, in the hopes that it would clarify the information he was churning out at light speed and answer the questions I would have asked him had I been at the filming of the video. Fortunately, I am not disappointed at all with the book "What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur'an" although I would rename it as it looks far beyond what is written in the Qur'an to historical events and a variety of other sources of information. Perhaps he should have entitled it "A Concise History of Islam that Everyone Should Know". The Book: The book presents information in very precise and succinct format. Considering that the Table of Contents is five pages long in a book that is only 278 pages in length tells you that you won't be wondering how long it is to the next chapter. Given the intensity of what he has written, I doubt you would concern yourself with that anyway. The Author: Although I have seen other reviewers say that the information found within this book is not correct or lacks reference, I don't find their analysis accurate. Albeit, his statements are not footnoted to absurdity, but that does not, in itself, make them any less correct. The information, one finds, is very accurate when they decide to research it for themselves. William J. Federer is, after all, a historian and has degrees and accolades to prove it. Moreover, he has been used as a reference himself regarding the authenticity and validity of statements made by others about historical events.Read more ›
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I have had the priviledge of seeing Mr. Bill Federer speak in person at the Waukesha Expo Center and this book is a wonderful compliment to his presentation! (Especially since there was so much information he gave, that I could not retain it all at the seminar, so this book reinforced all that he spoke on and gave it to me in writing so I could re-reference parts of it as I went through the book) This man is such a wealth of valid, well researched information! I thouroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I share aspects of it with others daily. It is so surprising how much "educated" people reallly do NOT know about things like this. They tend to hear an "expert" from somewhere (often times on a talk show of sorts) say something and just take it as pure fact without doing the research to verify its authenticity! Just like "separation of church and state"...show me that in the Constitution...anyone, please...oh, that's right, it's not in there. It's in a PERSONAL LETTER to a Baptist minister from Thomas Jefferson, stating his concern that the state might try to enforce too much power over the church and that the church should be protected from the state. Most people don't know that either...
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A good book for those who understand that the baby should not be thown out with the bath water. There are a few spelling errors and obvious edits unfinished, but the information contained is invaluable. People complain about his use of wikipedia, but it is not where his arguement is truely made from. He uses the Quran extensively as well as the words of mohammed's followers, US founding fathers, and many other reliable sources. Yes, it poses a picture of the nature of political/social Islam that is not comfortable and poorly publicized, but it is one that should be given time and understanding. This is a good quick overview of the side of Islam we aren't taught (I know my secular history textbooks condemned the Christian crusaders but never even metioned the thousands if not millions of "Christians" murdered by the Ottoman muslims, a great empire that is never discussed). We are taught much about the "peaceful" side; it is high time for the other side to get some time. For its faults, which are few in number, do not miss this book's great worth. Worth every penny. IF you don't think Federer is onto something just look up Christians in Dearborn, MI. This is not about fear; it is about having your eyes opened.