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Islam: What the West Needs to Know (2007)

Robert Spencer , Walid Shoebat , Gregory M. Davis , Bryan Daly  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Robert Spencer, Walid Shoebat, Bat Yeor, Serge Trifkovic, Abdullah Al-Araby
  • Directors: Gregory M. Davis, Bryan Daly
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Disinformation
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PE0GQO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"...thought-provoking.." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"If their central thesis is true-and it's worth considering-then this is the most horrific film of the 21st century so far." -- The Charlotte Observer

"Nothing short of mind-blowing. -- Gwinnett Daily Post

"Nothing short of mind-blowing." -- Gwinnett Daily Post

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An examination of Islam, violence, and the fate of the non-Muslim world.

Virtually every major Western leader has over the past several years expressed the view that Islam is a peaceful religion and that those who commit violence in its name are fanatics who misinterpret its tenets. This claim, while widely circulated, rarely attracts serious public examination. Now, the question is finally being asked, "Is Islam itself violent?"

Through an examination of the Koran, other Islamic texts, and the example of the prophet Muhammad, this documentary establishes, through a sober and methodical presentation, that violence against non-Muslims is and has always been an integral aspect of Islam. "Jihad," while best translated as "struggle," as represented in the Koran and the life of Muhammad, means nothing less than organized warfare against unbelievers. Relying primarily on Islam's own sources, this documentary demonstrates that Islam is a violent, expansionary ideology that seeks the destruction or subjugation of other faiths, cultures, and systems of government.

The documentary consists of original interviews, citations from Islamic texts, Islamic artwork, computer-animated maps, footage of Western leaders, and Islamic television broadcasts. Its tone is sober, methodical, and compelling.

Features interviews with noted experts on Islam including Robert Spencer, Serge Trifkovic, Bat Ye'or, Abdullah Al-Araby, and former terrorist Walid Shoebat.

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58 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Watching Islam: What the West Needs to Know without any previous knowledge of Muslims or the Koran is akin to going deep sea diving for the first time with no formal training, or, more realistically, like watching Michael Moore's Sicko without ever experiencing the American healthcare system first hand. A lot of information is thrown around and without the proper education to either agree with or dispute any of it, it all must be digested as factual. Depending on who you ask, this is the proper way to view this unbiased and revealing documentary or you are being tricked by this xenophobic and hateful piece of anti-muslim propaganda.

It's not surprising that a film whose sole purpose is to answer the question "Is Islam itself a violent religion?" with a resounding "Hell Yes!" should be just a tad controversial. Featuring interviews with several noted experts on Islam and indepth examinations of the Koran and other Islamic texts, the case against a peaceful Islam is slowly and methodically built throughout the film. Islam is presented as an intolerant and destructive ideology rather than the peaceful, yet misrepresented, religion that both Eastern and Western leaders purport it to be. "Like Nazism and Communism, in Islamism the end justifies the means... the whole idea is to promote their way of thinking and to promote their way of life throughout the world." says author and former terrorist Walid Shoebat. Candidly discussing his involvement in bombings and terroristic attacks, Shoebat provides a chilling description of life as a Muslim both in the Middle East and in the United States.

The film is split into six parts, with each part explaining a bit more about Islam. There is a section on the exclusiveness and intolerance of Islam ("There is No God But Allah...
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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must-see documentary September 8, 2007
I rarely review things on Amazon, but this DVD practically inspired me to run to my computer. I've read several books and articles on Islam. I've seen a couple of documentaries. But this DVD blew me away.

The format is excellent. Throughout the video you are shown clips by world leaders, politicians, etc., who chant the "Islam as a religion of peace" mantra. Then you are shown interviews by leading authorities in the study of Islam (men and women whose credentials are unassailable). These interview clips clearly and convincingly refute what the cultural elites and media are saying. The interviews are punctuated with quotes from the Koran and Haddith. Occasionally they also show clips from Muslim sermons, rallies, etc., that are quite disturbing.

I can't imagine someone watching this DVD and not coming away convinced that Islam is inherently a political ideology akin to Communism--i.e., not a "personal religion" like us Westerners view every other religion--, with clearly distinguishable dogmas that advocate physical jihad (not "spiritual jihad against one's passions") against unbelievers, the goal of which is to usher in a global theocracy of Shariah Law.

This movie should be watched by every sober-minded Westerner. Our politicians need to wake up, study these issues, and become intellectually honest in their portrayal of Islam. We have for too long been led astray by the "Islam is a religion of peace" propaganda. It is not too late for America, though it is probably too late for Europe (which Bat Ye'or has rightly dubbed "Eurabia").

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209 of 250 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what the west needs to know!! July 9, 2007
A couple of years ago I decided I needed to become informed regarding Islam, so began. All told I guess I've read about 40 books and now have a pretty good idea about what it is. The first book I went out and bought and read, was the Koran, because I thought l may as well go to the source and get the info straight.

Contra earlier reviewers to the other listing of the DVD - `Ehab M. Omar "Newman"', `Dr Saleem Ahmed', `Sky Lion "SkyLion"' - reading the Koran did not convert me, nor was it a magic bullet, knock over evidence in favour of Islam. In fact, to quote Thomas Carlyle as quoted in the excellent book `Secrets of the Koran' by Don Richardson, the Koran is "A wearisome jumble, crude, incondite [with] endless iterations [and] longwindedness...Nothing but a sense of duty could carry any European through the Koran.' And so it was with me. I slogged through it, not because it was brilliant, gripping, diverse literature - it most certainly is not, rather drab and uniform from beginning to end - nor because despite its hell fire and damnation on virtually every page, it had the ring of truth and the divine about it - it most certainly did not. It is the most turgid, boring, incomprehensible writing I have ever read. And according to Richardson, it is even more incomprehensible in Arabic! It is more comprehensible in translation because at least in a translation, the translator tries to make what is being translated comprehensible! But then of course, a translation is not THE Koran, as only the Koran in Arabic - the holy tongue - is the Koran, so I never really read the Koran did I, and no one who does not know Arabic can do so!

(Saleem; where did you get that ridiculous statistic that 3 out of 4 people who read the Koran accept Islam?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The truth about the "religion of peace".
I've been to Kuwait through to Afghanistan as a military man, I've seen nothing peaceful about Islam that western media would have you believe. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read
Mr spencer has done it again ,he provides factual information about the true nature of Islam that every American should know before we are taken from within .
Published 1 month ago by norwegian
4.0 out of 5 stars Wake up America
This book is very informative and relates what the real world is really about. A very easy read and well written.
Published 5 months ago by John T. Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and insightful
I know some who read this may call those of us who take this threat seriously Islamaphobes but Islam is more than a religion, it's a complete geo-political movement whose goal is... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark Weeks
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative.
This film gives a good summary of the evils and threats of Islam to the world as a religion and a frame of thinking. Read more
Published 6 months ago by saiat stepanian
5.0 out of 5 stars what you dont know will hurt you...
this was produced with ex-Muslims..... You got to see is really sad and scary. It reveals the true lies of radical Islam.
Published 7 months ago by Joseph T. Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Islam:What The West Needs To Know.
Islam:What the west needs to know,It is eye opening to see Islam for what it truly is.Demonized doctrines,a murderers paradise. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars This DVD is needed to show people how serious this problem is
This documentary can be found (albeit cut in snippets) on youtube and elsewhere on the internet, in poor quality, but in order to convince your friends and others how serious this... Read more
Published 10 months ago by HJM VAN SCHALKWIJK
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking
This film examines Islamic Doctrine and cites the very books that affect ALL muslims.

People call Spencer an Islamophobe; but, he is citing their beliefs!!!!!!!
Published 11 months ago by Average Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars It is what every westerner should know!!
It is what every one should know, although many muslims may not have the terrorists attitude, the religion they serve , Islam is based on violence and changing the world through... Read more
Published 12 months ago by CHUI
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