Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
"Informative at every turn, the author lifts the veil on the beautiful truths and harsh realities of a faith at war with itself, and ever-evolving in its interpretations and executions." -- Kirkus Book Reviews
"A delightfully original take on Turkey and on the prospects for liberal democracy in the broader Islamic Middle East." -- Wall Street Journal
"Akyol clarifies the complexities and contradictions of Islam in this indispensable book. He demonstrates how the harsh tribal cultures of the Arabian desert shaped Islam for centuries often at odds with the Qur'an... This even-handed scholarly work... makes Islam accessible to Western readers." -- Publishers Weekly
Very well written and very comprehensive. I've discussed what I've learned with a Muslim friend, and it has been useful for both of us.Published 3 months ago by Sheila
Given the horrors that continue to be committed in the name of Islam by some self-styled `Islamic groups in different parts of the world today, it is hardly surprising that many... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Yoginder Sikand
An excellent, unbiased book on the birth of Islam. Recommended for anyone that truly is interested in further understanding the more complex relations of today's world.Published 4 months ago by John O.
He doesn't address the question I thought he would: Why are most terrorists acts in the world now done in the name of Islam? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Simeon
A good view showing extreme Islamic states (like present day Saudi) versus extreme anti-islamic states (like Turkey under the rule of ataturk)Published 5 months ago by Omar AlDajani
Aykol observes the usual middle eastern "choice" is between authoritarian secular governments and authoritarian Islamic governments, in both backed by the military. Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. King
An enlightening and positive revelation of a side of Islam most of us do not know about.Published 6 months ago by Steven F. Walker
A good read. We need to distinguish the hatefilled extremists from the majority of good faithful muslims. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ron Ashmore
Excellent historical and contemporary explanation of how the Islam of Muhammed has been contorted and distorted and made to serve as a false and cynical justification for appalling... Read morePublished 7 months ago by steven d. eimert