EDIP YUKSEL is an American-Turkish-Kurdish author and activist who spent four years in Turkish prisons in the 1980's for his political writings and activities promoting an Islamic revolution in Turkey. He experienced a paradigm change in 1986 transforming him from a Sunni Muslim leader to a reformed muslim, a rational monotheist, or a peacemaker. Edip Yuksel has written more than twenty books and hundreds of articles on religion, politics, philosophy and law in Turkish, and numerous articles and books in English. Edip is the founder of 19.org, the Islamic Reform organization, and co-founder of Muslims for Peace, Justice and Progress (MPJP). His personal site is yuksel.org. After receiving his bachelor degrees from the University of Arizona in Philosophy and Near Eastern Studies, Edip received his law degree from the same university. Edip is an Adjunct Philosophy professor at Pima Community College, and teaches various classes at Accelerated Learning Lab. He is fluent in Turkish, English and Classic Arabic; pro-ficient in Persian, and barely conversant in Kurdish, his mother tongue.
Edip Yuksel, a Muslim, wrote this book (in part) to denounce those who believe that the Muslim holy book, the Quran, allows Muslims to wage war against non-Muslims who fail to submit (kowtow) to Islamist rule. The author also wrote a revised Koran called the "Quran: a Reformist Translation." In the latter book, the author didn't just provide a differing translation of the Koran, he eviscerates it by removing all of the sections of the Koran that either blatantly or seemingly enabled Muslims to attack non-Muslims who failed to submit to Islamic taxation [jizya]. Yuksel, a Muslim, appears to acknowledge that the four major ahadith works are bogus (p. 66), and, therefore, their commentaries stating that the Muslim prophet Mohammad championed warfare against infidels to force them to pay tribute to Muslim authorities are bogus, too. In `Warmongers' the author reprints a number of FRONTPAGE articles regarding several conferences that this pro-Muslim author participated in with others who questioned the validity of the Muslim faith. Yuksel apparently believes that these reprints support his contentions; I disagree. But I applaud his reprinting them - they are the best portions of his book. Because Yukel rebukes so much common understanding about Mohammad, how he believes that his 'reformist' Islamic theology will be accepted by mainstream/ moderate Muslims is baffling to me - but that is a cross that he will have to carry. Yuksel denounces the writings of many individuals with whom he disagrees: Glenn Beck, David Horowitz, Daniel Pipes, Ali Sina, Robert Spencer, Wafa Sultan, Ibn Waraq, Bill Warner and Starbucks coffee (along with about 150 other individuals or corporations)... he calls them "Enemies of Peace" and/or "Warmongers" (p. 1). This book is simply so bad with its taqiyya writings that I will be resting it on my bookshelf alongside its companion book "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion".
Yuksel is a "moderate" Muslim who has obviously had enough of the difficult questions asked by those he purports to criticise in this book. You can read the debates between him and Robert Spencer as well as Bill Warner that were published on Frontpage Magazine's website in this book. One example - if you want to look for it online (since I can't publish the URL here) - is from 2008, entitled "A New Koran?". Judge for yourself his views, analytical method and understanding of the problem with radical Islam, Islamism or Jihadism (whatever phrase you prefer) before you buy this book. I found it lacking and verging on the personal. That's always a sign, in my opinion, that someone hasn't got their ideas straight and can't handle the issues raised. Instead of spending so much time and energy attacking those people that are raising difficult questions about the nature of classical Islamic doctrines and history and the subsequent prospects for tackling radical Islam, Yuksel could have spent his time more effectively and convincingly rebutting their claims and insights with reference to what these people actually have said. Let's see a more intellectually honest approach by secular Muslims that presents a reformed Islam based on an acknowledgement and rejection of the tenets of Islam that exhort jihad for the sake of Islamic supremacy - so well compiled in Andrew Bostom's Legacy of Jihad - rather than character assassinations. I'll be honest and say I haven't read this book, though I have read the debates so I have read some of it, but I was prompted to provide this review when I saw that Yuksel himself has "reviewed" his own book and given it, guess what, five stars.
I am glad I did not pay money for the book I read, sorry Amazon. Yuksel is obviously a "moderate" Muslim who fails to reflect on the effect of moderate Germans on Hitler in World War 2. The Koran is either the written word of Mohammad and assuming he is a prophet or it is not. If it is then it must be taken for what it says, thus Yuksel is more of a Infidel and not a moderate or it is not a holy book at all thus making it a man made religion or should I more accurately refer to it as a Vatican made religion based on the testimony of ex-Jesuit priest, Alberto Rivera. I have looked at the Koran and read much of it, I find it poorly written and very much like the ramblings of a hate filled man who had issues. I feel most comic books are better put together then the Koran, that is the truth, not an insult, so please do not take it as such. If Yuksel is not a total fake and liar then he is just fooling himself if he thinks a moderate muslim movement will ever be successful without tearing out half the Koran, and if that were done then one would have to conclude it was based on false teachings and should be tossed out altogether. In defense of Osama, he is living and practicing what the Koran says, Yuksel is living and practicing what he wishes it said. I could be wrong and Yuksel is just taking this stance to make money selling books...ect. Truth be told it seems like dealing with this religion is a one way street, muslims want others to compromise for them, but in return the muslims don't truly compromise for the sake of others and honesty is expected of others but muslims are forgiven for being dishonest to non-muslims. I would take the word of Robert Spencer over Yuksel any day.