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"No one writes with greater authority about the totalitarian current that is inseparable from Islam than Andrew Bostom. Accommodationists will not like what he says, because it violates the liberal narrative according to which Islam is a 'religion of peace.' Would that it were so. That fantasy cannot survive exposure to the historical record, which Bostom has plumbed with relentless intelligence and unswerving commitment to the truth. This is an uncomfortable but necessary book. The first step in solving a problem is acknowledging that there is a problem. Sharia versus Freedom is an indispensable aid to that remedial enlightenment."
- Roger Kimball, Author of Tenured Radicals and The Fortunes of Permanence

"This unique collection of essays on sharia, Islamic law, contains the most brilliant dissection of exactly what constitutes the meaning and practice of sharia relative to all previous books written on the same subject. . . . The public is being subjected to a steady diet of deliberate disinformation that sharia is democratic and nonauthoritarian. As this book so eloquently demonstrates, nothing could be farther from the truth. . . . Sharia versus Freedom exposes in incontrovertible detail the truth about sharia. . . . The true nature of sharia's authoritarianism (which allows amputation of limbs, the stoning of women, and the execution of Muslims who convert to another religion) is explained and detailed (with abundant proof) like no other book before. This book is a 'must-read' for American policymakers, Congress, local and regional authorities from coast to coast, as well as for any member of the public who truly seeks the truth. . . . Once you pick up this book, you won't put it down."
- Steven Emerson, Journalist and author of American Jihad

"Regarding the subject of Islam, apologists frequently vilify and marginalize truth seekers. Yet Andrew Bostom is fearless and now provides a third scholarly historical compendium of valuable articles on Islam's totalitarian nature and its harsh sharia-all of which unfortunately validate my life experience as a Muslim growing up in a Muslim country. With undeniable chronological data, Bostom covers much of what too many Western leaders and journalists willfully ignore: from the dhimmi status of non-Muslims to the combined effects of jihadism, and the anti-Semitic Islamic motifs, all distressing realities with which I am, through life experiences, intimately familiar. Those who dodge Islam's intolerable and discriminatory doctrine-whether for political reasons, professional expediency, or naked fear-also choose, to their own detriment, to facilitate the decline of Western civilization."
- Wafa Sultan, Author of A God Who Hates

"It is a sine qua non of good medical practice that unpleasant symptoms must first be acknowledged and brought into the light before an effective treatment plan can be developed. In Sharia versus Freedom, Bostom exposes to the light the condition known as 'sharia,' in all its profuse diversity. This treasure trove is a stirring antidote to the epidemic of ill-founded wishful thinking about Islam that plagues our age. From female genital mutilation to restrictions on freedom of speech, Bostom's relentless forensic analyses will disturb those whose minds are drugged by the mirage of wishful, eyes-closed thinking. To be real, hope must speak the truth: it is for this reason that Bostom's collection of essays makes a major contribution to forging a better future for us all."
- Mark Durie, Theologian and author of The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom

About the Author

Andrew G. Bostom is the editor of the highly acclaimed The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims and of The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History. He is the author of Sharia versus Freedom: The Legacy of Islamic Totalitarianism. He has also published articles and commentary on Islam in the Washington Times, National Review Online, Revue Politique,, American Thinker, and other print and online publications. More on Bostom's work can be found at


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 735 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1St Edition edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616146664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616146665
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa A. Lappen VINE VOICE on October 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In this overarching analysis, Bostom provides an engrossing and encyclopedic catalog of ideology and history of the naked totalitarianism of Islamic religious and political doctrines -- a diametric opposite to free Western social structure. Sharia prohibits political freedoms, freedoms of conscience, faith, and expression (both oral and written). As applied throughout its history and expressed in internal jurisprudence, Bostom shows, Mohammed's intractable creed suppressed and oppressed all with whom it interacted -- especially non-Muslims.

Intrinsically totalitarian jihadist and Islamic canon neither concerns nor governs only "believers." By Muslim belief, according to scholar Joseph Schacht (d. 1969), the "clear path to be followed" establishes divine, global Islamic order and cannot "be penetrated by the intelligence ... i.e., man has to accept it without criticism." It governs Muslims, and also "activities of the tolerated members of other faiths so far as they may not be detrimental to Islam."

Sharia code requires Muslims to mount regular jihad attacks on unvanquished non-Muslims and permanently, deliberately humiliate "inferior" jihad survivors. Their incorporation into Islamic polity subjects non-Muslims to sharia (pp. 110-112) and its inheritance statutes, requirements and prohibitions and draconian hadd penalties --- including death (by stoning) for adultery, apostasy, and highway robbery (whose victim was murdered); loss of limbs for simple robbery; loss of right hand for simple theft; 100 lashes for "fornication" and 80 lashes for wine drinking.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By JOHN L WORK on November 23, 2012
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Should books which critically examine Islam's doctrines still be in existence one-hundred years from now - granted the Third Wave of Jihad currently in progress be somehow prevented from burning all of them - Andrew Bostom's new #1 best-seller Sharia Versus Freedom will surely be the subject of discussion among the future's brightest scholars and historians, as they examine (and wonder) how the Free World managed to dodge Muhammad's well-aimed bullet.

From Islamic law's history of barbaric treatment of non-Muslim men and all women, to the relentelss, gradual invasion of its tentacles into the very foundations of present-day America's culture, Bostom turns a blinding floodlamp of truth onto a subject that Western Journalists and political leaders abjectly refuse to acknowledge - the brutal realities of Sharia and why it is irreconcilable with our civilization.

With a command of the English language surpassed by few, Dr. Bostom walks his readers through astonishing barriers to truth which have been erected by such famous men as Fox News' Bill O'Reilly (chapter 31). The title of the chapter is Educating Bill O'Reilly on the Rape Factor in Islam. During a televised O'Reilly Factor interview with author Wafa Sultan (A God Who Hates), Sultan stated:

"Any sexual activity is considered the given right of a male...A Muslim woman cannot report being raped because she will be asked to provide four witnesses otherwise she will be accused of committing adultery, and she will be stoned to death..."

O'Reilly's response?

"I find it hard to believe that the prophet Muhammad would preach a doctrine where any woman can be abused at any time by any Muslim man and be held not accountable."

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By David Rasch on October 29, 2012
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Dr. Bostom dissects analyzes and in the process taught me to reconsider the idea 'shari'a is just like Amercan legal system'. The answer is a resounding NO! Shari'a originates from the moslem view there are two types of people, moslems and non-moslems. Since the koran says the moslems are the best of people, it stands to reason non-moslems are the 'worst of people'. That being true, they have no right to expect to be treated as moslems are in the legal system. This being true, there is no guilt in killing them.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mallow on December 16, 2012
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Dr. Bostom's avocation of exploring Islamic history and writings has eventuated in this portrait of an intractably totalitarian political system masquerading as a religion. (of course, it still may be characterized as a "faith" in the same way, and in this respect indistinguishable from, Nazism and communism, as Dr. Bostom's sources explicitly reflect.) To struggle through page after page of documentation of the single-minded determination of Islam to dominate the globe is as terrifying as it is informative. By assembling documentation from sources over the 1400 years of Islamic history--including thoughtful and scholary Western sources from relatively recent times, but airbrushed from the ranks of academic respectability by contemporary social relativists--he has provided as much a source of reference, with detailed information regarding primary sources, as a source of education.

Worth the price of the book, in and of itself, is Andrew C. McCarthy's "Foreword", which states, in McCarthy's typically trenchant way, the real existential question facing the non-Islamic world--Do we have any core beliefs which justify looking squarely at other beliefs, judging them obnoxious, and choosing to resist without regard to cost? This "Foreword" is a limpid expression of these questions, though the answer, if one might judge from current political obfuscations and from McCarthy's prior book, "Willful Blindness", seems to be a resounding "No." The consequence, sadly, appears to be inexorable compromise until, as the Jews of Europe so recently learned to the world's horror, conditions become either catastrophic or irreversible. McCarthy and Bostom can at least say "Don't say you weren't forewarned.
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