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The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History Hardcover – May 30, 2008
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- New Republic
"For those looking for a serious, scholarly work on the subject of Islamic hatred of Jews, there is simply no better book available on the market today."
- Jihad Watch
"Affords important lessons for Jews and Christians alike…. This important book should become the standard reference work on its subject."
- Human Events
"[Bostom] provides an extraordinarily thorough look at the history of Islamic anti-Semitism in practice.… Truly unique…"
- Jerusalem Post
"A seminal treatise likely to enlighten intellectuals in search of the truth about anti-Semitism for generations to come."
- Kam Williams
"Exceedingly well organized and extensively documented…."
"[This] is the place to look for answers.... Bostom's bold book is a challenge to Muslims to reconsider the beliefs and practical manifestations of their faith."
- First Things
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Andrew Bostom, a medical doctor, is a careful and ethical researcher and writer. Nowawdays, there is so much political frenzy around the question of Islam, that readers often fear that they are exposed to more heat than light in best-selling books. When reading Andrew Bostom, readers need not worry that they are being spoon fed propaganda.
Bostom works his way with painstaking slowness and exactitude through mountains of primary sources, and he presents that data to the reader, with full citations to original texts. Bostom uses Islam's own documents, including Islamic legal documents on Jews, and historical accounts of Jewish life in Muslim lands, to support his inevitable conclusion: from the earliest days, from the founding of Islam by Mohammed, and from Islam's central text, the Koran, anti-Semitism has been a central aspect of Islam, and any reform of this aspect of Islam will be very difficult.
Bostom effectively debunks three oft-repeated Islam-apologist myths: the alleged Islamic Golden Age, that Muslims learned their anti-Semitism from Christians or the West, and that anti-Semitism arose in the Muslim world only after the recognition of the state of Israel.
There was no "Islamic Golden Age" when persons of various faiths lived in peace and harmony under wise, tolerant Islamic rulers, Bostom insists.Read more ›
I have recently finished reading "The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism by Bostom." I could not put the book down. I read it three times, perhaps more. I am still reading it again.
Bostom's presentation, organization and source material being vaster than my previous exposure gave an immersion that was both compelling and revealing.
I am familiar with the Koran having studied from the very well done edition "Revised and Edited by The Presidency of Islamic Researches, IFTA, Call and Guidance" published by the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur-an. I have also read from various books such as "The Meaning of the Quran by Maududi" which is published by Islamic Publications (Pvt) Ltd. Lahore. There are parts of the Koran that impressed me with its adoption of the high moral and religious teaching of the Old Testament and parts that astounded me in its banality. I do believe that the Koran was written for its audience at that time. Perhaps for those people it fulfilled and gave them what was then needed. Certainly the commentary and Judicial decision of the Muslim community give greater insight into the meaning the Koran has for its community and geography.
But Bostom has now done a great service to those who want to learn. Every once in a while a book is created by a dedicated individual like Bostom who possesses the skill, commitment and time to exhaustively exclaim on a subject in a fully dispositive and authoritative manner. Whether that book is in the sciences or law or history does not matter. What matters is that such a book shines and leaves much of the related literature behind.Read more ›
This book will teach you the actual origin of this hatred---the teachings of Mohammed, the Islamic Caliphs who followed him, the companions and scholars who recorded the Hadith (sayings and deeds of Mohammed) and the jurists who wrote Islamic law.
If you read nothing else on the Middle East or Islam this year---or ever---be sure to read this book, from cover to cover. It buries all the lies you've been reading in the mainstream press about the moderation embedded in fundamental Islam.
You'll never believe those press lies again. Nor should anyone.
---Alyssa A. Lappen
This book lets history represent itself and allows for the historical Muslims to speak their minds and views as they originally did in their allotted time. Through this book, Historical Islam can be scrutinized and compared to Modern Islam to see if the situation between Muslims and Jews has gotten any better through out the centuries. The Qu'ran is given extensive treatment as well and the contributing authors document verses of the Qu'ran, passages of the Sira (the early biographies of Muhammad) and the Hadith (the traditions of the Muslims) that are used by anti-semitic Muslims to justify their views on their supposed fallen Hebrew and Christian brothers. Along with this, a huge amount of historical testimony, expert commentary, multiple stories of Muslims in power throughout history express their sentiments toward the Hebrew.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In our highly politicized world it's hard to know truth from interpretation. For people looking to support murder as a "cause" this work would suggest that an in depth... Read morePublished 8 months ago by rob shorr
I started this book fascinated with a part of history that I had not known before. The stories from the Koran, the Hadith, and specific historical events are meticulously... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Zilzal
This is a monumental accomplishment and a must-have reference for people who want to be informed of the true nature of the "religion or peace" over the centuries since it... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jed West
Bostom is easily the best writer on matters Islamic, certainly the most thoroughPublished 14 months ago by DLC SoCal
Shame on the author. Shame on you for spreading hate. Shame on anyone who endorses this book of hate and lies. Read morePublished 16 months ago by zorba
Fascinating read, gives context to some of the recent trouble worldwide..Published 17 months ago by Neutronman
whilst scholarly, it is a compelling read.
Islam is not what the media say it is.
Read the texts for yourself and grow in understanding.