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  • Hardcover: 411 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; FIRST EDITION, 2nd Printing edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157392198X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573921985
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Recommended to college libraries..." -- Middle East Studies Association Bulletin 35, 2001

About the Author

Ibn Warraq is the highly acclaimed author of Why I Am Not a Muslim, Virgins? What Virgins?, and Defending the West. He is also the editor of The Origins of the Koran, What the Koran Really Says, Leaving Islam, The Quest for the Historical Muhammad, and Which Koran?.

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149 of 170 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Hi, I live in Turkey which is a Muslim country. I was looking for the truth in Quran, and try to find some answers for its contridicting parts. It was not an easy task. It took years to find answers, but at the end I found this book which is convering most of the gaps of my knowledge and most of the things UNTOLD to us by our Muslim leaders and teachers. This is such a religion that even asking such question is SIN.
It is amazing to see that how Arabs mixed the verses in Quran after the death of Propet Muhammed. Although they call Christians and Jews as the destroyer of the original Gospels and books. We have a Turkish saying "Clever thief overcomes the house owner when he is caught!"

As for this book, this is magnificent work and a MUST READ for evey Turkish Muslim, to open their eyes and hearts on the topics that is not told, this will help all of us how we have been lied! I am truly impressed about this courages work.
When I see the average rating for this book which is 3 stars, I suprised because it should be higher than that. Then when I checked the reviews I see the reaon. There are two groups of reviews first one with 5 stars and second with 1 and so the average becomes 3 stars.
Please read and check the readers reviews, this second group with one star is the one that blinded our beliefs and hearts, they are the ones in my country who take us away fom the absolute truth.

Since if we do not know anything, will not suspect anything or think but keep following and respecting them. We will become easier to control and lead! This is what they want!
I am just suprised to see that how they reach so far to this site and TRY to conveince the new buyers NOT TO BUY and READ this wonderful material! Unbelievable!
Please, specially, if you are a Muslim go on an read this book to see the untold truths and do not LET OTHERS THINK FOR YOURSELVES but think with your own heart!
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58 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It is true that this book contains essays that are not the newewst ones (why, do you think, does it say "Classic Essays" in the title, hm?). But it provides the layman with a good overview about the scientific research about the orgins of the koran of the past 150 years, and that is exactly what this book is supposed to do: to make classical knowledge of orientalists more known and widespread on a popular level. And this purpose it meets very well. Therefore I rate it five stars.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Z. C. Esterson on December 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read these essays online and thought them excellent and eye-opening. Many reviewers complain of their age. But the reason for that is that the kind of secular, post-Enlightenment critique to which the Christian and Jewish traditions have been subject for over 200 years now, and was begun on the Islamic in the 19th and early 20th centuries, has had to be suspended, largely for political reasons.

Whereas now, in Christian and Jewish, or post-Christian and post-Jewish academic circles, this kind of secular critique is normative, it has yet to make any headway in the wider Islamic academic world, including Western or European Islamic studies departments, where such an approach has largely halted in favour of consideration of devout Muslim academic or student sensibilities.

Perhaps that is a good thing.

But it means those, especially non-specialists such as myself, interested in, say, the roots and origins of Islamic material, or Qur'anic sources -whence certain Arabic terms derive from Christian, Jewish or Zoroastrian Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew or Farsi terms, for instance, or whence the Qur'an derives its stories- have little alternative but to turn to older scholarship.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I have little to compare it with. I cannot give it less than 4 stars.
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118 of 148 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I fully agree with Rahman, the other Asian reviewer and give Warraq's book another 5 Stars. As is clearly evident from here, Muslims have litle of no sense of tolerance towards their detractors. That is no surprise because of the blind faith and acceptance with which the majority of them swallow the religion wholesale. Most of the non-arabic adherents manifest next to nothing in understanding when their scriptures are read in the original tongue, and most will never try questioning the text and its meanings critically. But when discrepencies, contradictions and factual errors glaringly evidence themselves, upon closer examination of their scriptures, as Warraq has done, they will be the first to cry 'foul' but to date have failed miserably to offer any rational explanations for these scriptural errors and contradictions,etc. But what Warraq has done is the honest and bold thing, that is to document the reasons why he cannot accept the tenets of his former beliefs and his reasons for rejecting them. Open-minded people will gain a lot from giving his reasons due consideration. Good work ibn Warraq-and for the other two Books as well!
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77 of 99 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Muslims believe that an angel revealed the Koran to Mohammed and that it is an exact reporduction of a book kept in heaven. Warraq shows that this is nothing but a fairy tale believed by followers who often can't even read their own scriptures because of a lack of education. I have read the Koran and once was engaged with some Islamic university students who were trying to evangelize westerners to their faith. Incredibly, the student I talked to admitted he had memorized large portions of the Koran but that he had memorized them in the original language and had no idea what it meant as he didn't understand that language!! He could only talk about the faith he grew up with but not what the Koran actually said! What he grew up with was fit for the mind of a child. He actually believed in genies (something that the Koran teaches) and said that a genie had once stolen his rent money and that he was upset about it. I suggested that next time a "genie" steals his rent money that he call the police on his roommate.
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