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About Peter Townsend
Peter Townsend is an author and independent researcher. His books include 'Questioning Islam' (An investigation into the truth-claims of Islam) and 'Nothing to do with Islam?' (An exploration of the link between Islamic teaching and violence) and ’The Mecca Mystery’ (A discussion of the ways in which history challenges the Islamic belief system)
His first work of fiction (The House Built on Sand) was published in December 2019.
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If it can be proved that it did not, the entire Islamic theological edifice can be called into question.
In his latest book Peter Townsend (author of 'Questioning Islam' and 'Nothing to do with Islam?') goes right back to the earliest years of the Muslim faith to ask some questions that are routinely ignored by those who are content to simply repeat the same old 'certainties' of standard Islamic history. The result of this research, drawing on the work of scholars from a wide range of disciplines, is a profile of the birth of Islam that is fresh, surprising and sometimes shocking.
Journeying to 7th century Arabia with Townsend as your guide will cause you to look at Islam, its truth-claims and its place in the world with new eyes.
- Questioning Islam: Tough Questions and Honest Answers About the Muslim Religion (first published in 2014). An examination of the truth-claims of Islam
- ‘Nothing to do with Islam? – Investigating the West’s Most Dangerous Blind Spot’ (First published in 2016). A deep dive into the links between Islamic teaching and violence.
- ‘The Mecca Mystery – Probing the Black Hole at the Heart of Muslim History’ (First published in 2018) A thoroughgoing analysis of the generally accepted accounts of Muslim history.
Together these books represent a mini reference library dealing with key questions about Islam by focusing on its truth-claims, its history, and its role in the modern world. This collection presents readers with the opportunity to have all three books in one place and to cross-reference the implications of certain teachings across the different areas addressed in each book.
This collection is offered with the fervent wish that it will equip readers to engage critically with Islam and its confidently stated articles of faith. In fact, the questioning of these articles, from a variety of perspectives, should be very high on the agenda of anyone who seeks after truth and who values justice and freedom.
Originally published between 2018-2021 these essays will give you a great introduction to Townsend’s views on the truth-claims of Islam, the links between Islamic teaching and violence and the historical reliability of early Muslim historical sources. All matters that are discussed at much greater length in his other works.
Shorter essays can be a great way to stimulate reflection and critical thinking. These are things that are sorely needed when it comes to the place of Islam in our modern world. So, join Townsend as he investigates the supposed ‘Trustworthy Handhold’ and the questions facing the Muslim religion and its claims.
Its discovery, under Egypt’s oldest mosque, set in motion a series of events that threatened the very existence of Egypt’s Coptic community. Emad very quickly learns that the only way he could keep the hammer blow from falling was to dig deep into the origins of Islam.
Will he be able to force the past to yield its secrets? Would he have the courage to follow the evidence wherever it leads? What happens when firm foundations turn out to be built on sand? Join Emad and his friends as they chase after truths that would not only alter the course of their own lives but that would ripple out from Egypt to affect all who turn to the ‘mother of all cities’ to pray.
• Can the traditional Islamic historical accounts be trusted?
• Is the Qur’an a ‘Perfect Book, Perfectly Preserved’?
• Was Muhammad indeed a ‘Beautiful Pattern of Conduct’?
The answers to these questions will not be sought from modern commentaries on Islam. Instead Questioning Islam goes straight to the classic sources of Islam namely the Qur’an, hadiths (traditions) and biographies of Muhammad.
Questioning Islam is not an attempt to promote any other belief system or ideology. Its focus is simply on asking the hard questions about Islam that are all too often ignored or swept under the carpet. Simply put, if you have ever wondered whether the truth-claims of Islam can withstand critical scrutiny then this book is for you!
As part of these reassurances we will also regularly hear the terms Radical Islam, Islamism, Militant Islam, 'so-called' Islamic State (ISIS) and Jihadist bandied about as if people who act violently on behalf of Islam are somehow perverting the pristine teachings of the Muslim religion.
Yet, niggling doubts remain. Why, if Islam is indeed a “religion of peace”, do these attacks keep coming? Why are the vast majority of acts of terror in our world today carried out by people steeped in the teachings of the Qur’an?
With his new book, “Nothing to do with Islam”? - Investigating the West’s Most Dangerous Blind Spot, Peter Townsend (author of the highly acclaimed Questioning Islam - Tough Questions and Honest Answers about the Muslim Religion) examines the evidence as far as the possible link between Islam and violence is concerned. He does this by carefully analyzing the foundational texts of Islam (most notably the Qur’an and traditions), as well as the canonical set of stock responses whenever such a link is asserted.
The question whether Islam promotes violence could very well be one of the most important questions ever faced by Western civilization. It deserves more attention and analysis than a few glib sound bites. Nothing to do with Islam? provides you with the opportunity to examine this question from all angles and come to your own conclusions.