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Well for a start , Mr Peter has done some good hardwork to get stuff together but all in vain from the start. His stance that why Muslims refer Quran always in a context and it should not be the case cause contexts are not clear. Well its not clear to those who have not did real research on the events and circumstances when verses were revealed at different time. Since you don't know them , Peter, you can't make much out of Quran. Secondly at numerous points I have noted that historical facts are distorted, like Mohammed used his newly formed army in Medina to take over other parts of Arabia. Well before the conquest of Makka, all the battles were against Muslims in Medina. So Muslim army fought them in self defence and post Makka conquest, well you should then understand the divine context dear.
All in all the book is an interesting read to see how I logically west can question Islam and that too without having a solid understanding of context under which Quran is revealed.
I also read an argument about Prophet Abraham and how he could in fact be found no where near Mekkah. Townsed uses texts from Judiasm and Christianity to prove his argument. However, the purpose of Islam was to clarify the misguidance that Modern Christianity and Judiasm brought to the original text. So of course there is going to be contradiction. Bet lets look at Genesis for accurate locations: A. M. R Muhajir writes the following about Hagar and Ishmael: "....dwelt in the wilderness of Paran (Genesis 21:21) because it was not Paran but Beer-Sheba where she was left with the lad as stated in Genesis 21:14. The bible commentators have labored in vain to locate Paran in Beer-Sheba which is the name of a mountain in the valley of Mecca...." Here we can see two things: 1) Genesis acknowledges Mecca according to the Bible, but that within Genesis there is contradiction of location. Which means that The Bible isn't really an accurate source - hence the coming of Islam.
The author tries to summarize the history of Islam. He writes as if it's willy nilly, easily explained. You can't simplify History of any people whether its of the Romans, Syrians, Muslims, Christians, Native Americans, Jews - whatever.
I'm a college student and within the first chapter I could refute every single argument I came across without making a claim that the Quran is quoted out of context, with my lack of knowledge when it comes to the arabic language, without simplifying my arguments to "Islam is a growing religion so it must be right... " blah blah blah. I would also argue that if this author read the chapter in which "recite" was mentioned in (you know, the small summary he just happened to drop in while explaining the history of Islam) he would see that The Quran encourages people to question their religion and in fact claims its islamaphobic not to question Islam. (Surat Al-Alaq: Quran) -- an argument tactic I didn't use as well.
Take this with a grain of salt.
Know your history.
So it should be. Nothing should be accepted without critical thought, including religious beliefs; to accept anything at all without evidence is simply baseless superstition. Peter Townsend with Questioning Islam has subjected the Koran (Qur'an) and Islamic beliefs in general to critical examination and found many features that are internally contradictory, have been shown my modern science to be false, simply make no sense, or have been proven wrong by history and archaeology.
One can only hope that at least a few Muslims, or people who are considering converting to Islam, have sufficiently open minds to read Questioning Islam and give Peter's arguments some serious thought. I suspect that most Muslims will be too committed to their beliefs, and too frightened of questioning them, to read the book. It is fear of damnation in anyone who questions his or her faith that gives Islam (and Christianity for that matter) its hold over its adherents.
Mr. Townsend simply allows trusted Muslim sources, primarily the Quran and Hadiths to speak for themselves. In a self-incriminating fashion, they reveal the contradictory nature of Islam, it's inconsistencies with science and reality, it's evil past and it's insidious intentions for the present and the future.
One argument that Muslim Apologists make is that the Quran is without variance and has never changed. Mr. Townsend reveals strong evidence that would speak to the contrary.
Questioning Islam does exactly what its title declares. It presents thoroughly substantive questions that would make a Muslim apologist hard pressed to find credible and adequate answers and explanations.
Questioning Islam is a veritable gold mine of information and it is a wake-up call to the West. Personally I would like to see a published book report of Mr. Townsend's opus submitted for public review by anyone who would aspire to be a United States Commander-in-Chief.