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The Secrets of the Koran: Revealing Insights into Islam's Holy Bible Paperback – June 23, 2008

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Although Richardson asserts that his book offers "an objective yet concise critique of the Koran," only his claim for brevity rings true. Richardson's presentation of Islam is decidedly one-sided; he takes 111 of the Qur'an's "war verses" out of their historical contexts and claims that this selection proves that contemporary Islam is a dangerous and militant faith. (Has he read the Book of Deuteronomy lately?) But apart from the obvious problem of the pot calling the kettle black, Richardson ignores any evidence that contradicts his theory-for example, entirely neglecting to mention the history of the peaceful Moorish occupation of the Iberian peninsula. Richardson resorts to degrading stereotypes about Muslims, depicting Muhammad, for example, as a sex-crazed, vengeful and avaricious charlatan. The chapters are filled with unproven hyperbole, shrill writing, and a polemical tone, whether Richardson is railing against moderate scholars such as Karen Armstrong and John Esposito or attacking the news coverage of Newsweek and PBS. ("PBS," curses Richardson, "may the fleas from a thousand camels infest your armpits for foisting this travesty of a documentary upon us!") Overall, Richardson's sensationalized attempt to unveil the so-called "secrets" of Islam preys upon fear and perpetuates half-truths.
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About the Author

DON RICHARDSON author of Secrets of the Koran, Lords of the Earth and Peace Child, has been studying the Muslim world for over 30 years. He and his late wife, Carol, spent 15 years among the Sawi, a Stone Age tribe of Irian Jaya. Don designed an alphabet suited to the Sawi language, authored 19 primers, taught the tribesmen to read in their native tongue and translated the entire New Testament. more than half of the Sawi accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Since 1977, Don has served as ambassador-at-large for World Team, a mission organization. Don holds an honorary Doctorate of Literature from Biola University in La Mirada, CA, is an ordained pastor and speaks at more than 40 church conferences each year.



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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Regal; Revised edition edition (June 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830731237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830731237
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Richardson's volume is a handy resource for those who have no knowledge about Mohammed, the Koran, or the founding of Islam. It is hardly a comprehensive history, but the author doesn't claim it to be so; in fact, what he wants is for readers to consult other resources (and he lists many suggested resources) and to test the veracity of the claims found in his book. Richardson himself consulted seven different English translations of the Koran: some by Muslims, some by non-Muslims, some by objective translators, and some by Islamic apologists. I know that Muslims claim the Koran can only be read, understood, and appreciated in Arabic, but this claim is absurd. Certainly there are always certain nuances that are lost when a book is translated from one language into another, but the meaning can be clearly retained. If the Koran doesn't make sense in English it is because, as Richardson points out, it doesn't make much sense in Arabic either.

For the uninformed, who have been bamboozled by the liberal media into believing that Islam is a "peaceful religion," this should be a great wake-up call. The silence of so-called moderate Muslims every time that there is a terrorist attack by radicals is a clear indicator of the validity of many of Richardson's arguments concerning the history and ultimate goals of those who follow Islam. The fact that Muslims resort to emotional blackmail every time that they are offended by "the West" also supports much of what Richardson has to say in terms of the differences between Christianity and Islam and the threat that the latter poses to the civilization of the former. When Muslims are offended, whether by comments from the pope or Danish cartoons, they riot and threaten to kill (a threat on which some follow through).
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Format: Hardcover
Readers of my most recent book, Secrets of the Koran, should expect to be startled by what it reveals. I was startled by my own research, because I had read authors who were quite positive on the Koran but--like many other authors I have since discovered--I found my study was leading me to views that stand in polar opposition to the views of authors favoring the Koran.
A major concern today is the Koran's war, plunder and enslavement verses, verses that command Muslims to kill, ravage, maraud, enslave and oppress 'infidels' (those who reject Islam). Even torture is commanded ("Chop off their fingertips!"). Again and again I heard apologists for Islam claim in television interviews that the Koran contains very few such verses. I decided to count and found 109! One out of 55 verses in the Koran advocates violence. Again and again I heard apologists warn against taking the Koran's "very few" war verses "out of context." Heeding the warning, I very carefully drew from Muslim sources, linking verses with their context.
By the way, those contexts do not show, as Muslims always claim, that Mohammed used bloodshed only for "justifiable self defense." He very definitely was the aggressor!
Muslims frequently quote war verses from early Old Testament books to justify
Mohammed's attempt to return us all to late Bronze Age violence in the 600s AD. They overlook the new ruling God ordained in I Chronicles 22:7-9. King David was the last writer of Scripture who was permitted to use the sword in God's name. Beginning with Solomon and his writings--Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon--all the way to Malachi and his book of prophecy, there are no more Old Testament war verses.
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Format: Hardcover
In Secrets of the Koran, Don Richardson avers that we can't afford to be politically correct when discussing a book that is held to be holy and infallible by over a billion people. He's absolutely right.
Richardson obviously has a viewpoint to express about the Koran and Islam, but he backs it up with historical fact and with verses from the Koran itself. Admittedly, at times he reads like a breathless conspiracy theorist, but that doesn't make his points any less valid or let us off the hook from considering them thoroughly.
As for the Publisher's Weekly review, the point about 'the pot calling the kettle black' is bogus, and is in fact debunked by Richardson--simply put, violence committed in the name of the God of Christianity is contrary to the New Testament, while violence committed in the name of Allah is in accordance with the Koran. Far from being out of context, the Koranic verses Richardson cites are the basis for centuries of Muslim violence and abuse of women that is still occurring today. Additionally, the quote about camel fleas occurs nowhere in my copy of this book... is the reviewer simply making up ammunition against Richardson?
Bottom line: Read the book for yourself. Form an opinion. But please do so on the basis of historical fact and what the Koran actually says. This debate is too vital to be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.
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Don Richardson presents an eye-opening expose into Islam. He tackles the question, "Is Islam a religion of peace?" After studying multiple translations of the Koran, he came to his conclusion: No, Islam is not a religion of peace.

Mr. Richardson cites different translations of the Koran to prove his points. The book is laid out in a straight-forward manner, the author using logic to point to his conclusions. All one has to do to verify Richardson's points is to simply read the Koran.

This book is NOT about hating Muslims, it is about exposing the Koran. In fact, the author makes it clear to his readers to treat Muslims with kindness and respect, but also to tell them the truth.

I would also recommend [...] it is a webpage by some ex-Muslims.

It makes many of the same points as does Richardson.
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