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The Sword of the Prophet: Islam; History, Theology, Impact on the World Paperback – July 19, 2007

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Rushed to press--it contains references as recent as June2002--for September 11 release, this exceptionally fluid argumentagainst militant Islam omits too many articles (a and the )but reports more Islamic savagery than Robert Spencer's IslamUnveiled [BKL S 1 02] and critiques Muslim theology more thoroughlythan Timothy George's Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?[BKL Ag 02]. Its most important distinction is Trifkovic's insistencethat the "problem [for the West] is not prejudice about Islam, butfolly in the face of its violence and cruelty," manifested today insuch horrors as the ongoing slaughter of Sudanese Christians and theappalling anti-Semitism of the Islamic press and such Islamic legalauthorities as the mufti of Jerusalem. Like Roger Scruton in TheWest and the Rest [BKL Ag 02], Trifkovic doesn't endorse war againstIslam. Instead, the West must defend itself against Islamic aggression(e.g., by restricting immigration and reducing dependence onIslamic-controlled oil) and help non-Muslims oppressed in Islamicsocieties. Powerful stuff powerfully presented. Ray Olson
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Regina Orthodox Press,Csi (July 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928653111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928653110
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I must confess that very few things in the world annoy me more than people that lecture others about things they know absolutely nothing about. The opponents of this book are a perfect example. Let me make one thing crystal clear to anyone that hasn't yet read "The Sword of the Prophet": The one-star reviews posted here were written by people that haven't read the book!! This book is not racist and it is not scaremongering!
This book is one of the most intelligent and well-written books I have ever read. It pulls absolutely no punches when it examines the origin, historical record, and future implications of Islam as a global force. Political correctness and other left-wing ideologies are ignored for the sake of truth and critical thinking, which is absolutely refreshing to read in this day and age of "historical ignorance" and "deliberately induced amnesia", as Mr. Trifkovic puts it. The first and second chapters examine the life of Muhammad and the creation of the Koran, which is fascinating and eye-opening. The third chapter, "Jihad Without End", is simply frightening. It chronicles the spread of Islam over the last thousand years, and the massive cultural devastation, human suffering, and loss of innovation that went with it. This chapter, more than any other, is the most savage rebuttal of people that insist that Islam is "tolerant" or a "religion of peace". Never, in its entire history, has Islam even approached anything resembling tolerant or peaceful, and anyone that has bothered to actually read history knows it. The fourth chapter shows Islamic misogyny, use of slavery throughout the centuries (and still in practice today!!), and debunks the ridiculous assertion that there was a "golden age" of Islam.
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This controversial book hit the market by storm in America after 9/11. It leans very much to the right and is considered "racist" or at least "alarmist" by many liberals. I found it to be an extremely worthwhile read that opened my eyes to many aspects of Islamic terrorism in the modern world. Before going into more detail, I would like to qualify my review by saying that I do not necessarily agree with his conclusions proposed solutions.
That being said, even if one does not ascribe to Trifkovic's thesis regarding the solution to radical Islam (in short, treating Muslims in western countries as we treated self-avowed communists during the Cold War) one cannot ignore his summary of the history of the expansion of Islam and many of the valid points he makes regarding its historical tendencies. I found the section that explained how the US actually helped create the power behind modern Islamic radicals very eye-opening.
To realize that the text is not simply anti-Muslim propoganda, it is important, while reading the book, to pay attention to his (infrequent) qualifications. He does not consider ALL Muslims to be "bad", but seeks to point out the fact that most of the vocal, political Muslims leading countries and organizations happen to be radicals funded by oil money. That is, the extremists have the money and the power, and the moderates, like moderates in most religions, do very little to stand in their way and say, "No, that is not Islam!" One of the more reasonable, albeit difficult to envision, paths to peace that he suggests is to somehow move the power and money into the hands of moderate, non-West-hating Muslims.
What Serge does say is that Islam has historically been a religion of war, and that war is justified and even commanded in the Koran.
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Islam is a barbaric religion. This comment of mine is directed at
those who apologize about Islam and Quran. Dr. Trifkovic's detractors, have not provided a single evidence of why the sources he uses are "biased". Not surprsingly Muslims are by default very critical of those authors who have not viewed Islam
in a favorable light. Ms. Karen Armstrong (author of Muhammad's
biography) is viewed as a " credible authority" simply because
she almost "worships" and "adores" Muhammad, and rationalizes the failings of the Last Prophet of Allah (Khattam-ul-Nabi). One
thus must view the comments (actually hollow howlers) from these
"Defenders of Faith" with much skepticism.
Islam, intrinsically, is intolerant of any opposing view. This is clearly stated in Quran (005:033), where the faithful is asked to amputate the limbs from opposite sides of the body for those who will oppose Allah and His Messenger. In a similar vein
the tolerance of Islam is displayed in the verses Quran (009:004),(009:029),(047:004),(008:038),(002:216).
All of these call for (physical) fight against those who will
oppose Allah and his Messenger. In modern times this means anyone
who will oppose Shariat (laws) and hence Islam, must meet the same fate as described in the above ayahs (verses). The English
translation of these verses can be found in Abdullah Yusuf Ali's
English translation of Quran from Arabic into English. Yusuf Ali
is a respected authority on Islam; so if there is any error/aberration, it lies with Ali's translation.
The next counter-argument will be that the detractor (myself) has quoted these verses "out of context". This a very familiar ploy intended to give a twist to a debate that is critical and
not favorable of Islamic belief systems.
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