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on November 21, 2013
Such a misunderstood subject. Stephen Schwartz writes with clarity, substance, and passion explaining the struggle within Islam against the Wahhabis and the Muslim Brotherhood (among others). A true five-star book that should be read by all that care to understand this struggle.
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HALL OF FAMEon July 9, 2003
Why is polemics such a no-no in our day? Many reviewers speak against such, but why? Honest and to-the-point polemics are healthy, as they eventually expose those who say it correctly.
This book is definitely polemic concerning the branches of Islam, and their impact on the worldscene. Certainly, this got all the world's attention on 9/11.
Whether Schwartz's polemics accusing the Wahhabi branch of Islam are true or not remain for others more schooled in the history and ways of Islamic branches to help the rest of us sort out.
As analogy, it is like someone not familiar with all the Christian confessions believing the lie that all of them are the same. To believe the supposition that all Christian confessions believe in the physical violence some provide on abortion clinics is to seriously misunderstand and misquote the majority of Christian branches.
If Schwartz's analysis of Islam is true, Wahhabism is not representative of all Islam, but is responsible for much of the terrorist activity from this part of the world. Responsible for this support and propogation, so this book states, is Saudi Arabia.
Shocking the charges he files against the US government and its naivity and approach to such if true.
Chilling read and this reviewer will await and seek other voices as this gets shifted out.
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on October 22, 2013
The author is strident in his dislike for the more extreme face of Islam, but presents a thoughtful history of the movement and an insightful analysis of those groups in America and elsewhere that apologize for it. Interesting and frightening book.
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on November 30, 2013
This book came highly recommended and after reading it I must agree. My copies arrived quickly and in excellent condition. I recommend Two Faces of Islam to any serious thinker.
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on April 6, 2015
should be read by all Chrisyians
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on April 6, 2015
good
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on May 23, 2010
Was looking for information to better understand the Islam religion. This book gave me good insight.
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on June 27, 2011
The first half of the book is basically the history of Islam beginning with the birth of Mohammad. It will help all non Muslims understand more of what the Western World is facing. After reading this book you will also understand why the so called moderate Muslims do not condemn the actions of the radicals. A must read for sure.
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on May 6, 2015
I felt it generalized too much and characterized the differences in terms that were too stark. Religions are often used in service of cultural and political values--they do not generally define them.
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on December 16, 2014
This book explains how the Wahhabi shcool of thought in Islam rose into existence and into power in Saudi Arabia. An intro abour Islam is written and then expands on modern problems. The author talks about the historical figure Lawrence of Arabia, oil and cash flow in Saudi Arabia, and the power of Wahhabi Islam, the Puritanical form of Islam that is intolerant to other views, religions, and leniencies in Islam itself (the wearing of the hijab, growing a beard, etc). Also how Wahhabis have infiltrated the American public to include a b large percentage of mosques and Islamic centers throughout the US. A must read for government or military personnel looking to expand their knowledge on the current issues in the Middle East. Thank you.
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