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Unveiling Islam (Islamic Texts Society) Paperback – December 1, 1992
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"Offers an exceptionally lucid and concise introduction to Islam specially intended for those with little prior knowledge." -- Muslim World Book Review
"Recommended to both non-Muslims who want to learn more ... and to Muslims who ... are in need of intellectual reinforcement." -- Islamica
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This would explain why the book was published by the Islamic Texts Society, whose purpose is to extend Islamic evangelism, or Da'wa, to all non-Muslims. In classic Islamic form, the reader is "invited to discover a world," in other words, invited to convert to Islam.
Thus Chapter 4, entitled "A miracle and its progression in history," makes the ridiculous claim (through quotation from Francesco Gabrieli's Muhammad and the Arab Conquest) that "No one was converted by the sword." Still more absurd (and unsubstantiated) is the claim that "Arabs never presented the people they had conquered with the choice between death and the acceptance of their faith."
On the contrary, the historical record makes precisely this pattern clear in land after land, and region after region, as denoted in such scholars as Bat Ye'or (The Decline of Eastern Christianity and Islam and Dhimitude), K.S. Lal and others.
If you buy this book, do so only with the understanding that it in no way purports to be impartial or balanced. The sole purpose of this text, stated clearly at the outset, is to convert infidels and kafirs to Islam, nothing less. Moreover, misrepresenting history is part and parcel of that process.
--Alyssa A. Lappen
Then we have the equally odd review by Alyassa equally outraged that this book should be published by the Islamic Text Society whose goal is to "Convert the infidel" I can only assume he has never read a book published by a Catholic, Prodistant or any other religions domination book publisher because his odd reviews seem to have the opinion that Muslim book publishers are the only people on the planet engaged in trying to convert others to their faith (obviously nonsense)
Equally odd are his book recomendations seeing as the 2 he has mentioned are darlings of the author of 'Politically incorect guide to Islam' (a book compiled by an author with zero qualifications in Middle East studies but a favorite with the insane, the cranks and the foaming at the mouth madmen (see the reviews of his books for proof of this)) But then this is from the camp of people like Pipes (the man who seems to think Muhammad didnt exist! (See his review of 'Why I am not a Muslim') So I think it would be safe to say that the writers he has recomended are hardly the most useful never mind trustworthy.
Concerning the book, it is a short introduction to Islam. Similar to Islam and the destiny of man but in less detail. It covers the basic fundamentals of the religion and how they are undertood by its followers. It seems it was intended as an introduction to Islam for non Muslims rather than a book intended for Muslim and it would probably be worth a read if one was intending to travel to a predominant Muslim country or had dealings with a large Muslim community in his/her own area and wanted a book that would give then a brief but clear idea of how Muslims live their lives.
One negative though has to be the title. Considering since early orientalism to this present day their has been an obsession with the veil (far more than in the Muslim world itself where it is hardly discussed) and 'lifting the veil' 'beyond the veil' 'under the veil' uncovering the veil' (would seem some writers have more of an interest in staring at 'exotic' eastern women than actually studying the Middle East) It is such a pity that this book should continue the trend with such a silly title.