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Why I Am Not a Muslim Hardcover – May 1, 1995
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"For anyone seeing to understand the headlines, this scholarly examination of Islam should be "must" reading." -- Bookviews.com
This is the first book written by a former Muslim to critically consider the major principles of Islam. From the religion's origins and the nature of Mohammed's message and laws to Islamic views of women, politics and society, this provides a strong critical view of the Koran and its associated societies. -- Midwest Book Review
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While Warraq grapples for answers to the fatwa on Salman Rushdie, more horrific events in recent times have overtaken this issue.
Why are our leaders still scratching their heads and asking “why” Europe is fast becoming a large Islamic ghetto? Why are we questioning whether the Islamic State on a murderous rampage across the Middle East has anything to do with Islam? The answers are in this book.
My own interest in Islam was kindled 10 years ago when I narrowly missed becoming collateral damage in the jihad bombing of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta in September 2004. At the time I could not understand why the nice people amongst whom I had lived for more than a decade would do such a thing.
“Why I am not a Muslim” is the most detailed dissection of the scourge that is the Killer Cult. Warraq examines all aspects of Islam from origins to present day in painstaking detail. It is the most comprehensive book on the subject of Islam and the fate of the modern world that I have read.
It should be compulsory reading for every school student and political leader in the free world, before it is too late.
The contents of the book are organized in a comprehensible fashion and draw extensively on documented history. Warraq makes no attempt to pull any punches and his agenda is absolutely clear, so the reader can reasonably assume that in many instances there will be alternative views held by those with different agendas. The shear mass of the historical data presented was both impressive and at times bordering on the tedious. The bottom line is that Warraq shows how Islam as a religio-cultural political system with its many national permutations has put the brakes on Islamic societal progress in a great many ways in the Middle East and has ultimately brought it into conflict with the western world. If what is presented in the book is even half right, I can see that any person who accepts the Koranic premise that what is written therein is the absolute and final word of God will crash violently into the beliefs and practices of Westerners, and this explains a lot of the intolerant craziness we see in the Middle East today. This also explains the relative dearth of institutes of higher learning in the Middle East, the significant absence of scientific innovation and the near absence of literary critique such as Rushdie's "Satanic Verses".
I think it would be a mistake to take this book as the complete and simplistic truth about Islam. That being said, what I have learned from reading it has helped me a great deal in understanding the driving forces that have lead to the insanity going on in the war-torn Middle East. I heartily recommend it to the person who is interested, as I am, in gaining an understanding of the roots of the turmoil we experience in our world today.
Charles R. McCormick, MD
Ibn Warraq's book is leagues ahead of all the books I have so far read. The breadth and depth of the analysis is outstanding.
The chapter on the historical origins of Islam was very interesting and informative. The chapter on Islam and Human Rights and whether Islam is consistent with liberal democracy was excellent. The chapter on the doctrines of the Quran and the Hadith's were very good as was the chapter on the characteristics of Allah, I found the section of Predestination very interesting as was the monotheism/polytheism debate. Much of the points and counter points are given by quoting notable and learned scholar both Islamic and non-Islamic (many of whom were Christians). The Author's approach is very well balanced and at no point in the book do his arguments degenerate into the kind of vitriolic quasi-hate speech that some other writers/commentators make/do. On the back page it says that Why I am not a Muslim is Christopher Hitchens favourite book on Islam...which is always a good sign. The book is very well referenced. The only minor complaint I have was that the references section could have been expanded, which would have made further reading around the subject(s) easier. Other than that, the book was excellent. I cannot recommend the book enough and if I could give 6 stars out of 5.
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Evil ideology that is to steal, kill and destroy!