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Why I Left Jihad: The Root of Terrorism and the Return of Radical Islam Hardcover – May 30, 2005
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A fascinating and scholarly work, this book is based on ten years of research and intense study. It turns the spotlight on traditional Christian interpretation of Israel's position in the biblical prophecies through textual and historical accuracy; it shows how radical Islam fits the description of the End-Times threat.
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The writer describes himself at the outset as having been born in Bethlehem of Judea, Israel. The significance of this precise statement emanates from the text as the reader is confronted with the author's experiences and personal faith, first as a devout Muslim and then as a born again Christian.
The source pulls no punches as he declares himself to be a former Palestinian Liberation Organisation terrorist who has been imprisoned for his participation in acts of incitement and violence against Israel.
It is difficult to remain unmoved when confronted with the account of how, from childhood, the hatred of Jews is described as having been his "education" and how he grew up believing that it was a righteous thing to hate and kill Jews.
The book describes how Walid's life was turned upside down, when through his studies, he discovered that "..everything that he had been taught about the Jews was a lie..."
The context surrounding this profound change of heart/mind, and what is cited as an "addiction of hate", presents the reader with a series of events encompassing Walid's attempt to convert his wife to Islam.
The book narrates how his wife refused to accept the validity of Walid's virulent hatred of the Jews and how he recounts her saying "show me in the Bible the bad things the Jews did".Read more ›
For the layman, acedemic, or expert, this book must be read.
Mr. Shoebat proves the point unequivocally that the wars in the Middle East, including Israel, has absolutely NOTHING to do with occupation and NOTHING to do with land. It is completely about Jihad and dar al-Islam (a world under Islamic rule or Islamic 'submission'), and he proves this point beyond any doubt.
Now that Walid Shoebat has left Islam and became a Christian, he spends every day risking his life to speak the truth of Islam and Jihad. Consequently, his own father has disowned him for leaving and his own brother has threatened his life and the lives of Walid's children. When one leaves Islam, he is branded an apostate. When one speaks negatively about Islam, he is branded a blasphemist. Both of these labels are punishable by death in Islam.Read more ›
This book will be extremely significant to Christians seeking to understand their relationship (and that of their faith) to Israel and the Jewish people. Shoebat is amazingly proficient in biblical texts, and also extraordinarily adept at comparing the Christian and Islamic claims and texts.
But the book is also a valuable resource for all non-Christians who seek an understanding of the radical ideologies that dominate so much Middle Eastern Islamic and Christian discourse. He very well explains the importance--and what he considers errors--of Christian replacement theology, which argues that God's promise to the Jewish people was replaced with a promise to Christians after the Jewish people were dispersed from the holy land of Israel. Shoebat argues persuasively against the replacement theology, which he contends began erroneously to dominate Christian thinking with its introduction by St. Augustine.
However, whether or not one is a believing Christian, of any denomination, it is important to understand the conflicting Christian interpretations of the biblical promises outlined in the Old Testament, or Tenach. For these can and do have significant potential to effect current events and international attitudes and policies.Read more ›
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I was intrigued to read a former Muslim's perspective on the Middle East crisis. Unfortunately, I finished the book in disappointment. Read morePublished 8 days ago by K. Burns
Very interesting point of view. Many trash the author because he wasn't terrorist "enough"... really? How much terrorist do you need to be to have an inside view? Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Harris
Excellently written account of a young man recalling his Muslim upbringing, terrorism, to his unbelievable conversion to Christianity. Read morePublished 5 months ago by tami salter
This is a fantastic book! Everyone should read it so that civilization is not crushed due to ignorance. Ignorance of Islam will lead to Jihad destroying western civilization. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Why I Left Jihad is a powerful examination of Islam from several, multi-faceted angles. Walid Shoebat is a Palestinian-American and former Muslim who was raised in the West Bank... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ranger
This book has parts that are difficult to follow, but it really helps to understand Islam. Allah is NOT the God of Scripture and he WILL be defeated once and for all very soon! Read morePublished 14 months ago by lovelyrmm