The Koran: It may be the most controversial book in the world. Some see it as a paean to peace, others call it a violent mandate for worldwide Islamic supremacy.
How can one book lead to such dramatically different conclusions? New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer reveals the truth in The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran: not many Westerners know what's in the Koran because few have actually read it-even among the legions of politicians, diplomats, analysts, and editorial writers who vehemently insist that the Koran preaches tolerance.
Now Spencer unveils the mysteries lying behind this powerful book, guiding listeners through the controversies surrounding the Koran's origins and its most contentious passages. Stripping out the obsolete debates, Spencer focuses on the Koran's decrees toward Jews, Christians, and other infidels, explaining how they were viewed in Muhammad's time, what they've supposedly done wrong, and, most important, what the Koran has in store for them.
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A gentle commentary on a rather inimical work and deleterious doctine
An unapologetically honest and open discussion about the teachings of Islam, its political character, and Islam's moral premise. It illuminates many concepts and notions peculiar to Islamic thought and radically different from the Western meanings attached to the words commonly used to describe such notions. After reading the Koran, Sirat Rasul Allah, Tabari, and Ibn Kathir over the past few years, it is refreshing to find an author that accurately brings into public discourse the Islamic teachings, goals of the ideology itself, and how the non-Islamic world will be forced to deal with this political manifesto. An excellent and enlightening read.
Listen & Check for yourself
If you want to know the facts about the Islam, you must know something of the Koran and texts such as the Hadith. This audiobook is a convenient way to check out both of these for yourself -- although you must also check the Koran as well to see for yourself. I found that by listening to this audiobook and checking up on what the author says using alQuran, I was able to verify most of what was said (alQuran is a free iPhone app, and contains more translations of the Koran than you could ever want).
The author starts each chapter by quoting famous clerics or politicians concerning what the Koran says. He then systematically demonstrates from the Koran and the Hadith how they misrepresent the Koran. Of course, adherents of Islam will say it is the author who misrepresents the Koran, and so that is why it is so important to check things for yourself as I've suggested. As the author points out, even devout and peaceful Muslims are ignorant about all that's really in the Koran, and this should not be surprising because the same is true about the Bible.
Robert Spencer is an intellectual, and religiously adheres to the facts. This can bother people. But if you want to know the facts for yourself, this audiobook is a good way to start -- or perhaps to balance other approaches you may choose to take. In my experience checking, I've found what he writes to be reliable.