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  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 1 edition (April 23 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161017061X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610170611
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[Spencer] has engaged in concerted detective work of a scholarly nature. His book is no polemic. It is a serious quest for facts. . . . Well-written and moves right along.” —Washington Times


“Careful, detailed, well-reasoned. . . . [A] brave book.” —FrontPage Magazine


“This will send shockwaves through Islamic communities.” —The Blaze


In an impeccably researched book, Spencer shows that all our Arabic sources for the life of Muhammad are very late, tendentious, and unsupported by any archaeological or epigraphic evidence, while the non-Islamic sources are scant and ambiguous. Thanks to this book, skepticism regarding what we can know about Muhammad must now and forever be taken seriously.” —Ibn Warraq, editor of What the Koran Really Says


“A surprising and eye-opening new book . . . Quite a convincing job.” —PJ Media


“Robert Spencer has displayed brilliant scholarship and fierce courage in his previous books. In this one he perseveres and confronts with deep erudition the most topical problem of our century.” —Bat Ye’or, author of The Decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam


“A super detective service for the West . . . Spencer leaves few rocks unturned in his search for the truth about Islam and Muhammad.” —Capitalism Magazine

About the Author

Robert Spencer is the author of several critically acclaimed books about Islam, including the New York Times bestsellers The Truth about Muhammad and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). He is a columnist for FrontPage Magazine and the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Spencer holds a master’s degree in religious studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been studying Islamic theology, law, and history in depth for more than three decades.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By booksrmylife on May 13 2012
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The ability to question a belief system is and should be universal.It's just that - a belief system. The existence of Muhammad is no different. Believe what you want but allow (and have the belief strong enough) to have your belief questioned and scrutinized. Those who won't allow that have a weak faith indeed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JohnJ on May 27 2012
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This was a good book. It is difficult to accurately trace the history of any religion and Islam has proven to be extremely difficult because of the reluctance of Muslims to question any portion of the Qur'an or the prophet Muhammad. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the history or religion, especially the history of Islam. Even if you don't accept the author's version of Islamic history, he raises some valid questions and provides an interesting perspective.
JohnJ
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Varias on March 10 2013
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This book is well documented and it has certainly contributed to by understanding Islam. It also generates debate over the sources of Muslim fundamentalism.
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I have thought about Robert Spencer's arguments in this book for a while and have come to the conclusion that he has absolutely no idea about what he is talking about. Robert Spencer is only seeking to cash in on baseless controversy as he deliberately attempts to undermine and obscure evidence that points to the existence of Muhammad. He lightly dismisses several hundred witness accounts (hadith) as if they have no role in historical contextual study, not to mention loads of physical evidence.

This is truly a disgrace of a book that erodes the intelligence of all who read it.
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Azy on June 27 2012
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First and foremost, this book is not well-researched at all. What Robert Spencer has done is quote others' research most of the time - that too from Orientalists and others who do not have a proper understanding of Arabic grammar.

While I agree with his negation of Hadiths as an historical source, he nevertheless uses Quranic translations from the very same sources as the Hadiths he condemns. Those very translations of the Quran of the 18th, 19th, and 20th. centuries, all of which follow the pattern of "Asbab-u-Nuzool (Circumstances of Revelations) are all derived from the Hadith, Tabari, Ibn Hisham and the four Imams, but mostly from Bokhari and Muslim. Most of the translations we have today are erroneous translations.

Spencer on page 156 quoting Mingana where he states that " 62:11 usually given as "And if any of your wives escape from you to the unbelievers".....

This verse does not say that. It says: "
62:11 (Asad) Yet [it does happen that] when people become aware of [an occasion for] worldly gain or a passing delight, they rush headlong towards it, and leave thee standing [and preaching]. Say: "That which is with God is far better than all passing delight and all gain! And God is the best of providers!" (end of quote and chapter).

Robert Spencer just took Mingana's statement at face value without verification.

Rober Spencer should seriously read the new book just out, entitled: " Sense and Sensibility in Islam"; Lingustics, Context and Rationality. He will realize that ther are a number of Muslim intellectuals who do favour an exegesis of the Quran. Nazer in his book has done just that. May be he will get a fresh, new and original perpective on the Quran. So will the Orientalists and Islamic Studies Professors.
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