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The Jew is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism Hardcover – Oct 6 2010


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (Oct. 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771047835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771047831
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 15.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #240,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A frank, humble, and courageous book."
— National Post

"Valuable and courageous."
— Library Journal

"Fatah's contribution to the dire need for Islamic moderation is timely and welcome."
— Winnipeg Free Press

"Among the book's delights is Fatah's independent and inquiring mind. In a field riddled with dogmatism, he offers fresh material and original insights."
— Toronto Star

About the Author

Journalist and political advocate TAREK FATAH is the founder of the liberal Muslim organization the Muslim Canadian Congress. He is a regular contributor and guest host on the morning show on Newstalk 1010. His first book, Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State, was a finalist for the Donner Prize.

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A highly recommended work for every Muslim by a masterful historian and expert on Islam, clearing the misconception and propaganda that is force-fed into Muslims' minds all over the world by their political and religious leaders.
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Well written and revealing. I loved it. Should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in the Muslim faith. It should be compulsory reading for every Muslim.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Intizar Zaidi on Nov. 16 2010
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Tarek Fatah's latest book "The Jew is Not My Enemy" should be required reading for every Muslim and should be translated in Arabic, Urdu, Persian and Turkish so that the hatred against Jews in the Muslim world is challenged. Until I read this book, I had always believed that Prophet Muhammad had massacred 700 Jews in cold blood and this had always bothered me as inconceivable. Thank God for Tarek Fatah to expose this false bravado inserted in Muslim dogma by medieval Arab caliphates.

I was also intrigued by the dedication of this book. I Tarek Fatah does not follow conventional wisdom and dedicate the book to his wife, parents or family. Instead, he brings up a character from the Second World War that the world has largely forgotten: A Muslim Princess from India, Noor Inayat Khan, known in the West as Nora Baker. I had known about this young Muslim woman "who did not have to die, but chose to give her life to defeat the nazis and bring an end to the Holocaust." I did not know Muslims died in Auschwitz. How many Muslims or Jews know this? Almost none.

This work of scholarship should be widely read by both Muslim and Jew. It is breezy read and chapter one, where Fatah documents the attack on a Jewish centre of Mumbai by Pakistani jihadis, reads more like a thriller than history. When the Muslims and Jews finally bury the hatchet, they should both tank this book for triggering that process.

If you have not read Fatah's his first book "Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State," I strongly recommend you get yourself a copy as it is almost sold out. The Mirage is a treasure for anyone wishing to understand the difference between a Muslim and an Islamist and why Islam and Islamism are at odds with each other.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Asad Sheikh on Nov. 14 2010
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"O Allah, Completely Destroy and Shatter the Jews" , As a person(African) who visit mosques regularly I have never been comfortable of listening the above prayer when some imams say. Every Muslim should read this book and understand why Muslims mustn't hate Jews or any other people/group.

The only reason some Muslims hate the Jews is because some religious leaders/imams from middle east has brainwashed them. I had a friend who grew up in Kuwait, and he had some antisemitism feelings. One day I have asked him why he has that feelings towards the Jews, and if they have done anything wrong to him/family or his country or whether there is anything religious abut having anti antisemitism. He took a pause and frankly told me no they haven't done anything wrong to him and he has never seen anything antisemitism in either the Quran or the Hadith(Saying of the prophet, peace be upon him). He stated that his school books in Kuwait were full of hatred toward the Jews.

I just come back from middle east and have seen a lot of hatred towards the Jews, and believe me, all has to do with the conflict between the Israel and the Palestinians/Arabs, and nothing to do with the Muslims and the Jews.

As a Muslim, I really thank the author for putting this to light.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David J. Culham on Nov. 27 2010
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Tarek Fatah writes courageously and with clarity. He picks out the historical flaws in Middle East Islam and demands change from within his religion. His life long study reveals fascinating stories of history in the Islamic world within which he grew up. Very early in the book, Fatah outlines the al-Fatiha referring to it as the Islamic equivalent to the Lord's Prayer. His version is as follows:
"In the name of God, the beneficent, the merciful.
Praise be to God, Lord of the worlds,
The beneficent, the merciful, Master of the Day of Judgment.
You alone we worship, and You alone we ask for help.
Guide us on the right path,
The path of those upon whom You have bestowed your bounty,
Not of those who have earned Your wrath, nor of those who go astray."

Fatah demonstrates how the Hadith, written some 200 years after the Quran, corrupts this beautiful passage to insert "Jews" and "Christians" into the last sentence. When I checked my own Quran text and checked his assertion on the internet, I grew to trust his research and assertions when it pertained to his religion and how it affects our present circumstances. Buy i: read it: and pass it on to a friend for a read. It is a must read.
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