The Jew is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism Hardcover – Oct 6 2010
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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.See all Product Description
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The book does a good job of explaining a multitude of points of views toward both Jews and Muslims. The author seems to be non-militant, "wouldn't it be better if we all just got along?" kind of guy. He blames all sides in middle eastern affairs, and points out the wrong-headedness of it all in every direction.
It helped me answer the question everyone needs answered...."Why is this happening?"
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.
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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This book is a total waste of money. It sounds like a rant of a 3 year old child. un-scholarly, narrow minded. I almost felt sick. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2012 by dove
Congratulations! Alhumdulillah! Mazel Tov!This is a wonderful,long-needed exposé of a serious disease within the Islamic community. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2011 by jebrahim2
Tarek Fatah writes courageously and with clarity. He picks out the historical flaws in Middle East Islam and demands change from within his religion. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2010 by David J. Culham
While I consider Tarek Fatah a genuinely decent, charming,and peaceful Muslim, I still get the impression, from his latest book, he is trying awfully hard to paint (true)Islam, the... Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2010 by Steve
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