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Beginner's guide to Islam, Mar 16 2011
I thought I had a fair idea of the basic tenets of Islam but I had no historical basis other than what I had gleaned from historic novels and the like. I have been told that in my family's history there may have been a forced flight north to escape the Muslim intrusions into the the lands of my heritage. This was the first book I have ever read that makes sense of that possible history. It has made me grateful for the Crusaders who prevented the fall of much of Europe and has made me so much more aware of what it was we actually escaped.
Thank you Robert Spencer for putting this book together. An easy read, not at all difficult to follow but obviously well researched. Yes, there is a bias but it is well deserved and expected. Any reader who has an uncomfortable feeling about Islam but can't quite explain why, will find in this book the knowledge he or she needs to defend their feeling. It will actually bring gratitude for our Jewish friends as well as bring you closer to all non-Muslim peoples everywhere.
Congratulations Robert Spencer. In answer to the quote from [...] saying about Mr. Spencer "May Allah rip out his spine from his back and split his brains in two." I say, may God protect you from a hatred so fierce that a Muslim would actually put it in those kinds of words. A religion of "Peace and Tolerance?"