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Islam Unveiled : Disturbing Questions about the World's Fastest-Growing Faith - Robert Spencer

Islam Unveiled

Disturbing Questions about the World's Fastest-Growing Faith

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Published: 1st November 2003
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In "Islam Unveiled," Robert Spencer dares to face the hard questions about what the Islamic religion actually teaches--and the potentially ominous implications of those teachings for the future of both the Muslim world and the West. Going beyond the shallow distinction between a "true" peaceful Islam and the "hijacked" Islam of terrorist groups, Spencer probes the Koran and Islamic traditions (as well as the history and present-day situation of the Muslim world) as part of his inquiry into why the world's fastest growing faith tends to arouse fanaticism. "Islam Unveiled" evaluates the relationship between Islamic fundamentalism and "mainstream" Islam; the fixation with violence and jihad; the reasons for Muslims' disturbing treatment of women; and devastating effects of Muslim polygamy and Islamic divorce laws. Spencer explores other daunting questions--why the human rights record of Islamic countries is so unrelievedly grim and how the root causes of this record exist in basic Muslim beliefs; why science and high culture died out in the Muslim world--and why this is a root cause of modern Muslim resentment. He evaluates what Muslims learn from the life of Muhammad, the man that Islam hails as the supreme model of human behavior. Above all, this provocative work grapples with the question that most preoccupies us today: can Islam create successful secularized societies that will coexist peacefully with the West's multicultural mosaic?

"[T]he questions Islam Unveiled poses and the answers it provides are hard to dismiss, and given the urgency of the times, necessary to ask."

Forewordp. IX
Author's Notep. XIII
Prologue: What Does Islam Really Stand For?p. 1
Is Islam a Religion of Peace?p. 7
Does Islam Promote and Safeguard Sound Moral Values?p. 39
Does Islam Respect Human Rights?p. 57
Does Islam Respect Women?p. 73
Is Islam Compatible with Liberal Democracy?p. 93
Can Islam Be Secularized and Made Compatible with the Western Pluralistic Framework?p. 101
Can Science and Culture Flourish under Islam?p. 113
The Crusades: Christian and Muslimp. 131
Is Islam Tolerant of Non-Muslims?p. 143
Does the West Really Have Nothing to Fear from Islam?p. 165
Acknowledgmentsp. 177
Notesp. 179
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9781893554771
ISBN-10: 1893554775
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 1st November 2003
Publisher: Encounter Books,USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 16.4  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32