I would highly recommend this book for the jewish readers of this forum.
Just reading the excerpts makes for some really interesting reading. It confirms essentially what I have been saying all along. I wont repeat my allegations against Islam or muslims. The book says it better than I can.
Planes crashing into the World Trade Center, bombers blowing themselves up in crowded supermarkets, female genital mutilation, the imprisonment of rape victims, polygamy: the media claims that all these are results of the "hijacking" of Islam, "the religion of peace." But here at last is a book that dares to tell the truth about Islam - and to show you exactly why this religion is so easy to "hijack," and what Islamic authorities really teach about such barbarities!
Exploding dozens of PC myths, Robert Spencer goes beyond the media's shallow distinction between "true" Islam and terrorist Islam to demonstrate - in the words of Muslims themselves - that Islamic fanaticism and terrorism are rooted in the Qur'an and core Islamic traditions. He shows that since Muslim radicalism stems from elements at the religion's heart, Islamic moderates (and cowardly Western multiculturalists) will never convince the Muslim world at large that there is no place for violence in Islam.
Refreshingly free of multiculturalist cant, Islam Unveiled goes straight to Islamic sources to explain why Muslims worldwide take the violent passages in the Qur'an as marching orders for today, while Jews and Christians do not do so with similar passages in the Old Testament. Spencer also forthrightly examines the treatment of women in the Islamic world, tracing the devastating societal effects of Muslim polygamy and Islamic divorce laws.
And, since Muslims worldwide revere Muhammad as the greatest model of human behavior, Spencer explores the tumultuous life of prophet of Islam - squarely facing his violence, bloodlust and Clintonesque sexual appetites (and their unsettling implications for the contemporary international scene).
Spencer also examines the human rights records and political systems of Islamic countries, detailing why democracy has never taken root in Muslim soil - and why it probably never will. He details the titanic hurdles that secularism must overcome in order to gain a secure foothold in the Islamic world, and how Osama bin Laden and other radicals skillfully play on Muslim sensibilities in order to gain a huge following among Muslims.
Spencer's provocative and entertaining articles on Islam and a wide variety of other topics have appeared in Human Events, National Review Online, Chronicles, Crisis, and many other publications. He provides here a desperately needed antidote to the distortions and wishful thinking about Islam that have swamped the media since September 11. No American can afford to ignore the facts he provides here - if he wants to face realistically the ongoing threat from the Muslim world.
Among the startling revelations of Islam Unveiled:
What Muslim authorities worldwide really said about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
Suicide bombing: the rationale for this barbaric practice in Islamic theology
Muslim "fundamentalists": a radical fringe? Why their message has such resonance in the Islamic world even among those who will never commit any acts of violence
Wife-beating: sanctioned by the Qur'an - and by contemporary Islamic commentators! The shocking details
Rape in Islam: why, under Islamic law, it's virtually impossible to prove
The truth about Aisha, Muhammad's nine-year-old wife (plus the Muslim world's sorry record of child brides)
How the prophet of Islam came to marry his daughter-in-law - and other curious episodes in the life of Muhammad
"Temporary marriage": the facts about this strange and destructive Shi'ite Muslim practice
Jihad: does it really impose an obligation on Muslims to wage war? The facts
Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi sect: why it is (contrary to Western analyses) not the originator of Islamic radicalism or terrorism
Why jihad won't conclude with the end of the war in Afghanistan, or even the war on terrorism
Why converts from Islam in Islamic countries live in fear of their very lives
The Muslim journalist who acknowledged that "the Muslim world today is full of bigotry, fanaticism, hypocrisy and plain ignorance"!
Human rights: the grim record of Islamic countries - and the roots causes of this record in basic Muslim beliefs
Science and high culture: why they virtually died out in the Muslim world - and why this is a root cause of modern Muslim resentment
Why Islamic philosophy, which once exercised enormous influence in the West, declined into insignificance
Slavery: why it exists today nowhere in the world except in two Islamic nations, Sudan and Mauritania
The Crusades: why the Western world has no need to apologize to the Muslim world
Islamic tolerance? The whole truth about non-Muslim minorities under Muslim rule
The PC straitjacket: evidence that it's easier to tell the truth about Islam in predominantly Muslim countries than in Europe and the U.S.
Demographic jihad: how population trends may allow Islam to conquer Western Europe without the setting off of a single suicide bomb
Secular Turkey: why the rest of the Muslim world is not following its example - and the constant pressure it suffers from Islamic radicals
Can Islam be secularized and incorporated into the West's multicultural mosaic? The hard facts
"In its own lively style, this book puts down a strong and significant marker to what lies ahead, as Islam and the rest of the world strive to come to terms." - From the Introduction by David Pryce-Jones, senior editor, National Review
"This is a bracing argument that can help Americans think through what might well turn out to be the greatest religious, cultural, and political conflict of this century." - The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, author, The Naked Public Square
"Spencer has explained very ably some of the misconceptions about Islam. The reader will be greatly enriched in understanding Islam and how Muslims act, in the light of the attack on America." - Dr. Anis Shorrosh, author, Islam Revealed
"Robert Spencer's attempt to unveil what most do not want to say about Islam is inspiring and informative. What do Muslims believe, and why they believe as such? Spencer's is the first successful attempt in unveiling this matter." - Daniel Ali, founder and president of the Christian-Islamic Forum