Skip to comments.Reading Up on Islam (Stocking Up on Intellectual Ammunition vs. the Islamofascists. GREAT List!)
Posted on 03/09/2006 12:59:22 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Since 9-11, I've received numerous letters like this recent one: "What can be done to help educate people on the dangers that radical Islam poses to Western civilization? I don't think this ideological conflict will go away."
No, it won't. It is likely to be for the first half of the 21st century what the Cold War was for the last half of the 20th -- a long, subtle struggle with occasional days of fire. How to educate folks? Use of all media will be needed, but here's a list of books I've read and found useful. There are many more that I haven't read.
First, to understand radical Islam, some sense of basic Islam is essential, and that starts with the Quran. Muslims insist that unless you've read it in Arabic, you haven't read it. Maybe so, but in theology as well as in horseshoes, leaners are better than nothing, so I'd recommend either reading a translation on the Internet or buying the new Quran translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem that came out last year in paperback from Oxford University Press.
Some scholars now ask tough questions about the Quran's historicity. As I type with one hand, I'm holding in the other John Wainsbrough's "Quranic Studies" (2004) and Ibn Warraq's "The Origins of the Koran" (1998). Warraq left Islam after coming to believe the Muhammad story was a sham, and his books include "Why I Am Not a Muslim" (1995), "The Quest for the Historical Muhammad" (2000) and "Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out" (2003).
Second in importance within Islam after the Quran are the Hadith, massive works delineating how Muhammad supposedly dressed, ate, ingested and excreted food and drink, and so forth. Many Hadith collections are available online, but Ram Swarup's critical and succinct summary, "Understanding the Hadith: The Sacred Traditions of Islam" (2002), is a place to start. "Crossroads to Islam" by Yehuda Nevo and Judith Koren (2003) also gives useful insights into Muslim origins.
To understand how Islam affects non-Muslims (called "dhimmis"), read three books by historian Bat Ye'or. On top of my right foot now are "The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians Under Islam" (1985), "The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam" (1996) and "Islam and Dhimmitude" (2002). A book edited by Robert Spencer, "The Myth of Islamic Tolerance" (2004), includes many useful short essays on dhimmitude. Bottom line: Non-Muslims living in Muslim-controlled lands have faced discrimination always, persecution often and death sometimes.
"Islam at the Crossroads" by Paul Marshall, Roberta Green and Lela Gilbert (2002) and several books by Spencer provide succinct overviews of past and present. It's also good to read material from the Islamophile side, so sitting on my left toes are Karen Armstrong's "Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet" (1993), Malise Ruthven's "Islam" (1997) and Richard Fletcher's "The Cross and the Crescent" (2003).
Now, with the foundations laid, we can proceed to books about radical Islam that I'm balancing on my knees, including "Sword of Islam" by John F. Murphy Jr. (2002) and Paul Marshall's "Radical Islam's Rules" (2005), which shows how Sharia law works in many Muslim-dominated countries. Daniel Pipes' "Militant Islam Reaches America" (2002) and David Horowitz's "Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left" (2004) tell of the threat to the good old, still asleep United States.
Those books suggest geopolitical responses, but in the long run theological responses are crucial, so I'd also recommend "Answering Islam," by Norman Geisler and Abdul Saleeb (2002); "Muslims and Christians at the Table," by Bruce McDowell and Anees Zaka (1999); "The Truth About Islam," by Anees Zaka and Diane Coleman (2004); and other books by George Braswell and by the Caner brothers.
My preference is always to have MORE ammo on hand, rather than LESS. :)
It seems that islam kills everyone who disagrees with it to cover up the fact that it is a false, evil teaching.
Everything I have found about Islam, a Religion of Peace®? ( links, blogs, quips, quotes, aggravating pictures ) is located here- click the Pic, and scroll backwards:
"Everything I need to know about Islam, I learned on 9/11"
Thanks for the detailed and balanced list.
Regarding Pipes, I emailed a recent thread, re an interview with Pipes about the danger to us of Iraq splitting up, to my son serving with an elite unit in Afghanistan. He also was in GWI from Aug. 1990 to April 1991. Pipes felt there was a lot of danger from Turkey vs. the Kurds, and from Iran with the Shiites. How good do you feel Pipes is on analysis vs. history? I will now quote from my sons reply and wouldn't mind getting your reaction.
"I really think Turkey is more concerned about being part of the EU. They will simply have to live with a border problem that is much like our problem with Mexico."
"The Shiites in Iran and Iraq are of different tribes. They have long standing tribal animosities. Yes, they can put this aside in the interest of business (there is a lot of trade along the border) but I don't see an alliance. Besides, they will have their own oil [in Iraq] and will be fairly independent. Remember, everybody wants their own fiefdom. and don't forget the old Iran-Iraq war was fought in their back yard. There is more tension than teamwork there."
Good post with your article.......
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Another good one:
by Dore Gold (formerly of the Israeli Dipolomati Corps)
It's mostly a history of Wahabbism. The Ottoman Turks even recognized it
as a nutburger code and just almost wiped it out with a punitive expedition
to the Saudi peninsula.
Too bad they failed.
ping for later
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