Since you seem interested in history and the flaws of Islam, you might want to know about 2 women fighting for the rights of muslim women.
Ayaan Hisrsi Ali wrote Infidel, about how she lost all faith in Islam. It is available as and ebook. She was in the Dutch parliament but fled to the US when her government revoked her police protection, and was sheltered at the American Enterprise Institute.
Irshad Manji wrote The Trouble With Islam: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith (2003). I looked up and got a response from her web site — www.muslim-refusenik.com. She lists other sites that I have not check out: wluml.org (web site of Women Living under Muslim Laws), secularislam.org (Web site for ex-Muslims or Muslim dissidents); saudiinstitute.org (Web site of Saudi reformer); memri.org (Web site of the Middle East Media Research Institute). There were others listed also.
Thanks for the heads up on this. Will check it out.