Review: The Muhammad Code – How a Desert Prophet Brought You ISIS, al Qaeda, and Boko Haram

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Howard Bloom

4.0 out of 5 stars A Worst Case Documentation of Islam as Evil

 EDIT of 20161201: Religion is one of the most complicated topics, and it is very hard for most people to grasp that at root most religions based on dogma, including Catholicism, are a mix of outright fabrication (for example, see Christ’s Ventriloquists: The Event that Created Christianity), good intentions at various points in the “invention” history, and utterly despicable exploitation for personal and institutional profit. Within Islam — and I defer mostly to those who have actually read the Koran in the original in Arabic — there are moral and intellectual factions, each with their own interpretation, some warranting great fear, others great tolerance.

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Nov 29

Review: Islam vs. ISIS – Why the True Islam is the exact opposite of the Islamic State

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Recommended, Some Flaws, But Many Illustrations and an Easy Read, September 29, 2016

I rate this book as a solid five because it is a very important collection of insights — including a buried but all important indictment of Saudi Arabian Wahhabism and Western Imperialism as the true roots of ISIS. The graphics are so exceptional that I urge the author to offer this book in Kindle form where color graphics and the easy jumps from picture to brief test to picture will make this book twice as valuable as its present form limited to black and white photos.

There is absolutely no question about the author’s erudition or integrity. This is a man deeply steeped — as an observing Westerner — in Arabic culture, history, and language; in the political-economic history of the region; in the role of Islam as the foundation and the glue for society and the Islamic economy; and in the contributing factors including the US invasion of Iraq and the US dismantling of the Sunni officer corps in Iraq leading to ISIS. A solid five on intent and substance.

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Sep 29

Worth a Look: Sufis, Salafis and Islamists – The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism

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Sufis, Salafis and Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism

The Arabic terms Islamism, Salafism, Jihadism and Wahhabism have acquired currency in the English language and are synonymous with violent Muslim extremism.  But what do they actually mean? Why does Muslim religious conservatism and radicalisation appear to be on the increase?  What long term impact could they have on Western societies?  In this unique, ground breaking book – British Muslim academic Sadek Hamid evaluates the impact of three globally influential religious paradigms by using the UK as a case study. He devotes a chapter to each of the four faces of faith-based activism: reformist Islamist, radical pan-Islamist, Salafi and neo-Sufi by tracing their intellectual genealogies and explaining how these trends migrated, evolved and integrated into British society.

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Apr 16