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• Islam: Theory and practice.   
Book Review
One cannot ignore the de facto teaching of Islamic spokesmen throughout the world.
Islam cannot be separated from the Koran, the Hadith,
and its long history from Muhammad at Medina to the present.

[[He started preaching at his home town, Mecca, then went to Medina, then conquered Mecca, and went on to other conquests.]]

ISLAM: THEORY AND PRACTICE

   Annals Australasia (RC culture journal, Sydney), <editorannals § gmail com>, By Jude P. Dougherty, pp 27-28, Volume 124, No. 2, March 2013
IN THEIR introduction Otto and Mason note that, 'since the late 1990s Islam has moved up the political agenda to become one of the most controversial issues in Dutch society. Large-scale immigration and financial instability combine to change the Netherlands from a culture of tolerance and stability to one of mutual suspicion, dissatisfaction and unrest.' How should officials respond? To what extent is Islam a threat to Dutch society?  Delicate Debates is premised on the supposition that scholars and policy makers need to talk to one another.
   The nine contributors to this volume address issues that are likely to arise in any discussion of Islam. In identifying the contribution of the academic sector to policy decision, the editors find two views to be prevalent.
   One view maintains that the essence of Islamic civilization, culture, and law is to be found in its religious sources. The other view looks to the variety of countries and social contexts in which Islamic norms are actually formulated and interpreted in practice.
   The difference between the two approaches may be illustrated as follows. From a theological perspective, stoning to death for adultery and other forms of brutal punishment are sanctioned, but empirically one finds that most Muslim countries do not incorporate those theologically justified norms into their national law. There are world-wide exceptions, it is acknowledged, given that local communities, in their efforts to combat social ills such as prostitution, drinking, and drug addiction, sometimes justify stoning or amputation by reference to sharia.
  Otto, Jan Michiel and Hannah Mason, eds. Delicate Debates on Islam: Policy Makers and Academics Speaking with Each Other. Amsterdam: Leiden University Press 2012. Distributed by the University of Chicago Press. Pp. 100 
   Job Cohen, one of the prominent contributors to this volume, was for nine years mayor of Amsterdam. In the light of that experience he asks whether Islam is essentially a violent religion, and he wonders whether the followers of what he calls 'the extreme variants of Islam' are increasing and is furthermore concerned that the Netherlands as a whole may be becoming Islamic.
   Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, former Secretary General of NATO, asks scholars whether they can shed light on what in the Muslim world can be ascribed to culture and what to religion.
   Nicholaos van Dam holds that it is undeniable that certain interpretations of Islam lead to violence.
   Leon Buskins maintains, contrary to the claims of some, that the essence of Islam cannot be determined empirically. In reality Muslims differ in their interpretations of Islam. Consequently, Buskins suggests that any Islam-related policy needs to consider that heterogeneity and deal specifically with Muslim communities within a given geographical or cultural context.
   John Esposito, Professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University and author of Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think, insists that a distinction be made between Islam and extremism.
   Mainstream Muslims worldwide, he is convinced, need to address the threat to Islam from its own religious extremists. Esposito discounts both textual and historical scholarship as a key to an understanding Islam. To know what Islam is we need to know what mainstream Muslims think.
   Esposito confronts what he calls, 'the disinformation and lies created by neocons, anti-immigrant ideologies, and Islamophobic experts who foster and play on fear and prejudice.' In determining our foreign policy, he writes, 'We need to reach out and work more with the mainstream majority in the Muslim world, in partnership, to marginalize terrorists'
   Conscious that policy decisions are often made in the light of media reporting, Esposito believes that academics have an obligation to become public intellectuals. 'Those who write in areas that are relevant and important for policy decision need to seek venues that make our ideas and advice accessible.'
   By his own account Esposito is engaged in the battle for public influence with 'the far-right neocons and the hardline Christian-Zionist right.' As Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal for Muslim-Christian Understanding, he has a platform from which to speak..
   It should be noted that the Saudi Prince himself contributed twenty million dollars to Georgetown University to found the centre and a like amount to Harvard University.
   With Esposito, it is currently fashionable among the political insouciant to distinguish between 'Westernized moderate Muslims' and 'extreme Muslims.' The distinction may have some merits, but it blurs a fundamental truth.
   All Muslims subscribe to the principles enunciated in the Koran, principles that – however interpreted – unite them as brothers in a common cause and unify them as a spiritual force aimed at world domination, a spiritual force intrinsically hostile to the West and especially to Christianity.
   One cannot ignore the de facto teaching of Islamic spokesmen throughout the world. Islam cannot be separated from the Koran, the Hadith, and its long history from Muhammad at Medina to the present. Here scholarship is of invaluable service. Perhaps the best understanding of historical Islam remains Ignaz Goldziher's Introduction to Islamic Theology and Law, (Princeton University Press, 1981).
PROFESSOR JUDE DOUGHERTY is Dean Emeritus of the Philosophy Faculty, Catholic University of America, and Editor, The Review of Metaphysics, and General Editor, Series Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy, Washington, D.C.

   [RECAPITULATION:  It should be noted that the Saudi Prince himself contributed twenty million dollars to Georgetown University to found the centre and a like amount to Harvard University.[]
   All Muslims subscribe to the principles enunciated in the Koran, principles that – however interpreted – unite them as brothers in a common cause and unify them as a spiritual force aimed at world domination, a spiritual force intrinsically hostile to the West and especially to Christianity.
   One cannot ignore the de facto teaching of Islamic spokesmen throughout the world.  Islam cannot be separated from the Koran, the Hadith, and its long history from Muhammad at Medina to the present.  ENDS.
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• Concerned Citizens (publisher): 2012;   Islam; Aggressive Religion, Totalitarian Political System  

 
   Islam Aggressive Religion; Concerned Citizens Introduction:  The following is written in the public interest by concerned people who hold traditional Australian values. We are not members of any political party, nor are we promoting any particular political party.
   This is not a hate session against Muslims, but rather about a system, an ideology. Nor is it a conspiracy theory unsupported by fact.
   For their protection most of our sources are kept confidential. It is important for all Australians to know the beliefs and the aims of this ideology which is growing in influence in every level of government. Ignorance of the beliefs and aims of Islam is a major factor in its growth.
   To be informed about these beliefs and aims is the best defence against them, for they are diametrically opposed to our peaceful way of life and the democratic freedoms upon which our nation has been built and has prospered.
   Unfortunately many Australians aren't concerned about issues until they are personally affected by them. If we wait till then it will be too late. This booklet brings to your notice the unpalatable truth.

   Almost daily in our papers and on our TV screens we see the turmoil and suffering of people living in Islam dominated countries. It would be unreasonable to brand these media as peddlers of hate simply because they report bad things. We believe it would be just as unreasonable to brand this booklet as 'hate material' because we report truth that may disturb us.
   It seems unthinkable that governments in the West would encourage the growth of Islam in their countries when the fruit of such an ideology is obvious for all to see. But it is true. Australian governments for years have been introducing policies that encourage the islamisation of this country.
   Why has this happened? The simple fact is that our politicians have not understood Islam. They have not understood that taqiyya (deception) is common practice in Islam. Consequently they have gone to Muslim leaders to get their understanding of Islam and how to fight 'extremism', which is akin to asking the fox how to protect the chickens.
   The result is that instead of defending our democratic freedoms and our ethics and culture that have stood us in good stead, we are now starting to experience the fruit of such ignorance. (pages 1-2)
   It is a mistake to regard terrorists as extremists They are simply going by the book.  more dangerous threats - migration and biological increase.
   Approximately 12,000 "refugees" come to Australia every year by United Nations instigation.  Most of these are Muslims. (p 3)
   Supposedly infallible scripture, the Koran, gives incitements to attack people of other religions, at 2:218, 2:244, 4:74, 4:77, 4:84, 4:89, 4:95, 8:39, 8:65, 8:72, 9:5, 9:19, 9:29, 9:41, 25:52, 47:7, 49:15, 61:4, and 66:9 (pp 15-16).

   DETAILS: Publisher: Concerned Citizens, (© revised Nov. 2012), PO Box 9091, Wyee, NSW, 2259, Australia.  Categories: Religion, Islam, Hijra (beachhead migration), Taqqiya (deception), Jihad (holy war, conquest).  18 pages, soft covers, 10 x 21 x 0.15 centimetres (3 7/8 x 8 1/4 x 1/16 inches), 3 appendices, 1 photograph.  Donation for postage.
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• SOLOMON, Sam, and AL MAQDISI, Elias; ? 2012;    MODERN DAY TROJAN HORSE:    The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration, Accepting Freedom or Imposing Islam?  

  [Hijra, the Islamic practice of immigration as a precursor to conquest.] 
   Modern Day Trojan Horse; SOLOMON and AL MAQDISI News Weekly (Australia), <http://­www.­newsweekly.com.au>, <nw § newsweekly com au>, "Islamisation by stealth", Book review by Janet Levy, pp 22-23, June 9, 2012
   DETAILS: (Charlottesville, Virginia: ANM Publications); Paperback: 160 pages; ISBN:9780979492952; Recommended Retail Price: AUS $29.90.
   Within the past few decades, mosques have increasingly dotted the landscapes of American and European cities and towns, with mega-mosques often overshadowing adjacent, centuries-old churches in predominantly Christian regions. Islamic schools or academies and a host of Muslim organisations have become omnipresent across the West.
   Meanwhile, Americans and Europeans have made countless accommodations to Muslim demands. They have included footbaths, high-decibel five-times-daily calls to prayer, segregated male-female gym and swimming pool hours, halal food, workplace dispensations for handling pork products and for female head and face coverings and special, public prayer rooms.
   Also, sharia-compliant financial transactions, the expunging of offensive likenesses of Mohammed or imagined depictions of Arabic characters that connote "Allah", official swearings-in on Korans in place of customary Bibles, the neutralising of official descriptive language about Islamists and the jihad, the revision of so-called offensive content in movies and television programs, the removal of representations of pigs from the public sphere, and many other acculturations to Muslim entreaties have all been made in the service of respecting Muslim religious beliefs and practices.
   To those in Western democracies, these accommodating actions appear, on the surface, to be little more than harmless civil gestures, respecting the needs of a growing religion in their midst and welcoming a new addition to their proud, multicultural tradition. Many Westerners pat themselves on the back for their liberal bent, their tolerance and their open-mindedness.
   Little do they realise that this strategic pattern of demands is part of an insidious, 1,400-year-old proscription for Muslims that originates in the Koran and the Sunnah, the deeds of Mohammed. It is the Hijra or doctrine of immigration.
   Modelled by Mohammed's migration from Mecca to Medina, this immigration is not to a romanticised melting pot wherein newcomers gratefully search for opportunities for a better life in liberty, and freely offer their talents and loyalty to benefit their new homeland. This is immigration for Islamic expansionism employing ethnic separatism to gain special status and privileges within the host country.  Hijra is immigration designed to subvert and subdue non-Muslim societies and pave the way for eventual, total Islamisation.
   Religious edict
   In their compelling book, Modern Day Trojan Horse: The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration, authors Sam Solomon, a former professor of sharia law and convert to Christianity, and Elias Al Maqdisi, an expert on Islamic teachings, explain the migration of Muslims to the Dar-al-Harb, the "land of war", as a religious edict with a basis in Islamic doctrine.
   They delineate the step-by-step process of this 1,400-year-old strategy of conquest. It is a transitional strategy which they characterise as the most important step in spreading Islam and preparing for jihad. From their carefully delineated treatise on Hijra, it is clear that migration in concert with military conquest comprise the bookends of Islamic expansionism. Solomon and Al Maqdisi review the phases of the Hijra and its juristic or legal basis in Islamic doctrine.
   Under the cover of taqqiya or deception, the step-by-step methodology of the migration process is designed to subdue, then, subjugate the host culture, culminating in implementation of sharia law.
   The beginning phase of Islamisation usually includes activities pivotal to building a physical presence. It consists of public calls to prayer; founding of schools, libraries and research centres; and the teaching of Arabic – actions that appear to be reasonable and respectable infrastructure requirements necessary to support the presence of a faith.
   At this point in the Hijra, it is permissible for Muslims to engage in haram, or forbidden actions, out of necessity to establish and empower the umma or Muslim community. Koranic rules such as the prohibition against friendships with infidels are suspended while the objectives of future Islamisation are systematically put into place. In its initial phase, the Hijra passes scrutiny by the West whose citizens erroneously view the migration as mainly economic – a pilgrimage for a better life.
   Solomon and [Al] Maqdisi examine the comprehensive strategy that begins with the establishment of the umma or Muslim community. The mosque becomes the locus of power, a strategic base and the centre of all activities. They explain how in this embryonic phase, a top priority is the scouting for new arrivals to expand and empower the existing Muslim community.
   Muslim leaders offer solicitous assistance and helpful suggestions for schools, housing, mosquewefsfeipHraM markets and other services to ingratiate themselves with new arrivals and bring them into the local Muslim community. Agents of local mosques, ever alert for new immigrants and potential converts, engage in subtle forms of indoctrination and police local Muslims.
   This first step of establishing the mosque as the centre of local Islamic life and activities is mistakenly viewed by non-Muslims as merely the benign construction of houses of worship. Its true goal escapes notice, that of firmly establishing a purposeful non-integrated Muslim identity to advance the goal of Islamisation.
   Once the consolidation of the Muslim community occurs under the radar, the purposeful fight for special status and sharia follows. As dictated by the Koran and Sunnah, segregation from non-Muslims is a natural outcome of the advancement of the Hijra.
   Visible changes begin to be apparent as the Muslim population achieves more of a critical mass. Over time, the dress code, often beginning with a hijab in segregated enclaves and moving toward the complete covering of a niqab in the public sphere, separates Muslim women from men and from non-Muslim women.
   Eventually, as the host population becomes familiarised with what they believe to be the requirements of religious piety, demands are made for segregation at public facilities, in the workplace and at schools and universities. Requests for halal food, sharia-compliant financial transactions and the addition of Muslim holidays to public calendars further elevate the Muslim community with a special status making them separate and distinct.
   All demands are initially presented as benign attempts to accommodate the religious requirements of devout Muslims. Any actions to suppress them are decried as religious discrimination. In the United States, requests for separate swimming and gym hours for Muslim men and women, demands for identification photos for licences for women wearing hijabs and refusals to handle pork products or don immodest dress in the workplace have appeared.
   At this point, representatives of the Muslim community are often working co-operatively with the host government to bring about change. As Solomon and [Al] Maqdisi explain, the idea is to get the host society accustomed to Muslim buildings, customs, holidays, dress and food. Newcomers are encouraged by Muslim leadership to become citizens, vote and run for political office to increase the umma's influence.
   At the university level, students are indoctrinated to become advocates for Islam, engage in interfaith activities and da'wa or proselytisation and train for jihad. Non-Muslim professors are solicited through zakat or payments to present courses favourable to Islam and write and speak publicly to promote Islam. The bequeathal by Saudi Prince Al-waleed bin Talal of $20 million dollars for Islamic study centres at Harvard and Georgetown universities, respectively, was a gesture to insure the promulgation of positive research, publications and presentations toward Islam.
   In Modern Day Trojan Horse, Solomon and [Al] Maqdisi point out that as Muslims gain power and mass in the host country, consolidation of identity occurs, as well as strengthening of their infrastructure of mosques, schools, clubs, organisations and media. The doctrine of taqqiya is firmly in place as Muslims hide behind the dictates of their religious devotion and seek cultural changes in the land of the non-Muslim or kuffar.
   Opponents silenced
   At this more advanced stage, attempts are made to silence opponents and curry favour. The judicious use of zakat elicits favourable views of Muslims and Islam from politicians, representatives from the media and other organisations. For example, since 2007 in the United States, the words "jihad" and "Islamo-fascism" have been expunged from the lexicon of government officials, and the words "Islamic" and "terrorism" are rarely paired.
   In Europe, which is further advanced in this process, a dangerous turn materialised with the murder of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, who produced a film on the subjugation of women under Islam, and with death threats against Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilder for his outspoken criticism of Islam.
   As Islamisation of the host culture proceeds apace, preparations begin for learning the skills necessary for jihad. Young jihadists may travel to their countries of origin for further indoctrination and terrorist training. This development has been noted within Somali Muslim communities in Minnesota and Tennessee. Young Muslims have disappeared to Somalia to rendezvous with Al Shabaab, a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda.
   As the resident Muslim community becomes more established and begins to wield considerable power in the political arena, pressure is brought to bear on politicians to permit sharia law courts in exchange for Muslim votes. This is very much evident in Britain where parallel systems of legal jurisprudence currently coexist. Muslim inhabitants of the host country are pressured to follow sharia law in lieu of the prevailing legal system. Several recent legal decisions by non-Muslim judges in Europe have referenced sharia law as a standard for verdicts concerning Muslims.
   As the intensity of the Hijra advances, the appearance of open ghettos or Muslim-only regions occurs. These are areas where non-Muslims are essentially prohibited and where, if they enter, they actually may be physically threatened. Such no-go zones, where even non-Muslim community workers are unwelcome, exist throughout Europe today. Remarkably, Muslim movements are never restricted; they venture freely anywhere in the host country.
   As Solomon and [Al] Maqdisi point out, the Hijra is a comprehensive and direct political attempt to undermine the culture and values of the host country and replace them with Islam and sharia. It is an insidious migration seeking transformation of the culture, behaviours, customs, rules and laws of a host society to spread Islam and establish an Islamic state.
   The stages of the Hijra are very much evident in varying degrees in all Western societies today. Ironically, our open democratic societies with constitutionally mandated freedoms of speech, religion and assembly have facilitated this march toward the very demise of our way of life. Modern Day Trojan Horse should be required reading for all citizens of Western democracies who urgently need to understand the Hijra and the threat it represents. The book sounds the alarm for the cautious evaluation of what may appear to be innocent religious practice in our midst but has sinister motives to transform our societies forever.
   Janet Levy is a contributing editor to American Thinker, where this book review first appeared. She speaks publicly on issues related to the global jihad and shariah law and blogs at <www.womenagainstshariah.com> #
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   [1st RECAPITULATION:  The bequeathal by Saudi Prince Al-waleed bin Talal of $20 million dollars for Islamic study centres at Harvard and Georgetown universities, respectively, was a gesture to insure the promulgation of positive research, publications and presentations toward Islam.  ENDS.]
   [1st COMMENT:  The same goes on in Australia, Britain, etc.  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [2nd RECAPITULATION:  a dangerous turn materialised with the murder of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, who produced a film on the subjugation of women under Islam, and with death threats against Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilder for his outspoken criticism of Islam.   ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT:  Theo Van Gogh's woman collaborator also had death threats made against her, and has had to be very careful.  Of course, the landmark death threat in modern times was that against the author of The Satanic Verses.  And death attempts are still being made against the Scandinavian publication that printed the Muhammad cartoons.   ENDS.]
   [GENERALISED COMMENTS:  All the points made in this book review are in line with the Koran and the Hadith (Sunnah).
   Every person who flees to or immigrates to Australia ought to be given a two-week instruction course on what Australians DO NOT want from them.  No person who enters Australia without valid proof of identity, etc., should ever be allowed to vote in any local, State, or Federal election, or to buy land.  No non-Australian should ever be allowed to buy land in Australia or its territories.   ENDS.] [Review republished June 9, 2012. Book published ? 2012]

• LOCKWOOD, Danny; 2011;    The Islamic Republic of Dewsbury  

     
   The Islamic Republic of Dewsbury; Danny LOCKWOOD Danny Lockwood, an editor and publisher, has courted controversy by writing a book with a provocative title, The Islamic Republic of Dewsbury.  It is a blunt assault on multi-culturalism seen through the prism of his experience of immigration in the town of Dewsbury in West Yorkshire.
   The book's paperbook version sold out in six weeksbut it is available for download on Kindle.
   Lockwood refers to his book as a "hard-hitting chronicle of the massive social changes in the district" and what he describes as "20 years of failed multi-culturalism."
   He launched an independent weekly title, The Press, in Dewsbury, in March 2002.  Lockwood said: "We haven't heard a negative word from a single person who has looked beyond the title and actually read the book. No fatwas, no boycotts of the business."
   On the Amazon site, there are currently eight reviews, all of them warmly praising Lockwood's book . .
   Sounds like a 'must read' to me!
   Details: File Size: 558 KB; Print Length: 320 pages; Publisher: The Press News Ltd; 1 edition (December 15, 2011); Sold by: Amazon Digital Services; Language: English; ASIN: B006NKI1L6.
   Ross1948 | June 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Categories: Britain, crime, English Defence League, free speech, immigration, Islamist, Multiculturalism, Racism, The Islamic Republic of Dewsbury | URL: http://wp.me/p1xbIG-4DB
   – The Guardian (Britain), "Editor courts controversy with book on Islamic immigration"
   ANOTHER REVIEW: Saturday June 24th, 1989, the day a Muslim community found its voice and flexed its muscles.  The day, according to author and journalist Danny Lockwood, that life in the former Yorkshire mill town of Dewsbury changed forever.
   His hard-hitting account of the massive cultural upheavals over the subsequent 20-plus years describe how the liberal politics of appeasement by government and law enforcement agencies alike, have left two communities further apart than ever.
   From blood-spattered heroin dens, to a fierce libel battle and London trial with a Muslim MP, the book lifts the lid on the real effects – and victims – of 'multi-culturalism'.

   DETAILS: Publisher: The Press News Ltd , London. 
   [ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:  N.M. ENDS.]
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• WARRAQ, Ibn; 2011;    Why the West is best:    A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy  

     
Stern rebuke to Western self-doubt and cultural masochism
   News Weekly (Australia), <http://­www.­newsweekly.com.au/­articl­e.php?i­d=5152>, Reviewed by Joseph Poprzeczny, pp 20 and 22, April 14, 2012
BOOK REVIEWS Why the West is best; Ibn WARRAQ
WHY THE WEST IS BEST: A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy; by Ibn Warraq.  (New York: Encounter Books); Hardcover: 286 pages; ISBN: 9781594035760; Recommended Retail Price AUS $47.90; Reviewed by Joseph Poprzeczny

   Ibn Warraq, pen-name of a leading India-born scholar of Islam and best-selling writer, is a founder of the Institute for the Secularisation of Islamic Society (ISIS), whose aim is to combat theologically-driven fanaticism, violence and terrorism.
   He is consequently one of a growing number of secular persons from Muslim societies who live under constant threat of being murdered, and is therefore forced to live incognito.
   To date, the most influential of his eight best-selling books has been, Why I Am Not a Muslim (1995).  However, this could now well be surpassed, in both sales and influence, by his latest study, Why the West is Best.
   Warraq's starting point is that the great and unique ideas of the West – "rationalism, self-criticism, the disinterested search for truth, the separation of church and state, the rule of law, equality before the law, freedom of conscience and expression, human rights, [and] liberal democracy" (p. 9) – put Western society light years ahead of any previous or contemporary civilisation.

   He gives primary attention to the threat of Islam with its embrace of Sharia law that he describes as being "totally incompatible with Western liberal democracy and with human rights in general".
   He acknowledges that every civilisation has a dark side. And the West is no exception, with the extremist ideologies, fascism and Marxism, being two of the most obvious examples of its failings.
   However, the West, imperfect though it was, set about combating both these evils, at enormous cost in lives and treasure, as indeed it did against slavery in an earlier era.
   Focusing solely on the West's shortcomings prevents one from seeing how Western thought and practice have liberated all mankind, not only Westerners.
   "The West is responsible for almost every major scientific discovery of the last 500 years, from heliocentrism and the telescope to electricity, to computers," he says.
   There is also the great outpouring of creativity by the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, not to mention the indispensable work of organisations such as International Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and Human Rights Watch in alleviating human suffering.
   "Millions of people risk their lives trying to get to the West – not to Saudi Arabia or Iran or Pakistan," he writes.  "They flee from theocratic or other totalitarian regimes to find tolerance and freedom in the West, where life is an open book."
   Warraq has included in his book an intriguing and original chapter in praise of America's greatest metropolis, entitled "New York, New York; Or, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness".
   He clearly loves the city, which he visits regularly and where he expects he may one day settle for good.  He admires New York's easily overlooked daily communal achievements, its great technical abilities, the many cultures of its busy inhabitants, its freedom and diversities.
   "New York is a testament to the robustness of Western culture and to its welcoming catholicity, giving equal attention, respect and opportunities to workers and artists from an astonishing number of both Western and non-Western countries," he says.
   To Warraq New York's libraries, museums, galleries, theatres and bustling streets are artefacts of Westernism.
   His admiration is no mere blind adulation but is based on hard facts.
   New York, he points out, is educating "more than a million students" at any one time.  Its hospitals "cope with over a million emergencies each year".  Its "system of parks covers nearly 27,000 acres".
   The list goes on, and includes highlighting the resources of its world famous City Library.


   "While cities such as Cairo or Delhi or Mumbai have yet to solve such elemental problems as overflowing sewage in their garbage-filled streets and are unable to provide clean water for millions, New York disposes of over 25,000 tons of garbage daily and provides drinking water to a population of 8.36 million by drawing 1.2 billion gallons daily from reservoirs," he says.
   "New York is a powerful example of the possibilities of life in a free city in the free world."
   Is it not a curious paradox that a primitive band of bearded fanatical cave-dwelling Islamists somewhere in Afghanistan conspired and plotted in 2001 to attack this city by using Western-invented and Western-manufactured flying machines?

   Warraq confronts the wilful stupidity of those Western elites who are ignorant of the advantages of their civilisation yet are simultaneously blind to the evils that threaten the West's very survival.
   These are "the enemy within", people who so often are influential because they sit in our legislatures, dominate our universities and control our written and electronic media outlets.
   "Many Western intellectuals are quick to criticise the West for its failings, real or imagined, while they exaggerate the virtues of other cultures, which they paint as being guided by primordial wisdom and superior ethics," he says.
   Most of these invariably harangue the West for its long-abolished Atlantic slave trade.
   Warraq, however, points out, using a large range of historical sources, that the West was far from being uniquely responsible for this shameful practice.
   He quotes from historian Sheldon M. Stern's important but seldom-read article, "It's time to face the whole truth about the Atlantic slave trade" (History News Network, George Mason University, August 12, 2007).
   Stern wrote: "The history of the slave trade proves that virtually everyone participated and profited – whites and blacks; Christians, Muslims, and Jews; Europeans, Africans, Americans and Latin Americans."
   Yet when Stem examined American history courses across 49 of its states, he found that "not one of the guides to classroom content even mentioned the key role of Africans in supplying the Atlantic slave trade".
   Also either downplayed or simply ignored is the Arab slave trade, even though it was enormous and the longest-lasting of its kind.  In its heyday it extended across much of Africa and the Middle East.  From North Africa's Barbary Coast Arab traders operated, capturing and enslaving tens of thousands of Europeans.
   Slavery can still be found in northern Nigeria and Mauritania, and Warraq says that "there is evidence to suggest that it still exists in Saudi Arabia too".
   Warraq reminds readers that Muslim and Hindu merchants from his native state of Gujarat, in western India, financed the East African slave trade.
   "There is also evidence that Indian merchants were more directly involved in shipping black slaves to India," he writes.

   Self-hating Western propagandists and school and university curriculum compilers have much to answer for in their blind obsession to weaken the West.
   Warraq instead urges Westerners to stand up for their historic achievements and the values they have devised and abide by.
   He urges, most especially, that there be no surrender to the protracted drive by Islamic activists to suborn the West with their messianically-driven mission to establish something resembling a global caliphate.
   Appeasement isn't an option, warns Warraq.  Cowardice only hastens defeat.
   It is essential that Westerners defend their culture and its outstanding achievements and never kowtow to those wishing to destroy it, he says.
   "First, we should defend our values without hesitation or apology," he declares.
   "In doing so, we should give encouragement to the liberals in the Islamic world, who look on with dismay each time we sacrifice our principles to self-doubt and cultural masochism.
   "Radical Muslims would have more to think about if we resisted their demands rather than caving in to them."
   Joseph Poprzeczny is a published historian, based in Perth, and has taught history at three Australian universities. #

   [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven):  Click 4:92 (or 4:93), and 23:1, 5, 6.  SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
   [HADITH: Click Bukhari's collection, Volume 8, Book 80, Number 741.   TRADITION ENDS.]
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[Magazine rec'd Apr 11, '12; magazine dated Apr 14, 2012; book published December 13, 2011]

• YE'OR, Bat: 2011;    Europe, Globalization, and the Coming Universal Caliphate  

 
   New English Review, <http://­www.newenglishreview.org/­custpage.cfm/f­rm/98835/sec_i­d/98835>, "Worldwide Caliphate Rising?" book review by Jerry Gordon (slightly adapted), October 2011
   Europe, Globalization, and the Coming Universal Caliphate; Ms Bat YE'OR Bat Ye'or, a non-Arab exile from Egypt, gave up a budding career as a novelist to engage full time in chronicling the all too human experience of non-Muslims who lived as subjugated persons or dhimmi (protected persons) in lands conquered by Islamic jihad.  She personally knew the perils of dhimmitude. Both she and her parents were ejected from Egypt in the wake of the Suez Crisis of 1956.
   That experience compelled her to scour historical records documenting the experiences of Jews and Christians under the shari'a system of depredation that she coined, dhimmitude. Her first major work, Le Dhimmi (The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians Under Islam) lead to a series depicting how Islamic Jihad infiltrated, overthrew and subjugated indigenous peoples in pre-Islamic lands.
   Those who survived rape pillage and murder, and did not convert, lived in perpetual fear for their lives, avoided only by payment of the jizya, the onerous poll tax that saved them from beheading. Those seminal works by Bat Ye'or on dhimmitude also included: The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam: From Jihad to Dhimmitude: Seventh-Twentieth Century (1996), Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide. (2001).
   Then in 2002, she enlarged her vision to document Jihadist Islam in a new guise infiltrating Europe unnoticed by the elites of the European Commission and later the EU. As she describes it in her latest book, Europe, Globalization and The Coming Universal Caliphate:
In December 2002, an article entitled "The Euro-Arab Dialogue and the Birth of Eurabia" was posted in several languages on the internet. Published in a serious Parisian Jewish periodical by an author unknown to the general public, the article situated the European Community's Arab policy in a precise, strategic, coordinated framework called the Euro-Arab Dialogue. Constructed from agreements concluded between nine EEC governments and the countries of the Arab League in 1973-1975, this framework defined a semi-official, quasi secret policy that would trigger the transformation of Europe. Two years later, in a book published in the United States; the author analyzed the structural composition of Eurabia.
   That book, she referred to, was none other than her own, Eurabia: The Euro–Arab Axis.
   Eurabia established Bat Ye'or as a muse to the counter jihad movement in both the EU and America. Works by others, among them, Bawer, Bostom, Durie, Fallaci, McCarthy, Phillips, Price–Jones, Spencer and Steyn followed which further elucidated the core of doctrinal Islam. Their work warned of the encroaching Islamization of Europe, the Grand Jihad in America and the scourge of contemporary dhimmitude. With a widening interest in her views, Bat Ye'or was painted by the mainstream media in both the UK and America as "an extremist Islamophobe" for depicting the menace of Islamization of the West.
   Emblematic of that criticism is Simon Kuper, a Dutchman living in France who writes a column for the Financial Times.  His native Holland has witnessed the dire consequences of Bat Ye'or's thesis with the assassination of Dutch politician Pim Fortune, the murder of film director Theo Van Gogh on the Streets of Amsterdam by a Dutch Moroccan, and the trial brought against the Hon. Geert Wilders, leader of the PVV (Freedom Party) in the Hague parliament for alleged "hate speech."
   These fellow Dutchmen were either killed or tried for their views critical of the Islamic assault on Judeo-Christian values attributable to Eurabian multilateral, multicultural and Muslim immigration policies.  In a recent FT column, "The End of Eurabia," Kuper, puts his finger on why Eurabia is important:
Slogging through the Eurabia books helped me understand possibly the most influential western geopolitical theory since the attacks of 9/11.  Though few policymakers or academics take the warped notion of Eurabia seriously, hordes of ordinary Europeans and Americans do.  No wonder, because Eurabia is a simple idea that seems to explain the world.
   That "simple idea" Kuper rails against has caught the attention of ordinary Europeans and Americans witnessing the excesses of elitist multilateralism and multiculturalism, two of the key pillars of Bat Ye'or's Eurabia . The third pillar is the rising universal Caliphate in the form of the 57 member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that effectively controls the 118 nations in the Non-Aligned Movement of the UN General Assembly. Beginning with the creation of the Europe-Arab Dialogue (EAD), and using an obscure journal called Eurabia ; the elites concocted a farrago of agencies that benightedly inserted dhimmitude into the EU.
The Subversion of Dhimmitude in Eurabia
   Bat Ye'or denotes the relevance of dhimmitude, its attempt to subvert law-based European rules and its menacing dynamics:
Relevance of Dhimmitude today jihad ideology of world conquest, propelled by billions of petrodollars facilitated by complacency of European governments is flourishing in every corner of the world.
   Bat Ye'or details the "cog mechanism" of the Euro-Arab Dialogue (EAD):    PAEAC is the cornerstone of the Eurabia network. Formed in 1973 in the wake of the Arab Oil boycott following the Yom Kippur War, the EAD was an offshoot of PAEAC. Funds for its operations came from a Swiss foundation with Arab funding. PAEAC had additional aid from the European Council.
   The PEAC [? PAEAC] program was anti-American and anti-Israel. It pushed Muslim emigration giving migrants the same rights as EU citizens. The European Commission Brussels Declaration of 1973 "called on Israel to return to the 1949 armistice lines and for the first time recognized the rights of the newly created people, the Palestinians." [***]
   – New English Review.

   DETAILS: (adapted from Amazon Books):
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   [RECAPITULATION: and for the first time recognized the rights of the newly created people, the Palestinians. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: "Newly created people"?  Well, not so "new."  Many of them are descendants of the newly-converted Muslims from Arabia and nearby who joined the jihad armies about 1400 years ago and stole Palestine and several other lands.  These descendants are just as entitled to be called "Palestinians" as the Jewish immigrants are to call themselves Israelis, though they are mainly from non-Semitic lands of eastern Europe, and in the late 1940s stole much of the land from the Arabs and others in Palestine. ENDS.]
   [NOM-DE-PLUME: Bat Ye'or is a nom-de-plume meaning "Daughter of the Nile." ENDS.] [To this webpage 06 Nov 2011; published Sep 2011]

• ALI, Nujood, with MINOUI, Delphine; (orig 2009 in French) 2010;    I Am Nujood,    Age 10 and Divorced  

  [Parents etc. in Muslim culture, and "husband".  Marriage consummated on girl (10), plus beatings.]     
   (Originally published in French in France as Moi Mojoud 10 Ans, Divorceé, © 2009)
   I am Nujood; Nujood ALI with Delphine MINOUI; 210x321 'I'm a simple village girl whose family had to move to the capital, and I have always obeyed the orders of the men in my family.  Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything.  Today, I have decided to say no.'
   Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters, and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen.  There she suffered daily from physical and emotional abuse by her mother-in-law and nightly at the rough hands of her spouse.  Flouting his oath to wait until she was no longer a child, he took her virginity on their wedding night.  She was only ten years old.
   Unable to endure the pain and distress any longer, Nujood fled – not for home, but to the courthouse of the capital, paying for her taxi with a few precious coins of bread money.  When a renowned Yemeni lawyer heard about the young victim, she took on and fought the archaic system in a country where there is a conspiracy of silence about the fact that almost half the girls are married under the legal age.
   Nujood now tells her full story for the first time.  As she guides us from the magical, fragrant streets of the Old City of Sana’a to the cement block slums and rural villages of this ancient land, her unflinching look at an injustice suffered by all too many girls around the world is at once shocking, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable.   (from back cover)
   From page 169 it appears that Nujood Ali got her divorce in April 2008.  On November 10, 2008, in New York City, the youngest divorcée in the world was named a Woman of the Year by Glamour.  Others to be given the title that year included Nicole Kidman, the U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Senator Hillary Clinton.
   On pp 170-1 we read that more than half the girls in Yemen are married off by their families before they are 18.  Since Nujood (10) bravely got divorced, two other girls - Arwa (9) and Rym (12) - undertook the legal struggle to break the barbaric bonds of "matrimony".
   In neighbouring Saudi Arabia, one year after Nujood's historic court case, an eight-year-old Saudi girl married off by her father to a man in his fifties successfully sued for divorce – the first time such a thing has happened in that ultraconservative country.
   Page 172 tells us that child marriage is also widespread in a number of other countries, including Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Mali, and Pakistan.  But also in the West, conjugal violence and child marriage occur.  But in the countryside of Yemen there is a tribal proverb: "To guarantee a happy marriage, marry a nine-year-old girl."
   On page 188 we read that the recreational drug khat plays a small but sinister role in Nujood's story.  On page 179 we read that khat's side effects include emotional instability, manic behaviour, and hallucinations.  So widespread is the addiction that khat is Yemen's main agricultural product, absorbing more than two-thirds of the scarce water resources.  Page 188 asks what does its use tell us about a society that devotes so much of its resources to "tuning out" from itself, so to speak.

   DETAILS: A William Heinemann book, published by Random House Australia P/L, North Sydney, <http://­www.­randomhouse.com.au>.  Originally published in French in France as Moi Mojoud 10 Ans, Divorceé, © 2009 by Éditions Michael Lafon, Paris.  Translated by Linda Coverdale.  In English first published in the United States of America by Three Rivers Press in 2010.  I.S.B.N. 978-1-86471-035-9 (pbk); Categories: Child Marriage - Yemen (Republic); Girls - Yemen (Republic) - Social Conditions; Yemen (Republic) - Social Conditions.  Dewey shelf number 306.872'3092, 192 pages, soft covers, 13·5 x 21 x 1·5 centimetres (5 3/8 x 8 1/4 x 5/8 inch), contents, no index, endnotes (but without reference numbers), study questions, acknowledgements, notes.  Cover photograph: Delphine Minoui; Front cover design: Nupoor Nagle; Design: Lauren Dong.  Printed in Australia by Griffin Press. AUD $24·95, secondhand $10.95 from Warwick Book Exchange <http://­www.­warwickbookexchange.com.au>.
   [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven): 
   65:4:- If you are in doubt concerning those of your wives who have ceased menstruating, know that their waiting period shall be three months.  The same shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated.   SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
   [HADITH: 
   Sahih Bukhari's Vol. 5, Bk. 58, No. 236: Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Medina.  He stayed there for two years or so and then he married ‘Āisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consummated that marriage when she was nine years old.  TRADITION ENDS.]
   [QUOTES from the book's Notes:  (Page 181) Re page 44, "Too young.  When the prophet   The reference to the marriage of the Prophet reflects widespread misunderstanding of the fact, as pointed out by scholars, that the marriage between Mohammad and Aïsha ("Mother of the Faithful") was God's wish. 
   (Page 180) Yemen has one of the highest rates of infant mortality and maternal deaths during childbirth in the world.  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT:  With beliefs that somehow a nine-year-old's vagina could be big enough for sex with a grown man, and that girls may safely give birth before they have grown old enough, no wonder!  COMMENT ENDS.]
   HELP for victims is being offered by the Girls World Communication Centre (GWCC), a non-government organisation (NGO) based in Sana’a, Yemen.  Recently the group started a programme to help such girls get an education, skills, etc.  Potential donors may contact <http://­www.­yldf.org>, <gwcc ¶ yldf org>.  ENDS.
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[To this webpage 28 Jun 2012. Divorce April 2008. (In French 2009). Published 2010]

• Saheeh International; © 2001-2010; 2010;    The Qur’ān  

  [The Qur'an, that is, The Koran; ISBN 9960-792-63-3]  [A strong anti-Jewish flavour to it.]   
   The Qur'an; Saheeh International Your book reviewer came across this in a footnote to the Koran 3:75 on page 53.
113 The Jews do not consider it a sin to cheat or lie to a gentile or a pagan.
   The verse thus footnoted is:
3:75.    And among the People of the Scripture is he who, if you entrust him with a great amount {of wealth}, he will return it to you.  And among them is he who, if you entrust him with a {single} silver coin, he will not return it to you unless you are constantly standing over him {demanding it}.  That is because they say, "There is no blame upon us concerning the unlearned." 113   And they speak untruth about Allāh while they know {it}.
   Is this what the majority of people would call "Anti-Semitism"?   Well, the better term would be "Anti-Jew sentiments."  Read on to see if the Anti-Jewishness continues.
3:78.    And indeed, there is among them a party who alter the Scripture with their tongues so you may think it is from the Scripture, but it is not from the Scripture.  And they say, "This is from Allāh," but it is not from Allāh.  And they speak untruth about Allāh while they know.
   Well, well, well.  Leaving aside the problem that Judaists (that is, Jews) have various names for their god, one being Yehovah (and it is unlikely that they ever called Him Allah), we find this Muslim book is saying in a footnote that some Jews tell lies to non-Jews, and a Muslim Koran scripture verse saying that some People of the Scripture are slow payers, and another saying that some tell untruths.
   Is this the pot calling the kettle black?   Is it permissible to tell untruths in Islam?  Read on page 577:-
Koran 66:2:    Allāh has already ordained for you the dissolution of your oaths. 1611

1611 By means of a kaffārah (expiation).  This is required when one is unable to fulfill an oath or when one has taken an oath which would not be pleasing to Allāh See 5:89.
And the expiation in 5:89 has such penances as feeding or clothing ten needy people, or freeing a slave, or a fast of three days.  So that's the way out of oaths !
   Jews, resumed:  2:65 says that sabbath-breakers among the Jews, Christians, and Sabeans had been declared to be "apes, despised".  5:59-60 says that most of the People of the Scriptures had become defiantly disobedient, and Allāh had cursed them and turned them into apes and pigs and slaves of idolatry.  (Tradition says that a Judaist who returned to Judaism was killed – Bukhari's hadith, Vol. 9, Bk. 84, No. 58).
   The Jews are the most intense in animosity towards the believers (that is, the Muslims), according to the Koran 5:82.  The verse adds that the nearest in affection to the Muslims are the Christians.
   Christians, don't get your hopes up!   The Christians get at least 12 hate-verses in other parts of the Koran, including 6:101 that asks how could God have a son when he does not have a wife.  And, in 9:34-35, Christian clergy in Hell will be branded with red-hot gold and silver for devouring the wealth of people unjustly and hoarding these precious metals <http://­www.multimediaquran.com/­quran/0­09/009-034.htm>.  In 5:72-73 Christians are called "infidels".
   Infidels, worshippers of idols, and suchlike people are condemned and cursed in other passages, including Koran 66:9 in which the Prophet is told to be harsh to disbelievers and Muslims designated as "hypocrites".
   Judaists, continued again:  And what is to be done with the Judaists?   Jews were expelled from their homes, for example those mentioned in 59:2.  Both Jews and Christians were to be expelled from the Arabian Peninsula, according to the tradition of Sahih Muslim's Book 019, Number 4366 (and they were expelled).
   Jews and other disbelievers are to be humbled until they pay the jizyah tax willingly (Koran 9:29).  (A tradition says that any Jew can by killed by a Muslim – Hadith of Sunan Abu-Dawud, 19:2996).  And on the Day of Judgement, Muslims will chase the Jews to kill them, and they will be betrayed by the stones and trees they try to hide behind (Sahih Muslim's hadith, 41:6985).  In addition, Jesus will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the jizyah tax (Bukhari's 3, 43:656).
   Slavery is accepted throughout the Saheeh Koran translation as if it were quite acceptable.  Read: Koran 4:3, 4:24-5 (take slaves in marriage), 4:92 (free a Muslim slave if you kill a Muslim by mistake), 5:89, 23:6; 24:32 <http://­www.­multimediaquran.com/­quran/0­24/024-032.htm>, 24:33 (about hiring out slave-girls as prostitutes, with the explanatory insertion that shows it is the slave girls that Allah will be forgiving and merciful towards), 24:58, 33:50 and 52, 58:3, and 70:29-30 (female slaves, says footnote 1658).
   Women and girls:  The Koran 4:3 allows up to four wives, slaves included.  2:282 says that in debt dealings the evidence of two women equals that of one man.  4:11 (or part of 4:12) gives daughters half the inheritance share of sons, and part of 4:12 gives the widows an eighth of the estate if there are children of the marriage.
   One of the criticisms of Islam is 4:34's rule that men are in charge of women, and if the women are arrogant, and do not obey after being advised and removed from marital relations, hit them.  This translator, apart from adding the word "lightly" to the order to strike the wives, adds other non-Koranic comments in brackets in an attempt to make this verse palatable.
   "Marriage" to women captured and enslaved is permitted, even with a woman married to someone else, in 4:24, whose footnote 155 on page 73 says "slaves or war captives who had polytheistic husbands".  Yet even in such forced liaisons, the man's mahr, that is, his gift to the "bride," is compulsory, as footnote 156 shows.  (The traditions back up these Koran scriptures, allowing temporary "marriage" to women caught in battle situations.  See Sahih Bukhari's hadith 6, 60:139 – even a garment being the bride gift – and Sahih Muslim's, Book 008, Number 3371.)
   Koran 65:4 regarding divorce says that a female who has not menstruated has a waiting period of three months before the divorce is final.  (According to tradition, the girl Aisha, who had presumably not menstruated, was six when she was married, and nine when deflowered – Sahih Bukhari's Vol. 5, Bk. 58, No. 236).
   Compulsion:  Defenders of Islam will defy the stream of newsitems, books, and movies portraying Islam as supporting child marriage, killing people for supposed blasphemy, stoning people to death, fatwas ordering murders, etc.  Apologists say Islam is not anti-women, anti-diversity, anti-Jewish, and anti-Christian.  They also say that critics misunderstand Islam.  Many say Islam means "Peace."  No, Islam really means "Submission" to Muslim dictates, misusing the name of Allah.  So let us check how much "peace" is likely in 3:83 (or 3:77):-
Koran 3:83:    So is it other than the religion of Allāh they desire, while to Him have submitted {all} those within the heavens and earth, willingly or by compulsion,
(Double-check the above compulsion verse 3:83 at <http://­www.­multimedia­quran.com/­quran/­003/003-083.htm>, or < http://­www.­submission.org/­suras/s­ura3.h­tml#83 >.)
   Other combatative teachings include: Koran 2:193 (or 2:189) Fight until all religion is for Allāh, 2:244, 2:278-9 Give up usury or there will be war against you, 5:33 (or 5:37) Those who war against Allāh and his Apostle are to be killed or crucified, or their hands and feet may be cut off on opposite sides; 5:38 (or 5:42) Amputate the hands of thieves, 5:51 (or 5:56) Do not take Jews and Christians as allies, 8:12 Terror for the disbelievers, and orders to strike their necks and strike off their fingertips, and 47:4 (or 47:4-5) Strike the necks of disbelievers and bind the survivors, perhaps for ransom.
   And again, the traditions support the orders for fighting and violence until Muslim demands are met.  Read Sunan Abu-Dawud's hadith, Book 14, Number 2635:-
The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: I am commanded to fight with men till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His servant and His Apostle, face our qiblah (direction of prayer), eat what we slaughter, and pray like us.  When they do that, their life and property are unlawful for us except what is due to them.  They will have the same rights as the Muslims have, and have the same responsibilities as the Muslims have.
("Eat what we slaughter" – Could this be why the push is on to induce food sellers in Western lands to pay halal fees to Muslim causes?   "Face our qiblah" and "Pray like us" – Is this why streets are blocked with praying men five times a day in certain neighbourhoods in Western lands if there are enough Muslims in the area to enforce the compulsory prayer sessions?  What "same responsibilities" must non-Muslims obey?)
   So, the Koran and the various Hadiths are really the oldest textbooks for a global fight and struggle to compel obedience from women, non-Muslims, and Muslims.  Therefore, it is not surprisings that there are newsitems about child marriage, stonings, persecutions, the death penalty for blasphemy charges against non-Mohammedans, the two related assassinations in Pakistan, the destruction of non-Muslim cemeteries and religious buildings and even of Muslim tombs during 2012 in the Timbuktoo mosque, plus the violence against women, against Jews, other non-Muslims, and sectarian violence between Muslims (Shi'ites, Sunnis, Hazara, etc.), added to terror attacks.  - Wm. De Rinzey #
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   I.S.B.N. 9960-792-63-3; Category: Muslim scripture; Dewey shelf number 221.4; 696 + viii pages, soft covers, 11 x 16·5 x 2·5 centimetres (4 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 1 inch), contents, index, introduction, Arabic alphabet transliteration, footnotes.  Appendices - History of Koran compilation; Merits of particular sūrahs and verses; About Ṣaḥeeḥ International ™.   Distributed free.
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   [PLEASING FEATURES:  At the end of sentences, there were TWO SPACES instead of one, thus making it easier to comprehend while reading.  The chart of Arabic letters from alif to yaa could help deep students, with the added bonus of the Arabic diacritical marks.  And the index, lacking in some Koran translations, should prove valuable.  ENDS.]
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• WAWRO, Dr Geoffrey (chief consultant); (© 2008) 2010 reprint;   [Three Khazar tribes join Hungarians in the Pagan Horde age]  

 
   Map: Vikings, Khazars, Hungarians, etc. HISTORICAL ATLAS: A cartographic record of our lives and history from the beginning of recorded time to the present day.  Dr Geoffrey Wawro, (chief consultant) and 10 editors and many others from around the world, selections from "Pagan Hordes," pp 122-3; reprint of 2010
   About the year 830 of the Common Era, that is, A.D., a civil war broke out in the Khazar (Chazar) khanate (in what we might call today southern Russia and Ukraine).  Consequently, three Kabar tribes from the Khazars joined the Magyars (later called Hungarians) in a move to what the Magyars called Etelköz, in modern-day Ukraine.  From 862 AD onwards, the Magyars and these Khazars embarked upon a series of looting raids, mainly against the Eastern Frankish Empire, Germany, and Great Moravia, but also against Bulgaria and the Balaton principality. (see p 122, and map of pp 122-3)
   About 900 AD they moved from the upper Tisza River to Transdanubia-Pannonia, which later became the core of the rising Hungarian state.
   And, here is a time line:
  • 711 AD. The Saracens (Muslims, worshipping Allah) crossed from Africa to Gibraltar, beginning the conquest of what we now call Spain and Portugal, and they later began attacking France, being finally stopped by Charles Martel.
  • 789 AD. Vikings (i.e., Norsemen, worshippers of Odin / Woden, etc.) first attacked England, the book says.
  • 798. Vikings began attacking France.
  • 827. The Muslim Saracens conquered Sicily.
  • ~ 830 AD Civil war in Khazaria (north of the Black and Caspian Seas); later 3 Kabar (Khazar) tribes joined the Magyars (Hungarians).
  • 862 onwards, Magyars and new ex-Khazar allies raided westwards etc.
    Historical Atlas; Geoffrey  WAWRO
  • 866. Danish Vikings established a kingdom at York, England.
  • 882. Muslim Saracens attacked, and established a base in the Campania, Italy.
  • ~ 900 The Magyars and their ex-Khazar allies moved to Transdanubia-Pannonia, setting up the core of what became known as Hungary.
  • 983. Vikings, having discovered Iceland and Greenland and it is believed visited the American mainland, established a settlement in Greenland under Erik the Red.
  • 995. In the eastern half of the Frankish empire, Otto I's defeat of the Magyars at Lechfield resulted in Germany becoming the first area in Europe to recover from the pagan invasions. (see p 122)
       (For another reference to the Khazars, also see map on page 101)
       Recommendation for the book: That the binding be upgraded.
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       THE KHAZARS were converted from Babylon:  Why did Khazaria adopt Judaism?  Did Khazaria charge 10 per cent "protection money" on shipments down Khazarian rivers?  Did the Khazars help to protect the rest of Europe from the Arab Muslim invasion attempts for a very long time?  But, did their 10 per cent impost on trade passing through Khazarian rivers help to decide the Christianised Varangians (Vikings) / Rus (later called Russians), rulers over Slavic and other groups, to be attacking Khazaria, leaving her weakened, to be brought to her knees by an east Asian invader, and later to be finally subjugated by local enemies?  Later the Judaised Khazars would be accused by bad rulers and bad mobs of being "Christ-killers," even though that happened long before they were born, AND the alleged Christ execution involved Romans as well as Judeans, people of a different race, and speakers of two different languages!  Read about some of these matters in Arthur Koestler's The Thirteenth Tribe.
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    [2010]

    • SASSON, Jean; ? 2010;   For the LOVE of a SON  

       
       FROM the time she was a little girl, Maryam rebelled against the terrible second-class existence that was her destiny as an Afghan woman. For the love of a son, Jean SASSON
       Although she grew up in a privileged family, she had witnessed the miserable fate of her grandmother and three aunts, and wished she had been born a boy.
       As a feisty teenager in Kabul, she was outraged when the Russians invaded her country.
       After she made a public show of defiance, she had to flee the country for her life.
       A new life of freedom in America seemed within her grasp, but her father had other ideas and arranged a traditional marriage to a fellow Afghan, who turned out to be a violent man.
       Beaten, raped and abused, Maryam found joy in the birth of a baby son.
       She escaped her brutal husband, but he kidnapped their little boy, and stole him away far beyond his mother's reach.
       For many long years she searched for her lost son, while hearing the most terrible stories of civil war and Taliban oppression from friends and relations back home in Afghanistan. #
       – "An endless search for son," Albany Advertiser (biweekly, W. Australia), p 22, Thursday, June 24, 2010 (To this webpage July 4, 2010)
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    [? 2010]

    • PROTHERO, Stephen; 2010;   God Is Not One :   The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World – and Why Their Differences Matter  

       
       Stephen Prothero, the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy, makes a fresh and provocative argument that, contrary to popular understanding, all religions are not simply different paths to the same end .. and why this matters greatly for us.  Readers of Huston Smith and Karen Armstrong will find much to ponder in God Is Not One. – from http://www.harpercollins.com God is not One; Stephen PROTHERO; Barnes & Noble image
       Synopsis: At the dawn of the twenty-first century, dizzying scientific and technological advancements, interconnected globalised economies, and even the so-called New Atheists have done nothing to change one thing: our world remains furiously religious.  For good and for evil, religion is the single greatest influence in the world.  We accept as self-evident that competing economic systems (capitalist or communist) or clashing political parties (Republican or Democratic) propose very different solutions to our planet's problems.  So why do we pretend that the world's religious traditions are different paths to the same God?  We blur the sharp distinctions between religions at our own peril, argues religion scholar Stephen Prothero, and it is time to replace naïve hopes of interreligious unity with deeper knowledge of religious differences.
       In Religious Literacy, Prothero demonstrated how little Americans know about their own religious traditions and why the world's religions should be taught in public schools.  Now, in God Is Not One, Prothero provides readers with this much-needed content about each of the eight great religions.  To claim that all religions are the same is to misunderstand that each attempts to solve a different human problem. For example:
  • Islam: the problem is pride / the solution is submission
  • Christianity: the problem is sin / the solution is salvation
  • Confucianism: the problem is chaos / the solution is social order
  • Hinduism: The Way of Devotion
  • Buddhism: the problem is suffering / the solution is awakening
  • Yoruba* Religion: The Way of Connection
  • Judaism: the problem is exile / the solution is to return to God
  • Daoism:** The Way of Flourishing
  • A brief coda on Atheism: The Way of Reason
    (- The four lines "The Way of " are from http://www.amazon.com )
       Prothero reveals each of these traditions on its own terms to create an ind­is­pensable guide for anyone who wants to better understand the big questions human beings have asked for millennia and the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today.  A bold polemical response to a generation of misguided scholarship, God Is Not One creates a new context for understanding religion in the twenty-first century and disproves the assumptions most of us make about the way the world's religions work. - most of the above from http://search.barnesandnoble.com
       DETAILS: PROTHERO, Stephen; Imprint: HarperOne; ISBN: 978 0 06 157127 5; ISBN10: 006157127X; On Sale: Apr/20/2010; Format: Hardcover; Trimsize: 6 x 9 [~ 15 x 23 centimetres]; Pages: 400; contents, index, acknowledgements, notes. US $26.99; Ages: 18 and Up - details from <http://www.harpercollins.com>, plus Amazon website, plus additions.
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    * Yoruba. A member of a numerous West African coastal people. The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, College Edition, 1968; URDANG, L. (ed.); New York: Random House; page 1528.
    ** Daoism is a variant spelling to Taoism, a Chinese philosophical religion advocating a life of simplicity and naturalness, and non-interference with the course of natural events, founded, it is thought, by Lao-tzu.  The term is also use for a later form of this religion, having a pantheon of many gods, and advocating alchemy, divination, and magic. (See The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, College Edition, 1968, L. URDANG (ed.), New York: Random House; p 1343 b.
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    [2010]

    • SULTAN, Wafa; 2010;   A GOD WHO HATES: The Courageous Woman Who Inflamed the Muslim World Speaks Out Against the Evils of Islam  

     
       In her autobiographical book A God Who Hates, Ms Wafa Sultan, born into a Muslim family, writes concerning Islam's God, "I did see the influence he wielded, and in order to dispel his influence, I have to deal with him as if he exists" (adapted from page 46). A God who Hates; (Ms) Wafa SULTAN
       At the heart of Sultan's courageous book is a testimony concerning the treatment of women in Muslim societies. This, as she experienced it, was horrific.
       She tells of how her grandmother was forced to welcome her grandfather's second wife by dancing at their wedding; of harrowing insights into family sexual abuse – many instances of incest rape came to her attention when pregnancy brought the female victims into her surgery; of the murder of women who had the misfortune to fall pregnant, often at the hands of the very same male relative who had raped them; of abuse by the medical profession and employers; of sexual harassment of single women in public places – the movements of female students on a bus "resembled those mice attempting to flee from a malicious cat" (p.29); of the oppressive system of guardianship which men exercise over women in Islam; and, perhaps most movingly of all, of the self-rejecting words she heard coming from the mouths of abused female patients.
       A question that cries out from this litany of suffering is "Why?" After many years of observation and study, Sultan came to what seemed to her to be an inescapable conclusion:  that all the abuses she was observing around her were due to Islam and its God.
       Sultan offers this warning to the world:  "The status of women in Muslim countries is a human catastrophe that the world has ignored for centuries, and for which it is now paying a high price for ignoring."
       The price, she suggests, is that oppressed and subjugated women cannot raise emotionally well and mentally healthy men.
       The "invisible Muslim woman" is "the hen who incubates the eggs of terrorism" (p.135). Sultan's answer to the post-9/11 question, "Why do they hate us?", is "Because Muslims hate their women, and any group who hates their women can't love anyone else."  Why do they hate their women?  "Because their God does" (p.7).
       Sultan believes that the retrograde features of the God of Islam were originally due to the harsh desert environment in which he was created by the minds of the Arabs, so many centuries ago.
       She contends that the harsh and fear-oriented desert mind-set is merely a primitive backwardness, which must be replaced by a more enlightened world-view.  The desert God of fear and hate, she says, must be displaced.   This is for her an inevitable and necessary product of human progress.
       Sultan holds America up as her dream land of freedom and human dignity, a vision of the progress which she hopes the Muslim world will enjoy.  However the evil of abuse of women is not limited to Islamic societies, and there is something naive about Sultan's trust in progress.
       Sultan provides many references to the Koran and traditions of Muhammad, in order to make clear how Islamic teachings condition Muslim men to ill-treat Muslim women.
       However this book is not a reference work on Islamic law.  Rather it is an intensely personal document, the diary of a soul walking a long, difficult and dangerous journey out of darkness into hard-won freedom.
       The author is a compassionate and brave woman, who writes with terrible frankness about her experiences, but dares to dream and hope for a better world, shaped by a loving God.

    The book reviewer: The Revd Mark Durie, PhD, is vicar of St Mary's Anglican Church in Caulfield, Victoria.  He is author of The Third Choice:  Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom (Melbourne: Deror Books, 2010), available from News Weekly books for $24.95. #
       – News Weekly (Australia), http://­www.newsweekly.com.au , nw § newsweekly com au , Review by Mark Durie, "Plight of women under Islam," pp 20 and 22, May 29, 2010

       DETAILS: A GOD WHO HATES, by Wafa SULTAN, (New York: St Martin's Press), Hardcover, 256 pages, ISBN: 9780312538354, Rec. price: AUD$45.00
       [RECAPITULATION: After many years of observation and study, Sultan came to what seemed to her to be an inescapable conclusion: that all the abuses she was observing around her were due to Islam and its God.
       Sultan provides many references to the Koran and traditions of Muhammad, in order to make clear how Islamic teachings condition Muslim men to ill-treat Muslim women. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: These are very true words.  A close study of the Submission Study Unit webpages would lead historically-minded readers to the conclusion that Mahomet took what was worst from local customs and older religion, adding extra flourishes.  There are writings that suggest that the older faith, and Christianity as it strayed, borrowed from even older cultures.
       Amazingly, the "advanced nations" are pretending that Mohammedanism is just another faith, such as the "Calathumpians" or "Bush Baptists," and are now actually prosecuting people who produce evidence that it is a movement seeking world conquest by intimidation and violence. COMMENT ENDS.]
       [SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS about ISLAM: Click KORAN and HADITH: ENDS.]
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    [reviewed May 29, 2010; published 2010]

    • DURIE, Mark; 2010;   THE THIRD CHOICE:    Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom  

          The Third Choice; Mark DURIE
       BOOK REVIEW:- How the West capitulates to militant Islam.  THE THIRD CHOICE: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom; by Mark Durie; (Melbourne: Deror Books) Paperback: 260 pages, ISBN 9780980722307, Rec. price: $24.95; Reviewed by Mervyn Bendle
       The title of this riveting and important book by Mark Durie comes from the fundamental Islamic principle that non-Muslims have three choices in a Sharia-dominated world:  embrace Islam, be killed or enslaved, or live as subservient and tax-paying dhimmis.  It shows not only how this "third choice" is rooted in the Koran and the earliest history of Islam, but also how it has been absorbed into the fabric of Western liberal democracies, paralysing their capacity to respond to the clear and immediate danger that they face from an ancient foe.
       This is a fact of vital importance.  As the great historian of Islam, Bernard Lewis has pointed out, the 9/11 attacks symbolised a shift in the world comparable with the fall of Rome and the discovery of America.  In this new era Islam is re-asserting its traditional role as a great power bearing what it sees as the final revelation of God [Allah], and has returned to its view of global history as "as the cosmic struggle between the two main faiths, Christianity and Islam".  Tragically for the West, Christianity has lost both its confidence and its comparable sense of mission, while Islam is now driven and energised by a fierce triumphalism.
       A key passage in this book illustrates this situation.  There, Mark Durie, PhD, vicar of St Mary's Anglican Church in Caulfield, Victoria, recounts events surrounding an interfaith service held at the Trinity Episcopalian Church, Boston, only three days after the 9/11 attacks.  The church's minister, the Reverend Lloyd, welcomed the presence of Dr Walid Fitaihi, representing the Islamic Society of Boston, remarking how the latter's "gentle, holy manner touched everyone", and was "an enormously hopeful sign [for] a divided world" (p.226).  While Rev. Lloyd saw the service as an affirmation of common humanity, one of his parishioners gave Dr Fitaihi a note asking this Muslim leader – as bodies were still being retrieved from the wreckage of the World Trade Center – to "forgive us for our past and for our present.  Keep proselytising to us" (p.227).
       For his part, Dr Fitaihi saw the event not only as an occasion when Christians could admit their guilt, beg forgiveness, and betray their faith, but also opportunistically as da'wa, a chance to advance the cause of Islam.  He reported proudly to an Egyptian weekly how his speech in Boston "explained Islam's stance and principles, and its sublime precepts", how he'd recited verses from the Koran, and how "the entire church burst into tears upon hearing the words of Allah!!", concluding with "absolute confidence that over the next few years, Islam will spread in America and in the entire world", because the 9/11 attacks meant that "the entire world is asking, 'What is Islam?'"  Indeed, he exalted that "the rate of converts to Islam since September 11 has doubled" (pp.226-7).
       It is a troubling paradox that the terrorist 9/11 declaration of war by Islamism against the West (reinforced by innumerable subsequent attacks) led not to a hardening of resolve but to a widespread capitulation to Muslim demands across the globe, especially in the very societies that Islamists and jihadis have explicitly targeted for subversion and destruction.  This is most obvious in the United Kingdom, but is also very apparent in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia, where the battle is being lost in the areas of academic research, public policy, education, ideology, law, human rights and, particularly, the realm of free speech.  Durie's book allows us to see this behaviour not only as the appearance or re-emergence of dhimmitude, the condition in which Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims live as dhimmis, occupying a supine and servile position of supreme subservience to Muslims; but also of a dhimmi mentality, which accepts or even embraces such a status, and is found amongst naïve and guilt-burdened politicians, community leaders, academics, intellectuals, the media, Christian leaders and theologians, their parishioners and the general public in the West.
       As a result, key leaders and organisations in the West display a massive failure of resolve, amounting to cowardice and servility, when faced with the belligerent and intransigent self-assertion of Islam.  Durie provides various examples (pp.211-3).  These include political leaders such as French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who opined in January 2008 that Islam "is one of the greatest and most beautiful civilisations the world has known"; UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, who asserted in 2002 that "it is important to recognise the greatness of Islam [and its] profound theology [which is] entirely consonant with the principal of fundamental human rights", adding (ludicrously) that Islam "bestowed rights upon women and children long before other civilisations"; and Barack Obama, who expressed "deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world – including in my own country", which, incredibly, can only mean America.
       Only days before, Obama had made his own sense of dhimmitude obvious with a deep and demeaning bow to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the G-2O meeting in London, an act that was noted with great satisfaction throughout the Muslim world.
       Religious and judicial leaders have also demonstrated their dhimmi mentality.  For example, the Bishop of Bradford rejected the appeals of a family of Christian converts from Islam who were being victimised by local Muslim gangs, declaring that "the Anglican Church would not welcome such converts [and that] he did not want Muslim converts" (p.220).  Similarly, both the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales urged that Britain should consider "embracing Sharia Law", because "it's not as if we're bringing in an alien and rival system" (pp. 219-20).
       In 2003, the leader of the American Episcopalian Church declared on an Islamic website that "the US should not be a super-power, but a 'super-servant'" (p.220-1), which Muslims immediately saw as a concession of Christianity's "self-acknowledged inferiority".  And in 2007, a full-page advertisement appeared in the New York Times, paid for by a group of Yale theologians and endorsed by 300 Christian leaders.  Addressed to Muslim scholars, these Christians expressed their own "humility", praised the "generosity" of the Muslims, and asked for the "forgiveness of the All-Merciful One and of the Muslim community around the world" (pp.221-2).
       Ironically, the intended targets of this sycophancy were at that very moment broadcasting fatwas "condemning converts from Islam to Christianity as apostates [and] characterising them as deserving of death" (p. 222).
       As Durie emphasises, what such naïve and simplistic attempts at bridge-building fail to realise is the foundational assumption amongst Muslims that Islam is the supreme faith, the final revelation from God, and consequently supersedes, relativises, and corrects Christianity.  Moreover, Islam enjoys a profound sense of inevitable conquest, as the noted Muslim scholar, Bassam Tibi, emphasises in a passage quoted by Durie:  "Muslims are religiously obliged to disseminate the Islamic faith throughout the world. If non-Muslims submit to conversion or subjugation, this call can be pursued peacefully.  If they do not, Muslims are obliged to wage war against them" (p.118-9).  There is therefore no room for compromise or any sense of "live-and-let-live" – only submission, death, or dhimmitude.
       As a result, "in the Islamic world-view, Islam takes on the role of a dominator that expects to be treated as superior, to be praised, admired, and stroked.  It takes this service for granted, feeling entitled to it" (p.222).
      Efforts to bring a critical perspective to campuses are routinely shut down by university administrators or by Muslim and radical students sanctioned by the authorities.  
       When modern Christians go out of their way to attract criticism, express guilt and seek forgiveness, this appears from an Islamic perspective to be just an appropriate demonstration of submission to Islam.  In contrast, Islam itself exhibits not only a profound certitude about its mission, but also an often hysterical aversion to criticism or any failure to recognise its supremacy:  Muslim "reaction to reasonable criticism, when it manages to find a voice, can be shock, denial and outrage.  Even mild inquiry can cause a howl of rage to rise up" (pp. 222-3).  In a word: there is no reciprocity in Islam.
       Intellectual dhimmitude is very noticeable in the universities and schools, where hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent globally since 9/11 to establish centres for Islamic, Middle East and Arabic studies, all of which take a generally sympathetic line on the (largely self-inflicted) situation of Islam in the world today.  However, there is little robust debate, and efforts to bring a critical perspective to campuses are routinely shut down by university administrators or by Muslim and radical students sanctioned by the authorities.  Legal action has also been taken against critics under laws specifically designed to silence them.  The result has generally been the promulgation of a dhimmi mentality amongst academics and their students, the empowerment of radical Islamist groups and front men, and the ideological subversion of the military, police forces, security agencies, and domestic and foreign policy bodies that use these centres for training and education purposes.
       In confronting this situation, Durie's book is particularly valuable.  It is both accessible and comprehensive, making it useful for both specialists and laypersons alike.  It provides essential information about the basic beliefs and practices of Islam, the life and role of Muhammad, the relevant history of Islam, the origins and history of the doctrine of the dhimma, how dhimmitude operates in the everyday life of non-Muslims in Muslim societies, its resurgence in contemporary times, and possible ways through which Christians and other non-Muslims may seek to overcome it and heal the damage that it has done.  In addition, it is full of concrete examples that vividly illustrate various points of the discussion, as we have seen above.
       Overall, this is an excellent book and it is heartening that Australia has courageous independent scholars like Mark Durie who are prepared to tackle head-on the challenges of militant Islam, and the condition of dhimmitude it wants to impose on us all.
       Mervyn F. Bendle, PhD, is senior lecturer in history and communications at James Cook University, Queensland.  He has written extensively on the secret Saudi and Muslim funding of Australian universities.  See National Observer, No. 72, Autumn 2007, and No. 77, Winter 2008, at: www.nationalobserver.net #
       – News Weekly (Australia), www.news weekly. com.au , nw § newsweekly com au , Book Review, "How the West capitulates to militant Islam," pp 22-23, February 20, 2010.
       [RECAPITULATION: key leaders and organisations in the West display a massive failure of resolve, amounting to cowardice and servility, when faced with the belligerent and intransigent self-assertion of Islam. ENDS.]
       [FRONT COVER: A depiction of the annual collection – known as devshirme – of Christian children.  In a system of human tribute, boys were enslaved from the dhimmi communities of the Ottoman Empire, and either sold or converted to Islam and trained to serve as janissaries in the sultan's army. A minority also became administrators.
       In this scene, set somewhere in the Balkans, selected Christian boys, clothed in their new uniforms, stand ready for travel under the watchful eye of a guard, as functionaries count funds and write up lists of names.  To one side, a mother and her priest remonstrate with a janissary officer, once a devshirme boy himself; at the back a distressed woman stands with arms wide as a girl clings to her dress; and at the lower right a father stands ready to hand over his son, as an older man looks on with compassion.  (From the Süleymanname, a sixteenth century illustrated history of Süleyman the Magnificent, preserved in the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul.) - From <http://­www.markdurie.com/­The_Third_Choice.html>. ENDS.]
       [EXTRACT from FOREWORD by Bat Ye'or: The author examines with rigorous precision the basic foundations of Islam – the Quran, hadiths, sira and Sharia – and exposes their inner connections with the political, economic and social system of dhimmitude for which they are the basis, and over which they exercise religious guardianship.
       The strict scholarly rationalism of the author is particularly evident in the chapter on the theological significance of jizya, the head tax paid by non-Muslims under Islamic rule.  Here Durie brings numerous and irrefutable sources illustrating the meaning, implications and religious justification of the jizya, which is the cost paid by non-Muslims for the right to live, albeit in humiliation.
       The jizya ritual, writes Durie, forces the dhimmi subject – through his participation in it – 'to forfeit his very head if he violates any of the terms of the dhimma covenant, which has spared his life'.  The author sheds new light on the jizya ritual, which he calls an 'enactment of one's own decapitation'.  His discussion of this virtual beheading brings new depth to the Muslim-non-Muslim relationship.  Still today – in the jihad wars throughout the world, or the jihadists' threats against the West – the jizya's symbolism expresses a fundamental dimension of the theological and political relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims.  (Bat Ye'or, according to Wikipedia, is a pseudonym of Gisèle Littman, née Orebi, born in Egypt of Judaist parents, a British writer and political commentator, who is married to British historian and human rights advocate David Littman.)  ENDS.]
       [ANOTHER LINK: <http://­islammonitor.org/­index.php?opti­on=com_conten­t&task=view&i­d=3628&Itemi­d=62> ENDS.]
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    [2010]

    • SPENCER, Robert; Planned 2009; The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran.  

     
       My new book, The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran, is coming September 21 from Regnery Publishing. What they're saying about the new book:  "Unlike most of today's self-styled experts, Robert Spencer won't tell you that 'slay the idolaters wherever you find them' really means 'love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.' "
       – Jihad Watch Daily Digest, August 28, 2009
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    [Planned: 2009]

    • GAUBATZ, P. David, and SPERRY, Paul; 2009;    MUSLIM MAFIA: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America  

       
       Muslim Mafia; P. David GAUBATZ, and Paul SPERRY; http://wndbooks.wnd.com/muslim-mafia/ Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, politicians, academics and the mainstream media have refused to take jihadis and other Islamists at their word, or to accept that when these extremists say they intend to destroy Western civilisation from within, they mean it.
       Most alarmingly, they bend over backwards to see only sincerity in the claims and protestations of local Islamists who insist that they are misunderstood moderates and innocent victims of "Islamophobia".
       The book draws very heavily upon a massive amount of documentary evidence obtained by Gaubatz's son, Chris, who carried out a six-month undercover operation within the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
       This is a peak Islamist body with close ties to terrorist organisations including Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood, and which "receives direct funding from foreign sources – including Arab nations tied to the 9/11 plot and other anti-Western terrorism" (p. 164).
       Ultimately, "Marshall" obtained around 12,000 pages of documentation on the activities of CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and related Islamist organisations.  This material included confidential internal memos, board minutes, budgets, strategy papers, financial records, employee evaluations and visitor logs.  It was supported by over 300 hours of video recordings made by trained investigators and researchers working undercover in CAIR, along with declassified FBI evidence about the activities of the organisation.
       Conservatives within Congress fought, with one group pressuring the Administration for action about the allegations in Muslim Mafia, while Congresswoman Sue Myrick wrote the foreword to the book.
       Myrick, who is co-founder of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, deplored the apathy and ignorance that shields the Islamist threat:  "America is asleep to the danger that confronts us.  Since the 1960s, there has been a concerted effort on the part of radical Islamists to infiltrate our major institutions.  Front groups of terror now operate openly in our country, comprising a network of support for jihadists" (page i).
       Myrick was right to be concerned about infiltration and subversion, as the numerous documented revelations in Muslim Mafia emphasise.  For example, at the level of law enforcement, the book claims that "CAIR has cultivated Muslim moles inside a Washington-area law enforcement agency, including one who illegally accessed classified FBI records to tip off a terrorist under investigation and another with ties to Pakistani intelligence" (p.11).
       The Islamic Saudi Academy became infamous when a former valedictorian was "convicted of joining al-Qaeda and plotting to assassinate President Bush", shortly after his classmates voted him "Most Likely to Be a Martyr" (p 202).
       It was also notorious for its anti-Christian and anti-Semitic teachings, using, for example, a I2th-grade text that assures students that "it is permissible for Muslims to kill adulterers and apostates who leave Islam", and that "Muslims are permitted to take the lives and property of Jews and those deemed 'polytheists' or Christians" (p. 203).
       See News Weekly (Australia) <www.newsweekly.com.au>; Reviewed by Mervyn F. Bendle, "Don't say we weren't warned," pp 22-23, April 30, 2011

       DETAILS: Publisher: WND Books, New York <http://­wndbooks.wnd.com>: Hardcover: 448 pages; ISBN 9781935071105. RRP: AUD $51.90
       ANOTHER BOOK LINK: <http://­www.amazon.com/­gp/reader/1935071106/­ref=sib_dp_pt#reader-link>
       C.A.I.R. COURT ACTION: Judge: 'Muslim Mafia' can proceed with suit;  Islamic group cited for aiding terror trying to rub out best-selling expose.  <http://­www.wnd.­com/­?pageId=­315809> WND, By Art Moore, © 2011, Posted: 12:40 am Eastern, June 30, 2011
       [PICTURE:] CAIR's national headquarters in Washington, D.C., three blocks from the Capitol building.
       After more than a year of consideration, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., is allowing a Muslim group tied to a major terrorist-financing scheme to go ahead with its case against a father and son who documented the group's links to worldwide jihad through a six-month undercover operation.
       Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has granted CAIR's request to file two amended complaints against former federal agent P. David Gaubatz and his son, Chris Gaubatz. CAIR alleges it suffered damage after the younger Gaubatz, posing as an intern, obtained access to some 12,000 pages of CAIR internal documents under false pretenses and made recordings of officials and employees without consent.
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    [To this website Aug 05, 2011; First edition October 15, 2009]

    • CLAYDON, David (ed.); 2009;    Islam:    Human Rights and Public Policy  

         
    A review of   Islam: Human Rights and Public Policy.   Edited by David Claydon
       Culture Watch, http://www. billmuehlenberg. com/2009/04/21/ a-review-of- islam-human- rights-and- public-policy- edited-by- david- claydon/ ; by Bill Muehlenberg, April 21, 2009
       Australian expert on Islam Mark Durie writes that Muhammad is viewed by Muslims as the perfect model for human behaviour. negative aspects to his character include his general treatment of women, his treatment of enemies, his military career, and his use of violence.
       Muhammad "took part in 27 battles and ordered 46 raids against non-Muslims".
       Elizabeth Kendal writes on apostasy laws and blasphemy laws: " repression through the denial of freedom of belief and freedom of expression."
       Paul Stenhouse [of Australia] Griffith University's Islamic Centre has "links with the International Institute of Islamic Thought based in Malaysia, which is currently under investigation in the United States for funding terrorism".
       Peter Day in 2004 the Federal Government produced a glossy booklet on Islam to teach Australians that Islam is a peaceful religion The author of the booklet was Abdullah Saeed. But Saeed penned another book in 2004, that death for apostasy is clear Islamic teaching. #
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       DETAILS: Acorn Press, Editor: David Claydon. Format: paperback. ISBN: 978 0908 284764. Price: AUD$36.00
       [FULLER VERSION of Bill Muehlenberg's review is at Submit Chronology 8 # Islam: Human Rights and Public Policy.
       [ORDER FROM PUBLISHER: Acorn Press, ( https:// acornpress. net.au/ component/ page,shop. product_ details/ category_id, 27/flypage, shop.flypage/ product_id, 105/option, com_virtuemart/ Itemid,26/ vmcchk,1/ ) . (Sighted August 12, 2009) ENDS.]
       [REVIEW IN PRINT: News Weekly (fortnightly comment magazine, Vic., Australia), www.news weekly. com.au , "How the West should think about Islam," reviewed by Bill Muehlenberg, pp 22-23, August 8, 2009.  Note new address; PO Box 251, Balwyn, Vic., 3103, Australia; Tel. 03 9816 0800.  13 issues AUD $44, 24 issues $80 (incl. GST), MasterCard and Visa accepted. ENDS.] [2009]

    JOYA, Malalai; 2009 ;   Raising my voice  

       
       The West Australian, Today section, "Mussolinis of Afghanistan target the woman who raised her voice," Review by ROD MORAN, Today section pp 6-7, Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Raising my voice, Malalai JOYA; image from her own website
       The sad fact is that in Afghanistan, killing a woman is like killing a bird. The United States has tried to justify its occupation with rhetoric about "liberating" Afghan women but we remain caged in our country, without access to justice and still ruled by women-hating criminals. Fundamentalists still preach that "a woman should be in her house or in her grave". In most places it is still not safe for a woman to appear in public uncovered or to walk on the street without a male relative. Girls are still sold into marriage. Rape goes unpunished every day.
       This grim assessment comes from the introduction to Malalai Joya's memoir, Raising My Voice. When the US-led coalition overthrew the despised Taliban regime, democratic polls were held and Joya was elected to the Afghan Grand Assembly, known as the Loya Jirga. At age 27 she was the youngest provincial delegate, and one of the very few women to be elected later to the new parliament. Most of the other female delegates were of a fundamentalist persuasion.
       In December 2003, Joya caused an international sensation when she rose and denounced fellow members as corrupt warlords and criminals. She describes them further as theocrats, fascists and druglords.
       On May 21, 2007, she was suspended from Parliament, sparking international outrage. []
       "Unfortunately, the situation in my country since the 9/11 tragedy has, day by day, gone to a disaster," she told The West Australian.  And it is getting worse because the US and Australia have replaced the Taliban with the Northern Alliance fundamentalists. Today we have a mafia system. Most people, day by day, are getting poorer, especially half the population who are women And a bunch of terrorists are, day by day, getting richer. Mentally, they are the same as the Taliban. The Government in Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt in the world. And the situation for women is catastrophic and getting worse, including rape."
       She cites the case of a 14-year-old girl, an only daughter, who was brutally raped earlier this year. Her ravaged body was found by her parents thrown on a garbage heap.
       "The Government is the sworn enemy of women's rights and human rights," Joya says. "That is why the situation is a disaster. So long as these fundamentalist warlords are in power there is no hope of positive change. I think if we want to bring real democracy to our country, we must support the democratically minded, well-educated men and women in Afghanistan. But there is no place for them. They are often in underground organisations. The only hope for our country lies in such organisations. But the democrats are not getting the support they need from the West."
       So has any progress been made since the overthrow of the Taliban? "In some larger cities, like Kabul, women do have some access to jobs and education. But the women have security problems. In these circumstances, how can we talk about genuine human rights and women's rights? There is no justice in Afghanistan. Some mothers are prepared to sell their babies for as little as $10. But the US and its allies spend hundreds of millions of dollars in Afghanistan on the war."
       Joya says the $10 billion that came from the international community for reconstruction has gone to warlords and narco-terrorists. More than 70 per cent of Afghans survive on less than $2 a day. Life expectancy is below 45 years. "In the past few years, hundreds of women have literally burned themselves to death to escape their miseries," Joya notes in Raising My Voice.
       And she sees the Obama administration as worse than that of George Bush: "He wants to send more troops to Afghanistan. That will bring more violence. More innocent people will become victims, most of them women and children. Our people are squashed between internal enemies and external enemies. The US and its allies are bombing from the sky and killing innocent civilians, while Taliban and the Northern Alliance fundamentalists are negotiating with each other."
       She insists that the US and its 40 allied countries are in Afghanistan only to bolster their own strategic positions in international affairs.
    Raising My Voice, by Malalai Joya (Pan Macmillan, $34.99). Malalai Joya is touring Australia.  Her defence committee's website is at www.malalaijoya.com . #
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       [RECAPITULATION: So long as these fundamentalist warlords are in power there is no hope of positive change. There is no justice in Afghanistan. Some mothers are prepared to sell their babies for as little as $10. The US and its allies are bombing from the sky and killing innocent civilians, while Taliban and the Northern Alliance fundamentalists are negotiating with each other. ENDS.]
       LINKS: http://www.malalaijoya.com/ in English and Arabic.  Also in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and German. [2009]

    • KHALIDI, Tarif; 2008;    The Qur'an:    A new translation by Tarif Khalidi  

      [Koran]       
       The Qur'an; tr. Tarif KHALIDI

       A major new translation of the sacred text of Islam (the back cover says).
       "An eloquent and eminently readable translation much closer to the way the first Muslims experienced the Qur'an." – Reza Aslan, author of No god but God
       "While being faithful to the original, {Khalidi} succeeds in conveying linguistic shifts, from narrative to mnemonic, sermons to parables.  And there is an innovative component:  it is the first translation that tries to capture both the rhythms and the structure of the Qur'an.  This translation manages to give a glimpse of the grandeur of the original. A magnificent achievement." – Ziauddin Sardar, The Guardian (London) (The above is from the back cover.)

       CRITIQUE: This reviewer begs to differ.  The author's introduction (on page xviii) contains a downright untruth: " the Qur'an explicity denies carnal pleasures in paradise (e.g. Q. 52:23)."
       It does not.  This Qur'an (that is, Koran ) translation fails to clearly show the numbering of most of the ayas or verses, but the reader could surmise that he is probably referring to Koran 52:23 "They shall pass a cup from hand to hand, wherein there is no drunken uproar, nor any wrongdoing." (page 432)
       Aside from the fact that "wrongdoing" related to liquor intake here on earth covers various behaviours from aggressive violence to irresponsible and/or aggresive sex, a Koran-trained person could quite probably see no "wrong­doing" in having frequent sexual relations with a variety of women on earth and/or the "houris" or perpetually-renewed virginity creatures that Muslim teaching says are in paradise, "dear to their spouses [[the males]]."  The Koran 52:20 says that in paradise Allah shall marry the men "to spouses [[female, houris]], with dark and large eyes."  The righteous shall be "seated on bridal couches" (Koran 83:23), with "high-bosomed maidens for companions" (Koran 78:33) "Carnal pleasures" aplenty !
       In this life on earth, too, evidence for a succession of carnal partners is in the Koran (Qur'an) 33:50 where "lawful" to the Prophet himself includes women taken as spoils of war.
       In addition, the Prophet is allowed to have his nieces, and any believing woman who has given herself to him.
       For the Believers generally, we read in the continuation of 33:50 that they are allowed their wives "and the slaves whom their right hands possess".
       But even more free-wheeling wide-ranging sex is available !   A tradition (Hadith) says that during a "holy war" the warriors complained that they had no women with them, so the Prophet thenceforth "allowed us to marry a woman (temporarily) by giving her even a garment" (Hadith of Sahih Bukhari, Book 6, 60:139.) 
       You see, Islam's texts teach that a pre-sex payment or bridal gift (translated "dowry" in older standard translations, strangely) be made to the women, but the female victims of the "holy" war would not get proper "marriages" related to proper-sized payments, but only a garment, for a temporary status of "wife."  After those encounters, what sort of future would these girls and women have ?
       Before the author, or other Islamist apologists rush into print, read the rest of the Hadith verse:-
       " and then he [Mohammad] recited:  'O you who believe!  Do not make unlawful the good things which Allah has made lawful for you'."  The word "recited" signifies that it was a Koran verse being quoted, in the Hadith tradition,, and, yes, the Koran scripture 5:87 does have that verse, in a passage containing comments about heavenly gardens, Jews, Christians, oaths, and foods, including a warning against committing excess.
       Mr Khalidi's translation says "delectable foods" instead of "good things" (p 94).  Rodwell's 2001 has "healthful viands."  But Dawood's, 1998 and 2003, has "wholesome things."  "Good things" is in the translation of Abdullah Yusuf Ali (as amended) in a Saudi Arabian Koran (Year 1413 H., i.e., approx. A.D. 1992-93), page 314.  The meaning in the original is probably "good things," but an Arabic scholar is invited to further enlighten readers.  So, move to the next point.

       Even a female NOT captured by violence can be involved in a forced marriage (as thousands of girls in Muslim families have been learning, whether they live in Britain and other Western countries or in Muslim or mixed societies, every year).  Their own fathers, mothers, and brothers make private arrangements to marry off the teenage girls for reasons of "honour" and/or "morality" and/or "religion."  Read about this inhumanity infesting Western countries in "Untying the Knot," Reader's Digest Australia, pp 134-38, April 2012.  In Britain alone a special unit tries to help 1700 youngsters each year in such situations – many are exploited by their Muslim families, but in addition some Sikh families also engage in such attacks on females' rights.
       A teaching in the Islamic Hadith traditions is that, even if relations or others got two false witnesses to state that the female had agreed to marry, Mohammad said " there is no harm for him to consummate his marriage with her and the marriage is regarded as valid.")  (Sahih Bukhari's 9, 86:98)
       False witnesses ?  Koran 66:2:- "Allah hath allowed you release from your oaths. ".  And, Bukhari's Hadith 7, 67:427 " I do what is better and expiate my oath."
       Under-age "marriage":  The Prophet married Aisha when she was six, and consummated the union when she was nine, according to Bukhari's 5, 58:236 Hadith tradition.
       In setting some rules for divorce, the Koran 65:4 sets rules of a waiting period of three months for any wife "among your women who have abandoned hope of menstruation," and for those "who have not yet menstruated." - <http://­www.­multimediaquran.com/­quran/0­65/065-004.htm>.  Yes, it is there word for word at page 467 in the book under review, Khalidi's 2008 translation.  Surely most pre-menstruous females are CHILDREN (that is, under 18), yet the Koran's attitude is they can be "married" and "divorced".

       Slave-girls: There are 14 references to slave-girls in a certain collection of Koran verses, and you can be almost certain that the slave-girls weren't kept just to carry water and to cook !
       Koran 4:24 (or 4:28):- Forbidden to you also are married women, except those who are in your hands as slaves - <http://­www.­multimediaquran.com/­quran/0­04/004-024.htm>
       Doesn't the slave's husband have rights ?  Marriage, then, is no bar if you can capture or buy a girl or woman!  That is a classic case of injustice and immorality dressed in religious robes !
       And confirming that diagnosis, read this:
       Koran 24:33 (or 24:34):- Do not force your female slaves into prostitution, if they desire chastity, in order to gain some advantage in this present world.  If forced, God [[Allah]], once they are forced, is towards them All-Forgiving, Compassionate to each (Khalidi translation, p 284).  Compare it with three other translations at <http://­www.­cmje.org/­religious-texts/q­uran/ve­rses/024-qmt.ph­p#024.033>. 
       Deflowered without consent and sexually penetrated by multiple males, but Allah will be forgiving and compassionate to them, the exploited bondmaids !   What about the evil OWNERS ?  And the SEX-PARTNERS without a conscience ?  Is any punishment, or later hope of forgiveness, mentioned for them ? 
       In the farming, herding, raiding, and trading economy of the Prophet's days, the exploited girl or woman would have a poor chance of marrying some responsible kind man, and there weren't too many other opportunities for women to gain shelter and a living then, or now, in strict Muslim societies.  Being forced into some male's multi-woman harem enlivened with rape sessions would be possibly the only opportunity for dependable shelter and food for such a girl or woman.  Allah's kindness would avail them little in this life !
       Thirteen or fourteen centuries after these male-domination "scriptures" were written, in fact, Afghanistan, in spite of being rescued by other nations from the cruel Taliban regime about 10 years ago, in 2012 is heading back to the old desert rules of no woman to walk out of doors unless her male family keeper (? owner) is with her, nor to mix with males in markets, workplaces, etc.; and in Arabia no female is allowed to drive a car. 
       Boy sex-slaves: The warlords of Afghanistan are still keeping slave-boys, known as bach bazi or boys for pleasure, as sex partners.  See "The shame of Afghanistan's dancing boys," The West Australian, pages 36-37 (from Washington Post), Wednesday April 11, 2012.  Also read "The Rape of the Afghan Boys," Antiwar.com (Copyright © 2010), <http://­original.antiwar.com/­vlahos/­2010/04/12/­a-deal-with-the-devil>, by Kelley B. Vlahos, April 13, 2010

       To return to Khalidi's book introduction – "But perhaps the most startling aspects of its [the Koran's] rhetoric is the deliberate address to women alongside men, rendering the Qur'an among the most gender conscious of all sacred texts."  (Pages xvii-xviii)
       "Gender conscious" !   What had this author been taking ?  The classic position of all women according to Islam is that women are inferior.  " men have a status above women. " (Koran 2:228, Dawood's 2003 translation, page 33), and " men are superior to women " (Koran 4:34).
       This reviewer goes further than this.  In Muslim-trained brains all women seem to be third-class human beings (yes, even below the male Jews, Christians, pagans, and the Muslims who other Muslims decide are "hypocrites").  Male Muslims may scourge women, beat, or smack, in domestic situations, or tradition says may stone to death after a kangaroo-court trial.  (Refer Koran 4:34, and Bukhari's hadith 3, 17:4206).  Sadly, millions of Muslim women themselves mostly believe all or most of these teachings.  That is why even women and children, since about 2009 or so, have been used as suicide bombers – they believe these faulty "laws" from Above.
       Females worth less than a male: The "evidence of two women is equal to the evidence of one man," and regarding property inheritance "the male should be given the equivalent of the portion of two females."  (Refer Bukhari's 1, 6:301; Koran 4:11, and Bukhari's 8, 80:731.)
       Work out what the following tradition signifies.  In Malik's Muwatta hadith, Book 55, Number 55.1.2 we read:  "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'I do not shake hands with women.  My word to a hundred women is like my word to one woman'."

       Eye for an eye, hand amputations, stoning to death:  Besides the downtrodden future faced by WOMEN whether Muslim or not, MEN TOO face a bleak future if the Koran and/or sharia law is put into practice.  The ancient "eye for an eye" is repeated at Koran 5:45, or 5:49.  Thieves must have a hand cut off (Koran 5:38, or 5:42).  Sexual offenders are to be stoned to death, according to another borrowed tradition in hadiths, including Sahih Bukhari's; Sahih Muslim's; Sunan Abu-Dawud's; and Malik’s Muwatta.  A sample list of the stoning execution traditions written in hadiths follows: Bukhari's 4, 56:829; 6, 60:079; 7, 63:195-196; 7, 63:230; 8, 78:629; 8, 82:803; 8, 82:805-806; 8, 82:809-810; 8, 82:813.  Read more at: <http://­www.­johnm.multiline.com.au/­submit/­hadith.­htm#sto­ning_t­o_death>.

       Jihad, beheading, fighting, amputating:  Although many Westerners refuse to see it, the Koran and its companion books of the Hadith are adamant that the duty of every Muslim is to fight until no other religion except Islam is left (Koran 2:193, or 2:189).  Click: <http://­www.­multimediaquran.com/­quran/002/002-193.htm>.  Koran 3:83 (or 3:77):- Are they seeking a religion other than Allah's, when every soul in the heavens and the earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by comp­ulsion?
       Allah casting terror into the hearts of non-Muslims, and ordering Muslims to strike off their heads and fingers (or fingertips) is still in what Muslims call scripture (Koran 8:12)
       No prisoners: Do not take captives until there has been great slaughter in the land (Koran 8:67, or 8:68).  In this 2008 translation under review, the "great slaughter" verse is given as "It is not fitting for a prophet to hold prisoners until he has achieved supremacy in the land." (page 144)
       In the Saudi translation of ~ A.D. 1992-93 it is shown as "It is not fitting for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he hath thoroughly subdued the land." - p 489.  Dawood's 1998 (p 184) and his 2003 with revisions (p 132) have it: "A prophet may not take captives until he has fought and triumphed in the land."    Rodwell's 2001 has a different slant, claiming inability, giving it as "No prophet hath been enabled to take captives until he had made great slaughter in the earth." - page 117.
       Neck-cutting, then taking prisoners: Blows to necks of non-Muslims, and once routed, tighten their fetters, and after victory holding prisoners for ransom, or granting release, are enjoined in the Koran 47:4.  Yes, see page 416 of the Khalidi translation we are reviewing.   No Geneva Conventions about prisoners-of-war seem to have been foretold in any of these translations, even with their different slants !
       Allah says, "How many cities have We destroyed! Our terror came unto them." (Koran 7:4, or 7:3).  Striking off hands and feet on opposite sides is ordered at Koran 5:33, or 5:37.  Yes, this Khalidi translation has different wording, but the cruelty is there at page 87.  The Saudi translation in footnote 739 on page 293 helpfully (!) states: "Understood to mean the right hand and the left foot."  The agents of the All-Merciful won't make a mistake if they read that !  
       "In the name of God, Merciful to all, Compassionate to each!" is Khalidi's translation of the words heading the chapters (surahs). 
       Judaphobia, Christaphobia: It would be tedious to give a full account of the "hate speech" against the Jews, but suffice to mention the "apes" verses in Koran 2:63 and 65, and 7:166.
       In the Hadith tradition, Sahih Muslim's, 41:6985, we read " The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them "
       Jews and Christians considered together as "People of the Book" are "apes and swine" according to Koran 5:60, or 5:65.  Do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends (Koran 5:51, or 5:56).
       Sahih Bukhari's hadith, Volume 4, Book 53, Number 380, says that "Umar bin Al-Khattab expelled all the Jews and Christians from the land of Hijaz [Hejaz]."
       How do the imams who join in inter-religious dialogue around the world keep from laughing out loud at such gatherings ? – Vekisto, April 8, 10, 11, 19, and 23, 2012

       I.S.B.N. 978-0-14-310588-6 (pbk.)
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    [To this webpage Apr 8, 2012.  Published 2008]

    • STORK, Mokhtar; orig. 1999, c. 2008;    A-Z Guide to the   QUR’AN  

      [Qur'an = Koran]  (ISBN-13: 978-981-204-739-7)       
       A-Z Guide to the Qur'an; Mokhtar STORK    ‘AZAB (Punishment):  Allah is Most Gracious, Most Merciful.  He is also swift to anger.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) said that when Allah created his Creation His mercy overpowered His anger.
       The wrath of Allah takes on many forms, such as famines, earthquakes, floods, etc.  These have been described in the Qur’an .  All these are related to man's behaviour.
       [* * * Ten quotes from the Koran, the last being:]
       by degrees shall We punish them from directions they perceive not.  ( [Koran] Surah Qalam / Nun 68:44)  (pages 40-42)
       INSHA ALLAH (God willing):  Nor say not of anything, 'I shall be sure to do so and so tomorrow" – without adding 'if Allah wills! (Insha Allah).'  And call your Lord to mind when you forget, and say, 'I hope that my Lord will guide me ever closer (even) than this to the right road.'  ( [Koran] Surah Kahf 18:23-24)  (See also  INVOKING ALLAH'S NAMES  for further details.)  [The "Invoking " entry gives six forms of Arabic words for invoking Allah, including the above one.]  (page 158)
       ISLAM:  Literally means 'submission to the will of Allah'.  The root meaning is to 'enter into peace'.[] The Qur'an views the whole creation as being Islamic [* * *] (pp 162-164)
       JIZYAH:  It is a kind of tax which is levied on non-Muslims in an Islamic State, in lieu of protection guaranteed to their life and property.  It is a substitute for the zakat which is obligatory upon all Muslims.  During the caliphate of ‘Umar, the poor among them received the zakat from the Baitulmal (Islamic Treasury).  ‘Umar was of the view that since they had paid jizhah, they were entitled to assistance.  Its rate may vary from year to year, or place to place. ( [Koran] Surah Taubah / Bara'ah 9:29) (p 175).
       SINGING [and MUSIC, FROWNED ON]:  The singing of love and obscene songs which arouse the baser self in man is completely forbidden.  Similarly, playing on musical instruments are [sic] also not allowed.  Moreover, Islam does not look favourably upon singing as a profession in life because it is of the view that there are far more worthier [sic] things for mankind to do in life.  There are Hadith [traditions in writing] which provide indications For example, when the Prophet (s.a.w.) passed by a person playing his flute, he put his fingers in his ears and asked a companion to inform him when the man had finished playing. beating drum was permitted but the blowing of instruments was viewed [as] the 'wind instrument of the devil' Basically it deals with morality and decency. (Refer Sahih Muslim, Vol. 2, p. 419-420) [sic] (p 305).
       WASIAH, WASIYAT (A Will):  the will must be certified by two male witnesses or one male and two female witnesses. (p 338)


       A-Z Guide to the Qur'an  takes you on a fascinating journey through the holy texts of Islam. 
    Written by a highly-respected Islamic scholar, it offers a dictionary-like approach to understanding and learning the contents of the Islamic Holy Book, and is a useful resource for anyone looking for the meaning of essential Islamic concepts, prominent figures or places.  In addition, it:
  • provides a clear and detailed explanation of the meaning, context and uniqueness of more than 1,000 essential words of the Qur'an;
  • presents an authoritative, accurate and easy-to-understand translation of the full quotes of more than 3,000 Qur'anic verses;
  • cross-references all [sic] entries to the Qur'an;
  • provides an index and an extensive list of sources to further facilitate an understanding of the subject;
  • is fully endorsed by the Selangor State Religious Council of Malaysia.  (back cover)
    About the Author 
       Haji Mokhtar Stork, a well-respected Islamic scholar, received his Islamic education at the Aleemiyah Institute of Islamic Studies in Karachi, Pakistan.  He converted to Islam in 1960 and has been involved in various Islamic activities as an educator, a writer and a speaker, particularly in Malaysia.
       Equipped with extensive knowledge and education on Islamic matters, he has also written for various professional magazines, namely The Minaret—World Federation of Islamic Missions, Hunafa and Dakwah.  All of these magazines touch on the many aspects of Islamic studies. At the same time, he continues to educate and advise the public on Islamic studies through talks and seminars. (back cover)
       DETAILS: Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Editions, <www.­marshallcavendish.com/genref>, © 1999 2008 Singapore.  ISBN-13: 978-981-204-739-7 (pbk.).  Dewey shelf number 297.1226–dc22; Categories: Religion, Scripture reference, Koran - Concordance, Islam, Muslim doctrine, Muslim practices.  vi + 374 pages, soft covers, 15 x 23 x 2·1 centimetres (6 x 9 x 7/8 inches), index, foreword dated Ramadhan 1419 i.e., C.E. 1999, introduction, author's presentation and references, pictures, AUD $24.95 (Reader's Feast).
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       [RECAPITULATION - ‘Azab (Punishment, pages 40-42): famines, earthquakes, floods, etc.  All these are related to man's behaviour. ENDS.]
       [COMMENTS: ‘Azab (Punishment, pages 40-42), shifts the blame for natural disasters from Mother Nature to humanity.  With the earthquakes and devastating floods nearly every second year, and famines sometimes lasting years, these must give preachers in Muslim lands much ammunition to call for more striving.  The Arabic word for "strive" is jihad, explained on pp 170-172 in terms of fighting, slaying, etc.
       Jannah (Garden, Heaven, Paradise, p 168):  The closest this entry comes to mentioning the houris (or couch-mates) are the words "they shall have companions pure and holy."  To get a fuller idea of the invisible Gardens of Bliss, read these Koran verses:  37:43-49, 52:20, 52:23, 56:35-37 <http://www.multimediaquran.com/quran/056/056-035.htm>, 76:12-13, 78:31, 33-34, and 83:22-25. 
       Singing, music: (p 305):  The opposition to these in this book, plus the Koran's opposition to wine and games of chance, and statues, and the divining arrows in the Koran 5:90 <http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/quran/5/index.htm#90, and backgammon in Sunan Abu-Dawud's hadith 41:4920, are all part of an emphasis on life after death.  Read also Koran 6:32, 47:36, and 93:4.
       Wasiah, Wasiyat (A Will) (p 338), shows two female witnesses being equal to one male, but this book gives no supporting quotations.  Inquirers may check the Koran 2:282 <http://www.multimediaquran.com/quran/002/002-282.htm>, and Bukhari's hadith 1, 6:301.
       Although Hajj Stork's book doesn't seem to say this, the asset division of a deceased estate is also skewed, making the sons inherit what two daughters would get, according to Koran 4:11, backed by Bukhari's hadith 8, 80:731.  COMMENTS END.]
       [AN OBSERVATION: The "Insha Allah" (p 158) invocation is similar to that of some pious Christians, who add "God willing" when speaking of a proposed future action.  "Insha Allah" is sometimes printed in English translations as one word.  ENDS.]
       [SURAH is somewhat like "chapter." (p 318) ]
       [(s.a.w.) after the Prophet's name are initials of Arabic words translated in Stork's book as "Peace and blessings be upon him".  This seems similar to (p_b_u_h) or (p.b.u.h) which appears in several Islamic books.   ENDS.]
       [OTHER LINK: <http://submission.org/#/d/music_and_singing.html> Is music and singing forbidden in Islam?  Not according to the Submission.org website, which claims that only the Koran ought to be followed, not the Hadith traditions, the Life of Mohammed, and much of the scholars' writings.  ENDS.]
       [ANOTHER "REVIEW" of this book covers Jihad (strive, fight), and Jinn (beings, invisible usually, that can appear as people or animals, but if pierced will burn to ash, so the teaching goes).   Click <submit/subchron7.htm#a-z-guide-to>.  ENDS.]
       [COMMENT:  Has anyone ever made a movie of this?  ENDS.] [To Webpage 19 Oct 2012; published originally H. 1419 = A.D. 1999, © 1999 2008]

    SPENCER, Robert; 2008   STEALTH JIHAD:  How Radical Islam is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs  

       
       News Weekly (Australia), <http://­www.­newsweekly.com.au>, "How the West can be lost," Book Review by Bill Muehlenberg, pp 20 and 22, July 11, 2009
    BOOK REVIEW:  STEALTH JIHAD:  How Radical Islam is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs, by Robert Spencer; (Washington, DC; Regnery), Hardcover: 328 pages; ISBN:9781596985568, Rec. price: AUD$55.90; Reviewed by Bill Muehlenberg Stealth Jihad; Robert SPENCER
       During the height of the Cold War, many Westerners refused to believe that there was an "evil empire" intent on conquering the world. If they did recognise the overt nature of Soviet imperialism, agents of influence working in the West could use "peace studies", academia and the media to push their agenda.
       In the same way today, many Westerners do not want to admit to an Islamist threat, or want to play it down, or somehow blame the West for terror and jihad.
       Indeed, they [the Jihadists] are achieving far more by these covert measures than by a direct frontal assault. And they are fooling many in the West,
       In this important volume he documents how the terrorists are winning without terrorism. Jihad has not been rejected; it has simply been temporarily suspended []
       Muslims are demanding – and getting – the right to vet what our textbooks actually say.
       While Christian students are banned from praying, reading the Bible or reciting the Ten Commandments in public schools, pro-Muslim classes and courses proliferate. In some schools there are exercises in which "classmates will become Muslims". They memorise parts of the Koran, adopt Muslim names and shout, "Allahu akbar." []
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/reading.htm#stealth_jihad_how
       [THE ARTICLE in full can be found by purchasing the magazine, or at <http://­www.johnm.multiline.com.au/­submit/subchro­n8.htm#stealt­h_jihad_how>]
       [ASLO SEE: <http://www.walmart.com/ip/9133839>. ENDS.]  [2008]

    • MOCZAR, Diane; 2008;   Islam at the Gates :   How Christendom Defeated the Ottoman Turks  

     
       The theme of this book is "Christendom at the brink." Islam at the Gates, Diane MOCZAR
       Historian Dr Diane Moczar pulls back the curtain on one of the most important acts in the drama of Muslim aggression against the West;  the 500-year-long siege of Europe by the Ottoman Turks.
       Tracing the rise of the Turkish people from wandering Asian tribe to mighty pan-continental empire, Islam at the Gates chronicles the heroes and villains, the battles and atrocities, the tragic errors and timely miracles, that marked the Ottomans' incursions from Europe's borders to the very heart of Christendom; and then, by the grace of God, their eventual repulsion and final defeat.  In these pages you'll encounter:
    ® The bold sultans, timid emperors, and vile traitors who aided the Turkish advance – and the popes who tirelessly preached Crusade against it
    ® Brave saints who rallied Christian forces against the invaders including the hardy warrior-monk who died in battle at the age of sixty-one
    ® The island fortress whose ragtag defenders continually thwarted superior numbers of Ottoman attackers – defying even the great sultan Suleiman
    ® The suffering of millions of Christian families in occupied lands – their children kidnapped and forced into Muslim armies and harems
    ® Folk heroes from the Balkan hills who rose up against their Ottoman overlords and whose guerrilla tactics inspired their people
    ® The tragic fall of Constantinople, seat of Eastern Christianity – its people slaughtered, its treasures plundered, its sacred places befouled
    ® Europe's pivotal, improbable pair of victories at Lepanto and Vienna – and the defeat of the last great Turkish offensive on September 11, 1697, at the River Tisza, Serbia.
       Solid history and dramatic narrative make Islam at the Gates a moving look at Europe's long struggle against the Turks.  Had these events unfolded just a little differently, Christian civilization might have been conquered by the sword of Allah.  If we fail to learn the lessons of history, Dr. Moczar warns, the West may yet fall. – Almost entirely from the back cover.
       According to the author's sources, for varying periods of the 500 years of Turkish agression against Europe, France and Venice were allied to the Muslim Turks.  (France in modern times has made similar unsuitable alliances.)
       AUTHOR, PUBLISHER: Dr Diane Moczar is an adjunct professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College.  She studied at San Francisco College for Women, received her master's degree at Columbia University, and did her doctorate at Catholic University and George Mason University.  She also wrote Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know.
       Sophia Institute ® is a nonprofit tax-exempt institution that seeks to restore humanity's knowledge of truth.  The institute seeks donations to help provide the public with books of enduring wisdom.  Free catalogue, ring toll-free 1 800 888 9344 (presumably in the USA), or write to Box 5284, Manchester, NH 03108, USA. ENDS.
       DETAILS: Sophia Books, <www.sophiainstitute.com>, © 2008), Manchester (New Hampshire, USA).  ISBN 978-1-933184-25-8; Dewey shelf number 956.015, 248 pp, soft covers, 14 x 21·5 x 1·5 cm (5 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 5/8 in), contents, index, select bibliography; no maps.  US $17.95.
       ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: BJB.  To this website July 04, 2010. ENDS.
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    [2008]

    • BLAKER, Lisa French; 2008;    HEART OF DARFUR  

       
       Heart of Darfur; Lisa French BLAKER In recent history war exploded in 1983 when the Arabist military regime in Khartoum, Sudan's capital, pushed south to expand its Islamist agenda among the black African Christian and pagan communities. (adapted from page 6)
       The tribes in the south united under the Sudanese People's Liberation Army (SPLA) to fight the government.  The following twenty-one years were awash with murder, atrocities and loss. 
       In 2004 an agreement was reached between the government in the north and the SPLA in the south; (p 6)
       As the people in the south of Sudan drew breath in 2004, safe at last from the war, the people of Darfur in the west were stumbling into another conflict as brutal and as vicious as any in the south. (adapted from p 7)
       (The south voted for independence in 2011.)
       In 2003 many of the tribes of Darfur drew together under the Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA). (p 7)
       'WHAT IS IT LIKE IN DARFUR?' PEOPLE ASK.  'IS IT AS BAD AS THEY SAY?'  I TELL THEM, 'DARFUR IS THE BEST AND THE WORST I HAVE EVER SEEN.'
       The author, Lisa, arrives in Sudan with a wealth of nursing experience and a lot of determination.  Her nine-month stay will prove to be the most heartbreakingly difficult period of her working life.
       Her faith in humanity is tested again and again but in the midst of an unfolding nightmare there are moments of joy and relief.  When Lisa gives water to a baby who would otherwise die of dehydration she remembers why she came.  And when she sees the dignity and determination of the people of Darfur she knows there is hope.
       HEART OF DARFUR is a testimony to the best of human nature in the worst circumstances imaginable.  Passionate, intensely moving and lyrical, this extraordinary book is a unique account of the human story behind the headlines.
       'HUMANISES THE CONFLICT AN EMOTIONALLY CHARGED AND FULFILLING STORY.' - FINANCIAL TIMES
       Lisa French Blaker has worked as a nurse in conflict zones all over the world with the humanitarian organisation Médicines Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).  When she isn't helping abroad, she lives in New Zealand.
       Cover photograph © Rex Features. (back cover)
       'A powerful and moving celebration of the very best of the human spirit.' - Judy Bailey (front cover)
       To read about genital mutilation of girls see page 224, the agony of the "circumcised" girls in labour before childbirth p 244, Jangaweed attacks p 137, a new attack on Saleem p 339, soldiers attack Arto p 257, and tribal attacks p 137.
       DETAILS: Publisher: Hodder & Staughton, London <http://­www.hodder.co.uk>: Paperback: 348 pages; 13 x 20 x 2·5 centimetres (5 1/8 x 7 3/4 x 1 inch), ISBN 978-0-340-95231-3.  $10.95 from Warwick Book Exchange, metropolitan Perth, Western Australia, Tel. 08 9243 3608.
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    [To this website 25 Oct 2011; First edition 2007; paperback 2008]

    • SOOKHDEO, Patrick; 2008;   Faith, Power and Territory; A Handbook of British Islam  

       
       In Britain, a process of gradual radicalisation is taking place among the Muslims, the majority of whom are said to be decent and law-abiding. Faith, Power and Territory; Patrick SOOKHDEO
       Dr Sookhdeo explains that Islam is not just a set of beliefs and practices, but a blueprint for life in every detail, including law, financial institutions, social mores, and more.

    Arrogance born of ignorance

    SIDE COMMENTARY by Quentin C. Fortis, of Perth, 2008: Dr Patrick Sookhdeo quotes the late Kalim Siddiqui, who arrived in Britain in 1954, and wrote during 1988-89 "At some stage we may have to engage in a campaign of civil disobedience " (p 95)
       In another place Siddiqui wrote " Islam became the dominant civilization of the Arabian Peninsula in the lifetime of the Prophet remained the dominant civilization of the world for more than a thousand years " (p 96)
       He is one of the many Muslim writers who do not understand world history – for example, while Muslim Arabs were attacking and conquering their neighbours, they had no idea that the American civilisations such as the Incas and Aztecs even existed, nor of the Australian-Aborigines, the Papuans, the Maori and Pacific Islander culture, etc.  They were probably largely ignorant of the great Chinese civilisation, and of the Viking-Norseman and Celtic civilisations, which they never conquered, and some of the African kingdoms and cultures.
       The marvellous Eastern Roman (i.e., Byzantine) civilisation withstood the attacks of the Persians (Zoroastrians, who stole Syria, Palestine, and Egypt in the period AD 614 to 619, which is BEFORE Mohammed left Mecca for Yathrib in 622.  He renamed that city Medina).
       In spite of Islamic and other attacks and peace treaties interspersed with Islamic raids and attacks for centuries, the Byzantine civilisation continued shining, spreading its influence into Russia, where it outlived the fall of Constantinople.
       But, to put the word "civilisation" into context, let me quote that during the siege of Constantinople, on April 29, 1453 the Orthodox "Christian" Byzantines beheaded 260 Ottoman prisoners.
       Constantinople fell to Ottoman Turkish Islamists on May 29, 1453 – that's more than 800 years after Islamic civilisation supposedly started being the "dominant" civilisation for 1000 years!  And Mistra and Trebizond did not fall until 1460 and 1461 respectively. (D. Nicolle, J.Haldon, and S.Turnbull, 2007, The fall of Constantinople, Osprey Publishing, Oxford and New York, p 13)
       No-one who knows that Spain and Portugal, after Columbus's first voyage in 1492, stole the two Americas from the inhabitants and became the dominant powers in the Atlantic Ocean and beyond, will believe Kalim Siddiqui's boast.  But Islam is full of unreal beliefs.
       And in his own way, with his belief in Christianity, this latest book by Dr Sookhdeo exposes Islam's arrogance born of ignorance.
       Muslim lawyers in Britain seem to have won permission to argue their cases with their faces veiled, even if it muffles their words in court (p 69-70).
       There have been a number of attacks on church buildings, church leaders and converts from Islam to Christianity (p 73).  There has been a growth in anti-Jewish attacks.
       The United Kingdom has become a centre of radical Islamist propaganda for jihad (holy war) in languages including English, Arabic and Urdu (a language of the Indian subcontinent). (p 78)
       Books published by the Hamas publishing house called Filastin al-Muslimah Publications include biographies of its senior terrorists, glorifying martyrdom and suicide bombings. (pp 78-79)
       Chapter five gives notes on 37 Muslim writers of the 20th and 21st centuries who are impacting on the nature of British Islam.
       Islamic financial institutions are very strong in Britain, which a 2004 survey indicated was the most "Shari‘a-friendly" in Europe (p 193).
       The book quotes Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who expects a peaceful conquest of Europe by Islam (p. 226).
       The British government is strongly backing the move of Muslim Turkey to join the European Union (p 227).  The Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, goes further, seeking that North African countries ought to join in due course.  With the birthrate among Muslims being far higher than among non-Muslims, the implications for all Europe would be profound (p 228).
       "There is no precedent of a non-Muslim society successfully halting the advance of Islam by peaceful means British liberties and equalities would be at risk if the Islamic faith were to gain the power it craves." (p 229)
       The terrorist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood, on May 22, 1991, issued its "Strategy for North America."  A photostat is given, in Arabic and English, in an appendix (pp 231-262)
       It is explained that the Islamists develop a "parallel society," and as the Islamic Council of Europe argued in 1978, step by step the Muslim moves towards having political power as a constituent community of the nation, and then moves to generalise Islam to the entire nation (p 223).
       The date 20 November AD 1979 was the start of the new century in the Islamic calendar, 1 Muharram AH 1400.  A mediaeval Egyptian scholar, Imam al-Suyuti, had predicted that Jesus and the Antichrist were likely to appear in the fifteenth Islamic century.  Hence it was no accident that the Iranian Islamic Revolution occurred in AD 1979, and that the Muslim mosque in Mecca was attacked by "pious" Muslims on the actual day, 20 November 1979 itself (p 224).
       In the foreword, Professor Peter G. Riddell of the London School of Theology writes: "I strongly affirm Dr Sookhdeo's two-fold call:  first to the British government and establishment not to engage in appeasement as a solution to inter-community problems; and second, to peaceful and progressive Muslims to take a strong public stand against radicals, and to push for reform and reinterpretation of the fundamental ingredients of their faith to address any doctrines or teachings which provide sustenance to radical ideologies (page v).
       DETAILS: Isaac Publishing, http://www.isaacpublishing.com/ , 2008, McLean (VA 22101, USA), printed by Cromwells, Wiltshire, England. ISBN 978-0-0547835-8-7 (pbk); 368 pp, soft covers, 15.8 x 23.5 cm (6 1/8 x 9 1/4 in), two appendices, glossary, bibliography, references and endnotes, index, AUD $30
       Or check Barnabas Fund international website, www.barnabasfund.org, or Barnabas Fund Australia bfaustralia AT barnabasfund DOT org , Postal Suite 107, 237 Hyperdome, Loganholme, Qld, 4129, Australia; or other countries.
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    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/reading.htm#arrogance_born_of
       [COMMENT: Professor Riddell, who wrote the Foreword, might recommend a "reinterpretation" of the fundamentals.  As the Koran is allegedly a copy of an original in Heaven, it will prove difficult if not impossible for any moderate or other Muslim leader to convince the radicals, or indeed the general Muslims, that the Koran 8:12's orders to behead disbelievers don't mean exactly that!  <http://­www.multimedia­quran.com/­quran/008/008-012.htm>. ENDS.] [2008]

    • DARWISH, Nonie; 2008;   Cruel and Usual Punishment  

    The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law.      
       Life News, (Life Ministries, 4 / 334 Wanneroo Rd, Nollamara, WA, 6061, Australia), www.life ministries. org.au , Book review by Bill Muehlenberg [ http://www. billmuehlenberg. com/ 2009/06/24/ a-review-of- cruel-and- unusual- punishment- by-nonie- darwish/ ], p 6, June-July 2009

    Islam’s cruel and unusual punishment


       Book Review of Cruel and (Un)usual Punishment; The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law, written by Nonie Darwish (Thomas Nelson, 2008)
       Nonie Darwish knows a fair amount about Islam. She was an Egyptian Muslim for the first 30 years of her life. Then she fled to America and she is now a Christian. She has told her story earlier, in her 2007 volume, Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror. Cruel and Usual Punishment, Nonie DARWISH; National Post
       In this book she continues her important story, but she does so by highlighting two crucial themes: what sharia law means, and how women are treated in Islam. In 270 pages she spells out in chilling detail what the implications are of Islamic law, and how the West must be very careful indeed about the spread of sharia.
       The first half of this important book looks at how women are treated in the world of sharia. The treatment of women in Islam alone should serve as a warning for anyone who thinks sharia is compatible with Western democracy and freedom.
       Consider marriage. Muslim women are prohibited under sharia from marrying non-Muslim men. But Muslim men can marry Christian or Jewish women. And the sharia marriage contract "is essentially a document granting sexual intercourse rights to the male and giving him total control over his four wives".
       There are even temporary marriages purely for the purposes of sexual pleasure for the male, called mutaa, or pleasure marriage. This "marriage" can last as little as an hour. Then there is misyar, or traveller's marriage, which is "designed to accommodate the male sexual appetite while travelling".
       Divorce is of course also all one way traffic in Islam. Men can divorce their wives instantly, simply by saying "I divorce you" three times. A Muslim woman cannot initiate a divorce. In custody cases, children after the age of seven (or sometimes nine) belong to the father.
       And a male can beat his wife and sexually abandon her. Under sharia a husband deserves total submission and gratitude. As one revered Muslim scholar, Imam Ghazali has said, "Marriage is a form of slavery. The woman is man's slave, and her duty therefore is absolute obedience".
       Polygamy is also the right of Muslim men. But even more abhorrent is the practice of sexual gratification with children. There is no legal age for marriage under sharia. Thus the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, for example, said in an official statement, "A man can quench his sexual lusts with a child as young as a baby." 1
       Of course Muhammad himself had a six-year-old wife, with whom he consummated relations when she was just nine. And Islamic leaders argue that his life serves as an example and pattern for all Muslims. This is all codified in surah 65:4 in the Koran.
       There are plenty of other misogynist elements to sharia law. Women adulterers are to be stoned to death; girls who fornicate are to be flogged; a woman's testimony in a court of law is only worth half that of a man's; women cannot be in the company of men who are not her relatives; female genital mutilation is rife; a Muslim wife needs her husband's permission to travel; and so on.
       Then there is the issue of honour killing. While there is no sharia law that expressly gives men the right to kill their women to protect their family honour, there are existing laws which protect men who do commit such killings. Indeed, sharia states that a killer of an apostate, a robber or an adulterer cannot be punished for murder.
       In the rest of the book Darwish looks at life "behind the Muslim curtain" - what life is like for non-Muslims under sharia law. Non-Muslims are treated almost as poorly as women in Muslim-majority countries. Jews and Christians are under dhimmitude, or second-class citizenship. Darwish chronicles the many ways in which non-Muslims are oppressed, discriminated against, and denied basic human rights.
       And ordinary Muslims who dare to think independently of sharia are also subject to tremendous opposition and oppression. Criticism of Islam is of course punishable by death. Muhammad himself ordered the killing of those who dared to criticise him.
       All the various schools of Islam agree that blasphemy or criticism of Islam is a capital offence. And Muslim imams do not expect to be questioned or challenged in any way. In such a world there is "no intellectual honesty, no dialogue, and no respect".
       Muslim preachers regard Westerners and Jews as the embodiment of evil, the personification of Satan. Therefore they can be cursed, deceived and killed. Indeed, according to sharia, lying and deception are obligatory at times when dealing with the enemies of Islam. This is part of the overall jihad being waged against infidels.
       After reading so much detail about what sharia teaches and commands, one is left overwhelmed. As Darwish says, "The West should be clear on the nature of Sharia. It is nothing more than legal tyranny, a terminal disease that destroys the healthy functioning of society where everything is sacrificed for the sake of total control".
       Indeed, says Darwish, Islam is not really a religion as much as it is a system of complete control and social order. It is an intolerant worldview which allows no opposition or questioning. Thus the West should resolutely oppose what she calls "Islamo-Fascism". We should not tolerate intolerance.
       She concludes her book with practical suggestions for the West, including keeping sharia illegal, restricting immigration, and monitoring Muslim clerics on what they are preaching and teaching. And the West must rediscover and celebrate its Judeo-Christian heritage and values, and resist the inroads of secularism.
       If it does not, the vacuum caused by secularism will be quickly filled by a totalising Islam which seeks absolute control and the global extension of sharia. The aims of the Islamists are the very opposite of those who champion freedom and democracy. We must choose which system we wish to live under.
       Darwish has nicely laid out the implications of life under sharia. It is up to us how we respond.
    Footnote
    1. Ayatollah Khomeini, Tahrirolvasyleh (Gom, Iran: Darol Elm, 1990), 4:#.
       Note: Cruel and Unusual [? Usual] Punishment is available in Australia at Koorong Books #

       [ANOMALY: Is it UNUSUAL Punishment as in a book review, or USUAL Punishment?  Look at the COVER of the book again. ENDS.]
       [MUEHLENBERG'S REVIEW also published in Australia's News Weekly, Sep 5, 2009, pp 18-19. ENDS.]
       [ALSO SEE: http://network. nationalpost. com/np/blogs/ afterword/ archive/tags/ Nonie+ Darwish/ default.aspx . ENDS.]
       [RECAPITULATION: There are even temporary marriages purely for the purposes of sexual pleasure for the male, called mutaa, or pleasure marriage. This "marriage" can last as little as an hour. Then there is misyar, or traveller's marriage, which is "designed to accommodate the male sexual appetite while travelling".
       "A man can quench his sexual lusts with a child as young as a baby."
       Divorce is of course also all one way traffic in Islam. Men can divorce their wives instantly, simply by saying "I divorce you" three times. A Muslim woman cannot initiate a divorce. In custody cases, children after the age of seven (or sometimes nine) belong to the father.
       Criticism of Islam is of course punishable by death. Muhammad himself ordered the killing of those who dared to criticise him. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Criticism is often named "blasphemy," and even innocently naming a toy, or saying that Mohammad was the first Muslim, can lead to a blasphemy prosecution – such laws are planned to be extended to blinkered countries such as once-great Britain.  Re-read the 3rd last paragraph for practical suggestions. ENDS.]
       [ANOTHER BOOK: The Stoning of Soraya M., by Freidoune Sahebjam, http://www. amazon.com/ s/?ie=UTF8 &keywords= stoning+of+ soraya+m& tag=yahhyd- 20&index= stripbooks& hvadid= 57737889511& ref=pd_sl_ 835zdji6t4_e . ENDS.]
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    [Reviewed June-July 2009. Book 2008]

    The Wasted Vigil; 2008; Mr Nadeem ASLAM.     

    Lyrical beauty from shattered lives

      
    West Weekend Magazine (supplement to The West Australian daily paper), westweekend § wanews com au , "Lyrical beauty from shattered lives: Book review," by Bron Sibree, pp 26-27, Saturday, March 21, 2009
      [Full-page picture of man's face etc.]    Picture: Richard Lea-Hair  
    Nadeem Aslam tells Bron Sibree why his latest offering is as much about the abiding power of love and beauty as it is about ugliness and brutality
    There aren't many novelists who'll confess to deciding the direction of their literary career on the toss of a coin. But Pakistani-born British novelist Nadeem Aslam likes to tell people he did exactly that. It happened that way, explains the 42-year-old novelist, because after he wrote his award-winning debut novel, Season of Rainbirds (1993), he had two novels inside him, bursting to get out. One was his much acclaimed recent novel The Wasted Vigil (2008), the book he calls "my Afghanistan novel", and the other was Maps for Lost Lovers (2004), which was hailed as a masterpiece and explores the tensions within a working-class Pakistani community in a northern English town in the wake of a double honour killing. []
       Immediately after the Soviets left Afghanistan, the West and the rest of the world withdrew its gaze, But terrible things were happening there
       it tells of a group of disparate people who seek shelter in the half-ruined home of Marcus, an elderly British doctor and perfumier, who has lost his locally born wife and his daughter, as well as his hand, to the violence engulfing the country. But he refuses to give up his search for his missing grandson, Bizhad, Marcus' wife Qatrina, also a doctor, lost her sanity in the face of the horrors visited on her country. Daubed on the walls of the house is a thick layer of mud to hide its hand-painted murals from the Taliban.  In the garden lie the ruins of Marcus' once-thriving perfume factory
       "the key battle in the world, perhaps, at the moment, the battle between the moderates and the militants which was going on before 9/11
       He recalls a fundamentalist uncle who, as he described in a [? an] essay published in Granta, titled God and Me, would wait for his sister, Aslam's mother, with a cane to heat her for attending devotional music for a type of Islam, which he did not believe (in), the kind that Saudi Arabia does not support.
       "He appears on the pages of my very first novel, Season of Rainbirds," Aslam continues. "He takes toys from children's hands and he breaks them and he hands them back, because toys are idols. My uncle used to do that to us, and yet there were other uncles who actually would buy us toys, so I was aware of these tensions, long before the world became aware of it." Interestingly, he notes, "30 years ago, my uncle had links with the same mosque (in Leeds, England) where those boys who blew themselves up on the London underground later became radicalised".
       His family and their friends were among those who voiced their concerns about the long-term consequences of the weapons and money the US lavished on Islamic fundamentalists at that time, to help defeat the Soviets []
       "The Taliban said that the Koran was the only book allowed I don't want to live in a world, where the Koran is the only book."
      [Picture: Book front cover] The Wasted Vigil, published by Faber, $32.99, is out now  

       [RECAPITULATION: "the key battle in the world, perhaps, at the moment, the battle between the moderates and the militants which was going on before 9/11 He takes toys from children's hands and he breaks them and he hands them back, because toys are idols. My uncle used to do that to us His family and their friends were among those who voiced their concerns about the long-term consequences of the weapons and money the US lavished on Islamic fundamentalists at that time, to help defeat the Soviets I don't want to live in a world, where the Koran is the only book. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Not only did the United States lavish weapons and money on the extremists, but so did Britain, as Internet documentation claims. ENDS.]
       [READ more at: Submission Chronology 8, Lyrical Beauty from . ENDS.]
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    [2008]

    • SALZMAN, Philip Carl, ? 2008, Culture and Conflict in the Middle East.

       
       Annals Australasia, annalsaustralasia |AT| gmail |DOT| com , book review entitled "Jihad, Conflict and Culture", by Andrew G. Bostom, pp 28-31, October 2008
       McGILL University Anthropology Professor Philip Carl Salzman is a truly intrepid man. With Promethean boldness (pun intended), Salzman's pellucid, remarkably compendious, and brilliantly argued 'Culture and Conflict in the Middle East,' defies academia's pervasive, stultifying Islamo-sycophantism.
       Professor Salzman, the founding chair of the Commission on Nomadic Peoples, who served in that position for 15 years (1978-1993), previously conducted fieldwork among nomadic, pastoral tribes in Iranian Baluchistan in 1967-68, 1972-73, and 1976.  He is the author of the earlier anthropological studies, Black Tents of Baluchistan; Pastoralism: Equality, Hierarchy, and the State; and Understanding Culture
       Central to understanding Salzman's conception of Middle Eastern Arab culture is the form of social control he denotes as 'balanced opposition.'  His operational definition of this 'ingenious' system for providing security, in particular, is as follows:
       Everybody is a member of a nested set of kin groups, from very small to very large.  These groups are vested with responsibility for the defence of each and every one of its members and responsibility for the harm each and every one of its members do to outsiders. [***]
       G. H. Bousquet, the great 20th century scholar of Islamic jurisprudence, observed how the permanent institution of jihad war, and the related imposition of Islamic Law (Shari'a) upon all of humanity – both Muslims and non-Muslims – reflected the 'doubly totalitarian' quintessence of Islam.
       Salzman's analysis demonstrates further how balanced opposition functioning at subordinate levels of organization (i.e., relative to Islam and the Islamic umma) - from lineage, clan, and tribe, through tribal confederacies – amplifies 'particularisms' that also promote, anti-democratic authoritarianism.
       The late P.J. Vatikiotis (d. 1997), a renowned political scientist who focused on the modern era in the Middle East, and also lived for extended periods in the region, combined, to an extent, the perspectives of Bousquet and Salzman in his 1981 analysis (from Le Debat, [Paris], no. 14, July-August, 1981). [***]
       Culture and Conflict in the Middle East, Prometheus Books, Amherst, N.Y., 224 pp., by Philip Carl Salzman.
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       [READ the full review in Submit / Chronology 7.  Buy the book! ENDS.] [? 2008]

    • SOOKHDEO, Patrick; 2008; Understanding Sharia Finance: The Muslim Challenge to Western Economics. 

    Understanding Shari‘a Finance: The Muslim Challenge to Western Economics

       Barnabas Aid magazine, www.barnabasfund.org (Britain and international) , p 17, January-February 2009
       In this edition we profile a new book from Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, and look at related resources from Isaac Publishing. Understanding Shari'a Finance, Patrick SOOKHDEO
       The last twenty years have seen a distinctively Islamic financial system become a major player on the world economic stage. Many Muslims have rejected Western financial products and institutions, which they believe to be incompatible with shari'a law. They have also generated a wide range of alternative economic tools, first in Muslim countries and now in the West, and an increasingly lucrative international market.
       Patrick Sookhdeo sees this fast-developing "shari'a finance" as part of the Islamist agenda to subvert and subjugate Western systems under the rule of Islam. In this study he discusses the history and ideas of the movement, the character and spread of the Islamic economy, and the problems and dangers that it may present. In particular he reveals the connections between Islamic finance and radical Islamist groups.
       This stimulating and accessible study will interest anyone concerned about the worldwide Islamic resurgence and its possible implications for global finance and politics.
       "This book is vital to educating businessmen and citizens about the threats posed to our economic and political system by Shari'a Compliant Finance (SCF). Read it and understand that if you accept SCF, you could face terrible unintended consequences." US Representative Sue Myrick, Founder and Co-Chair, Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus
       Isaac Publishing, http://www.isaacpublishing.com/ , paperback, 114 pp, AU$17 + AU$5 postage #

       [COMMENT: With global banks themselves going bankrupt, and the gross dishonesty of another huge Ponzi scheme, perhaps Western economics NEEDS some sort of challenge, even if the Muslim challenge is not the right one.  Islamic finance aims to put Westerners, with people of Muslim lands, back into the Middle Ages or even earlier. ENDS.]
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/reading.htm#understanding_sharia_finance
    [Received in Dec, copy also in submission chronology, Jan-Feb 2009] [2008]

    • HAWACH, Melissa; 2008, Flight of the Dragonfly

           
       For 174 days in 2006 Mrs Melissa Hawach was without her two girls.  Her husband had taken them away from Canada to Lebanon, and her family had to hire a security team in order to get them back.
      [Picture] Click: Flight of the Dragonfly front cover.     Picture: HarperCollinsAustralia 
       Although she had known Joe Hawach in Sydney, Australia, for two years before they got married, and appreciated his family's goodness, once they were married he had started taking issue with her if she wore slacks for too many days, and if she did not shave her legs, and because she played baseball and took university courses.
       Her daring bid to snatch the two daughters back from their father in Lebanon is the subject of her book Flight of the Dragonfly.
       Flight of the Dragonfly by Melissa Hawach was due for publication on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, $35. HarperCollins Publishers.
       – STM, The Sunday Times Magazine (Perth, W. Australia), "A mother's mission," pp 22-24, March 23, 2008
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/reading.htm#flight_of_the_dragonfly
       [LOOK BACK: "Dad in Lebanese custody case willing to drop charges: lawyer," Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC News), www.cbc.ca/world/story/ 2007/01/10/lebanon-custody.html , Wednesday, January 10, 2007, repeated at Submit 6 # Dad in Lebanese.
       MORE DETAILS: Submit 7 # A mother's mission ] [2008]

    • SOOKHDEO, Patrick; 2007,   GLOBAL JIHAD :   The Future in the Face of Militant Islam  

       
         The rise of Islamic terrorism   worldwide is a phenomenon of our age.  But it is not the first time that violence in the name of Islam has surged across the world.  In Global Jihad, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo takes an in-depth look at the teachings of Islam, past and present, which form the driving force for Islamic terrorism.  Drawing on a wide range of sources, including many Muslim writers, he examines the facets of the Islamic faith which motivate so many men and women of violence.  He suggests a number of practical responses which can be adopted by non-Muslims to counter the violence, strategies for winning the long war against Islamic violence.
       Global Jihad. Patrick SOOKHDEO This book is aimed primarily at decision-makers in politics, security, intelligence and the military, but will be of interest to any reader who seeks to understand Islamic violence in the world today. [Dust jacket p 2]
         Patrick Sookhdeo   has doctorates from London University's School of Oriental and African studies, Western Seminary and Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary.  He is adjunct professor at the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies, senior visiting fellow at the Defence Academy of the UK, visiting fellow at Cranfield University, UK, and also guest lecturer at the NATO school, Oberammergau.  He is a fellow of the Security Institue [? Institute] of the UK.  He has served as cultural adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan. [Dust jacket p 3]
       [COMMENDATIONS:] "This book is long overdue.  Patrick Sookhdeo has put together a stunning in-depth analysis of perhaps the greatest threat facing the Western world today.
       I strongly commend it to anyone attempting to understand the issues surrounding global jihad, particularly policy makers and those charged with executing the responses required.  Our current campaign plans lack both clarity and understanding - this book provides both, and all those engaged in the formulation of future plans should read what he has to say very carefully indeed - their efforts will be well rewarded."
       – Major General (retired) Tim Cross CBE, Army Adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee.
       "After every atrocity carried out by Muslim jihadists against the West, we ask the dismal question 'Why do they hate us so much?'.  Patrick Sookhdeo's book explains exactly why, and what we can do about it."
       – General (retired) Sir Hugh Beach GBE, KCB, MC
       "Patrick Sookhdeo has written another book of great scholarship and clarity, which examines the roots and nature of Islamic jihad and the long war that lies ahead.  A recent NATO think-tank clearly identifies Islamic terrorism as a 'threat of a global nature that places the very existence of NATO's members at risk it is imperative to defend our freedoms against Islamic extremism and we must take responsibility for defeating Islamic jihadism.'  Patrick Sookhdeo is a man uniquely qualified to explain to the reader what lies behind the resurgence of militant Islamic fundamentalism and how the West should respond.  This important book is most strongly commended to everyone who wants to understand the nature of the Islamic threat we face, and it is especially recommended for study in universities, to government and to those who wish to analyse asymmetric threats."
       – Colonel (retired) Ivar Hellberg OBE, MPhil, Director of the Resilience Centre, Cranfield University at the UK Defence Academy
       "Tactics without strategy, warned Sun Tzü, is the noise before defeat.  Patrick Sookhdeo's book tells us much about our opponents' strategy.  We would do well to understand it, to recognise its attraction and its force, and to meet it with a strategy of our own.  We will have no excuse for saying that we were not warned."
       – Professor Richard Holmes, Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University [Back of dust jacket]
       DETAILS: Published by Isaac Publishing, http://www.isaacpublishing.com/, (©2007), McLean (Virginia, U.S.A.), Printed in the United Kingdom. ISBN 978-0-9787141-2-3; 670 pp, hard covers, 16.5 x 24 cm (6½ x 9½ in), index, and indexes of Koran and Hadith references, bibliography, references and endnotes, no photographs, 7 appendices, glossary.
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/reading.htm#global_jihad_the_future
      [BOOK REVIEW: Submit / Submission Chronology 7 # Vital handbook on the present danger. ENDS.]
       DEFINITION: "NATO" means the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. [2007]

    • HITCHENS, Christopher, 2007; God is not great: How religion poisons everything 
      

      GOD is NOT GREAT: How religion poisons everything.  

    2007. Christopher HITCHENS.
       God is not Great; Christopher HITCHENS Christopher Hitchens has been hailed as 'one of the most brilliant journalists of our time' (UK Observer). Here he makes the ultimate case against organised religion.
       Combined with a detailed reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. In Hitchens' view hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.
       With chapters entitled 'Religion Kills', 'The "New" Testament Exceeds the Evil of the "Old" One', 'The Koran is Borrowed from Both Jewish and Christian Myths', and 'Is Religion Child Abuse?' Hitchens argues provocatively for a secular life based on science and reason rather than the myths of a man-made wish. (back cover)
       CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS is the author of Letters to a Young Contrarian, and the bestseller No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family. A regular contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic Monthly and Slate, Hitchens also writes for The Weekly Standard, The National Review and The Independent.  He was named one of the world's 'Top 100 Public Intellectuals' by Foreign Policy and Britain's Prospect. (back cover)
       Hinduism's killing of widows is criticised (p 208), and their idea of a limited number of years for hell's duration is discussed (p 219).
       Judaism and Islam are criticised in the pages opposing the circumcision of little boys, and the animists and some Muslims are criticised for cutting part of little girls' pudendae (see p 223).  He also excoriates the masturbation taboo (see pp 214-15 and 226 ff).
       The author quotes the damnation, by the elders of the Amsterdam Jewish synagogue on July 27, 1656, of the great thinker Baruch Spinoza, and their order that no Judaist have any contact with, or read anything written by Spinoza, giving any who did the curse which prophet Elisha laid upon the children (p 261).  (Two she-bears came and tore 42 children after the curse, according to 2 Kings 2:24, or 4 Kings 2:24 in R.C. reckoning.)  The Roman Catholic Vatican, and the Calvinist authorities in Holland, joined in the multi-national suppression of Spinoza's writings (pp 261-2).
       Bible: He sees a nightmare in the Old Testament stories, and shows that the Jewish savant Maimonides praised the crucifixion of Jesus as being a great achievement of the Jewish elders (p 111).  The author sees contradictions in the New Testament, reminds us that Mary seems not to have remembered the prophecies of the Archangel Gabriel and is surprised at Jesus' childhood talks to the temple scholars (p 116).  He gives evidence that the adulterous woman episode was not part of the original Gospel of John, chapter 8, verses 3-11 (pp 120-22).
       Orthodox Christian bishops and priests in the 20th century often blessed the genocidal army of Serbia's Slobodan Milosevic (a former Communist), which shelled the Croatian Catholic cities of Vukovar and Dubrovnik, and attacked the mainly Muslim city of Sarajevo.  His thugs dynamited several historic minarets in Banja Luka during a cease-fire as part of an effort to destroy evidence of the Ottoman Muslim occupation of Serb lands (p 21).
       Roman Catholic Church: Fascism in southern Europe around the 1930s was not condemned by the RCC.  Mussolini even gave as a justification for using poison gas against Abyssinia (Ethiopia), that the Christians there had persisted in Monophysitism (a dogma about whether Jesus had a human and / or divine nature). (see p 236)
       The Vatican signed a Concordat with the Nazi German dictator, Adolph Hitler, in 1933 (see p 228).
       "The cardinal of Austria proclaimed his enthusiasm at Hitler's takeover* of his country at the time of the Anschluss." (p 236)
       The Nazis did not keep the promises they made in the Concordat.  Yet, on the Vatican's orders, every year from 1939, on Hitler's birthday (April 20), the German leading bishop sent praise, and wrote that German Catholics were offering fervent prayers to heaven on their altars (see p 239).
       Nazi Germany's puppet regime in occupied Slovakia was actually led by an R.C. priest, Father Tiso (p 236).
       After the warmonger Hitler suicided in April 1945, the RC leader of the RC Irish Free State, Eamon de Valera, went to the German embassy in Dublin to offer Ireland's official condolences (p 237).
       After the atrocities of September 11, 2001, and an attack on Iraq was being discussed by the West, "the pope disgraced himself utterly by issuing a personal invitation to the wanted war criminal Tariq Aziz," who murdered children, and was a senior Catholic member of a ruling fascist-style party (Iraq's) (p 34).
       Islam: The Koran had been written on "paper, stones, palm leaves, shoulder blades, ribs, and bits of leather."  Some Muslim authors say it was gathered together during the first caliphate, that of Abu Bakr, immediately after Mohammad's death; others say it was the fourth caliph, Ali, who did this.  The majority, the Sunnis, say it was Caliph Uthman, reigned 644-656, who made the finalised decision (see pp 130-131).
       The Arabic language at the time had undotted and odd vowels, generating wildly different readings.  Written Arabic even today uses dots to distinguish consonants like "b" and "t", and in its original form had no sign or symbol for short vowels.  To take one instance of the difficulty, the Arabic words written on the outside of the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, are different from any version in the Koran.  It is doubtful that the world really has a fully accurate Koran, in spite of what Muslim leaders say (see p 131).
       The Islamic belief that all is arranged by Allah in advance, in this is somewhat similar to the predestination dogma of the Christian reformer John Calvin (see p 234), i.e., Calvinism.
       Saddam Hussein misused Islam to bolster his cruel dictatorship (pp 25-26).
       After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, an Al-Qaeda leader, Jordanian ex-gaolbird named Abu Musab as-Zarqawi, launched a frenzied campaign of murder and sabotage against the long-oppressed Shiite majority!  He wrote to his leader Osama Bin Laden that one reason was the Shiites were heretics to the Muslim faith, and secondly if a religious war could be induced in Iraq, the plans of the "crusader" West could be set at naught. (pp 26-27)
       Protestantism: Calvin's Geneva was a totalitarian state, and he burned Servetus, another reformer, alive.  Some such Christians have an urge to ban books, silence dissenters, condemn outsiders, etc. (p 233)
       German Protestantism surrendered to the German Nazi regime, except for a few brave resisters (see p 238).  The Roman Catholic Vatican headquarters co-operated with the Nazis, even ordering the Catholic Centre Party to disband (p 238).  An encyclical exposing Nazi racial and political theories, and later resistance, were "too little, too late."  Pope Pius XII's infamous 1939 letter toadying to Adolf Hitler is quoted (p 239-40).
       Other faiths: The author also exposes Buddhism by the part which it played in wartime Japan in inducing fanaticism and enrolling suicide pilots (p 201), and the Orange People (Bhagwan Sri Rajneesh, pp 195-98).  Mrs Harris exposed Joseph Smith's supposed translations of the Book of Mormon. (pp 163-4).  The author attacks several religions for fostering anti-Judaism (which, like most people, he misnames "anti-Semitism").
       Scripture he did like: The Bible verse that Hitchens likes is Philippians 4:8 (p 12).
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    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/religion/religbooks.htm#god_is_not_great
       DETAILS: Allen & Unwin, info@allen andunwin. com , Crows' Nest (NSW, Australia), 2007; 318pp, soft covers, 15 x 23 cm (6 x 9 in), contents, index, bibliography, endnotes. ISBN 978 1 74175 22 9, Dewey 201.5.
       [FOOTNOTE: * "The cardinal of Austria proclaimed his enthusiasm at Hitler's takeover " See - Austrian Cardinal Innitzer welcomed Nazism to Austria and urged a Ja vote. – refer page 476, William L. Shirer, 1960 (orig 1959), The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Fawcett Crest Books, United States of America. ENDS.] [2007]

    • NICOLLE, David; HALDON, John; and TURNBULL, Stephen; 2007;   THE FALL OF CONSTANTINOPLE:   The Ottoman Conquest of Byzantium

     
      The Byzantine empire was not called by that name in its own time, but the people called themselves Rhomaioi, i.e., Romans.  The word "Byzantine" was used only to describe inhabitants of the capital city on the Bosphorus, Constantinople, anciently called Byzantion. (p 14).  (On maps it is now shown as Istanbul.) The Fall of Constantinople, NICOLLE, HALDON, TURNBULL
       The empire could be called the "mediaeval eastern Roman empire," but this is more longwinded than the word Byzantium used in the literature.  It was the successor empire, the eastern half of what had been the Roman empire, which at times contained the lands around the Mediterranean Sea and much of western Europe.
       Its rulers were Greek-speaking, not Latin speakers.  Its religion, as Christianity changed, became more and more what we call the Orthodox Christian faith.
       The fall of Constantinople was a shock for Christendom.  It cut the trade of the Italian states through the Dardanelles and Bosphorus to the Crimea, and thus to the growing Russian and other states bordering the Black Sea. (p 141)
       The stupidity of the Western or Latin Christians shows up at times through the pages of this book.  As the armies and navies of the pagans, i.e., the Muslim Ottoman Turks, were closing in, the Pope sent an emissary to order the beleaguered Constantinople authorities to accept the Pope as Christ's representative on earth, with full plenitude of power.  (Even when Orthodox leaders accept this, their followers prevent it occurring.)
    The Khazar alliance
       From the later 5th century to A.D. 1453, Byzantium had always been at war, defending and at times attacking (p 14).
       The steppe region from the plain of Hungary through south Russia and north of the Caspian Sea was very important to Byzantium.
       It became the home of many nomadic peoples of Turkic stock.  Constantinople had been able to establish good relations with the Chazars / Khazars from the 630s, and their khans remained faithful allies of most Byzantine emperors. (p 49)
       (Other books tells us that the Chazars became converted to Judaism, and were an important buffer state for centuries.)
       Read this fascinating book, as a beginning of the study of how greed and religious intolerance of Western Europeans, mistakes by all players, and the turns of good and bad luck over the centuries kept this brilliant civilisation alive.
       The dark side of the days of the siege include the murder by the Byzantine Orthodox "Christians" of 260 Ottoman prisoners, on April 29, 1453 (p 12), exactly a month before Constantinople fell.
       Only when the buffer state, the Hungarian empire, collapsed in the early 16th century did the other Western Christians begin to fully realise the danger from the East. (p 243)
       DETAILS: Osprey Publishing www.ospreypublishing.com , 2007, Oxford and New York; (Previously published as three separate books.)  ISBN 978 1 84603 200 4; 256 pp, hard covers, 20 x 25 cm (~ 8 x 10 in), copious coloured and plain pictures, chronology, appendix, select bibliography, index (hard to read).
       CONTACT: info AT ospreydirect DOT com
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/reading.htm#fall_of_constantinople
    [2007]

    • O'KANE, Bernard; 2007,   Treasures of  Islam;  

      Artistic glories of the Muslim world.
     
       Treasures of Islam, Bernard O'KANE A magnificent illustrated compendium of the greatest art and monuments of Islam – from the ornately tiled splendour of the mosque complexes at Isfahan in Iran to the heavenly serenity of the Taj Mahal mausoleum at Agra in India – portrayed in more than 170 superb colour photographs.
  • Shows examples of the finest craftsmanship, from exquisite manuscript illumination and jewellery to intricately adorned metalwork, textiles and ceramics, with a fascinating commentary on the symbolism used and the underlying beliefs represented.
  • Provides a historical and cultural overview that traces the expansion of Islam across continents and cultures, revealing both uniformity and diversity of art and practices.
  • Unrivalled coverage of the great Islamic kingdoms and empires of history, featuring beautiful buildings such as Ottoman Turkey's Selimiye Mosque and spectacular sites such as the Alhambra palace complex in Moorish Spain. (adapted from back cover)
       The Christian Byzantine (Roman Empire in the East) empire was at its height under Justinian (ruled 527-65 AD), who built Constantinople's magnificent Hagia Sophia cathedral, which after its conquest in 1453, inspired Muslim architects for centuries.
       But around 641 the Muslims had conquered Syria (south-west Asia), a part of that Christian empire, and much of the decoration of the earliest Islamic monuments also is thus of Roman or Byzantine origin, as are the forms of some buildings. (adapted from page 14).  See pp 30-32.
       BERNARD O'KANE is Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at The American University in Cairo.  His previous appointments include at Harvard and Berkeley universities. (dust jacket)
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       DETAILS: Duncan Baird Publishers, 2007, London, ISBN 978-1-84483-446-4; 224 pp, hard cover, 24 x 31 cm (9½ x 12¼ in), index, bibliography, glossary, many images. UK £25. [2007]

    • WRIGHT, Lawrence; ©2006; 2007,   The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda's road to 9/11  

       
       In November, 47 women decided it was time to challenge the Saudi Kingdom's informal ban on female driving.  After their demonstration, Prince Naif banned the practice.  The chief cleric, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Baz, called female driving a source of depravity.  The women lost their passports.  Several, who had been professors in the women's college of the King Saud University, were dismissed – their students said that they did not want to be taught by "infidels." p 159 The Looming Tower, Lawrence WRIGHT
       "Music," he declared, "Is the flute of the devil." p 167
       There are three streams that fed the Taliban money and arms from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, the madrassas (Koranic schools) in Pakistan just across the Afghan border (Pakistan has failed to set up a public education system); and opium which was taxed at 10 per cent, partly in return for keeping the roads clear of evildoers. p 227
       There is a disputed hadith that states that in the last days the armies of Islam will unfold black banners (like the flag of the Taliban) and come out of Khorasan.  (He had fled to Jalalabad area, and started calling the area Khorasan.) p 233
       In Egypt, on November 27, 1997, six Islamists entered a historic temple.  The tourists tried to hide, but there was no escape.  The screams of the victims were countered by the cries of "Allahu akhbar!" from the attackers.  The killing went on for 45 minutes. p 257
       The men who came to train in Afghanistan in the 1990s were from the middle or upper class, largely college-educated.  They were not over-religious, and none showed signs of mental disorders. p 301
       Osama bin Laden, in a videotaped speech found on the computer of a Hamburg cell member, quoted the Quran, 4th sura,
    Wherever you are, death will find you,
    even in the looming tower.
    p 350
       (Winner of a 2007 Pulitzer Prize.)
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/reading.htm#looming_tower
       DETAILS: Penguin Books, (©2006) 2007, London, ISBN 978-0-1410-2935-1; 470 pp, soft covers, 13 x 20 cm (5 x 7 7/8 in), index, photographs, bibliography, endnotes, author interviews, principal characters list, acknowledgements and notes on sources. UK £8.99, AUD $25.95, Penguin.
       [KORAN (said to be the Angel Gabriel's message from Allah):  4:78 or 4:80:- Wherever you be, death will overtake you: though you put yourself in lofty towers. (N.J.Dawood translation, 2003 edition; similar in J.M.Rodwell's 2001 edition; but there is no word "lofty" or "looming" in Abdullah Yusuf Ali's, Saudi revision 1992-93 A.D.]   DOCTRINE ENDS.] [©2006; 2007]

    • GHAHRAMANI, Zarah, and HILLMAN, Robert
    , ? 2007, My Life as a Traitor     
       ONE of Iran's youngest female political prisoners has been granted permanent residency in Australia, after being imprisoned for 29 days for campaigning for women's rights in Tehran.
      [Picture] My Life as a Traitor front cover.     Picture: Scribe Publications 
       Zarah Ghahramani was just 20 when she was taken off the streets of Tehran and transported to Evin, a prison the size of a small town, on the outskirts of the city. The prison is used by the Iranian regime to hold political prisoners.
       She was beaten, and her head was shaved.  On release, she was dumped in a desert and stripped of her right to attend university.  She was helped out of Iran by the Australian writer Robert Hillman, who has helped her write a book about the experience: My Life as a Traitor.
       Hillman met Ghahramani in June 2003, when he was standing on a Tehran street corner, notebook in hand.  Ghahramani, who had only recently been released, noted his Western looks, walked boldly up to him and asked him if they could talk.
       Iranian women are trying to collect a million signatures to force the Iranian regime to make changes that would give them the right to have access to their children after divorce, to give women's evidence the same weight as that of a man in court and the right of women to work in different professions. []
       – The Weekend Australian, "Iranian 'traitor' finds her freedom," by Caroline Overington, p 10, June 23-24, 2007
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/reading.htm#my_life_as_a_traitor
    [? 2007]

    • ALI, Ayaan Hirsi, 2007,  Infidel: My Life.
         
      

    Infidel: My Life

    , January 2007, By Ayaan Hirsi ALI
       Infidel: My Life; Ayaan Hirsi ALI The astonishing life story of the renowned campaigner for religious tolerance and women's rights, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
       The brutal murder of the Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh in 2004 shocked the world. Shot and mutilated by a Muslim fanatic as he cycled to work, it was a stark reminder of the dangers of challenging an extreme Islamic worldview.
       It also changed the life of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, van Gogh's collaborator on the film that had offended his murderer. Born in Somalia and raised a Muslim, she had escaped an arranged marriage and made a new life as a Dutch parliamentarian, championing the reform of Islam and its attitude to women's rights. She now has twenty-four-hour police protection, but refuses to let that inhibit her willingness to speak out.
       THE INFIDEL is Ayaan Hirsi Ali's astonishing story. Recounting the extraordinary transition from a third-world upbringing to her current status as one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, it is a truly remarkable autobiography that is as gripping as it is inspiring. # (Booktopia synopsis)
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/reading.htm#infidel_my_life
       DETAILS: 368pp (says Barnes & Noble), Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Limited, Format: Paperback, Language: English, Dimensions (cm): 23.400 x 15.300, ISBN: 074329503X, ISBN-13: 9780743295031, US $31.46 at Booktopia. [2007]

    • PHILLIPS, Melanie; 2006,  Londonistan: How Britain is Creating a Terror State Within.

       
       This book examines how and why this has happened. Two broad reasons are given: first, Britain no longer believes in itself, no longer cherishes its founding values, and no longer thinks it has a role to play in the world.
      [Picture] LONDONISTAN: How Britain is Creating a Terror State Within, Melanie PHILLIPS; Encounter Books website.   
       Second, British authorities have seriously misjudged the threat of Islamic terrorism. Therefore Britain is engaged in a policy of denial, appeasement, blaming itself, and hiding its head in the sand. These two major factors have led to London becoming the "hub of European terror networks".
       Phillips examines numerous factors that have contributed to the demoralisation of England. Large numbers of Muslim migrants, multiculturalism, rampant anti-Americanism, secularisation, the victim culture and postcolonial guilt have all led to a loss of national self-belief.
       This severely weakened national self-identity has been further encouraged by a decrepit Anglican church, which seems to have lost its theological moorings.
       "London has become the epicentre of Islamic militancy in Europe". That is, it has "become the major European centre for the promotion, recruitment and financing of Islamic terror and extremism". – "Britain's homegrown terrorists," News Weekly (Australia), Book reviewed by Bill Muehlenberg, pp 19-20, October 14, 2006
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/reading.htm#londonistan_how_britain_is
    [2006]

    • SPENCER, Robert; 2005;   The Politically Incorrect Guide ™ to    ISLAM (and the Crusades)  

        The Politically Incorrect Guide to ISLAM (and the Crusades); Robert SPENCER
       Everything (well, almost everything) you know about Islam and the Crusades is wrong because most textbooks and popular history books are written by left-wing academics and Islamic apologists who justify their contemporary political agendas with contrived historical "facts." But fear not: Robert Spencer refutes popular myths and reveals facts that you won't be taught in school and will never hear on the evening news.
       He supplies a revealing list of "Books You're Not Supposed to Read" (as far as the PC left is concerned) and takes you on a fast-paced, politically incorrect tour of Islamic teaching and Crusades history that will give you all the information you need to understand the true nature of the global conflict America faces today.
       Praise for The Politically Incorrect Guide ™ to Islam (and the Crusades)
       "To win the War on Terror, we must understand our enemies. The courageous and indefatigable Robert Spencer busts myths and tells truths about jihadists that no one else will tell. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) is indispensable reading." – Michelle Malkin, author of In Defense of Internment
       "In this book, Robert Spencer tells the truth that few in the U.S. or Europe wish to face Here is a devastating riposte to that revisionism – and a clarion call for the defence of the West before it is too late." – Ibn Warraq, author of Why I Am Not A Muslim and editor of Leaving Islam and What the Koran Really Says
       "Robert Spencer, an expert on historical jihad, responds with a 'politically incorrect' but academically sound and challenging work. Spencer displays an enormous amount of well-researched material. He throws the ball back into the camp of Arabist historians." – Dr. Walid Phares, author of Lebanese Christian Nationalism: The Rise and Fall of an Ethnic Resistance.
    Bet your teacher never told you:
    ◎ Muhammad did not teach "peace and tolerance" – he led armies and ordered the assassination of his enemies.
    ◎ The Qur'an [Koran] commands Muslims to make war on Jews and Christians
    ◎ The much-ballyhooed "Golden Age" of Islamic culture was largely inspired by non-Muslims
    ◎ What is known today as the "Islamic world" was created by a series of brutal conquests of non-Muslim lands
    ◎ The Crusades were not acts of unprovoked aggression by Europe against the Islamic world, but a delayed response to centuries of Muslim aggression
    ◎ The jihad continues today: Europe could be Islamic by the end of the twenty-first century
    ◎ Ex-Muslims must live in fear even in the United States.
       DETAILS: Regnery Publishing, www.regnery.com , © 2005, Washington.  ISBN 978-0-89526-013-0; 270 pp, soft covers, contents, index, endnote references, graphics, acknowledgements.  U.S. $19.95, Can. $25.95. Available from Freedom Publishing, Australia, for Aust. $31.
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/reading.htm#the_politically_incorrect
    [2005]

    • AL-NAHI, Donya, with COSTELLO, Eugene; ©2005   No one takes my children; The dramatic story of a mother's determination to regain her kidnapped son and daughter.  

         
       No One Takes My Children is the dramatic and inspiring story of how one woman's courage in the face of overwhelming odds brought about the reunion of her shattered family. No one takes my children, Donya AL-NAHI, Eugene COSTELLO
       A chance meeting in London drew Scottish-born Donya al-Nahi's attention to the plight of Muslim women whose husbands, disenchanted with the liberal values of the West, abduct their children and escape to their homeland.
       Enraged by this appalling severing of the mother-child relationship, Donya began a career as a professional child rescuer.
       Then the unthinkable happened.  Donya's own husband Mahmoud snatched their daughter and youngest son, and fled to Iraq.
       Donya followed immediately, borrowing what funds she could to hunt for her family.  When all leads came to nothing, she hired a private detective – but this proved fruitless also, and Donya's hopes of ever retrieving her children began to fade.
       But with the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime came news that her husband had brought their children back to his home town of Najaf.
       Donya knew she had no choice but to follow – and this time nothing would stand in her way.
       The book tells of those who helped her get the children back, including two United States tank crews!  The rescue was funded by the British newspaper The Sun (p 151).
       Surprisingly, after her husband Mahmoud returned to Britain, Donya allowed him to see the children, but watched very carefully.
       ‘I was in a daze.  How do you feel when the person you trust, who you believe to be a good person, who supports you when you're helping other mothers in that same situation, turns around and steals your kids?  How would you feel?  Distraught is not even close.  In the space of an hour, my whole world had caved in.’
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       DETAILS: HarperCollinsPublishers 2005, Australia, London, etc. ISBN 0 7322 8252 7; 234 pp, soft covers, 15.5 x 23.5 cm (6 1/8 x 9 1/4 in), no index, photographs, acknowledgements, bought in November 2008 secondhand from Warwick Book Exchange, metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. [2005]

    • ALI, Tariq; 2004;    Bush in Babylon: The recolonisation of Iraq

       
       Bush in Babylon; Tariq ALI 'A precious jewel of a book.' - Il Manifesto, Rome. (front cover)
       This paperback edition has a new postcript: "Blood Meridian: Year One of the Occupation."
       'When you have an ugly occupation you can't have a beautiful resistance.' - Tariq Ali
       Like Tariq All's previous work, The Clash of Fundamentalisms, this book presents a magnificent cultural and political history of Iraqi resistance against empires old and new. Ali's substantial new Postscript, 'Blood Meridian: Year One of the Occupation', authoritatively dismantles the lies of favourite house Arabs such as Fouad Ajami, shatters masks of United Nations compliance with the occupation, and shines bright light both on the Anglo-American attempts to privatise Iraq, and the speed, character and endurance of the latest level of resistance.
       'An often compelling insider's perspective with some valuable insights into the sensitivities that explain why the occupying coalition in Iraq is not being treated as a savior.' - New York Times Book Review
       Tariq Ali has poured all his caustic verve and literary talent into this essay on the modern history of Iraq Drawing on the work of great Arab historians, but also on personal testimony and the works of different Iraqi poets, he reconstitutes the principal moments of a tragic history a pitiless dissection of the lies used by the Anglo-American leaders to legitimate their recent imperial expedition in Iraq.' - Le Monde Diplomatique
       'Caustic warnings run through Bush in Babylon: The Recolonisation of Iraq by Tariq Ali who criticises pro-American academic and media apologists for stressing that Bush's policies are "the only way to stabilise the world" undeniably passionate.' - Financial Times
       'Hard facts, sharp political analysis and literary insertions that evoke the richness of Arab culture unlikely to soothe the middle-class nerves of our harmony-seeking "Gutmenschen".' - Suddeutsche Zeitung
       The charm of stylish dissent: less Chomsky, more poetry. Empires may come and go but Tariq Ali, the rebel who has lost the streets but gained the ghettos, is here to stay, to fight on Buy his spirit.' - India Today
       'A strikingly erudite tour of Iraqi and Middle Eastern history and, at points, a survey of the work of secular-nationalist Arabic poets such as the Syrian Nizar Qabbani and the Iraqi exile Mudhaffar al-Nawab.' - Philadelphia City Paper
       Tariq Ali is a writer and film-maker. He has written over a dozen books on world history and politics, five novels and scripts for both stage and screen. He is an editor of New Left Review and lives in London. (back cover)
       Cover design: Slab
       DETAILS: Verso, the imprint of New Left Books, <www.versobooks.com>:- UK: 6 Meard Street, London W1F OEG; USA: 180 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014-4606.  Paperback: 262 + x pages; 15·3 x 20·5 x centimetres (6 x 8 x 3/4 inch), ISBN 1-84467-512-2. RRP: US $12, / £7.99 / CAN $18
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    [To this website 26 Oct 2011; 2003, paperback 2004]

    • SOOKHDEO, Patrick; 2004;   UNDERSTANDING    ISLAMIC  TERRORISM  

        
    Understanding Islamic Terrorism, Dr Patrick SOOKHDEO Understanding Islamic Terrorism, by Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, tells us that war has featured overtly in Islamic theology and thought from its earliest days until now. the well-defined classical interpretation which was followed in the early years of Islam, and to which modern Islamic terrorists look for their justification. is used in our own age.
       COMMENTATORS: "Dr Patrick Sookhdeo a book of great scholarship and clarity, which examines the roots and nature of Islamic jihad. most strongly commended to everyone who wants to know more about Islam and especially for use in universities." – Ivar Hellberg, OBE, Director of the Resilience Centre at Cranfield University at the UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham.
       "This outstanding work the importance for the West actively working to treat Islam with understanding and respect in place of contempt and humiliation becomes ever more urgent, or else the war on terrorism may indeed become a war on Islam as some of the radicals already claim. " – Major General (Retd) the Reverend Ian Durie CBE, Formerly Director Royal Artillery (and commanded the British Divisional Artillery in the First Gulf War 1990-1), now Church of England minister
       Patrick Sookhdeo is Director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity He holds a Ph.D. from London University's School of Oriental and African Studies He lectures to the British armed forces and to NATO on Islam and Islamic terrorism. 
    (back cover)
       "One has to face the facts of faith and practice which are sometimes ugly and often very alien to our own.  One has to admit to glaring mistakes made by the West in trying to cope with Islam over the past thirteen hundred years.  (From the preface, pages 5-7, by:) General Sir Hugh Beach, GBE, KCB, MC., Royal Engineers (retired).
       DETAILS: Patrick SOOKHDEO, Ph.D., D.D.; 2004; Isaac Publishing, Pewsey, (The Old Rectory, River St, Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5DB, England).  ISBN 978-0-1410-2935-1; 302 pp, soft covers, 13 x 19·5 x 1·7 cm (5 x 7 3/4 x 5/8 in), contents, index, 6 appendices (including the reputed Osama Bin Laden audiotape of January 4, 2004), glossary, bibliography, Index of Qur'an references, Index of Hadith references. Purchase from the publisher http://www.isaacpublishing.com , or Barnabas Fund, http://www.barnabasfund.org .
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    (To webpages 30 Aug 2009) [2004]

    • “SOUAD”, 2004, Burned Alive; The shocking, true story of one woman’s escape from an ‘honour’ killing.

      In collaboration with Marie-Thérèse CUNY, (orig. 2003), translated from the French by Judith S. ARMBRUSTER.     
       Also marketed as Burned Alive: A Victim of the Law of Men
       When "Souad" was 17, living in a Palestine West Bank Arab village, she fell in love.  In her village, as in so many others, sex before marriage was considered a grave dishonour to one's family – a dishonour punishable by death. Burned Alive, SOUAD
       This was her crime, and her brother-in-law was given the task of arranging her punishment. One morning he crept up on her, poured petrol over her and set her alight. In the eyes of their community he was a hero.
       Miraculously, Souad survived, rescued by the women of her village, although she suffered horrific burns. It was only the intervention of a European aid worker that enabled her to receive the care and sanctuary she so desperately needed. She has now decided to tell her story and uncover the barbarity of honour killings,
       Burned Alive is a shocking testimony, a true story of almost unbelievable cruelty that speaks of amazing courage and of one woman's determination to survive. It is also a call to break the taboo of silence that surrounds this most brutal of practices that ignores the plight of so many other women who are also victims of traditional violence.
       'The terrifying memoir of a young Palestinian woman Her ordeal reveals the scandalous treatment of women that is the real human rights abuse in the West Bank'Sunday Telegraph
       Souad lifts the veil on life in a 1970s Muslim society in a simply-told, true account that chills, appals and ultimately heartens in equal measure what you will take away with you is a deeper understanding of the strength of the innate will to survive.Ireland on Sunday
       Souad was saved largely by Jacqueline of a humanitarian organization, Terre des Hommes, directed by Edmond Kaiser. (see p 177)
       "I have met girls who have come from afar, as I did years ago.  They are in hiding.  One young girl has no legs:  she was attacked by two neighbour men who tied her up and put her in the path of a train.  I have never met any other burned women.  They haven't survived.  And still I hide, I cannot use my real name, show my face.  I can only speak out.  It is the only weapon I have." (pp 292-93)
       Souad now lives in Europe.  She is married, and has three children.
       ISBN 978-0-553-81630-3; UK £6.99; www.booksat transworld. co.uk ; Cover photograph © Katz Pictures
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    [(orig 2003) 2004]

    MOXON, Steve, 2004;   THE GREAT IMMIGRATION SCANDAL  

     
       Book review: http:// entertainment. timesonline. co.uk/tol/ arts_and_ entertainment/ books/article 493472.ece , by Frank Field, The Sunday Times (Britain); Imprint Academic £14.95, pp 256; October 17, 2004
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    [2004]

    • Fast Facts on Islam; What You Need to Know Now.
      ©2001.

     Fast Facts® on Islam 


    What You Need to Know Now
       Book, © 2001, by John ANKERBERG and John WELDON, Harvest House Publishers, Eugene (Oregon, U.S.A.), Pages 102-04
       Chapter 30:  Is Radical Muslim Terrorism Non-Islamic?
       [] Certainly, radical Islam is not how the religion is practiced by the majority of Muslims, who are nonviolent. the radicals their message would not find the success it has were there not some supporting basis within Islam.  Three "supports" for their message are Kharijism, Wahhabism, and jihad.
       Two forms of Islam
       Kharijism was an early sect in Islam that fits quite well with modern radical Islam.  In early Islam, a civil war was fought over the "true" successor to Muhammad, a conflict that led to the division between the majority Sunni and minority Shiite branches of Islam.  A group later named the Kharijites ("withdrawers") believed that only God could determine the proper successor, and that He would let His will be known in battle.
       The Kharijites
    held that any person who strayed from the perfect practice of Islam was ipso facto an apostate and could be killed.  And they believed that only they had the true notion of what Islam required.  They had the true notion of what Islam required. [sic. This repetition is as printed.]  They applied their doctrine with a ferocity against both the developing Sunni and Shi’a traditions of Islam.   Their tactics were frightfully violent, and it took centuries before they were put down. 172
       [] "Kharijite uprisings continuedin Iran, Iraq and Arabia;Kharijism was suppressed in Iraq but continued to play an important political role in eastern Arabia, North Africa, and eastern Africa.  Kharijism survives today in these areas." 174
       The form of Islam called Wahhabism also lends itself to extremists like [Osama] bin Laden.  Muwahhidun, the term used by followers, was founded by Muhammad ibn ’Abd al-Wahhab (1703-1792) in Saudi Arabia, and is predicated on the Sunni teachings of Ibn Hanbal (780-855). [] Muwahhidun became an inspiration to other Islamic reform movements from India and Sumatra to North Africa and the Sudan. []
       Wahhabism's ultimate purpose is to bring about a global revolution based on Wahhabi teachings, []
       Because much other Islamic tradition also divides the world into two opposing camps, the dar al-Islam (the realm of Islam) and the dar al-harb (the realm of war), between which there is to be unending conflict, the radicals feel further justified in their point of view, and believe that Islam is destined for victory by Allah.
       [] But in spite of what moderates may believe, and even though the radicals do not completely represent true Islam today, they do have a basis in Islamic history for their beliefs.
    ___________________
       ENDNOTES:
    172.  David F. Forte, "Radical Islam vs. Islam," (<http://www. heritage. org/views/ 2001/ ed091901. html>)
    174.  <http://www. princeton. edu/~batke/ itl/denise/ kharijis. htm>

       [EMPHASIS, i.e., the bolding, of the two words in battle was added by the Webmaster. ENDS.]
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    [To WWW May 06, 2008; book 2001]

    • HUSAIN, Ed, 2007, The Islamist; Why I joined radical Islam in Britain, what I saw inside and why I left.

           
       Ed Husain is the man we were all looking for after the 7/7 bombings in London two years ago. The Islamist, Ed HUSAIN; Penguin book Not to "help police with their investigations", as they still say during police manhunts, but to help a stunned nation understand what had happened to it. Like dozens of other reporters, I walked the streets of Leeds talking to the friends and families of three of the July 7 bombers in an unsuccessful attempt to understand how three boys born there and a fourth who had emigrated from Jamaica as a baby had turned into homegrown Islamic terrorists, young men capable of playing a friendly game of cricket one summer evening and then blowing up trains and buses jammed with their fellow Britons the next morning.
       Husain knows how that transformation happened because he has been through the same process of alienation, grooming and indoctrination. The East London-born son of Indian and Bangladeshi immigrants spent five years moving deeper and deeper into radical Islamist circles in London and has written a book explaining his time as an active player in the groups that he now believes prepare young Muslims to be potential terrorists.
       That book, The Islamist, is the first such account by a highly articulate young Briton of his journey into and out of that mindset, and it has been eagerly welcomed by British commentators and politicians who are still desperately trying to understand what leads to such extremism, and how to battle it. – The Weekend Australian, "The enemy within," by Peter Wilson, Books, Review section pp 8-9, June 16-17, 2007
       ¶ And see STM Entertainment, a supplement of The Sunday Times (Perth, W. Australia), book review by Anna Kurnuszko, p 24, August 19, 2007.
       The failed bombings in London and Glasgow have thrown into the spotlight the latest breed of terrorist – the educated professional. Husain is a British Muslim of a middle-class family who felt alienated at high school from the many recently-arrived Bangladeshi students.  He was an extremist from age 16 for five years. "A book that should be read, but will it?" Verdict: Top-notch. Penguin, $24.95. (Acknowledgement: E.B.)
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    [2007]

    • EGGERS, Dave, 2007, What is the What: The Autobiography of Achak Deng

    . [Partially fiction]   
       Acclaimed novelist Dave Eggers has turned a genocide survivor's memories into a powerful novel about the attacks of the Janjaweed against black Africans in Sudan.
       It has fictionalised accounts mixed in with the memories of one of the "lost boys" who walked more than 1000km across desert and jungle to a Kenyan refugee camp.
       He says he saw raids on his southern Sudan home area, children taken as slaves, and much cruelty. – based on The West Australian, WeekendExtra page 7, Saturday, August 4, 2007 [2007]

    • GABRIEL, Brigitte, September 2006, Because They Hate: A survivor of Islamic terror warns America.

       
       Lebanon used to be a rare democracy in a very dark Near East.  It had a Christian majority; Muslims and non-Muslims were said to live together in peace and calm, with the highest living standard in the area.
      [Picture] Because They Hate front cover.     Picture: Powell's Books.  
       But in 1975 radical Muslims from surrounding nations declared jihad on the Lebanese Christians, and poured into southern Lebanon to set up a Muslim state, and to impose sharia law.
       The author was a Maronite Christian girl, who was 10 years old when the rape of Lebanon began, and lived through the terror.
       In her book she says that the radical Muslims warned of what they were going to do, and they have also warned of what they intend to do to the Western nations, having declared a holy war against the West.
       The hatred and venom that Muslims have for Jews is discussed carefully.
       Muslim radicals set up rocket attacks from Christian areas, then quickly pull out, leaving the Israeli reprisals to fall on the Christians.
       The Arabic terms relating to the propaganda that the radical Muslims use are taqiyya (deception) and kitman (secrecy).
       The author states that the Islamic obligation to impose its rule on the world are at the heart of mainstream Islam.  We must reject the myth of moderate Islam.
       MORE DETAILS: New York: St Martin's Press; hard cover, 272 pages, recommended retail price AUD$49.95. Based on a review by Bill Muehlenberg, in News Weekly (Australia), March 31, 2007, pp 20 and 22.
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    [2006]

    • MAI, Mukhtar, with Marie Thérèse CUNY, transl. Linda COVERDALE, 2006, In the Name of Honour.

          
    In the Name of Honour, Mukhtar MAI, 2006; Photograph © Anjum Naveed/A.P./Sipa; 22.2kb Mukhtar Mai came to prominence in June 2002, when journalists in Pakistan first learned of her gang rape, punishment for an 'honour crime' allegedly committed by her brother, an offence for which there was never any proof.
       After the horrific rape, custom dictated that she would kill herself. But Mai defied custom. In an unprecedented act of courage, she took her rapists to court.
       In this rousing and moving account, Mai describes her experiences and readers get a rare look inside a world of ancient tribal justice, rampant illiteracy, poverty, and economic and sexual bondage.
       Mukhtar Mai pitted herself against the system with extraordinary courage and strength of purpose.  Timely and topical, In the Name of Honour is the inspirational true story of a woman who continues to fight against exceptional odds; since the trial some of the convictions have been overturned, leaving Mai in a decidedly dangerous situation.
       Nevertheless, Mukhtar Mai remains in her village where she runs the first ever school for girls - seeded with money awarded to her by the Pakistani government in her historic settlement - and is an eager pupil there herself.
       ‘It is because of the support of the world that I feel brave’
     -- Mukhtar Mai
       [DESCRIPTION: London, Virago Press www.virago. co.uk, A memoir. 174pp, No contents, no index, 1 picture - Photograph © Anjum Naveed/A.P./Sipa.  15·3 x 23·3cm (6 x 9 1/8 inches), soft covers, ISBN 978-1-84408-409-8, U.K. £10.99.  Originally published in French by Oh! Editions, Paris. ENDS.]
       [FOOTNOTE: The original name of the author was Mukhtaran Bibi (p 70 and p 150).  Her book was written with Marie Thérèse Cuny, translated by Linda Coverdale.  Preface by Nicholas D. Kristof.  ENDS.]
       [LINKS: To help her work with schools for girls and boys, contact the Mukhtar Mai Women Welfare Organization at www.mukhtar maiwwo. org , or mukhtarmaiwwwo AT gmail DOT com . ENDS.]
       [DOCTRINE: 4:15 (or 4:14, or 4:19):- If any of your women be guilty of whoredom, then bring four witnesses against them from among yourselves; and if they bear witness to the fact, shut them up in their houses till death release them, or Allah make some way for them. DOCTRINE ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: This is why Islamic Sharia courts hardly ever find any man guilty of rape.  The Koranic law has been written so that no MAN will be convicted -- who could really expect that there will be four adult male Muslim men witnessing the rape (and, not offering to help the victim, No?).  If, however, the woman says that there was sex, she has condemned herself to the punishment for nonmarital sex, which they confusedly call "adultery". ENDS.] [2006]

    • CHULOV, Martin, 2006, Australian Jihad.

       
       AUSTRALIA: Core Islamic belief: Religion, politics & military action are inseparable.
       So just who is to blame for this very obvious National Security Risk? How do you feel about your tax dollars funding Islamic expansion in Australia & Indonesia?
       Will the Government fix it? Can the Government fix it? Will the Politicians fix it? Can the Politicians fix it?
       It can be done if we, the voters tell them to fix it, Vote the current establishment out; that is the coalition, Labor and Democrats, and vote in a party or independent loyal to Australia.
       The bloodstained militancy of Islam against the non-Muslim world is set in stone. Muhammad has made an ongoing certainty of this fact.
       The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils has made a Public Statement, "There is only one Islam".
       The Howard Government once again is advocating appeasement, which previous examples have shown is the forerunner to disaster.
       Australian Female Citizens in particular need to know what Islam has exclusively in store for them. #
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    – E-mail, November 22, relayed December 15, 2006. www.ideology­aus.com [2006]

    • ALI, Abdullah Yusuf; (translator; original 1934, revised 1998) 2002;    The holy Qur’an  

      [= The holy Koran]
       The Holy Qur'an; tr. Abdullah Yusuf ALI Since 1934, when the monumental work of Abdullah Yusuf Ali was first brought out, there have been numerous reprints and millions of copies distributed throughout the world, says the Introduction, dated Ramadan 1418 A.H. (or January 1998). (page VII)
       In this newly typeset edition, changes include putting "Allah" instead of "God," since it was felt that this name was now more widely understood and accepted by today's readers.
       Also, the Arabic word rasūl has been translated as "Messenger" rather than "Apostle."  The English transliteration of the original Arabic has been standardised, and the Roman numerals (I, II, III) of the sūrah and āyah (chapters and verses) have been converted to Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3). (p VII, signed by "IPCI: Islamic Vision", Birmingham)
       SELECTED PASSAGES:
       Koran 2:278-79:- O you who believe!  Fear Allah, and give up what remains of your demand for usury  If you do it not, take notice of war from Allah and His Messenger:
       2:282:- In transactions involving future obligations get two witnesses out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women
       4:3:- marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four; or (a captive) that your right hands possess.
       4:11
    :- Allah (thus) directs you as regards your children's (inheritance):  To the male, a portion equal to that of two females.
       5:51:- O you who believe!  Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors:  They are but friends and protectors to each other.  And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them.  Surely, Allah guides not a people unjust.  <http://­www.­multimediaquran.com/­quran/0­05/005-051.htm>
       8:12:- Remember your Lord inspired the angels (with the message):  "I am with you:  give firmness to the Believers:  I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers.  Smite you above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them." <http://­www.­multimediaquran.com/­quran/0­08/008-012.htm>
       9:29:- Fight those of the People of the Book, until they pay the jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
       33:51:- [[O Prophet!]] You may defer (the turn of) any of them [[wives]] that you please and you may receive any you please.
       47:13:- And how many cities have We destroyed (for their sins)?
       66:2:- Allah has already ordained for you, (O men), the expiation of your oaths. <http://­www.­multimediaquran.com/­quran/­066/066-002
       DETAILS: Publisher: Goodword Books, <www.goodwordbooks.com>, (© 2001) 2002, New Delhi (India).  Category: Scripture - Muslim.  478 + x pages, soft covers, approx 14 x 21·7 x 2·2 centimetres (approx. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 7/8 inches), contents plus alphabetical list of sūrahs (chapters), index, introduction dated Ramadan 1418 A.H. (or January 1998) (page VII).  Secondhand AUD $9·95 from Warwick Book Exchange, Perth metropolitan area, W. Australia.
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       [COMMENT: 2:278-79 threatens war if people charge usury, 2:282 says two women witnesses are worth one male witness, 4:3 approves a slave-girl "wife," 4:11 gives daughters half what a son gets, 5:51 says don't trust Judaists and Christians, and 9:29 says to fight them until they give in and pay a special tax, 8:12 says Allah will terrorise the non-Muslims, who are to be struck above their necks and have every finger-tip struck off, 47:13 says Allah destroyed cities, and 66:2 gives a way out of sworn oaths.
       Ali's translation is a classic!  But the overall meaning is just the same as the other translations.  The original text is not a model of non-discrimination and multiculturalism!  COMMENT ENDS.] [To webpage Dec 7, 2012; published 2002]

    • LINDSEY, Hal, 2002, The Everlasting Hatred: The Roots of Jihad book
     
      

    The Everlasting Hatred: The Roots of Jihad

    ,  2002, by Hal LINDSEY.
       The Everlasting Hatred - World Net Daily Author Hal Lindsey explains how, on Sept. 11, an ancient fight-to-the-death conflict exploded on the shores of the U.S.  Though most Americans didn't realize it, we were already involved in this struggle.  A struggle driven by a hatred that goes back over 4,000 years.
       Islamic fundamentalism's purpose is to replace the Judeo-Christian world order with an Islamic world order.  Every American needs to understand the enormity of the threat we face – and why.
       In the aftermath of 9/11 most Americans are asking:
  • Why do so many Muslims hate Jews?
  • Why do Islamic fundamentalists hate the United States and call it "The Great Satan?"
  • Why did Islamic terrorists sacrifice their own lives to kill Americans?
  • Do Islamic fundamentalists have access to weapons of mass destruction?
  • Could Islamic terrorists imperil the survival of the United States?
  • What light does Bible prophecy shed on this?
  • Does the Koran call for violence and conquest?
  • Are the Islamic fundamentalists an aberration of the Muslim religion, or are they - as they claim - the "followers of Mohammad?"
       This book will answer these questions with both Biblical and secular history. It will also bring new hope to the coming "perilous times."
       Hal Lindsey's Acknowledgment
       I would like to thank my friend, Joe Farah, CEO of the news website, www.world netdaily.com , for his indispensable help in researching this book. He is a brilliant reporter and writer and he helped me in many ways during the course of this work.
       I would also like to give a special thanks to author, historian and reporter, Joan Peters. Her best-selling book, From Time Immemorial, has been my constant companion and reference source for over fifteen years. This is the most accurate, best researched and documented work I have found on the secular issues of modern Israeli-Arab conflict. I strongly recommend this book. It can be purchased through: www.world netdaily.com .
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       DETAILS (from Amazon webpage): Paperback: 265 pages, Publisher: Oracle House Publishing (July 2002), Language: English, ISBN-10: 1931628157 ISBN-13: 978-1931628150, Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inch, Shipping Weight: 1 pound.
       Critcism of From Time Immemorial is at www.capmag. com/article. asp?ID=2140 . " Peters wants to destroy, definitively, the claims of Palestinian nationalism–and she wishes to do so without rejecting Jewish nationalism." (To the Webmaster, Peters, and Lindsey, seem to be "End Times" Christians.  If they believe in such prophecies, they ought to use their Concordances and find the New Testament prophecy that "some of you standing here" would not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.  Unfortunately, this and similar prophecies did not come true.  The claim of Peters' book that the emnity goes back 4000 years, when Islam is only 1400 years old, suggests a heavy reading slog through unprovable claims that Arabs are descended from an Israelite patriarch.)
       LINK/S: http://shop. wnd.com/store/ item.asp? DEPARTMENT_ ID=6&SUB DEPARTMENT_ ID=93&ITEM_ID=897 .
       www.amazon. com/Everlasting- Hatred-Roots- Jihad/dp/ 1931628157 , US$13.59 new, and cheaper used. [2002]

    KELEN, Betty; ©1975, 1989, 2001;   MUHAMMAD: The Messenger of God  

     
       In the seventh century after Christ, when a Meccan hero spanned the ditch at Medina, and Ali, in his twenties, came from the Muslim ranks to meet him in combat, the older man called out, "Stand away, son of my brother, send forth someone older than you, for I don't want to kill you."  Ali said, "But I want to kill you!" And he did. (based on the Foreword) Muhammad: The Messenger of God, Betty KELEN
       This incident in the life of the Prophet Muhammad gives an idea of the violence setting the tone at the very outset of Islam.  Other incidents include the piratical attacks on caravans of camels trading from Mecca to Syria, the murders of the poetess Asma (p 92) and the treacherous murder of the Judaist poet K'ab (pp 92, 104), the taking of prisoners for ransom, and the stealing of property by caravan raids or conquest of towns.
       One of the most telling incidents is the attack by young Medina men, breaking the truce of the sacred month, on a Quraysh small caravan travelling without precautions.  The raiding Muslim band killed, stole, and took prisoners. (p 83)   (The Quraysh was Muhammad's own tribe – that is, his relations and most-friendly acquaintances.)
       Muhammad received the raiders in silence, but later supposedly received a message from Heaven " Killing in the sacred month is indeed a serious matter:  but it is more serious to keep people from following in the ways of God, "  So, Muhammad vindicated the young men of Medina, although he distributed all their ill-gotten gains to the poor. (p 84)
       In another ruse, malcontent converts to Islam set up a kind of bandits' lair, preying on their own city's trading caravans, during a 10-year truce (p 130).
       Amazingly, the authoress seems to think that Muhammad was driven along such paths by a voice from Heaven. 
       The index does not show Hinduism in Arabia, although it almost certainly existed there.  The alleged treachery of the Jews / Judaists is detailed, but reading the whole book one can see this was the pot calling the kettle black.  He developed a hatred of the Jews (see the murders of at least 600 Qurayza Jews who had surrendered, p 122), and the Christians.
       Another example of betrayal is at the taking of Mecca.  He let it be known that only people who resisted were to be killed, but in reality Muhammad ordered the murders of his former secretary, plus an apostate who owned two clever dancing girls, and others.
       Elsewhere it has been written that the first and continuing victims of Islam are women.  Muhammad is quoted as saying: "You have rights over your wives, and they have rights over you Beat them, but not with severity.  Lay injunctions on women kindly, for they are prisoners with you, having no control over their persons.  You have them only as a trust from God." (p 181)
       On page 111 we read that Heaven told him to say to wives: "Stay in your houses and do not go in public decked as in the days of your former idolatry, but observe prayer, and pay the poor-rate, and obey God and the Apostle." (p 111)
       Yet, still, some of the chattering classes in the 20th and 21st century insist on tolerance of other cultures that teach beating, discrimination, and lowering the status of women – it is "multiculturalism"!  Westerners must be "inclusive"!
       When he gained ascendancy, prayer was planned for inconvenient times, interfering with daily work, and was made compulsory five times a day (p 74), people beating their heads on the ground in a way strangely undignified.
       (A CRITICISM: The book's typesetting does not have proper curly quotation marks, apostrophes, etc.  (Neither does most of this website, but that is partly to avoid the laborious work of coding each such mark.)  However, a book about Muhammad using Arabic words, romanised, needs the correct "curly" single quotation marks, which are used in transliteration of Arabic to roman letters to represent certain different sounds in the language.  That is, the 6-shaped or ‘ character represents ‘ain, and the 9-shaped or ’ character represents alif, and has other functions too.)
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/reading.htm#muhammad_the_messenger
       DETAILS: Taylor Productions, New York. ISBN 0-929098-12-7; 198 pp, soft covers, 14 x 21·7 x 1·2 cm (5½ x 8½ x ½ in), contents, index, appendix (Muhammad's wives), bibliography.  Canada $25.95.
       [KORAN: 2:217: They will ask thee concerning war in the Sacred Month.  SAY: To war therein is bad, but to turn aside from the cause of Allah, and to have no faith in Him, and in the Sacred Temple, and to drive out its people, is worse in the sight of Allah;  and civil strife is worse than bloodshed. DOCTRINE ENDS.] [1975 2001]

    • YUSUF ALI, Abdullah; Arabic text, and his translation into English and commentaries, revised and edited by The Presidency of Islamic Researches, Ifta, Call and Guidance (Saudi Arabia); Year 1413 H., i.e., 1992-93 A.D., The Holy Qur-ān (Koran)

       
    The Holy Qur-an/Koran, Saudi Arabia    Page 472; Sūrat 8, Āyat 12
    12.  Remember thy Lord inspired
          The angels (with the message):
          "I am with you:  give
          Firmness to the Believers:
          I will instil terror
          Into the hearts of the Unbelievers:
          Smite ye above their necks
          And smite all their
          Finger-tips off them."
    www.submission.org/suras/sura8.html#12 >
       Pages 507-8; Sūrat 9, Āyat 30
    30. The Jews call ‘Uzair a son
          Of Allah, and the Christians
          Call Christ the Son of Allah.
          That is a saying from their mouth;
          (In this) they but imitate
          What the Unbelievers of old
          Used to say.  Allah's curse
          Be on them:  how they are deluded
          Away from the Truth!
    www.submission.org/suras/sura9.html#30 >
      FOOTNOTES: Page 2, footnote 15. "Each chapter or portion of the Qur-ān is called a Sūra, Each verse of the Sūra is called an Āyat (plural, Āyāt), which means also a sign."
       Page 1029, footnote 3045. "Matter requiring collective action: anything that affects the Community as a whole: Jumu‘a and ‘Īd prayers but what is meant here is, I think, joint consultations with a view to joint undertakings, such as a Jīhād, or some kind of organisation in peace.
       Page 2024, footnote 6292. " before his ministry was finished, the soil was prepared for the conquest of the wide world for Islam. "
       (CONTACT: More information, for Australia, at: < www.islam-australia.net > , e-mail < info § islam - australia net > .)

       DETAILS: Arabic text with English translation of the meanings, and Commentary.  Translation of the late Ustadh Abdullah Yusuf Ali (see page vi), revised and edited by The Presidency of Islamic Researches, Ifta, Call and Guidance (page vii).  Printed at the King Fahd Complex For The Printing of The Holy Qur-ān, P.O. Box 3561, Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah, Saudi Arabia; 2140pp, 16 x 23.5cm (6 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches), hard covers, gold-blocked covers and spine; preface, contents, index, footnotes, introduction to each Sūrat.  A gift for the spreading of Allah's Word by The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd Ibn Abdul-Aziz; Not for Sale.

       [KEY: "<" and ">" are used to mark off visible Internet addresses (i.e., URLs) shown above, which are NOT in the book, but have been inserted to assist study, like this: < www.submission.org/suras/sura9.html#31 >.
       "[" and "]" or doubled brackets "[[" and "]]", also marking some material not in such writings, are inserted to show additional references to help study or understanding. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Re-read these.  Koran 8:12 is supposedly Allah (their god) saying He "will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers" and ordering the Believers to smite "above their necks" and smite off "all their finger-tips".  Allah in 9:30 allegedly declares that Jews and Christians imitate previous Unbelievers, and says "Allah's curse be upon them."  The ideas of Jihad (holy war) and conquering the world for Islam (i.e., submission) are in the footnotes partly quoted above.  ENDS.]
       [SIMILAR TEXT: For a similar SCRIPTURE text (plus two other translations) visit < www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/ quran/002.qmt.html#002.193 >.  Read also from the TRADITIONS of the Hadith (also called Sunnah) at < www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/fundamentals/ hadithsunnah/ bukhari/023.sbt.html# 002.023.414 > .  For a more condensed and focussed look, click Submit / Koran, and Submit / Hadith.  ENDS.]
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/reading.htm#the_holy_qur-an_yusuf
    [Year 1413 H., 1992-93 A.D.]


    • STENHOUSE, Paul (2003 translator) of Shihab al-Din Ahmad bin 'Abdu 'l Qader bin Salem bin 'Uthman, orig. 16th century, Futuh al-Habasha (The Conquest of Abyssinia)

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       This text is a key to understanding current events in the Horn of Africa.  It gives an eye-witness account of jihads waged by Muslims against Ethiopian Christians in the early part of the sixteenth century.  It is available through Amazon, www.amazon. com/Futuh- Al-Habasha- Conquest- Abyssinia- Al-Habasa/ dp/09723 17252
       Notes to the translation have been provided by Professor Richard Pankhurst in Addis Ababa. 
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/reading.htm#the_conquest_of_abyssinia
    [orig. 16th C, tr. 2003]

    • NEWTON, P, and HAQQ, M. Rafiqul, ©1995, March 2001 (originally 1995), Women in Islam.

            
       (p 1) The purpose of this booklet is to consider the place of women in the pure teaching of Islam. It must be recognised that neither every Muslim, nor every Muslim nation follows all of these teachings. These teachings come from both the Qur'an and the Hadith. The Hadith is 'The Tradition of Muhammad'; that is, the stories of Muhammad's deeds and sayings. (Page 1) []
       (pp 13-15) The Qur'an states:
    Righteous women are therefore obedient, And those you fear may be rebellious, (nushuz) admonish, banish them to their couches, and beat them. 57
       Pickthall and Rodwell translate the word 'edrebouhon _ beat them' as 'scourge them'. []
       So the man has the right to beat his rebellious wife as long as that beating is not like the whipping of the slave and will not result in injury.
       The translator of Mishkat Al-Masabih wrote in a footnote of Fatwa by Qazi Khan that said beating the wife mildly is:
    allowed in four cases (1) When she does not wear fineries though wanted by the husband, (2) When she is called for sexual intercourse and she refuses without any lawful excuse, (3) When she is ordered to take a bath [to clean herself] from impurities for prayer and she refuses and (4) When she goes abroad without permission of her husband.
       In another footnote the translator of Mishkat Al-Masabih said,
    No wife shall refuse her husband what he wants from her except on religious grounds i.e. at the time of menstrual flow or fasting.  Some theologians regard this refusal as unlawful as the husband may get enjoyment from his wife in other ways, by embracing, kissing etc.  The duty of the wife is to give him comforts in his bed whenever he wants her.
       This beating is the husband's unquestionable right.
       Ibn Kathir, in his commentary, mentioned a Hadith on the authority of zal Ash'ath Ibn al-Qays who was visiting 'Omar and at that time.  'Omar took his wife and beat her, then said to Ash'ath:
    Memorise three things from me, which I memorised from the prophet who said:  The man is not to be asked why he beat his wife '
       Man's right to 'beat his wife' does not belong to the distant past.  The Guardian Weekly reported:
    In 1987 an Egyptian court, following an interpretation of the Koran proposed by the Syndicate of Arab Lawyers, ruled that a husband had the duty to educate his wife and therefore the right to punish her as he wished. 65
       Sayyed Qotb, a modern scholar and commentator, tries to justify the provision for a man to beat his wife, found in the above Qur'anic verse:
    The facts of life, and the psychological observations of certain forms of deviations indicate that this approach (beating the wife) is the most appropriate one to satisfy a particular form of deviation, reforming the behavior of the person and gratifying her at the same time!  Even without the existence of this form of psychological deviation, perhaps some women will not recognise the power of the man whom they love to have as their guardian and husband, except when the man conquers them physically!  This is not the nature of every woman.  But this kind does exist.  And it is this kind that needs this last treatment to be set straight, and remain within the serious organisation [marriage] in peace and tranquillity.
    ENDNOTES:                      
    57.  The Qur'an, 4:34. (Arberry's translation). [ www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/004. qmt.html #004.034 . ]
    65.  Guardian Weekly, 23/Dec/1990, Violence against Women Highlighted, p. 13. #
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/reading.htm#women_in_islam
       4th EDITION DETAILS (where different): Re-published 2006, Website: <http://www.debate.domini.org/newton>, Contact newton ¶ integrity org .
       DETAILS (3rd edition): Published at Bend (Oregon, USA): The Berean Call, <http://www.tbcorders.org/default.asp>; Copyright ©1995, 3rd edition March 2001, ISBN 0-88264-310-x.  68pp, soft covers, 15 x 21 centimetres (5 7/8 x 8 1/4 inches), contents, Arabic section, no index, endnotes.  Price AUS $5, Concerned Citizens (formerly called Free Australia Movement), PO Box 9091, Wyee, NSW, 2259, Australia.
       ALSO see entry in date order, 1995, at: Submit / Submission Chronology # Women [orig. 1995, 2001 and 2006]

    • DAWOOD, N.J. (translator), 2003 (originally 1956), The Koran.

      [With minor revisions.] 
       2:193 (or 189):- Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God's religion reigns supreme.
       2:216 (or 212):- Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it.
       4:3:- marry one only or any slave-girls you may own.
       4:23-24:- You are also forbidden to take in marriage married women, except those whom you own as slaves.
       9:123:- Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you.  Deal firmly with them. Know that God is with the righteous.
       24:33 (or 34):- You shall not force your slave-girls into prostitution in order that you may enrich yourselves, if they wish to preserve their chastity.  If anyone compels them, God will be forgiving and merciful to them. <http://­www.­multimediaquran.com/­quran/0­24/024-033.htm>
       33:50 (or 49):- Prophet, We have made lawful for you the slave girls whom God has given you as booty; <http://­www.­cmje.org/­religious-texts/q­uran/ve­rses/033-qmt.php­#033.050>
       33:51:- You may put off any of your wives you please and take to your bed any of them you please.  Nor is it unlawful for you to receive any of those whom you have temporarily set aside.
       33:52:- It shall be unlawful for you to take more wives or to change your present wives for other women, though their beauty please you, unless they are slave girls whom you own.
       33:57:- Prophet, enjoin your wives, your daughters, and the wives of true believers to draw their veils close round them.
       DETAILS: Camberwell: Penguin Australia <www.penguin.com.au>; revised up to 2003 (first published by Penguin Classics 1956), ISBN 0 14 300217 1.  Cover design by Adam Laszcuk.  456pp, hard covers, 12.7 x 20 centimetres (5 x 7 7/8 inches), contents showing Arabic names of surahs, index, no pictures ($9.95 Angus & Robertson, Warwick, W. Australia, Sep 28, 2006.) [orig. 1956; 2003]

    • SCHWARTZ, Stephen, 2006, The Two Faces of Islam; Saudi Fundamentalism and its Role in Terrorism 
    "Minces no words.. Schwartz's opinions are not just forcefully expressed; they are born out of a sophisticated and informed vision of history." 346 pp softcover. [PICTURE of front cover] $30.00 – Fidelity magazine (Australia), fidelity@ j23.com. au , "9/11 : A Prophecy," By Giuseppe Bernardini, p 6, March 2006 [ 2006]

    • BAR, Shmuel, 2006, Warrant for Terror: Fatwas of Radical Islam and the Duty of Jihad.

      (Rowman and Littlefield) www.powells.com/partner/24626/biblio/0742551202 . United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       UNITED STATES of AMERICA: Jihad is jihad, and the world is now spinning from so many jihads issued by so many Muslim clerics based on so many citations to the Koran and hadiths of the prophet that ordinary men and women will be excused for not taking the recherché explanations seriously and focusing on the jihads which shed blood, like the ones in Iraq and Indonesia and India and Israel and Egypt and the Philippines and Great Britain and Spain and (yes, even) France and, lest we forget, these United States of America, one clear morning just five years ago.
       Militant Islam and militant Arab nationalisms have a cohort of self-deployed apologists. I know one is not supposed to talk ill of the dead. But Peter Jennings was the most present among these, since 1972. – "The Meaning Of Jihad," The New Republic Online (U.S.A.), www.tnr.com/ blog/thep lank?pid= 19225 , June 03, 2006 [2006]

    • BROOKS, Geraldine, 2006, Nine Parts of Desire.

      In this account of Islamic women across the Middle East, Geraldine Brooks notes that one in five Muslim girls lives in a community where some form of female genital mutilation is religiously sanctioned. Yet in the Koran (4:119) it is only Satan who talks about commanding a change to "Allah's creation". – "Islam's gender crisis", The Weekend Australian, October 28-29, 2006 [ 2006]
       [COMMENT: The article mentions Koran 4:119, but the word "only" is wrongly used in the article. Compare these two translations: -
       (Rodwell's) They call, beside Him, upon mere goddesses! they invoke a rebel Satan!
       On them is the malison of God. For he said, 'A portion of thy servants will I surely take, and will lead them astray, and will stir desires within them, and will command them and they shall cut the ears of animals; and I will command them, and they shall alter the creation of God.  He who taketh Satan rather than God for his patron, is ruined with palpable ruin:
       He hath made them promises, and he hath stirred desires within them; but Satan promiseth, only to beguile!
       120  These! their dwelling Hell! no escape shall they find from it!
       (Dawood's)  Rather than to Him, they pray but to females:  they pray but to a rebellious Satan. 
       God has laid His curse on Satan, for he had said;  'I shall entice a number of Your servants and lead them astray. I shall arouse in them vain desires and order them to slit the ears of cattle.  I shall order them to tamper with God's creation.'  Indeed, he that chooses Satan rather than God for his protector ruins himself beyond redemption. 
       4:120  He makes promises and stirs up in them vain desires; Satan makes them promises only to deceive them.  Hell shall be their home:  from it they shall find no refuge.
       [Aya or verse numbering differs in different books.] COMMENT ENDS.]

    • ABRAHAMIAN, Ervand, 2006, Tortured Confessions.

      This is a book about Iranian prisons by Abrahamian, a historian. – New Internationalist, Jan-Feb 06 [ 2006]

    • CORERA, Gordon, 2006, Shopping for Bombs: Nuclear Proliferation, Global Insecurity, and the Rise and Fall of the A. Q. Khan Network.

      (Scribe, $30).  Corera is a BBC journalist specialising in security issues. – The Weekend Australian, August 19-20, 2006 [ 2006]

    • SHEEHAN, Paul, 2006, Girls Like You.

    .   Pan Macmillan, 388pp, $32.95 – The Weekend Australian Review, by Shakira Hussein, "Books," p 12, August 5-6, 2006 [ 2006]

    • VAN NIIEUWKERK, Karin, 2006, Women Embracing Islam: Gender and Conversion in the West.

      (To be published by the University of Texas Press, August 2006.) – The Record, "Exchanging hedonism for the headscarf," By Carolyn Moynihan, Vista liftout pp 2-3, Thursday, January 19, 2006 [? 2006]

    • SOOKHDEO, Patrick, March 2006, Islam, the Challenge to the Church

       
       Barnabas Fund, E-mail, 12 April 2006
       BRITAIN: "Islam, the Challenge to the Church" is the latest title from Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, of Britain.
       The growing impact of Islam on Western societies raises many issues which pose an urgent challenge, directly or indirectly, to the Church.
       In "Islam, the Challenge to the Church", published last month, Dr Sookhdeo tackles this challenge, covering areas such as a theological understanding of Islam, the impact of Islam on Western society and education, Christian-Muslim relations, comparing Islam with Christianity, building friendships, dialogue, reconciliation and mission, as well as practical and pastoral issues relating to Islam.
       This book is essential reading for Christians in the West as they seek to think through these issues and respond to the challenge in a way which is wise, loving, biblical, effective and Christ-like.
       Order from Barnabas Books, £5.99 plus 60p postage & packing. (UK & EU only. For postage and packing to non-EU countries, please contact them.) Cheques made payable to Barnabas Books, at The Old Rectory, River Street, Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5DB, UK. Or, orders with credit card payments can be made
    · Telephone 08700 603 900. From outside the UK phone +44 1672 564938.
    · Fax 08700 603 901. From outside the UK fax +44 1672 565030. – Isaac Publishing, http://www.isaacpublishing.com/ , 2006, 125pp, ISBN 0-9547835-4-9
       Barnabas Fund's e-mail news service provides the media and our supporters with urgent news briefs concerning suffering Christians around the world. Tel: +44(0)1672 564938, Fax: +44(0)1672 565030, E-mail: info@barnabas fund.org . Web: www.barnab asfund.org [2006]

    Skeptics Annotated Koran

    www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/quran , Jan 20, 06 [ 2005-06]

    • BOSTOM, Andrew G. (ed.), 2005, The Legacy of Jihad.

      www.amazon.com/ exec/obidos/tg/ detail/-/1591023 076/qid= 1124927694/ sr=8-1/ref=pd_ bbs_1/002-8662893- 4522465?v=glance &s=books&n =507846 .
       Islamic holy war is unveiled in this book, which is essentially made up of documents, many of which have been translated for the first time from Arabic or Farsi, or have been reproduced from books of oriental studies that would be difficult for the general public to find.
       The documents range from Mohammed in the seventh century, to the twentieth century. And they include the classic texts on the topic of jihad by Muslim theologians and jurists, accounts of war from ancient and modern witnesses, and analyses of jihad by scholars of varying outlooks.
       – "The year Rome was sacked," Annals Australasia, annalsaust ralasia@nareg. com.au , pp 6-7, January-February 2006
       Also read a review at: www.frontpage mag.com/ Articles/ ReadArticle. asp?ID= 19406
       and a review by Professor Johannes J.G.Jansen, in Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2008, according to Annals Australasia, "War, Subjugation and Expansion," p 3, January-February 2008 [2005]

    • WAKO, Gabriel Zubeir (Cardinal), 2005, Roll Back the Stone of Fear; Prayer-Poems and Letters from the Suffering Church in Sudan

    .    
       (Edited by John Pontifex.) Aid to the Church in Need. 98pp, illustrated.  Obtainable from ACIN, PO Box 6245, Blacktown DC, NSW, 2148, Australia.  $10 including postage.
       There has been news of the two million Sudanese who have died violent deaths since around 1963 as the Islamising Khartoum government continues its campaign. In the last several years the United Nations Organisation has unsuccessfully attempted to stop the killing and raping of mostly non-Muslim people in the South. Nations like Iran have supplied sophisticated weapons to the Khartoum Government with which they armed the militias and set them loose on non-Muslims. The Record (Western Australian Roman Catholic newspaper), "A new book of prayer-poems and letters by Cardinal Wako of Sudan reveals a portrait of persecution and Uncommon Valour," Book Review by Fr Paul Glynn, December 8, 2005 [2005]

    • HAMID, Dr. Tawfik, 2005, The Roots of Jihad.

       
       Dr Tawfik Hamid was a former member of the Egyptian radical group Jemahia Islamia. Now he dedicates his life to speak out against Terrorism.
       He attacked the barbaric terrorist attacks done by the hands of his fellow Muslims everywhere on this globe.
       "Our current Islamic teaching creates violence and hatred toward Non-Muslims."
       Until now we have accepted polygamy, the beating of women by men, killing those who convert from Islam to other religions, slavery, and wars to spread our religion and to subjugate others to Islam.
       We curse non-Muslims loudly (in Arabic) in our Friday prayers in the Mosques. We call the Jews "Descendants of the pigs and monkeys".
       We curse non-Muslims, and teach our generations to call them infidels, and to hate them. – E-mail from "Shoebat.com" news § shoebat com , Wed, Dec 28, 2005
       [DOCTRINE (Koran): 4:3:- marry but two, or three, or four or the slaves whom ye have acquired.
       4:34 (or 38):- Virtuous women are obedient But chide those for whose refractoriness ye have cause to fear; remove them into beds apart, and scourge them
       5:64-65:- O people of the Book! some of them hath he changed into apes and swine
       5:85:- Of all men thou wilt certainly find the Jews, and those who join other gods with God, to be the most intense in hatred of those who believe; and thou shalt certainly find those to be nearest in affection to them who say, 'We are Christians.'
       2:227:- God loveth no infidel, or evil person.
       4:76 (or 78):- Believers fight for the cause of God, but the infidels fight for the devil. Fight then against the friends of Satan. ENDS.]
       [GUIDELINE (Hadith): 9, 84.57:- "Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him." ENDS.] [2005]

    • YE'OR, Bat, 2005, Eurabia: The Euro-Arab AxisBat Ye'or is a leading specialist in the condition of subordination systematically imposed by Islam upon the non-Muslim subjects of conquered countries. She is also the author of an essay published in 2005, carrying the eloquent title 'Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis.' – "The Year Rome Was Sacked," Annals Australasia, annalsaust ralasia@nareg. com.au , by Sandro Magister, pp 6-7, January-February 2006 [2005]
    • ALI, Tariq, (planned for) November 2005, Rough Music, Verso, 104pp, paperback; Distributed in Australia by Palgrave Macmillan, $17.95. Burning with anger, this quick-fire and hot-tempered response to the London bombings, subtitled Blair/Bombs/Baghdad/London/Terror, is as hard-a*sed as it is hard Left.
       Tony Blair is not just misguided, he is a ruthless menace to democracy and willing to destroy thousands of lives to suck up to George W. Bush. The shooting on the London Tube of innocent Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes was not an accident committed by nervous police but a "public execution" intended to show everybody that the security services meant business. Torture and detention without trial are other weapons deployed by a government "determined to dodge the fact that the recent wave of violence in London was provoked by its own disastrous [foreign] policies". – The Weekend Australian Review, "High price of war," page R 8, October 22-23, 2005 [? 2005]
    • PAPE, Robert, ? 2005, Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism. In his new book, Robert Pape writes: "[But] in general, suicide attackers are rarely socially isolated, clinically insane or economically destitute individuals but are mostly educated, socially integrated and highly capable people who could be expected to have a good future.
       "The profile of a suicide terrorist resembles that of a politically conscious individual who might join a grassroots movement more than it does the stereotypical murderer, religious cult member or everyday suicide." – The Weekend Australian, "Enemy within; the biggest challenge," pp 19 and 28, July 16-17, 2005 [? 2005]
    • FAWKNER, Patty (ed.), 2005, A Fair Go in an Age of Terror, David Lovell Publishing, Australia, $18.95. The Australian Jesuits' Social Justice Centre, Uniya, organised a series of Lenten seminars in 2003 and 2004 on the topics of Muslims and Christians – Where Do We All Stand? and A Fair Go in an Age of Terror. Participants in the seminars included Jesuit and Muslim academics, a Buddhist monk, lawyers and high-school students.
       Their contributions have been collected in a new book: A Fair Go in an Age of Terror, edited by the director of Uniya, Good Samaritan sister Patty Fawkner. It is a collection of views that are both erudite and down-to-earth and well worth reading in an era of intolerance. – The West Australian, "Dialogue bridges religious divide," "Belief & Beyond" column, "Weekend Extra" page 14, Saturday, January 15, 2005
       [DOCTRINE: 5.51 - O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people. www.usc.edu/ dept/ MSA/ quran/ 005.qmt.html #005.051 .
       5.80 - You will see many of them befriending those who disbelieve; certainly evil is that which their souls have sent before for them, that Allah became displeased with them and in chastisement shall they abide. www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/quran/ 005.qmt.html #005.080 .
       9:123 (or 124):- O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness; and know that Allah is with those who guard (against evil). www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/ quran/009. qmt.html #009.123 . DOCTRINE ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: This sort of book is what makes Western politicians soft as putty in facing the harshness of intolerant faiths like Islam and others. Like PM Chamberlain facing Hitler, anyone imbibing the errors in this sort of book would be fooled into thinking they were facing a logical "partner in dialogue" in this world, instead of facing people to whom death is nothing, as they believe in a dream world after death, the paradise of 72 self-renewing virgins (the houris). COMMENT ENDS.] [2005]

    • BURKE, Jason, date unknown, Al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam. He says that once indoctrinated, they see their actions merely as a war between faith and falsehood.
       "They do not see London's population as civilians but as accomplices to acts of murder and violence," he writes. "The bombers have long forsaken any national identity and no longer consider themselves as anything other than members of the ummah, the global community of Muslims, on whose behalf they are waging war." – The Weekend Australian, "Enemy within; the biggest challenge," pp 19 and 28, July 16-17, 2005 [ 2005]
    • JUERGENSMEYER, Mark, date unknown, Terror in the Mind of God. The author says the most important motivator of these suicide bombers "is the intimacy to which the humiliation is experienced and the degree to which it is regarded as a threat to one's personal honour and respectability". – The Weekend Australian, "Enemy within; the biggest challenge," pp 19 and 28, July 16-17, 2005 [ 2005]
    • BURUMA, Ian, 2004, Murder in Amsterdam.
       He writes in this that Hirsi Ali's dream of liberation for the Muslims in the West is being sabotaged "by the Western cultural relativists with their anti-racism, who say: 'If you're critical of Islam, you're a racist, or an Islamophobe, or an Enlightenment fundamentalist'."
       Buruma says Hirsi Ali sometimes reminds him of Margaret Thatcher but her real ambition is to be the Voltaire of Islam, to bring the Enlightenment to Allah with a Muslim Life of Brian. – see The Weekend Australian, "Dangerous odyssey of Muslim Voltaire," p 27, by Rebecca Weisser, February 3-4, 2007 [ 2004]

    • NEGUS, George, 2004 (orig 2003), The World from Islam; A journey of discovery through the Muslim heartland.

       
       AUSTRALIA: In this updated edition George Negus adds new thoughts on the complex topics of faith, war, and Islam. The book asks: Whose side is God on?
       Through conversations with people in Islamic countries, from sheikhs and mullahs to academics and former slaves, Negus explores these questions pre-occupying non-Muslims in our post September 11, post-Bali bombing, post-Saddam Hussein, world (see back cover).
       A key to understanding Muslims is to notice that many times a day they will say insh-allah, God willing. They believe that their entire daily existence is governed by Allah (God) (see page xxv).
       Dubai and the United Arab Emirate sheikhdoms As in so many Arab-Islamic states, democracy, in any of its variegated and inconsistent Western forms, has not even flowered, let alone flourished (see p 94).
       In the early 1980s, the Israelis planted and exploded a massive car bomb in the crowded West Beirut district of Lebanon's amazingly resilient capital. more than 150 Arab-Muslims were killed. (p 275)
       The World from Islam; A journey of discovery through the Muslim heartland., 2004, George Negus, HarperCollins, 292pp, contents, no index, maps, some pictures, 12.8cm x 19.8cm (5 by 8 inches), soft covers, ISBN 0 7322 8048 6. Dewey 261.27.
       [DOCTRINE: 23:1, 5, 6:- Blessed are the believers who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them ) [See also 24:33]
       33:50 (or 49):- O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom God hath given thee as spoils
       41:6985 (Sahih Muslim's collection):- Allah's Messenger saying The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews ENDS.] [2004]

    • NAZER, (Ms) Mende, and LEWIS, Damien, 2004, Slave; The true story of a girl's lost childhood and her fight for survival.    Virago Press, Britain. Slave, by Mende NAZER and Damien LEWIS
       This tells the story of Mende, enslaved at the age of 12 by Arab-language raiders in Sudan, and abused for years in Khartoum (capital city) and later in London, before becoming free. The raiders who attacked her little town operated under the protection of the Sudan military. After cutting off the heads of the adults in her village with knives, the raiders gathered and began to chant, "Allahu Akhbar!  Allahu Akhbar!  Allahu Akhbar! – God is Great! God is Great! God is Great!" (p. 95).
       The book review quotes two scriptures supporting slavery, discussing enslaved females as "lawful for" or "lawful to" them:
       23:1, 5, 6 – Blessed are the believers who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them [Dawood's translation]  http://www. usc.edu/dept/ MSA/quran/ 023.qmt.html #023.001 .
       33:50 – Prophet, We have made lawful for you the wives to whom you have granted dowries and the slave-girls whom Allah has given you as booty.  http://www. usc.edu/dept/ MSA/quran/ 033.qmt.html #033.050
       MURDERING BLACKS: 'Mende, there is no justice here.  We were the first people in Sudan.  The Arabs came from far away and took our lands and ruled over us and they became rich men.  Now, they come and kill us, because they want to exterminate all the black people. ' – Mende Nazer's father. (Pages 72-37)
       CONTACTS: Anti-Slavery International, Thomas Clarkson House, The Stableyard, Broomgrove Rd, London SW9 9TL, England, info@antislavery.org .
       Human Rights Watch, 2nd Floor, 2-12 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9HF, England, www.hrwuk@hrw.org [sic].
       www.sudanslaves.org . (p 326)
       DETAILS: Virago Press, www.virago. co.uk , London; 328pp, soft covers, 12.7cm x 20cm (5" x 8"), contents, no index, no footnotes or endnotes, ISBN 978-1-84408-116-5, UK price £7.99. ENDS.
       READ REVIEW, "Black slaves in Sudan," by Andrew Lansdown, Life News, published by Life Ministries, Perth (WA), pp 3 and 10-11, December 2004. Life Ministries, 4 / 334 Wanneroo Rd, Nollamara, WA, 6061; Tel 08 9344 7396, www.iinet. net.au/~life .
    [2004]
    • VAN GOGH, Theo, ~ 2004, FILM "Submission".  NETHERLANDS: In November 2004, an Islamic fanatic ritually murdered Mr Theo Van Gogh, a filmmaker.  He was shot in broad daylight and a chilling letter to Ms Hirsi Ali was pinned to his chest with a knife.  "Wish for death if you are really convinced you are right," it said.
       Their crime?  Collaborating on a short film called Submission, highlighting the abuse of Muslim women at the hands of their menfolk. [] – Australian Reader's Digest, editors.au@ readersdigest. com , BY SUSANNAH HICKLING, pp 78-83, Dated June 2006, received ~ May 16, 2006 [~ 2004]
    • GRAY, Paul, 2004, Nightmare of the Prophet. Paul Gray is a columnist on political and international affairs for an Australian daily newspaper, the Herald Sun, Melbourne (Victoria) Australia. Publisher: Freedom Publishing Co, 2004, 170pp, Paperback $24.95, ISBN 0-9578682-7-8. Freedom Publishing, 582 Queensberry St, North Melbourne, Vic 3051 Tel 03 9326 5757, fax 03 9328 2877, books@newsweekly.com.au . Postage in Australia $4 one book, each extra book $2. For overseas freight, contact Anna. (For a description from the preface, click "Nightmare".)
       [COMMENT: There is no quotation of, let alone discussion of, the old texts – Koran and Hadith – which are used by people giving supposed "reasons" for violence, murder, open insurrection, forced marriages, clothing restrictions, imposition of shariah law, and animal death brutality. For the subjugatory Pact of Umar and the Shariah as well, try reading Patrick Sookhdeo's 2002 book A People Betrayed and Irshad Manji's 2003 book The Trouble with Islam.
       The semi-slave condition of women and the supremacism of men in Muslim lands was clearly brought to the attention of the West (again) by Betty Mahmoody's story in the 1987 book Not without my daughter, and the subsequent film around 1990-91.
       Periodicals: In addition, an RC group publishes Aid to the Church in Need Mirror www.aidto church.org regularly about persecutions by Communists, Muslims, and Hindu extremists. Another Christian group issues The Voice of the Martyrs www.vom. com.au monthly, with similar articles of horror and degradation.
       Go back in history: 7th century – Islam's supremacist policies at its beginning gradually became known to Europeans because of the massacres, invasions and occupations of the lands occupied by various cultures, including Christians and Jews, in Arabia, and then the wars to seize the Christian heartlands of the Near East by Arab Muslims from AD 633 onwards. "Islam or the sword" was used by some of the Arab invaders. Invasions and attacks reaching as far as France in the west, Austria in central Europe, and Persia and India, kept many warriors busy. (At various times Europe had been also attacked from the north by Vikings, and from the east by various forces.)
       12th C: It was not until 1143 AD that the Koran was translated into Latin.
       "Pagans": A year after the Muslims captured the Christian city of Edessa, on December 1, 1145, Pope Eugene III, inviting Christian leaders to re-take the Near East from the Muslims, described previous expeditions as having freed "from the filth of the pagans that city where our Saviour willed to suffer for us, " – The Papal Encyclicals in their historical context, 1956, Anne Fremantle, Mentor Books, New York, page 67.
       13th C: Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) wrote Summa Contra Gentiles to turn back the doctrines that had been taught by the Muslim Averroes in Spain and other areas. In later centuries the attacks of the Muslim Ottoman Turks were so prolonged that the word "Turk" became a general term used in discussing Muslim dangers to Europe, as can be seen if referring to the writings of people of those times.
       15th C: The Muslim Turks, with a Venetian cannon-maker's aid, on a Tuesday in 1453 overthrew the Christian Eastern Roman Empire in Asia Minor. Other attacks occurred. The fear of the Turks by educated Europeans can be noted in the writings of people such as Dr Martin Luther (1483-1546) and his contemporaries.
       17th - 20th C: English translations: The Koran was translated into French by André du Ryer, and from that in 1649 into English by Alexander Ross. The first direct translation into English from the Arabic was by George Sale in 1734 (perhaps using the 1698 translation by the Paua monk Lodovico Marracci), and others include Rodwell 1861, Palmer 1880, Pickthall 1930, Bell 1937-39, and Arberry 1955. (See Alan Jones's 1994 introduction to J.M.Rodwell's translation, page xxvi)
       Therefore, it is surprising that Mr Gray writes as if he had no notion of such literature and statements by the Roman Catholic Church, and more amazing that his book is being fostered by Christian groups who ought to know how shallow it is, or could easily find out by looking in a good encyclopaedia and on the Internet. The Australian Jesuits' Social Justice Centre, Uniya, is another group that has been operating, it seems, in a vacuum, judging by its 2005 publication of a report of feel-good symposia, A Fair Go in an Age of Terror. ENDS.] [2004]

    • TUDU, Safiya, with MASTO, Raffaele (tr. TANZI, Andrew) 2004 (orig 2003), I, Safiya.

       
       This is the true (the book says), first-hand account of one woman's courageous struggle for justice, and the story that in 2001 made the eyes of the world turn to the small Nigerian village of Tungar Tudu.
       Safiya Hussaini was accused of adultery, arrested and taken from her farming village in northern Nigeria. Brought before a Sharia court, she was sentenced to death by stoning. Her crime was to become pregnant outside of marriage; she had given birth to a little girl, Adama. (She had other prior children by her previous marriages.)
       The child's father had promised marriage, she says, but had never come to the village to see her father and make the arrangments. The child's father at first accepted responsibility, but then changed his story, denied everything and was released without penalty.
       She was sentenced to death by stoning. She ran away into countryside, then turned back to seek help from her uncle. Supported by her parents and cousins and her faith in Allah, she was determined to stay alive to care for her new little girl.
       Her brother had betrayed her to the sharia people, but he later repented. Her extended family hired a lawyer, Abdulkadir Imam Ibrahim. Then someone got the facts about the death sentence to the world's news media. The BBC interviewed her. The lawyer showed her newspapers from various countries. She writes: "I didn't think anyone would be concerned enough about my ordeal to write about it in the newspapers. Those strangers from so far away knew who I was and wanted me to live."
       Reporters from around the world attended the appeal at the sharia court. Her lawyer made a speech quoting from the Koran and other Muslim and Nigerian writings. He had found a Koran sura (verse) that the male semen could remain dormant in the womb for up to three years. She had been divorced three years.
       She was declared not guilty. Raffaelo Masto, an Italian journalist (of Radio Popolare from 1989), helped her a lot, and co-authored the book.
       An Italian association that had campaigned for her to be freed from the stoning sentence organised a trip to Rome for her, where in 2002 she was declared an honorary citizen of the Commune of Rome. She lives in the village, having remarried, and is carefully using the money she received from news and other organisations for her husband and children.
       – Pan Macmillan Australia, 2004, Sydney; First published © 2003 by Sperling & Kupfer Editori S.p.A., Milan, Italy; English language translation by Andrew Tanzi, © 2003 by Sperling & Kupfer Editori. ISBN 1 4050 3599 4, 222 pages, 15.5cm x 23.5cm (6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches), Soft Covers, Contents, 8pp of coloured pictures, No index, No footnotes, Dewey 305.4869; RRP $30; $12.50 from Angus & Robertson, Warwick, (Perth), Western Australia, March 03, 2006.
       [GUIDELINE: 3, 17:4206 ff (Muslim's collection):- Allah's Messenger, I have committed adultery He entrusted the child to one of the Muslims and she was put in a ditch up to her chest and he commanded people and they stoned her. END.] [2004]

    • KHOURI, Norma, 2003, Forbidden love, Bantam Books, Sydney. [It was NOT a true story.]
    [In July and August 2004 the authoress's bonafides were challenged, and the publishers withdrew the book from booksellers. It was said that she had lived since early childhood in the USA and that it was unlikely she had witnessed the actions she stated in the book. News media and others checked, and the publishers recalled the book. Plans for a sequel were abandoned. Australian Reader's Digest later published an exposure of the author's real life, pp 72-76, October 2004.
    Dalia, a Muslim young woman hairdresser, at her Amman home died in an "honour" killing by her father for going out with a Christian army officer in the Jordanian army. Forbidden Love. – based on Australian Reader's Digest, "Forbidden Love; A harrowing true story of love and unforgiving honour in Jordan today," by Norma Khouri, pp 140-156, October 2003. [It was NOT a true story.] [2003]
    • DAWOOD, N. J., translator, 2003 (orig 1956), The Koran, Penguin Australia, Camberwell (Victoria, Australia) www.penguin.com.au and www.penguinclassics.com; 456 pp, 13 x 20 cm (5 x 7 3/4 inches), hardcover; index 20 1/2 pp, footnotes. ISBN 0 14 300217 1. September 2003 from Angus & Robertson, Perth, W.A.. The Koran, tr. N.J.DAWOOD
       " good women are therefore obedient, and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them " – Sura 4 "Women", aya 34, (4.38 in some books), www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/quran/ 004.qmt.html #004.034
       "I shall strike terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers!" – Sura 8 "The Spoils", aya 12 (8:12, page 127) www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/quran /008.qmt.html #008.012 .
       "Blessed are the believers who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them )" – Sura 23 "The Believers", ayas 1, 5 and 6 (23:1, 5, 6), www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/quran/ 023.qmt.html #023.001 . [Emphasis added]
       [DAWOOD, the name, in other families is spelt DAWUD. ] [2003]

    • BOK, Francis, with TIVNAN, Edward, © 2003, Escape From Slavery

    ,   St Martin's Press, New York. SUDAN: Wherever people scattered they ran into men with guns entering the town. First men on horses, shooting people with bursts from their rifles. Then men on foot, shooting and slashing at people with their swords. They were not Dinka, but people with lighter skin than ours, in headdresses and robes. They were shooting the Dinka men, slashing with their swords, chopping off heads with a single swipe. I raced from the marketplace, right into a huge horse with a militiaman pointing a gun at me. I stopped; I could not move. Someone grabbed me from behind - another murahaliin, yelling and waving his gun. All around I saw people screaming and falling to the ground and not getting up. He pushed me back into the marketplace with other boys and girls. Everyone was crying and screaming for their parents. (The author, who spent years after that as a slave, finally escaped. He now works for the American Anti-Slavery Group (AASG), Iabolish.com .)
       – Australian Reader's Digest, editors.au@readersdigest.com , "Escape from slavery," by Francis Bok with Edward Tivnan, pp 128-146, issue of January 2006, received December 21, 2005
       23:1, 5, 6:- Blessed are the believers who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them ) (See also 24:33) [2003]

    The Challenge of Islam to Christians, PAWSON, Amazon Books

    • PAWSON, David, ? 2003, The Challenge of Islam to Christians.

       
       BRITAIN: On-line Review at Amazon Books: "Courageous wake-up call to Christians," www.amazon. com/gp/product/ customer- reviews/ 0340861894/ ref=cm_cr_dp_ pt/102-2777236- 9707317?%5 Fencoding=UTF8 &n=283155 &s=books , December 21, 2003. Reviewer: M. D Roberts (Gwent, United Kingdom)
       [] the author does indeed address many of the aspects of Islam and pulls no punches when he describes that the God of the Bible and the god of Islam are definitely NOT one and the same Person.
       The text revealing in no uncertain terms that the God of the Bible has a Son, Jesus Christ, whereas the god of Islam, Allah, is described as having no son whatsoever. The book is not what some would call "politically correct" and boldly declares that not all religions lead to God
       The text further expounding that Islam is "false" []
       The book describes how even the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, has been quite open about his sympathy with Islam with reference included to his public suggestion that when he is crowned and also the "head of the Church of England", how he wishes his title to be changed from "Defender of the Faith" to "Defender of Faith", that is of all religions.
       Another issue addressed in the text is how the media are described as not daring to ridicule Muhammad for fear of offending Muslim sensibilities, whereas it appears to be open season for attacking Christianity and even Jesus Christ Himself. The significance of these issues are dealt with in further detail in the text itself.
       pointing out that there are more Christian martyrs today than ever before. Most victims are described as being in such areas as Southern Sudan, Central Nigeria, Eastern Indonesia and other such areas controlled by a Muslim majority.
       The Challenge of Islam to Christians (Paperback), Amazon Books; List Price: $13.95; Price: $10.74 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25. You Save: $3.21 (23%). Availability: Usually ships within 3 to 6 weeks. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. 13 used & new available from $9.22. [? 2003]
       [COMMENT: This book was written before the world's news media became more courageous, following the outrages throughout Iraq, and in other Asian countries, London, and Madrid, and before the Danish cartoons and the murders and destruction that were contrived a few months after they were published. Unfortunately, the "politically correct" Establishment people have not learnt, and sometimes persecute those who expose the problem. COMMENT ENDS.] [? 2003]

    • ALI, Daniel, and SPENCER, Robert, 2003, Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics,


       Inside Islam, ALI and SPENCER, 22.7kB UNITED STATES: Rome. Mecca. What's the difference?
       Islam. For some, the word itself is frightening; for others, mysterious. For all of us, it is a religious force that cannot be ignored. With the terrorist attacks of September 11, the recent war with Iraq, and the ongoing crisis plaguing the Holy Land, Islam is in the news now more than ever. Yet most Catholics know little about this formidable faith–an ignorance that could have dramatic spiritual and socio-political consequences. Now there's a book on Islam written specifically for Catholics.
       Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics utilizes a popular question-and-answer format so that all Catholics–both the theological novice and the well-catechized–can learn the basics of Islam. Co-authors Robert Spencer and Daniel Ali, a convert from Islam, give you a solid understanding of Islam's unique teachings including:
  • The Islamic view of God and its dramatic implications
  • The role of Jesus in Islamic theology
  • Islam's controversial theology of jihad, or "holy war"
  • Why Islamic theology can breed terrorist activity
  • Why anti-Semitic texts in the Koran seriously strain Jewish-Islamic relations
  • How the Koran and other Islamic writings directly contradict what God has revealed in the Old and New Testaments
  • How Islamic theology undermines the inherent dignity of the human person
  • Why women in many Islamic countries are denied basic human rights
  • Why Islam may soon become the world's largest religious group
       Inside Islam is an essential resource for anyone who wants to know more about this historic faith from the Middle East.
       Daniel Ali converted to Catholicism from Islam in 1998. He has gained national recognition as the founder of the Christian-Islamic Forum. He is also the co-host of the video series "Islam and Christianity" with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. on the Eternal World Television Network.
       Robert Spencer is the author of two previous books on Islam, Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest Growing Faith (Encounter Books, 2002), and an in-depth study of jihad, Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West (Regnery Publishing, 2003). (from the back cover)
       Extracts from Question 89: If it is a religion of peace, why does Islam impose the death penalty on Muslims who leave the faith?
       [] Professor Anh Nga Longva of the University of Bergin in Norway visited Kuwait in 1997 to investigate the case of Husayn Ali Qambar, a convert to Christianity from Islam who had been sentenced to death for his conversion. In discussions with Kuwaitis, Longva found that "those who opposed [the death penalty for Qambar] based their position on the Koranic verse (2:257) that says 'no compulsion is there in religion'. But more often than not, the same verse was quoted in front of me to show that precisely because Islam is such a tolerant religion, there are no possible excuses for apostasy." 90 (pp 125-126)
       90 Anh Nga Longva, "The apostacy law in the age of universal human rights and citizenship: Some legal and political implications," The fourth Nordic conference on Middle Eastern studies: The Middle East in globalizing world, Oslo, 13-16 August 1998, http://­www.hf.uib.no/­smi/pao/longv­a.html (p 165)

       Ascension Press, West Chester (PA, USA); 180pp, 14cm x 21.75cm (5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches), Soft Covers, Endnotes, Index, Endnotes, Appendix Nostra Aetate of Vatican II. $AUD 32 on Nov 28, 2005. ISBN 0 - 9659228 - 5 - 5.    [COMMENT: People who are not interested in the Catholic theology interwoven in this book might still find it worthwhile for the valuable references to the holy books of the Muslims, the Koran and the Hadith, also known as the Sunna, and to the historical and current evidence in this book.
       Pages 149-159 lists some of the contradictory teachings and commands in the Koran and the Hadith.
       The footnote of Professor Longva's paper about "universal human rights and citizenship" shows the myopia of someone who doesn't seem to realise that human rights are concepts with some force for less than 25 per cent of the world's people, and are retreating. The author in 2003 could not have known that three of the few democracies in the world were unravelling 800 years of the freedom fight. The three Western nations invading Iraq in 2003 removed the rights to freedom from their own citizens as well as from outsiders under so-called "anti-terrorist laws". The last of these to throw away Magna Carta and Habeas Corpus was Australia, where in November-December 2005 it became an offence for anyone to tell anyone that a loved one had been "detained" without charge or trial under these evil laws. Even children can be detained. A person who is NOT suspected of planning terrorist acts or to have done them can be detained if an official decides they might know something about such. This means nearly everyone, even those reading this commentary! This will impinge on the classical freedoms of the Anglo-Celtic peoples, and muzzle Free Speech and Freedom of the Press. COMMENT ENDS.]
       [OBTAINABLE: U.S. publisher: Ascension Press, PO Box 1990, West Chester PA 19380, USA; www.ascension press.com .
       Australia: John XXIII Fellowship Co-operative Ltd, www.j23.com.au/ , shop@j23.com.au , PO Box 22, Ormond (Melbourne) Vic, 3204, Australia. ENDS.] [2003]

    • WARRAQ, Ibn, Why I am Not a Muslim

    . He opposes it from the point of view of an atheist wedded to the principles developed via the Enlightenment. Information received Dec 12, 2005.
       [MORE INFORMATION: http://www.booksamillion.com/ncom/books?pid=0879759844 and http://www. target.com/gp/ detail.html/ 602-5248656- 8516667?asin= 1591020115& afid=yahoossp plp_bmvd&lnm= 1591020115| Why_I_Am_Not_ a_Muslim_:_ Books&ref=tgt_ adv_XSNG1060 . ENDS.]
    MANJI, (Ms) Irshad, 2003, The Trouble with Islam; A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith   The Trouble with Islam, Ms Irshad MANJI, 22.7kB
       A dramatic call for reformation and tolerance in the Islamic world.
       Irshad Manji calls herself a Muslim Refusenik.  'That doesn't mean I refuse to be a Muslim,' she writes.  'It simply means I refuse to join an army of automatons in the name of Allah.'  These automatons, Manji argues, include many so-called moderate Muslims in the West.  In blunt, provocative, and deeply personal terms, she unearths the troubling cornerstones of Islam as it's widely practised: tribal insularity, deep-seated anti-Semitism, and an uncritical acceptance of the Koran as the final, and therefore superior, manifesto of God.
       In this open letter to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, Manji asks pointed questions about mainstream Islam. 'Why are we all being held hostage by what's happening between the Palestinians and the Israelis? Who is the real coloniser of Muslims - America or Arabia? Why are we squandering the talents of women, fully half of God's creation?' Manji offers a practical vision of how Islam can undergo a reformation that empowers women, promotes respect for religious minorities, and fosters a competition of ideas. Her vision revives Islam's lost tradition of independent thought. This book will inspire struggling Muslims worldwide to revisit the foundations of their faith. It will also compel non-Muslims to start posing the questions we all have about Islam today. In that spirit, The Trouble with Islam is a clarion call for a fatwa-free future. (from the back cover)
       Sample: "In the months after September 11, one question above all others pestered me: Since the Koran makes room for the exercise of free will, why do the governing geniuses of Islam seem to default into narrowness? Why don't more of them choose the path of openness? I had to go beyond the Koran. I had to find the incubator of Pavlovian Muslim prejudices.
       "To do so, I had to peel back more layers on the lies we're telling." (p 49)
       IMPORTANT WEBSITES INCLUDE: arabia.com (especially the chat room) (offline on 07 Sep 05); beliefnet.com ; islamfortoday.com ; memri.com (Middle East Media Research Institute) ; npq.com (New Perspectives Quarterly) ; pbs.orgsaudiinstitute.org (a Saudi reformer) (not displaying 07 Sep 05) ; secularism.org ; wluml.org (website of Women Living Under Muslim Laws). (p 235).
       DETAILS: Random House Australia (orig. Canada), Sydney; 240pp, 15.5cm x 23.4cm (6in x 9 1/8 in), Soft Covers, ISBN 1 - 74051 - 292 - 8. Recommended readings, important websites, and acknowledgements; Contents, no index. Source notes to support claims in the book are on her website, www.muslim- refusenik.com . ENDS.]
       [FOOTNOTE: The Arabic and Urdu editions of The Trouble with Islam Today are now available online for free! (Sighted on the Internet Sep 7, 2005)   • Read or download the Arabic edition   • Read or download the Urdu edition. ENDS.] [2003]

    • SPENCER, Robert, 2003, Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West, an in-depth study of jihad.  (Regnery Publishing, 2003). [2003]

    • HIRO, Dilip; ©2002, 2003;   IRAQ:   A REPORT FROM THE INSIDE  

       
       Iraq: A report from the inside. Dilip HIRO George W. Bush could succeed where Osama bin Laden failed, in provoking a clash of civilizations between Islam and the West by launching a 'pre-emptive' attack on Iraq.
       This is one of the most disturbing conclusions of Dilip Hiro's compelling and deeply unsettling book.  He goes beyond the Western politicians' spin to investigate first hand the hard realities of Saddam's Iraq.
       Independent Iraq is a young nation, founded just eighty years ago.  Yet its history has been an exceptionally troubled one, at times supported by the West, at others vilified.  Encouraged by the US, Iraq attacked Iran, resulting in the longest war of the twentieth century (1980-88).
      Two years later, it invaded its tiny Arab neighbour, Kuwait.  Dilip Hiro, a leading expert on the Middle East, investigates these and other events, showing how they have fed the current escalating tensions in the region.
       Uniquely, he describes graphically everyday life in Iraq today: shortages of food and medicine, with schoolchildren deprived of anything to write on as even paper production is banned under UN sanctions.
       Drawing on the most up-to-date information and first-hand knowledge of Iraq, Hiro poses pertinent questions which our leaders urgently need to answer:
  • Why, when Iraq is 'disarmed to 90-95%' according to a former senior UN weapons inspector, is the US bent on war?
  • Where is the evidence for Iraq's linkage with Al Qaeda?
  • What have been the roles of the CIA and MI6 in the six coup attempts made to oust Saddam since 1991?
       'Thorough and objective If "know thy enemy" remains a fundamental principle of war, we should hope that US military leaders have studied Iraq as closely as Dilip Hiro has' – WASHINGTON POST
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       DETAILS: Iraq; A Report from the inside, Granta Books, ©2002/2003, London, No ISBN sighted; 272 pp, soft covers, 13 x 19.7 cm (5 x 7 ¾ in), index, endnotes, maps, principal characters list.
       DEFINITIONS: "CIA" means the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.  "MI6" is one of the spying agencies of Great Britain.
       PROVENANCE: Bought as a Used Book for $12.90 from Book Express, Western Australia, Tel. (08) 9306-9666, e-mail: bookexpress@bigpond.com [(orig 2002), 2003]

    • SOOKHDEO, Patrick, 2002, A People Betrayed,   Christian Focus Publications, Fearn (Ross-shire, Scotland) www.christianfocus.com , and Isaac Publishing http://www.isaacpublishing.com/ , Pewsey (Wiltshire, England), 460 pp, 14 x 22 cm (5 1/2 x 8 5/8 inches), hard covers, glossary, bibliography 50pp, index. ISBN 1 85792 785 0.
      Land of the pure     IN its literal Persian translation Pakistan means 'Land of the Pure'. When Pakistan was created in 1947 there were high hopes for this new nation as there was a clean slate to start from. It was the first nation in modern times to be formed on the basis of religion, but it was founded with a solidly secular, western style, constitution.
    Pakistan was not a nation that seemed susceptible to the pressure of Islamic fundamentalism.
       However, as years passed it has become increasingly clear that there has been a process of creeping Islamization. This ostensibly secular state now has a mandatory death sentence for crimes 'defiling the name of the Prophet Mohammed'. A state formed with the intention of protecting religious minorities from persecution has seen the persecution of its own minorities gradually increase to the point where the Christian community is under great pressure.
       This book is a thorough analysis of the Christian Community in Pakistan. It reveals a gradual shift in the Pakistani State, and is a clear warning to the West and minorities in other Muslim countries around the world of what can happen when conservative Islamic voices come to the fore.
       "While Western Political leaders rightly call for tolerance of Muslims within their own nations the plight of Christians in one of the most prominent Muslim nations goes largely unreported - this is an attempt to correct that deficiency. The basic question is 'Can there be freedom for Christians in an Islamic state?' and the result of the developments in Pakistan recorded here suggest a rather negative answer to that question." – LORD MACKAY OF CLASHFERN

       BRITAIN / PAKISTAN: This book details the discriminatory clauses of Islamic religious teaching in relation to "conquered peoples" and other subjugated classifications and how Pakistan which had a theoretically fair constitution has been changing more and more to the fundamentals of the old Muslim traditions, that is, to give non-Muslims very few rights.
       The changeover from the colonial to the Islamic system was resisted for years by elected parliamentarians, sometimes by delaying tactics, but one of the military dictators pushed hard to bring in Shariah law. Pakistan now has such unjust laws and practices as, if a Christian woman converts to Islam her marriage to a Christian is dissolved (page 206). There have been cases of abduction and enforced conversion and marriage to a Muslim, with the pretence it was all voluntary.
       With practices such as two male witnesses, or one male and two female, can prove a case, but four female witnesses cannot, and non-Muslims are also not counted as complete persons, it is easy to see how people of other faiths, and fair-minded Muslims, oppose the moves to introduce Shariah law.
       Urdu-medium Christian schools were "nationalised" beginning in October 1972 (p 224), and no compensation was paid, though the title deeds remained in the former hands. Islamisation began in 1979. No non-Muslim at such schools could study his/her own religion at school, but all had to learn Islam (Islamiyat) (p 225).
       Qazi Hussein Ahmadsaid raised a public storm when he said on 9 December 1990 that Christians cannot be the friends of Muslims (p 228). (This is in line with several āyas, i.e. verses, in the Koran.)
       One way that militant Muslims can cause the death of Christians and others is to denounce them to the police or to violent mobs for blasphemy, which under Islamic law attracts the death penalty.
       This, and the death penalty for apostasy, that is, changing to another religion, are dealt with in chapter 5.  To object, or for the world news media to publicise such cases, stirred up the more militant Muslims, who then take direct action.  The Tahir Iqbal case (died in prison mysteriously on 19-20 July 1992) is described.
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       To sample part of chapter 3, regarding the dhimmi rules for discrimination against unbelievers and others, click Dhimmi.
       (This book is also displayed on this Website at Books.htm ) [2002]

    • COLLINS, Paul David, © 2002, "The Hidden Face of Terrorism," in Nexus magazine, April-May 2003, pp 11-16 and 79-80. Here are some of the highlights. "Terrorism does not emerge by accident but is usually sponsored by the state to serve the demands of a powerful elite, as can be seen in the creation of Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'ida."  "Whether its adherents are aware of it or not, terrorism always serves the ambitions of another."  "The story of the dreaded al-Qa'ida terrorist network begins with Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter's National Security Advisor."  "This social engineering project successfully transformed Muslim children into conscienceless killing machines."  " celebrates the fact that America is being transformed into a world empire."  " American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan six months before the Soviet intervention."  " the United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings " [Nexus is sold at newsagents.] Paul D. Collins, 11 Fair Ave, Medway, Ohio 45341, USA +1 (937) 849 4514 thefaceunveiled@excite.com. Book available from www.1stbooks.com/bookview/13401 , www.barnesandnoble.com , and www.amazon.com . It can be purchased as an e-book (ISBN 1-4033-6798-1) or in paperback format (ISBN 1-4033-6799-X). – Nexus magazine, April-May 2003 [2002]
    • SPENCER, Robert, 2002, Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest Growing Faith.  (Encounter Books, 2002)
    • TRIFKOVIC, Serge, ? 2001-02, The Sword of the Prophet; The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam.
       Islam was spread by the sword and has been maintained by the sword throughout its history. Thus, contemporary "radical Islam" is not in fact a deviation but a natural expression of the teachings and history of Islam.
       Muslims believe that the world is divided into two camps, the Dar-al-Islam (the House of Islam) and Dar-al-Harb (the House of War). There can be no lasting peace until the House of War (those who are non-Muslims) finally submit to the House of Islam.
       The all-pervasive lack of freedom is the hallmark of the Muslim world. Discrimination against non-coreligionists and women of all creeds, racism, slavery, virulent anti-Semitism, and cultural imperialism can be found - individually or in various combinations - in different cultures and eras. Islam alone has them all at once, all the time, and divinely sanctioned at that.
       Trifkovic laments the West's efforts to support "moderate" Muslim states, noting that all such support has been counterproductive.
       many mosques in Western nations are simply breeding grounds for hate and centres for the recruitment of more martyrs. Trifkovic calls for thorough background checks of all Muslims seeking to take up residence in Western nations.
       The Sword of the Prophet, by Dr Serge Trifkovic (Serbian-born historian, journalist and political analyst, of USA), Regina Orthodox Press, USA; Paperback, 312 pages, Rec. price: AUD$29.95
       – "Fury from the East," News Weekly (Australia), review by Bill Muehlenberg, July 8, 2006. Read his review on Submit / Submission Chronicle 5. [? 2001-02]

    • MOREY, Robert, noted in a November 2001 publication, The Islamic Invasion.  Islam, once mainly a religion distant to Australia, has rapidly grown. In 1955 there were 800 Muslims in Australia, there were well over 200,000 by 1990. The source magazine said that the book would give readers the understanding they need to pray effectively for Muslims. Paperback, 232 pages, $20 including postage from: Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), PO Box 598, Penrith NSW 2751, Australia, Tel 02 4721 8221, Fax 02 4721 8035, thevoice@vom.com.au , www.vom.com.au . [ 2001]
    • RODWELL, J.M., translator, 2001 (orig. 1909), The Koran; Phoenix Press, London, www.phoenixpress.co.uk . The Koran, RODWELL (tr.), Phoenix Preface and Introduction by Alan Jones of the Oriental Institute, Oxford, England; 509 pp, 13 x 19.8cm (5 1/8 x 7 3/4 inches), paperback; map, further reading list (3 books listed), index (6 1/4 pages), and endnotes (about 70 pp). ISBN 1 84212 609 1. $17.95 in March 2003 from Dymocks, Hay St, Perth. The Koran, or to give it its strict transliteration, the Qur'ān (Qur'an with a line over the "a"), is a sacred book of Islam. [Almost as sacred is the Hadith, or Sunnah.]
    FORM
       In the standard form in which we have it today, the Qur’ān is divided into 114 chapters of very unequal length, called surās. The text in pieces of varying length, most of them apparently containing a relatively short number of verses (āyas). – page xix
       "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides " – Sura 5 "The Table", aya 37 (page 71), (elsewhere numbered as 5:33), www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/quran/ 005.qmt.html #005.033 .
       "Believers! wage war against such of the infidels as are your neighbours, and let them find you rigorous: and know that God is with those who fear him." – Sura 9 "Immunity", aya 124 (page 130), (elsewhere numbered as 9:123), www.usc.edu/ dept/MSA/quran/ 009.qmt.html #000.123 [Emphasis added]
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    [2001]
    • BRAHAM, Mark, 1999, Stronger than Fiction: Jews and Christians Are Natural Allies, London, Minerva Press.  Mark Braham, an orthodox Jew, was a British Army officer during World War II, after which he migrated to Australia. – "The difficult dilemma of Australia's Muslims", News Weekly (Australia), p 15, December 3, 2005. [1999]

    • DAWOOD, N.J., translator; revised repeatedly; 1998 (orig. 1956);   The Koran with parallel Arabic text, translated with notes.  

     
       The Koran with parallel Arabic text. N. J. DAWOOD tr. The Koran, as N. J. Dawood states, is 'not only one of the most influential books of prophetic literature but also a literary masterpiece in its own right'.
       Universally accepted by Muslims to be the infallible Word of God as revealed to Mohammed by the Angel Gabriel nearly fourteen hundred years ago, the Koran still provides the rules of conduct fundamental to the Arab way of life.
       N. J. Dawood's masterly translation, first published in the mid-1950s and now completely revised in the light of a lifelong study of the language and style of the Koran, presents the English reader with a clear, fluent and authoritative rendering, while fully reflecting the characteristic flavour and rhythm of the original.
       The present edition is laid out page by page alongside a parallel Arabic text prepared in the traditional calligraphic style.  A comprehensive index has also been added.
    'The only version, if you want to know in English what the Koran actually says This contemporary but poetic version is essential reading for any non-Muslim who wants to understand our modern world, and its gnarled ancient roots' - The Times (back cover)
       The cover shows an Egyptian bookbinding of a fourteenth-century Koran in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (back cover)
       The Arabic text in this parallel edition is a facsimile of a Koran penned by the calligrapher Hamid al-Amidi and first printed in Istanbul in 1974 in accordance with Decision 212 of the Turkish Government's Commission on the Verification of Koranic Texts. (page iv)

       SAMPLES of the translation follow:
       5:33  Those that make war against God and His apostle and spread disorder in the land shall be slain or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the land.

       5:35  Fight valiantly for His cause, so that you may triumph. (p 112; "The Table," al-Mā’ idah)

       37:6-9  We have decked the lower heaven with constellations.  They guard it against rebellious devils, so that they may not listen in to those on high.  Meteors are hurled at them from every side; then, driven away, they are consigned to an eternal scourge.  Eavesdroppers are pursued by fiery comets. (p 445; "The Ranks," al-Ṣāffāt)

       74:15  Yet he hopes that I shall give him more.
    74:26  I will surely cast him into the Fire. 74:29  it burns the skins of men.  74:30  It is guarded by nineteen keepers. 
    74:31  We have appointed none but angels to guard the Fire.
    74:48  NO INTERCESSOR'S plea shall save them.
    74:56  But none takes heed except by the will of God. (pp 574-76; "The Cloaked One," al-Muddathir)
       DETAILS: Penguin Classics, www.penguin.co.uk , (©1956-1998), London, ISBN 0-14-044542-0; 614 pp, soft covers, 15.3 x 23.3 x 5 centimetres (6 1/8 x 9 1/8 x 2 inches), contents, index, chronological table of the main events in the life of Muḥammad, footnotes, photostats of Arabic text.  UK £16·99, AUD $32.90 (incl. GST from July 1, 2000), CAN $33.99, U.S.A. $23.95.
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       [COMMENT: The first two quotes are samples of the violent nature of the culture. 
       The third does not need comment in the 21st century - but this reviewer suggests that eavesdroppers need have no fear of fiery comets.
       The fourth group (parts of 74:15 - 74:56) demonstrates, again, the Muslim leaning towards punishments, plus the teaching of "predestination." 
       Errors abound in many religions scriptures, so carefully re-read 74:15 and 74:26, both having Allah call Himself the first-person singular "I."  In 74:31 Allah supposedly used the "royal plural," the first-person plural, "We," but by the last verse He has changed to the third-person singular, "God" (in this translation, but "Allah" in some others).  This is not an isolated instance of unusual grammar.
       In fact, this translator has told us about even more staggering use of such mixed grammar in a footnote early in the book.
    2. God speaks in the first person plural, which often changes to the first person singular or the third person singular in the course of the same sentence. (page ix)  ENDS.]
       This coherence problem should then be followed up by noting that chapter / surah 74 in the book, or an Arabic-language Koran or other translation, contains teaching to get Muslims and others to think about the "19 keepers" and whether they are angels or not, and about "the Fire".  None of those who think or write about such things has ever seen the "19 keepers" or "the Fire", so such discussions only serve to fritter away brain-time.
       So, those who recite and study this material have their minds being warped towards violence and/or fatalism, that is, tossing up about fundamentalist actions leading to an invisible Paradise, and/or allowing themselves to sink into lethargy with the belief that everything is all decided in advance by an invisible force, and anyway the unproved life after death will be better than life on earth. COMMENT ENDS.]

       [THE TRANSLATOR: Born in Baghdad, N. J. Dawood came to England as an Iraq State Scholar in 1945 and graduated from London University.  In 1959 he founded the Arabic Advertising & Publishing Co. Ltd, London (ARADCO), major producers of Arabic typesetting Tales from the Thousand and One Nights . 1954
       his translation of the Koran 1956 has since sold over one million copies. book reviews and articles retold for children two selections from The Arabian Nights Puffin Classics 1989.  He has edited and abridged The Muqaddimah of Ibn Khaldūn translated numerous technical works into Arabic, written and spoken radio and film commentaries and contributed to specialized English-Arabic dictionaries. (adapted from page "i") ENDS.]
       DETAILS: The Koran with parallel Arabic text, Translated with Notes by N.J.Dawood; Penguin Classics; Publisher: Penguin Books, <www.penguin.co.uk>, London, (© 1956 to 1998).  ISBN 0-14-044542-0.  Categories: Literature, Religion, Scripture.  620 + xviii pages, soft covers, 15·5 x 23·5 x 5 centimetres (6 x 9 1/8 x 2 inches), contents, index, introduction, footnotes, illustrations of Koran pages in Arabic, the cover being a copy of an Egyptian bookbinding of a 14th century Koran.  United Kingdom £16·99, Australia $32·90, Canada $33·99, USA $23·95. [orig. 1956 and revised repeatedly; 1998]

    • 'ABDURRAHMANI' L-DJAZIRI, 1997 (orig 1934), The Penalties for Apostasy in Islam which, in Arabic is Kitabul'l-fiqh 'ala'l-madhahibi'l-'arba'a; Villach (Austria). [Don't let the plural confuse you. The penalty is death.] [1997]
    • ABURISH, Saäd, The Rise, Corruption and Coming Fall of the House of Saud.  Aburish predicts the royal regime of Saudi Arabia will disintegrate before the year 2000. – Australian Reader's Digest, www.readers digest.com. au , editors.au@ readersdigest. com , p 154, October 1996. [ 1996]
       [COMMENT: Well, the year 2000 has come and gone, and the Saudi Arabian royal family is still spreading its brand of muscular Islam around the world. - Submission Study Unit, 24 Mar 2008.  The House of Saud is still in power - SSU, 23 June 2011 and 14 June 2013. ENDS.]

      HAWKE, Robert J. L. ("Bob"); May 1994;    The HAWKE Memoirs  

      [The Soviet dictatorship in 1971 did not wish to let Judaists migrate to Israel, because 15 per cent of scientists and people with state secrets were Judaists.]       
       The Hawke Memoirs; R.J.L.Hawke; 1994 I raised all these matters with Gorbachev the cause of Jewish refuseniks
       I remembered Shelepin's plaintive defence to me in 1971 that while Jews were less than 2 per cent of the population, they constituted at least 15 per cent of scientists and those with access to state secrets regarded as essential to national security. (pages 362-63).

       DETAILS: Author Robert J.L.Hawke © 1994, Prime Minister of Australia 1976-1990; Publisher: William Heinemann Australia, , Port Melbourne (Australia).  ISBN 0-85561-502-8; Dewey shelf number 994.063092 and/or B/HAW, 618 + xv pages, hard covers with dust jacket, 16 x 24 x 5 centimetres (6 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 2 inches), contents, index,endnotes, appendices, photographs.  ARP AUD $49·95.
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       [COMMENT: For another of Bob Hawke's attempts to help some refuseniks, finally successful, see pp 89-92. [1994]

    • MAHMOODY, Betty, with HOFFER, William, 1992 (orig 1987), Not without my daughter.

       
       Betty Mahmoody, a US citizen, had married an Iranian doctor in the USA. Her husband Moody's cousin had proposed that they and their daughter Mahtob go for a trip to Iran. Once there Moody's polite manners disappeared, and he told her that she would never leave Iran. This book is the story of how eventually, with the help of sympathetic Iranian citizens, the mother and daughter escaped from Iran.
       The book reveals the dictatorial attitude of males of that culture.
       On another subject, one telling sentence from page 418 is: "The furor in the U.S. over the arms shipments was a great surprise in Iran it has been common knowledge that the U.S. aids both sides in the extended war between Iran and Iraq."
       The story has been made into a film. A precis of a review of this film is elsewhere on this website at subchron.htm#notwithout, dated Aug 8 1991.
       DETAILS:  Corgi Books, Moorebank (Australia), London and Auckland.  ISBN 0-552-13356-6; 424 pp, 11 x 17·5 centimetres (4 1/4 x 7 inches), softcover, no index, glossary 3pp. [Emphasis added]
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    [orig 1987; 1992]

    • PRYCE-JONES, David (b 1936); 1991;    THE CLOSED CIRCLE; An interpretation of the Arabs  

     
       The Closed Circle; David PRYCE-JONES "Arabs interviewed on TV denounce America and say that the West doesn't understand the Arab world.  They're perfectly right.  We don't.  An absolutely indispensable source of information on Arab polities is David Pryce-Jones' The Closed Circle." - Saul Bellow (front cover)
       In the course of their transformation into present-day Iranians, Persians are in the same predicament as Turks and Arabs in having to decide what sort of adaptations to make to the world outside the House of Islam. (page ix)
       the Arab order in its post-1945 independence has been reverting to basic tribal and kinship structures, as they were in precolonial days (page 19)
       Occupying the center of social and moral value judgements [by the Arabs], shame and honor are a good deal harder to ignore or repudiate than Islam: because they coincide, the two codes enforce identity and conformity of behavior. (p 35) [centre, honour, behaviour]
       (The shame-honour response and the power-challenge dialectic are explained on page 119.)
       (The Jews are attacked in the Koran, says page 191, and are banned from Arabia to this day, says p 273.)
       (The Muslim allies of the Nazis around World War II are mentioned on pp 205-7, and the murderous ways of the Gulf States are discussed on page 263.)
       The customary attachment of notions of honor to status and behavior, leading to pursuit of military heroism that has long since been obsolete and make-believe in practice, continues to obstruct all reformist thought or experiment throughout the Arab world.  Concession of rights to one another, or to members of other tribes and religions, entails loss of supremacy.  Anyone who granted equal rights to outsiders and strangers, or who managed to construct participatory institutions to that end, would be considered to have harmed and diminished himself and his own kind and he could not survive what would be perceived as humiliation. (p 403)
       Islam, to which the Arabs have always turned for identity, ceased in its earliest year to be unitary.  Whether Sunni or Shia, ambitious men in all centuries abused the Holy Law they were supposed to be upholding, in sectarian wars and challenges to advance themselves. (pp 403-4)
       At present, an Arab democrat is not even an idealization, but a contradition in terms. the Arabs are the losers, the rest of the world is deprived of what ought to be the valuable contribution of these people.  (From the last paragraph of the Conclusion; p 406)
       Designed by Sidney Feinberg (page iv).  Cover design © by Neil Stuart (back cover).
       The Closed Circle provides the key to understanding the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.  In a fascinating exploration of a complex culture, David Pryce-Jones shows that the Arabs are caught in a closed circle, where ancient codes of shame, honor, and the quest for power are as deeply rooted as they are foreign to Western concepts of loyalty, order, and justice.  Pryce-Jones argues that Western provincialism has put blinders on our perception of the Arab character, and until we come to grips with the deeper forces driving the Arabs, our misconceptions will continue to undermine our Middle East policies.
       "David Pryce-Jones has read widely and thought hard on the Arab predicament, and the result is as brilliant as it is depressing.  He has the courage to document what very few Westerners – but a fair number of Arab observers – have dared discuss. The Closed Circle is a landmark for understanding the politics of the Middle East." - Daniel Pipes, Foreign Policy Research Institute
       "Bracing.  To read it is to galvanize your thinking on an often confusing subject." - Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
       "What is most fascinating about The Closed Circle, and perhaps most important about it, is the way Pryce-Jones has put sociology to work in his analysis of the history and politics of the Middle East." - L.A. Daily News
       "A scathing and provocative critique." - Publishers Weekly
       David Pryce-Jones is the author of fifteen books.  Three years' effort went into the writing of The Closed Circle, but it is the fruit of a lifelong interest in the subject, which began with childhood experiences in Morocco and continued, over the course of his career, with repeated trips back to the Middle East to study Arab history and culture. (back cover)
       FACTS: The author is a former war correspondent. (see page 8)
       DETAILS: Publisher: HarperPerennial, A Division of HarperCollinsPublishers. An Edward Burlingame Book, New York, © 1989 and 1991, paperback published 1991, Classification: Current Affairs.  Softcover: 464 + xvi pages; 13·5 x 20·3 x 3 centimetres (5 1/4 x 8 x 1 1/8 inches).  Contents, Preface, Introduction, Conclusion, Source Notes (36 pages of references), Index, Map.  ISBN 0-06-098103-2 (pbk), Dewey shelf number 909.0974927. RRP: US $12.95, CAN $16.95. Obtained secondhand from Warwick Book Exchange, Perth metropolitan area, W. Australia
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    [To this website 23 Oct 2011; First edition 1989, paperback edition 1991]

    • RIVERS, Gayle; 1987, ©1986; The War Against the Terrorists; How to Win it. 
       The nature of terrorism is sometimes misunderstood because a terrorist group will often start out having a specific enemy.  On October 12, 1984, the Irish Republican Army nearly succeeded in destroying the British Government by means of a time-delay bomb planted in a Brighton hotel where Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet were staying.
       But the IRA is killing passersby of any nationality in London. The IRA's weapons are bought with money from U.S. citizens of Irish ancestry, mingled with funds that are Soviet-controlled such as Libya's.  Isn't it strange that the IRA is linked with Arab, German, French, Italian and Japanese terrorist groups?  Terrorist communiques are basically irrelevant to their acts. Their real message is:  Our outrages are meant to destroy your world. (p. 9)
       Manhattan is a narrow island several bridges and four tunnels also vulnerable because it is laced with railroad and subway tunnels in which it is demonstrably easy to plant explosives. Above the tunnels are the tall buildings, swaying in the wind. The skyscrapers are especially vulnerable to fires started on the high floors, which cannot be reached by street-level firefighting equipment.

       [COMMENT: This book, copyrighted in 1986, pointed out how vulnerable New York was, and is. The September 11 attack on the World Trade Centre was the SECOND attack on those two towers. ENDS.]
       [AUTHOR: Gayle Rivers previously wrote The Specialist about the struggle with terrorists. ENDS.]
       [DESCRIPTION: New York, Charter Books, 1987, (Stein and Day edition published New York 1986), 10.6 x 17.4cm (4 1/8 x 6 7/8 in), soft covers, contents, no index, ISBN 0-441-87187-9., $US 3.95. ENDS.] [1987]

    • BARRY, Kathleen; 1979;    Female Sexual Slavery  

      ISBN 0-13-314302-3
    The Traffic in Sexual Slaves
       Female Sexual Slavery;  Kathleen BARRY Zanzibar became an independent Arab state in the early nineteenth century, at the height of the slave trade there.  In 1890 Zabzibar was made a British protectorate Although slavery was officially abolished in 1897, it continued openly until the 1964 Zanzibar revolution which ended Arab rule of the island.  The auctions witnessed by this European businessman in 1970 took place six years after independence from British colonialism, the revolution, and the loose unification of Zanzibar with the moderately socialist regime of Julius Nyerere's Tanganyika which created Tanzania. (p 45)
       I recognised two Aftricans who were city fathers.  Except for the few Africans most of the purchasers were Arab.  eighty-five percent of the girls were destined for harems in the Middle East. (p 47)

    Sex colonization; Honor in the Mediterranean World
       Honor establishes the superiority of men over women. The Arab distinction between the general concept of honor, sharaf, and the special honor that is binding on women and tied to sexual behavior illustrates how honor establishes women in an inferior status to men.
       But women are bound to a specific, inflexible honor, ’ird, which determines their proper conduct and upon which men's honor, sharaf, depends. (page 153)
       The concept of ’ird and its permanent loss is derived from the same double standard as that of the rape paradigm.  It does not account for how that loss takes place, whether the illicit sexual contact was forced or mutual.  It assumes female guilt and responsibility in either context.
       This view of only female sexual behavior as potentially promiscuous is consistent with what Mary Douglas refers to as danger beliefs.  Danger beliefs view female functions (i.e., menstruation) as those which make women seem dangerous and therefore people who must be controlled. social relations by asserting male superiority and creating separate and unequal male and female social spheres.  44 (p 154)
    44.  Mary Douglas, Implicit Meanings (London: Routledge and Kegan, 1975), p. 62. (p 262)

       Sociologist Constantina Safilios-Rothschild has studied crimes of honor in Greece.  Traditionally in Greece, women's honor can only be restored through suicide.  Men defend their honor by killing both the dishonored woman, if she doesn't commit suicide, and the male responsible for her dishonor.  47 (pp 154-155)
    47.  Constantina Safilios-Rothschild, " 'Honor Crimes in Contemporary Greece," Toward a Sociology of Women, ed. Constantina Safilios-Rothschild (Lexington, Mass.: Xerox, 1972), p. 84. (p 262)

       The following report comes from a small village on the Nile.  A mariage had been arranged for the sixteenth birthday of a young girl called Fawzia.  Her father and bother had been building her dowry.  Before her marriage Fawzia accidentally discovered her mother and uncle in an embrace.  To ensure her silence, her uncle raped her, and her mother then took her to Cairo for a hymenorrhaphy – the surgical restoration of proof of virginity.  The marriage took place as arranged.  The young girl didn't meet her husband until they were married.  Bloodstains on the sheet the wedding night proved her virginity to all.
       she confided to him the terrible rape she experienced. he threw her out of his house "Fawzia's brother, Ahmed, returned to the village to be confronted immediately by what he perceived to be a blot on the family's honor. The next day the pregnant girl was found dead. Ahmed acknowledged to the villagers that he had killed her to restore the family's good name." 51 (pp 155-156)
    51.  Don A. Schanche, "Her Uncle Raped Her, Her Brother Killed Her," Los Angeles Times, reprinted in San Francisco Chronicle, September 17, 1977, p. 13. (p 262)

       For Muslim women the [seclusion and arranged marriage] code is explicity stated in the Koran.  It is particularly clear regarding seclusion:
    Sura 24, 31: "Say to the believing women that they refrain their looks, and observe continence, and that they display not their ornaments, except what must of necessity appear; and that they draw their veils over their bosoms, and display not their ornaments, except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband's father " etc. 53
    (p 156)
    53.  Robert Roberts, The Social Laws of the Qorân (London: Curzon Press, 1925), p. 13. (p 262)

       DETAILS: Publisher: Prentice-Hall, © 1979, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.  ISBN 0-13-314302-3; Dewey shelf number 306.74 BAR and 301.41'54. Categories: Prostitution, Sex Crimes, Slavery, Islam.  274 + x pages, hard covers with dust jacket, 15 x 23 x 2·5 centimetres (6 x 9 1/4 x 1 inch), index, but no contents list, endnotes, acknowledgements.  Appendix A: The previously suppressed Interpol Report 1974 for the United Nations Division of Human Rights.  Appendix B: Signatories etc of Nations party to the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others.  Jacket design by Hal Siegel; Printed in the United States of America.  (Copy formerly the property of the Library Board of Western Australia.)
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       [RECAPITULATION: It does not account for how that loss takes place, whether the illicit sexual contact was forced or mutual.  It assumes female guilt and responsibility in either context. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Why are the Western chattering classes and clergy still so surprised when the rape VICTIM is stoned to death in Muslim-dominated areas?  After learning about a case on the news, the chatterers and clergy turn away with a shrug and talk glibly about inter-cultural talk-fests. COMMENT ENDS.] [To Webpage 03Oct2012; 1979]

      KOESTLER, Arthur;   1976;   The Thirteenth Tribe :   The Khazar Empire and its heritage.

      The Thirteenth Tribe, Arthur KOESTLER
       Do Jewish (Judaist) citizens of the modern country of Israel have a racial connection with the ancient country of Israel, in Palestine, south-west Asia?  Were their ancestors ancient Israelites, Judahites, and/or Samaritans?
       Author Arthur Koestler writes that the racial and historical links are largely an illusion, because most of their ancestry derives not from the Semites of south-west Asia, but rather from a Turkic people in Europe, the Khazars (Chazars), who lived north of the Black and Caspian Seas, and eastwards to the Caucasus Mountains. (see pages 223-6)
       This book traces the history of the ancient Khazar Empire, a major but almost forgotten power in Eastern Europe, which in the Dark Ages became converted to Judaism.  Khazaria was finally wiped out by the forces of Genghis Khan (the first great Mongol conqueror), but evidence indicates that the Khazars themselves gradually migrated to Poland and formed the cradle of Western Jewry
       To the general reader the Khazars, who flourished from the seventh to the eleventh century of the Common Era (i.e., after Christ), may seem infinitely remote today.  Yet they have a close and unexpected bearing on our world which emerges as Mr. Koestler recounts the fascinating history of the ancient Khazar Empire, a major but almost forgotten power in Eastern Europe at about the time that Charlemagne was Emperor in the West.  The Khazars' sway extended from the Black Sea to the Caspian, from the Caucasus to the Volga, and they were instrumental in stopping the early Muslim onslaughts against Byzantium (Orthodox Christians), the eastern jaw of the gigantic Muslim pincer movement that in the West swept across northern Africa and into Spain. Khazari Khanate map, in Arthur KOESTLER book
       Between Christians and Muslims, they chose Judaism: Thereafter the Khazars found themselves in a precarious position between the two major world powers:  the Eastern Roman Empire in Constantinople / Byzantium (Orthodox Christians) and the triumphant followers of Mohammed (Muslims).  As Mr. Koestler points out, the Khazars were the Third World of their day, and they chose a surprising method of resisting both the Western pressure to become Christian and the Eastern to adopt Islam.  Rejecting both, they converted to Judaism.
       In the second part of this book, "The Heritage," Mr. Koestler speculates about the ultimate faith of the Khazars and their impact on the racial composition and social heritage of modern Jewry. He produces a large body of meticulously detailed research in support of a theory that sounds all the more convincing for the restraint with which it is advanced.  Yet should this theory be confirmed, the term "anti-Semitism" would become void of meaning, since, as Mr. Koestler writes, it is based "on a misapprehension shared by both the killers and their victims.  The story of the Khazar Empire, as it slowly emerges from the past, begins to look like the most cruel hoax which history has ever perpetrated." (adapted from the back cover)
       The Khazars used to impose a 10 per cent tax on the Rus (otherwise identified with Varangians, as Vikings were called in that region) trading and raiding ships that sailed on the rivers through their territory (adapted from pp 92 and 112).  [This 10% tax looks suspiciously like a "toll" imposed by force and threats, akin to Muslim Somali pirate ransom demands of the 2000s years, and of the earlier Barbary Coast Muslim regimes in north Africa.]
       Stopped Islam jihadists in 732 A.D., and imperial marriage to an Orthodox Christian prince: It is perhaps not surprising that in 732 – after a resounding Khazar victory over the Arabs – the future Constantinople Emperor Constantine V married a Khazar princess.  In due course their son became the Emperor Leo IV, known as Leo the Khazar. (p 14)
       Persecutions during the Crusades, 1096 A.D.: Before the Western "Christian" warriors of the First Crusade, AD 1096, left the Franco-German areas of Europe to free Jerusalem and the rest of the Holy Land, mob hysteria led to great slaughters of the Judaists (Jews) (see pp 162-3).  At one stage some Jews were given shelter in the fortified castle of the Bishop of Burgrave (pp 164-5).
       A typical episode: During the second crusade the survivors of the Jews of Mayence found refuge in Spires, later returning to their native city and building a replacement synagogue (place of worship) (see p 165).
       1306 A.D. property seized, expelled: Philip le Bel, a "Christian" ruler in Western Europe, levied heavy taxes on the Jews for some years, then secretly ordered that all their possessions be seized and they be expelled.  On July 22, 1306, the Jews of his domains were all arrested, and expelled a few weeks later, mainly going to Provence, Burgundy, Aquitaine, and a few other feudal fiefs (see p 166).  The Black Death, caused by microscopic organisms spread by rat fleas, was another heavy blow for Judaists, who were accused of poisoning the wells, and Jewish survivors of the Black Death were murdered in batches. (see p 167).
       We may safely conclude that the traditional idea of a mass-exodus of Western Jewry from the Rhineland to Poland all across Germany is historically untenable (p 168).
       Language: According to the first all-Russian census in 1897, there were 12 894 Karaite Jews living in the Tsarist Empire (which included Poland).  Of these 9666 gave Turkish as their mother tongue (i.e., presumably their original Khazar dialect), 2632 spoke Russian, and only 383 spoke Yiddish (pp 176-7).
       Israel 's right to exist: The State of Israel's right to exist is based on international law, based on the decision of the United Nations in 1947 to partition Palestine.  The partition decision was based on a century of peaceful immigration and pioneering effort, he wrote (p 223).  The right of the State of Israel to exist is not based on the supposed origins of the ancient Israelites and Judahites, nor on the myth that Abraham had a covenant with their god, he wrote. (see p 223)
       DETAILS: Random House (New York), originally Hutchinson & Co (London), © 1976.   ISBN 0-394-40284-7; Dewey library shelf number 947.901, 256 pp, soft covers, 14·2 x 21·5 x 1·2 centimetres (5 5/8 x 8 5/8 x 1/2 inch), contents, index, 4 appendices, selected bibliography, endnotes, map, acknowledgements and thanks.  AUD $14 (in 2009) from Heritage Bookshop, GPO Box 1052, Melbourne, Vic 3001, Australia.
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       [RECAPITULATION: The Khazars were instrumental in stopping the Muslim onslaught against Byzantium, the eastern jaw of the gigantic pincer movement that in the West swept across northern Africa and into Spain. Yet should this theory [that today's Jews are descended largely from the Khazars] be confirmed, the term "anti-Semitism" would become void of meaning, since, as Mr. Koestler writes, it is based "on a misapprehension shared by both the killers and their victims." ENDS.]
       [The KHAZAR word is also spelt Chazar in some literature, as well as Chozar, Chozr, Kazar; and other names applied to them include Ibn Fadlan and ibn-Fadlan, Al Masudi and al-Masudi (see p 203). ENDS.]
       [AUTHOR: Arthur Koestler was born in 1905 in Budapest, Hungary.  He became a foreign correspondent in Europe.  He was interned by the Spanish Nationalists, was a Communist from 1931 until the Soviet purges of 1938, and in 1939-40 he was interned by the French.  Most of his later life was spent as an author based in London.
       Writings include Darkness at noon, The god that failed, The ghost in the machine, Suicide of a nation?, and Twilight bar. [Possibly to this webpage Dec. 2009; 1976]

    • DILLING, Elizabeth, 1956 or later, The Plot Against Christianity

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       The Babylonian Talmud takes precedence, in Judaist teaching, over the Jerusalem Talmud and over the Torah and the Old Testament generally.
       " the Babylonian Gemara Talmud.  Its birthplace, Babylonia, was an autonomous Jewish centre for a longer period than any other land; namely, from soon after 586 before the Christian era to the year 1040 after the Christian era — 1626 years; from the days of Cyrus down to the age of the Mongol conquerors!" (Exh 34, p 154)
       The photostats show that " with the destruction of the Temple Henceforth Jewish life was regulated by the teachings of the Pharisees; Pharisaism shaped the character of Judaism and the life and thought of the Jew for all the future." (Exh 264, p 270) (The Jewish Encyclopedia, 1905, New York and London, Funk and Wagnalls, p 666)
       Much of the Talmud seems to be an explanation of how to find scripture quotes to evade and even contradict the main commandments of the Hebrew scripture.  Examples follow:
       "On the eve of the Passover, Yeshu was hanged. Was he not a Mesith (enticer), concerning whom Scripture says, Neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him? (Sanhedrin 43 a, Soncino Talmud pages 281-2; Exh 46-47, p 160.)
       "Pederasty with a child below nine years of age is not deemed as pederasty with a child above that, Samuel said:  Pederasty with a child below three years is not treated as with a child above that." (Sanhedrin 54b, page 371; Exh 54, p 164)
       "For murder, whether of a Cuthean by a Cuthean, or of an Israelite by a Cuthean, punishment is incurred; but of a Cuthean by an Israelite, there is no death penalty'?" ("Sanhedrin," 57a, page 388; Exh 57, p 165)
       "Raba said:  If one bound his neighbour and he died of starvation, he is not liable to execution. Raba also said:  If he bound him before a lion, he is not liable, (Sanhedrin, 77a, page 520; Exh 85, p 179)
       Advice is given not to trust non-Judaist wet nurses or surgeons. (p 58)
       She also provides evidence that Judaists are members of a cultural group, not a race, with pictures of Jews of black African and Chinese appearance. (pp 34-35)  Photostats of 20th-century newsitems demonstrate the continuity of the philosophy, and help identify the people of interest. (see pp 65-82)
       During a 1931 family trip to Communist Russia, the author had seen the "open virulent anti-Christ campaign everywhere." (p 5)  Dilling discusses links between the Soviet Russian leadership and methods, and a variety of writings.
       – The Plot Against Christianity, 1956 or later, by Elizabeth Dilling (Box 659, Chicago 90); Possibly self-published, probably United States of America.  ISBN and Congress Library Card numbers unknown.  314pp, soft covers, 21.5 x 28 centimetres (8 ½ x 11 inches), index, photostats of sources, ($30 Perth, W. Australia, July 2006.)
       SOURCE: The Talmud source quoted above is: The Babylonian Talmud, in several volumes 1935-36, Rabbi Dr I. Epstein (editor), London, The Soncino Press.
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    [?~ 1956]

    • CHURCHILL, Winston S.; 1899;    The River War:    An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan  

        [NOT the flag used in the 1800s]   
       "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.
       The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
       A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.  The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property - either as a child, a wife, or a concubine - must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
       Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.  No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.
       Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.
       It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome."  {13} #
    http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/submit/reading.htm#the-river-war
       [RECAPITULATION:  The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property - either as a child, a wife, or a concubine - must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
       No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.   ENDS.]
       [COMMENT:  This is an 1899 book by Winston Churchill (World War 2 Prime Minister of Britain), concerning his experiences in the 1890s as a British Army officer, during the Mahdist War in Sudan.  The above is what he wrote about Mohammedanism (that is, Islam, that is, the Moslem / Muslim culture).   COMMENT ENDS.]
       [LINK: http://en.wikipedia.org   ENDS.]
       [ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:  The Fisherman Rock.   ENDS.] [1899]
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    Australian Jihad. Martin CHULOV. Appeasement by Canberra will lead to degradation of female Australians. 2006
    A-Z Guide to the Qur'an: A must-have reference to understanding the contents of the Islamic Holy Book, by Mokhtar STORK.  (originally 1999; 2008)
    Because They Hate: A survivor of Islamic terror warns America. GABRIEL, Brigitte, from Lebanon writes that radical Muslims use taqiyya (deception) and kitman (secrecy). 2006
    Betrayed = A People Betrayed, by SOOKHDEO, Patrick, Scotland and England. How PAKISTAN, from starting with a constitution defining freedom of religion, has step by step turned into a persecuting country, bedevilled with archaic rules that lead to any rumour of an insult to certain religious symbols or persons meriting the death penalty, and the downgrading of women's dignity. 2002
    Burned Alive; The shocking story of a young PALESTINIAN Muslim woman's escape from an "honour" killing in the 1970s.  By "Souad." [(orig in French 2003) 2004]
    • The Closed Circle; An interpretation of the Arabs.  Tribal and kinship structures, with "honour" and violence, are the reason that the Arabs seem to be making no progress towards peaceful inclusive societies. By former war correspondent David Pryce-Jones. 1989, 1991
    • The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran. Robert SPENCER plans to issue it on September 21, 2009. Aug 28, 09
    • The Conquest of Abyssinia. Dr Paul STENHOUSE 2003, tr. of Futuh al-Habasha by Shihab al-Din Ahmad bin 'Abdu 'l Qader bin Salem bin 'Uthman in the 16th century. 2003
    Cruel and Usual Punishment. UNITED STATES: Book by former EGYPTIAN and former Muslim Ms Nonie DARWISH. Flogging, child marriage, death for critics. 2008
    Culture and Conflict in the Middle East, Professor Philip Carl SALZMAN.  The tribal nature of Islam makes peace, and democracy, counter-cultural. ? 2008
    Europe, Globalization, and the Coming Universal Caliphate. EUROPE: "Political correctness" and immigration policies that are just plain wrong have Europe sleep-walking into a take-over.  By Ms Bat YE'OR. 2011
    • The Everlasting Hatred: The Roots of Jihad, by Hal LINDSEY. 2002
    Faith, Power and Territory; A Handbook of British Islam. By Patrick SOOKHDEO. 2008
    • The Fall Of Constantinople: The Ottoman Conquest Of Byzantium, in 1453. By David NICOLLE, John HALDON, and Stephen TURNBULL. 2007
    Fast Facts on Islam; What You Need to Know Now. UNITED STATES: John ANKERBERG and John WELDON. 2001.
    • The Female Sexual Slavery, by U.S. sociologist Kathleeen BARRY.  Traffic in sexual slaves from Zanzibar to the Arab nations is covered.  Under the title "Sex colonization; Honor in the Mediterranean World" the author discusses honour killings in Greece, but gives a lot of facts about such murders in the Muslim world, and how the culture treats women as a possession, who, if she errs, must be killed to regain the male "honour."  (The book also covers other subjects, such as the White Slave traffic, the way pimps keep prostitutes working "tricks," brutal husbands and police inaction, Patricia Hearst being enrolled into a terrorist gang, etc.)  1979
    • The Flight of the Dragonfly, by Melissa HAWACH.  Muslim husband stole two daughters.  She got them back.  2008
    For the Love of a Son.  AFGHAN husband kidnapped her son. Jean SASSON. 2010
    Global Jihad : The Future in the Face of Militant Islam. Dr Patrick SOOKHDEO. 2007
    • A God who Hates. Islam teaches men to follow Allah's hate towards women, and women to have self-rejecting thoughts. Ms Wafa SULTAN. Book review May 29, 2010; published 2010.
    GOD is NOT GREAT:  How religion poisons everything.UNITED STATES: Christopher HITCHENS. 2007
    God Is Not One:  The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World – and Why Their Differences Matter. Stephen PROTHERO. 2010
    • The Great Immigration Scandal, by Steve MOXON (former immigration civil servant). BRITAIN. Rubber-stamping the applications. 2004
    • The Hawke Memoirs. AUSTRALIA: Prime Minister Bob Hawke got a lesson in 1971 on "over-representation" of a minority in power positions in the then Soviet Union. 1994
    Heart of Darfur.  SUDAN: Nurse Lisa French BLAKER finds the senseless cruelty of the Islamising central government and its thieving allies makes it hard to give much-needed medical help to the poor and the defenceless. 2008
    • The Holy Qur’an [[Quran, Koran]], tr by Abdullah Yusuf ALI.  NEW DELHI, India: This translation is a revision of Ali's, done by Goodword Books 2001 in association with IPCI: Islamic Vision, Birmingham. Reprinted 2002
    • The Holy Qur-ān [[Quran, Koran]], tr. by Abdullah YUSUF ALI.  SAUDI ARABIA: revised by a Saudi Arabian royal printing house; in Arabic and English. Year 1413 H., 1992-93 A.D.
    I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced.  Book by Nudood ALI with Delphine MINOUI.  YEMEN (south-west Asia): Marriage consummated on girl (10), plus beatings.  The earliest of the Muslim Arab children who bucked the cruel child-marriage customs, bolstered by superstition.  She became somewhat of a celebrity.  2010
    • The Islam; Aggressive Religion, Totalitarian Political System.  AUSTRALIA: An appeal to politicians and the public to beware of the deceit and holy war doctrines of the Koran and Mohammedanism. Nov. 2012
    • The Islamic Republic of Dewsbury. ENGLAND: Yorkshire's Dewsbury has been changed beyond recognition by decades of immigration.  Two communities are further apart than ever.  "Multiculturalism" is only a word.  2011
    Honour = In the Name of Honour, by Mukhtar MAI.  Ms Mai was raped in PAKISTAN as a punishment for some other person's alleged misdeed. 2006
    Infidel: My Life, By Ayaan Hirsi ALI. 2007
    Iraq; A Report from the inside. Dilip HIRO. 2002-03.
    Islam at the Gates : How Christendom Defeated the Ottoman Turks; Diane MOCZAR; Europe was being attacked for 500 years. 2008.
    Islam: Human Rights and Public Policy. David CLAYDON (ed.). Global outlook, 19 authors. Governments missing the danger. 2009
    • The Islamist, 2007, by Ed HUSAIN.  Husain, ENGLISH-born son of son of Indian and Bangladeshi immigrants, went through the process of alienation, grooming and indoctrination to become an Islamic extremist, then changed.  Autobiography.  2007.
    Islam: Theory and practice. NETHERLANDS: Book review.  Most of the academics claim that Islam has cruel practices and seeks world domination, but one, whose funding came from a Saudi prince, has a different point of view.  March 2013
    • The (Koran) Qur'an, Khalidi, Tarif.  Koran translation.  Softens the sharp edges of the Koran. (To this webpage April 2012).  2008
    • The Koran, Rodwell, J.M., translation.  orig. 1909; 2001.
    • The Koran, Dawood, N.J., translation.  Penguin Australia.  orig 1956; 2003.
    • The Koran = Qur'an, Khalidi, Tarif.  (Koran translation.)  Softens the sharp edges of the Koran. (To this webpage April 2012).  2008
    • The Koran = Qur'an, Saheeh (Koran translation.)  An honest translation from Saudi Arabia, giving the real teachings about how to treat Judaists and other non-Muslims during the global struggle. 2010
    • The Koran with parallel Arabic text, translated with notes, 1998, tr. by N. J. Dawood. Penguin Classics, London.  orig 1956; 1998.
    Londonistan: How Britain is Creating a Terror State Within.  PHILLIPS, Melanie; 2006.
    Looming Tower, The, 2006/2007; WRIGHT, Lawrence. Osama bin Laden's and other lives leading to the atrocity of September 11. Book published 2007
    Modern Day Trojan Horse.  The Muslim doctrine of immigration as a means to take over, or hijra, before jihad, or holy war against the unbelievers.  Book published ? 2012
    My Life as a Traitor, GHAHRAMANI, Zarah, and HILLMAN, Robert.  IRAN: Belted her for wanting women's evidence to be equal to a man's in court, etc. ? 2007
    Muhammad: The Messenger of God, KELEN, Betty; © 1975, 1989, 2001
    MUSLIM MAFIA: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America.  P. David GAUBATZ and Paul SPERRY.  UNITED STATES: The Council on American-Islamic Relations has infiltrated governments in the U.S., and a school is teaching that it is permitted to kill and steal from Jews and 'polytheists' / Christians. 2011
    No one takes my children, 2005, by Mrs Donya AL-NAHI, with Eugene COSTELLO.  BRITAIN and IRAQ: Donya, a Muslim, had been rescuing stolen children from Muslim lands, then her husband took two of her children.  She and her sister Tracey, with the help of the United States army, got them back. 2005
    Not without my daughter. By Mrs Betty MAHMOODY, with William HOFFER.  Husband tricked Betty into going to his homeland, and refused to let her return home.  She took her daughter and escaped back to the West, with the help of kindhearted Muslims. (orig 1987), 1992
    • A People Betrayed, By Patrick SOOKHDEO. Pakistan's slow loss of civil rights as it sinks, with brave protests, into Islamic mediaevalism. 2002
    The Plot Against Christianity. By Ms Elizabeth DILLING. Ancient chants from Jerusalem and Babylon leave a long trail. ? 1956
    • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). By Robert SPENCER. 2005
    • The Qur'an, Khalidi, Tarif.  (Koran translation.)  By Tarif KHALIDI. Softens the sharp edges of the Koran. (To this webpage April 2012).  2008
    • The Qur'an, Saheeh (Koran translation.)  An honest translation from Saudi Arabia, giving the real teachings about how to treat Judaists and other non-Muslims during the global struggle.  2010
    Raising my voice. By Ms Malalai JOYA. She told AFGHANISTAN's parliament that many were warlords and druglords, so they expelled her.  2009
    The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan.  AFRICA: Winston Churchill, who fought to re-take Sudan from the Madhi, wrote that the Mohammedan subjugation of women at all stages of their lives as the property of men, meant that slavery would not end until this religious rule was changed.  The culture, though imparting fatalistic apathy, was militant and proselytizing   "No stronger retrograde force exists in the world."  1899
    Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs. UNITED STATES. By Robert SPENCER. ? 2009.
    • The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom.  Convert, or Submit with humility, or choose freedom. AUSTRALIA. By Dr Mark DURIE. 2010
    • The Thirteenth Tribe: The Khazar Empire and its heritage; 1976; by well-known author Arthur KOESTLER.  The majority of today's Jews are probably descended from the converted Khazar (Chazar) empire of the Dark Ages and the Middle Ages. 1976
    [Three Khazar tribes join Hungarians in the Pagan Horde age].  EUROPE: As if the attacks by the pagan Norsemen and the Muslim Arabs and their converts were not enough, some Khazars from southern Russia joined the Magyars (Hungarians) seizing goods and lands in Christianised parts of Europe. Chapter only of book published 2008, 2009, 2010. Period: CE 700s to 900s.
    Understanding Sharia Finance: The Muslim Challenge to Western Economics; By Patrick SOOKHDEO. 2008
    • The War Against the Terrorists; How to Win it., Gayle RIVERS. © 1986
    • The Wasted Vigil. Mr Nadeem ASLAM. 2008
    Women in Islam. P. NEWTON and M. Rafiqul HAQQ.  Women must obey, must yield to their menfolk's orders, and may be beaten / scourged.  English and Arabic text. (orig. 1995) 2006.
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