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Truth about Muhammad

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  594 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Muhammad: a frank look at his influential (and violent) life and teachings
In The Truth about Muhammad, New York Times bestselling author and Islam expert Robert Spencer offers an honest and telling portrait of the founder of Islam-perhaps the first such portrait in half a century-unbounded by fear and political correctness, unflinching, and willing to face the hard facts a
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ebook, 241 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sam Joseph Has There are many accounts here where the author misinterprets history. I just wish I had the time to answer all of your questions here. He questions the…moreThere are many accounts here where the author misinterprets history. I just wish I had the time to answer all of your questions here. He questions the existence of Muhammad, for example. Well, the Armenian chronicler, Saboes, wrote about Muhammad back in 660 AD, saying that “Muhammad was a merchant, and confirms the centrality of Abraham in his preaching.” Spencer questions the origins of the Quran and its existence. Well that is very easy argument for anyone to debunk as long as they look at the historical records. Pick up any Arabic Quran today and you can easily compare it to a 6th century Qurans that can be found in Turkey or Uzbekistan (surviving copies of the original scripts from the 3rd caliphate). They match letter for letter. Here and like in many other instances Spenser writes out of hatred for Islam and ignores the facts. It is just not professional and it is unfair to history do destort it just because he is not comportable with it. What a shame I would say.

Regarding the origins of Muhammad see:
Cook, M. (1983). Muhammad (pp. 73-74). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Regarding his personality and the Quran, see:
Armstrong, K (2006). Muhammad: A Prophet for our Time (pp. 201-202). New York, NY: HarperOne.

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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
So after thousands of years we have Judaism with Abraham and Moses; Christianity with Jesus Christ; and Islam with Muhammad (may peace be upon him). The Jews, the Christians and the Muslims. They all believe that there is only one God. And it is the same God they believe in.

Each group, however, considers its religion as the one true faith. The Jews do not consider Jesus as the Messiah they've been waiting for and consider Muhammad as a false prophet. The Christians look down upon the Jews as the
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Kenny
Oct 13, 2007 Kenny rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those wondering about Islam
Shelves: religion, history
Though often called a "religion of peace," the truth about Islam is quite the opposite, as is the truth about its founder, Muhammad. This book is no anti-Muslim screed, however; it takes its facts and ideas directly from Islamists themselves, from the Koran and the authoritative commentaries that have grown up around the holy book for over a milennia. Cut through the hype and the PR and go directly to the source: Muhammad was a robber, an unsuccessful proselytizer (couldn't convert the Jews, whi ...more
Lubna
Robert Spencer, an "expert" on Islam?? He sure is an "expert" alright. An expert on inciting hate, intolerance, and paranoia in the hearts of his readers. This undocumented portrayal of Muhammad is so divergent from the truth that I am surprised Mr. Spencer's nose has not undergone the Pinocchio effect! Shame on you Mr. Spencer for stooping so low as to attempt the defamation of a figure revered by a quarter of the world's population. One can only wonder if your motivation to write such a book ...more
Dwain
It was fascinating to read this book and "Mohammed: A Prophet for our time" together, as they are written from two completely different perspectives on Mohammed. Spencer portrays a Mohammed that has inspired generations of hate, intolerance, and violence, while Armstrong portrays somebody with the attributes of Jesus. I found them both biased, and I suspect the truth is somewhere in the middle of the two opinions, but it was refreshing to hear somebody who wasn't scared to death to be politicall ...more
Mustafa
First of all, let me get one thing straight. I am a teenager who considers myself a former Muslim turned agnostic/atheist.

That said, I found this book to be more thinly disguised Islamophobic propaganda rather than solid facts. I tried to approach this book with an open mind. But, the thing is, the passages of the Qur'an are explained out of context rather than in their given place, which I believe is the wrong way to attack a religion. You should attack something within the context of which it
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John
If you think Muhammed was a man of peace, a man to be admired, and a man to be imitated, you need to read up on him. Muhammed was none of these things. The historical record is very clear. He was a man of violence, expediency, and is a man worthy of disdain.

This is a good extended introduction to Muhammed and Islam. For the most part Spencer avoids value judgments on the truthfulness of Islam, instead focusing on the ethics of Muhammed and his followers. With regard to these, he is very harsh,
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Cult
Look at the reviews below that rate this less than three stars. They don't even comment on the content and references sited. I was very impressed with how meticulously the author referenced assertions and claims that would understandably upset those that follow Muhammad. No matter what side of the fence you are on before reading this book or listening to the CD version, truth is truth, and this author can't change truth. Do the research and be informed. A fantastic read and listen! AN ABSOLUTE M ...more
GoodReadsAccount
Two stars rather than one, because for the most part, the author is factually correct in everything he says about the seventh and eigth centuries--though he certainly doesn't let that stop him from misrepresenting those facts, or drawing wildly inaccurate and inappropriate conclusions from them. Also, that's where the historical accuracy ends--almost everything he covers within the last 500 years or so is wholly incorrect.

This is a very solid example of someone using a religion's founder as a m
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Michael Connolly
Some reviewers have called this book a polemic, but I found it rather dry and academic. Spencer goes into a great deal of detail about the Arabic sources on the life of the Prophet Muhammad. The three main sources are the Qur'an, the Hadith (traditions and commentary) and the Sira (biography of Muhammad).
Muhammad was born in 570 A.D. His full name was Muhammad ibn Abdallah ibn And al-Muttalib. Muhammad's tribe was the Quraysh. Mecca was their main city. Their local shrine was the Ka'bah. Muhamm
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Rachel Balster
I found this book to be well written, well researched, and factual. As a non-Muslim, I fully anticipated others degrading the author's words, but I have been independently studying islam now for several years and there was little presented that I had not come across on my own whether in hadiths or in the Quran. My experience has been that most people will turn a blind eye or adamantly deny the truth of Islam. It is not Islamophobia to be educated and know the teachings of Islam. I would highly r ...more
Amjad
I don't think Muslims would agree to anything written in this book, which has been made clear by the author himself by presenting the opinions of apologetics of the history of Islam on many of the issues raised in the book. But anyway, the main idea which at least sincere Muslim reformers might be to some degree in accordance with; is that Islam is outdated and need to be fixed by Muslims themselves, otherwise, they cannot blame Islamophobic for how they see Islam.
Tom Schulte
Wow, after reading this one-sided muckracking, one may wonder how anybody can revere this guy. However, drama aside, it basically suggests Islam as a religion can serve as a basis for a culture that can condone religious persecution and some abuse. As a textbook for Islamophobia I give it an A+, but it doesn't jive with the reality of a religion held by so many worldwide with most of them being decent people.
Auntie J
Sep 06, 2007 Auntie J rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Auntie J by: George
What Muslims won't tell you about Muhammad. Robert Spencer is excellent on this topic.
Goshtasp
Overall, this is a good book to refer those who call Islam "the religion of peace" to. The assumption that Islam is inherently peaceful and the jihadists use a peculiar interpretation of it is clearly baseless. This book shows this using the most credible resources available. In fact, there is not even room for discussion as the facts are clear and the claims that apologists make, such as that Islam respects women's rights, are simply absurd and only good for their unaware audience.

Unfortunatel
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Froilan Diaz
A truly enlightening book written by Robert Spencer. I appreciate this book because he addresses all the goods and bads of Muhammad's ministry. The controversial aspects to Muhammad's time on Earth were intriguing because it seems like the type of things Muslims would (and do) try to cover up. Yet, Spencer points out how real even these gritty details are because even the Pro-Muhammad historians have to at least acknowledge their existence if they are going to paint over or fudge the details. Hi ...more
Johnrh
Like his book The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to Islam (and the Crusades) it is packed with facts, the conclusions to draw are your own. As in Spencer's P.I. Guide to Islam that I read, this book is packed with referenced facts. These are largely quotes and accounts from the Quran, Sura, and hadith. The book is largely a fascinating and reasonably brief historical account of the life of Muhammad. As a Protestant Westerner and minor history buff, I enjoyed it and felt educated by it! I was en ...more
taarak
Apr 16, 2007 taarak rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in saving Western Civilzation from the new barbarian hordes
To know is to be fore-warned. To be fore-warned is to be fore-armed. This is NOT an easy thing to listen to. Sobering, insightful, and necessary for anyone who values Western culture and the global threats it faces.

In The Truth about Muhammad, New York Times best-selling author and Islam expert Robert Spencer offers an honest and telling portrait of the founder of Islam -- perhaps the first such portrait in half a century -- unbounded by fear and political correctness, unflinching, and willing t
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Ahmed Mofty
I think Spencer made an assumption based on his own feelings and vision and started writing the book about prophet Mohammed PBUH. He tried his best to view Islam and the Prophet as violent and ignored the facts on ground when compared to other religions.
Brett Stortroen
Spencer's work, "The Truth About Muhammad" delivers the goods. He accurately traces the evolution of Muhammad's Jihad; from his role as a mere unknown preacher/prophet with no violent Qur'anic injunctions, then to acceptance of defensive warfare against supposed persecutors (those who did not accept his claims), and finally, with his military power growing, full scale offensive warfare deemed as acceptable and mandated by Allah. Spencer's well cited resources assisted in my own chapter dealing w ...more
Russell
What a load of crap! This guy's "facts" must have come straight from Fox News....they are grossly distorted and misinterpreted. It's obvious he doesn't know any muslims nor has he read the Qur'an. He can't even reference the Qur'an correctly and his translations and selective use of ayats (verses) while excluding others is irresponsible. Spencer's motivation in writing this book and connections with AIPAC becomes evident the more I read. He makes his living by spreading hatred and misinformation ...more
R.
Spencer provides a good explanation of why the only hope for fostering moderate Islam is the complete secularization of large sections of the Muslim world. Yes, of course there are crazy, intolerant, fundamentalist Christians and Jews who don't exactly help bring about world peace, but there is a much larger, and vocal, secularized (dare I say Westernized?) community to off-set the fundamentalists, and, at least for now, even fundamentalists abide by the laws of civil society. The question remai ...more
Shabbar Raza
The worst about ever. Author clearly has not done enough research to convey the history of Islam.
Chuck
well i can say it was pretty biased.
Christopher
Very polemical book. It's really about three topics: 1) what really happened during the life time of Muhammed? b) what do modern Mohammedans think about the traditions about the Prophet? c) what should the attitude be in the modern west towards contemporary Islam and its adherents?

The author's answers to these questions are: 1) Mohammed himself led a violent life, though the ancient traditions about his life are at times contradictory and/or unclear, b) an acceptance of violence against non-Mosl
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Laura
This is a very interesting book about Muhammad based on Islamic works. It certainly provides the case for the militant Islam philosophy and shows where that philosophy comes from in the religion. I would like to find the book that does the same for the non-militant Islam -- what portions of their holy readings do they call upon to find Islam a religion of peace -- because there is certainly much in the life of Muhammad to say otherwise.
Jim
Honest, fair, and scholarly

I was pleased to find that the book was not biased or hostile, but simply informative about the truth of Mohammed and the origin of Islam. More people need to know the truth and why the violence of Islam is rooted in their teachings. The so called radicals are not lying when they cite Mohammed in explaining their actions.
Kathleen C. Tucker
Enlightening!

Very informative book about the founder of Islam. With politicians and the media constantly repeating that Islam is a religion of peace but constantly seeing acts of violence in the name of Islam, I decided to learn more about the religion. This book delivers the facts about Islam from it's most reliable sources.
Kathleen A Brown
Well documented facts with supporting references. A book that can not be 'lightly scanned'; a worthwhile time investment.

The author's writing style was a bit confusing to this reader. The word flow within Mr Spencer's sentences, or sometimes his paragraphs, required me to re-read many times to gain an understanding. However, I had a much more difficult time, on the first read-through, with many of the quotes from the Islamic Holy Books; even taking into account their translation from an original
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Karl Tenney
"Fight them until no believer is seduced from his religion and Allah alone is worshiped." Muhammad, peace be upon him (yea, RIGHT!) The less one knows about Islam the more important it is to read this book. Traveling around the world apologizing for America, bowing to the Saudi King and singing kum by ya with those who want to destroy us is not the way to protect ourselves from these mad men. For those who are not Muslim, aka infidels, Muhammad and the Quran give three options: admit inferiority ...more
Harshavardhan
A lot of research has gone in the book. The language could have been milder. A very bold book
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Robert Bruce Spencer is an American author and blogger best known for critiques of Islam and research into Islamic terrorism and jihad. He has published ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers, and is a regular contributor to David Horowitz's FrontPage Magazine. In 2003 he founded Jihad Watch, a blog which aims to bring public attention to what it describes as "the concerted effort by ...more
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