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Islam and Terrorism: What the Quran Really Teaches About Christianity, Violence and the Goals of the Islamic Jihad

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The Western media declares that "at its core, Islam is moderate and tolerant of others" (New York Times Magazine).

Author Mark A. Gabriel, former professor of Islamic history at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, disagrees. He says that terrorists are practicing Islam just as Muhammad intended. As a child, Gabriel grew up in a Muslim family in Egypt and was heavily indoct
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 12th 2002 by Charisma House (first published February 28th 2002)
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Jan 19, 2010 Laurah rated it did not like it
I read this because some racist I have to talk to at work told me I should. Don't read it, it'll just piss you off.
Jan 27, 2016 Suprabhat rated it it was amazing
At the very outset, it must be conceded that this book is highly polarising in nature. But, in the current scenarios, it provides a great insight into the psyche of an Islamic fundamentalist. Right from the difficult beginnings of Islam to it's current state of conflicts, both internal and external, this book develops a great narrative. Recommended.
Sep 21, 2008 Brian rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to learn more about Islam
I found this book useful, given my general lack of understanding of Islam and it's connection to modern Islamic terror. What better person to learn from than one who was a professor of Islamic History at Egypt's Al-Azhar University? Mark Gabriel is on the run literally for his life. He gave himself this name and lives wondering if he will be found out and captured or killed.

The book is an easy read divided into roughly three parts. The first part is the story of this man's conversion from Islam
Michael Ombu
Dec 24, 2016 Michael Ombu rated it really liked it
New Arabic words, phrases and concepts learnt in this book include; Jizyah – tax imposed on unbelievers so that they can practice their religion; Hawiyah – Pit or Hell; Jihad – Struggle; Naskh – pronounced na-sick – to override, to become more important than something before; Al Muttaqun – The pious; Auliya – friend; Fitnah – disbelief and polytheism; Al Asram waal Mahrag – describes the spot in Jerusalem where Prophet Mohammed was miraculously transported to from the Arabian desert and subseque ...more
Rizwan Ahmad
Dec 14, 2015 Rizwan Ahmad rated it did not like it
It looks like this book written only to please a certain group of people. Writers own intro is in conflict being a converter from Muslim to a Christian. He only shared his own thoughts without any solid reasoning to defend his believes. He said he met a Christian women/ family and converted. If his family was cruel to him, his country was cruel to him it does not mean that the Religion of Islam is wrong but the people who misinterpret Islam due to the lack of their knowledge and lack of their un ...more
Jesse Broussard
Well, mixed feelings about sums it up. On the one hand, the guy knows his stuff. On the other hand, his stuff is about all he knows: his book (in places) tends to read like it was written by sixteen Pakistani immigrants attempting to compose a cookbook. But that is okay. I can deal with that. What I have more difficulty with are the weighted questions, straw-man arguments, and the carefully applied makeup and lighting to make something look as bad as is possible. If he even attempted to come acr ...more
Feb 17, 2016 Anton rated it really liked it
This is not a spiritual text. It lays out an argument that will lead a rational reader (that is to say someone that subjects their beliefs to empirical tests) to the conclusion that traditional Islam is wholly incompatible with the world's biggest institutions (country, democracy) and many social norms (gender equality, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, etc.).

This is also a good briefing for anyone that's interested in a better understanding of the ideologies motivating conflict in th
Steven Henry
Sep 03, 2007 Steven Henry rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who is curious to know the truth about Islam
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This book was written by a former top professor on Islamic History at one of the top Islamic Universities, if not the top Islamic University - so, you could say that this guy knows his stuff. In this book, Mark Gabriel (his psuedo-name) reviews the facts of the history of Muhammad, Islamic roots, Islamic factions, and shows from their own book(s) that their mission is to take over the world, with one rule - use whatever means you find most effective! That's truly scarey, but we see it today - Lo ...more
Christy Owens
Feb 11, 2011 Christy Owens rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent look at Islam from a former professor of Islamic History at Al-Azhar University (the leading Islamic school in the world), in Cairo, Egypt. He left Islam, and explains the roots of Islam, the teachings of Muhammad, the principles of Nasihk and al Taquiya, and the core of Islam as taught in the Quran. It is interesting to note, however, that most Muslims in the world do not follow the teachings of Muhammad as laid out in the Quran... most reject his philosophy of jihad. Very ...more
Gro Eide
Jan 31, 2015 Gro Eide rated it did not like it
This book begins with an biography of the author's perspective and experiences after he converted to Christianity in a society and nation built up by the religion Islam. In my opinion, it's disturbing what he's being put through in his own nation, for being a non-believer.

The author of this book writes in a somewhat narrow perspective, and not as a general introduction to Islam's many parts and aspects. If we want anything meaningful to convey to the Islam world, there must be an unconditional
Ron Kenney
May 09, 2015 Ron Kenney rated it really liked it
Good intro to Islam and history of terrorism. The author also explains the teachings of Islam concerning Jesus Christ. He gives his personal testimony of coming to Christ while he was a professor of Islamic studied and the persecution he experienced before fleeing Egypt. An easy but worthwhile read.
Dec 05, 2014 Jane rated it it was amazing
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Mar 16, 2010 Leah rated it really liked it
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This book provided a comprehensive overview of Islam from a man who studied the Quran and the history of Islam his whole life. He gives facts and quotes from the Quran to give insight into what it truly teaches. He even gives thoughts about how to speak to Muslims about the deception of Islam. It's a quick and informative read.
Katie Scarlett
May 03, 2016 Katie Scarlett rated it liked it
Three stars due to massive amounts of inside information. Very interesting heAring the authors story and point of view, as he grew up Muslim and eventually made his way to Christianity. Islam isn't everything it's usually portrayed as. This book will help you understand it in a way that I haven't really seen done before.
Aug 21, 2008 Erick rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested.
Very good and informative book, i found radical islam very well explained, was surprised a couple times throughout the book, a must read for anyone interested in knowing more about radical islam and terrorism.
Tiffany Garcia
Sep 11, 2007 Tiffany Garcia rated it really liked it
Very interesting look at the teaching of Islam and how they relate to radical terrorists. Plus, a personal story of the Egyptian author (professor of Islam) who converted to Christianity and was almost murdered by his family several times before escaping to the US.
Mrs Bond
Mar 12, 2009 Mrs Bond rated it liked it
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Islam explained through the perspective of a man who converted to Christianity (for which he was persecuted by his family, employer and government). Attempts to explain how the Quran justifies acts of violence and hatred.
Jun 16, 2016 Niño rated it really liked it
For me, this book answered the question "Why do terrorists do what they do?", something I used to ask every time I saw news related to terrorism related killings. Now I'm not so surprised anymore.
David Sassaman
Mar 04, 2015 David Sassaman rated it it was amazing
Excellent read on the truth about Islam and its history to date. A must-read for all in our pluralistic society.
Sugandha Garg
Jan 21, 2016 Sugandha Garg rated it liked it
i have read like 80% of this book but can't read it no more.
Craig Adamson
Jan 24, 2016 Craig Adamson marked it as to-read
Muslim scholar. Has written many books on Islam and terrorism
Royce Ratterman
Jan 14, 2016 Royce Ratterman rated it really liked it
Read for personal research - found this book's contents helpful and inspiring.
A good book for the researcher and enthusiast.
Aug 12, 2013 Dorcas rated it really liked it
Very informating and exposing. I was so into the book that i finished in 3days, something I have never done with any other book plus 256 pages! You need to read.
Aug 20, 2012 Andy marked it as to-read
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Jeff Line
Sep 19, 2012 Jeff Line rated it really liked it
A must read. A bit disjointed at times but thorough and enlightening.
Jul 15, 2008 Jesse rated it liked it
Introspective and worthwhile (if you care to keep up with current events.) Have yet to see author's positions credibly refuted.
Mar 17, 2014 Shawn rated it really liked it
Very interesting and enlightening.
Douglas Wilson
Jan 15, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it
Very good.
Andy Laurence
Andy Laurence rated it it was amazing
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Dr. Mark Gabriel was born and raised in Egypt in an Islamic family. By the age of 12, Dr. Gabriel had the entire Quran memorized. He graduated from Al-Azhar University in Cairo and then became a professor of Islamic history at that university. He also served as the Imam (spiritual leader) of a mosque in Giza, where the pyramids are located.

In short, Dr. Gabriel was a highly prestigious figure in t
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