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Columnist and broadcaster Douglas Murray, with trademark wit, delivers an alarming analysis behind the events of the past week in the UK, as the country tries to make sense of the barbaric slaughter of British soldier Lee Rigby on the streets of London. In a devastating satire on the climate of fear in the UK today, Murray’s analysis is wildly entertaining yet ultimately ...more
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Published May 30th 2013 by emBooks
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Dasha He is rolling it into his new paperback book, so should be available soon. He mentions it at the end of the interview with Dave Rubin

He is rolling it into his new paperback book, so should be available soon. He mentions it at the end of the interview with Dave Rubin

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David McAdam
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is not an attack on or critique of Islam. It is an expose of a particular response to it by a certain group of people who are regarded by many as society's elite.
'Islamaphobia' besides being a bad grammatical construct is - along with the equally bad construct 'homophobia' - a condition that does not exist. It is not recognised by the British Society of Psychology. It is nothing more than a pejorative lobbed against the genuinely tolerant by the counterfeit tolerant in order to shut
Vince Darcangelo
I must confess: About a third of the way through Douglas Murray’s Islamophilia, I tossed it onto the discard pile. (islamophiliaOK, not really, since I was reading it on my Nook.) But before I abandoned this book, my conscience got the better of me. I re-launched the file and read to the end.

I am very glad I did.

If I were to blurb Islamophilia, I would say, “Douglas Murray has provided us with a document that is challenging, bitter, distasteful, and difficult to digest. And it may well be one of
Daniel Lomax
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-buy
Christopher Hitchens was fond of telling this story: When Samuel Johnson had finished compiling his first comprehensive dictionary, he was approached by a couple of elderly and respectable ladies of London, who told him they were delighted to find he hadn't included any obscene words in the book. "Ladies," he responded, "I congratulate you on being able to look them up".

This tells you everything you need to know about those who are always on the lookout to be "offended". In Islamophilia, Murray
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant work, and a must-read for anyone interested in the religio-political climate of modern-day Britain and America. Murray succinctly and cogently describes the simplistic and ignorant take many people have on Islam, and the fear that is behind it. I wish there were more books like this.
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
(nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley)

There's a scene in "Judgment at Nuremberg" where a drunk Richard Widmark is talking to Spencer Tracy about how no Germans seemed to know anything about what the Nazis did during World War 2. "Oh, no. There were no Nazis in Germany. It was the damn Eskimos."

Imagine "Casablanca," only instead of the creepy-evil Nazis, the evil people were Eskimos, too.

Imagine, now, that the entire reason the Nazis were not portrayed as bad in these
Michael Palkowski
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Some thoughts:

A good sequence of thoughts that should be beefed up into a larger, more argumentative book. It is fairly brave and surprisingly contrarian in being unshakably unapologetic and due to this conviction it reads very well. Part of its strength is in focusing in on the ways cultural sensitivity through political correctness has been afforded to Islam which is not afforded to other religions in the West. Legitimate criticism of the Quran (from a liberal perspective) is labelled as being
Eustacia Tan
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
It seems to me that there are two types of opinions floating around on Islam: the haters and the slavish adoration. This book attacks the slavish adoration but doesn't veer into hater territory.

Let me state up front: this book is not attacking Islam. It's attacking the uncritical adoration of Islam by non-Muslims. The premise of the book is that society has become too uncritical because of "the combination of the desire to be nice with the knowing of very little."

Most of the book deals with how
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
After the 9/11 attacks many in the commentariat openly spoke of the backlash that would inevitably follow as citizens terrorized non-violent Muslims in revenge for the attacks. Sad to say, some of these predictions came true. The U.S. Department of Justice reported in 2011 that:

In the first six years after 9/11, the Department investigated more than 800 incidents involving violence, threats, vandalism, and arson against persons perceived to be Muslim or of Arab, Middle Eastern, or South Asian
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Islamophilia is a condition that many progressive and otherwise sane people suffer from. This book provides just the right dosage of mockery and common sense, especially those Islamophiliacs who are ignorantly suffering from the condition, to trigger the self-reflection necessary to cure them from this malady. A must read for Islamophobes and Islamophiliacs alike.
“Demands that you believe the impossible do not lead to peaceful outcomes. Nor do they lead to peaceful or tolerant regimes.”
~Christopher Hitchens, debate with Tariq Ramadan, 10/5/2010

Mysteriously, this e-book has disappeared from (nearly) the entire WWW. Whether you think so or not, the subject on offer affects all of us, now as ever.

Freedom of expression begins with the freedom to criticize religion. Douglas Murray is a young, clear, cogent voice on this point. In a free society, Islam cannot
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shocking tales of prominent people who have shamelessly refused to call out the violent side of Islamic ideology, rather white washing it and projecting it as eternal truth. Some of the stories are so outrageous, I had to google them to confirm if they are really true. Indian readers will easily identify with it as recent events have been similar, where media, politicians and 'intellectuals' have conveniently ignored Islamic bigots and focused only on fringe Hindu bigots.
A Man Called Ove
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This short book is actually a long journey that will make u anguish, laugh, dismay, marvel and read up a lot of wikipedia stuff along the way. And finally, you may feel the same as u might after reading Fahrenheit 451 or 1984.
Kitty Red-Eye
As one who is definitely in the "free speech" and not in the "sssh, we must not upset their feelings" camp, I feel that the topic of this book, in a perfect world, should be a no-brainer: If you can critizise one religion/belief system, then you should be able to critizise them all. It's that simple, really. Or it should be. But, the author gives a lot of examples on how this is not de facto the case in Europe and USA (although it remains so in theory). I think the book was a bit too short and ...more
John Wood
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The book has nothing to do with the teachings or practice of Islam. It explores the fawning over all things Islamic by many non Muslims. Many cases are so profound that, despite being practitioners of other religions, the people actually appear to be espousing Islam. There seems to be little corresponding behavior in relation to other religions. Whether because of fear or not this phenomena limits the rational exploration of ideas. It is troublesome that a minority group of terrorists can so ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I suspect Douglas Murray has become a target for publishing what has been obvious to objective observers. Many politicians, entertainers, journalists and spokesmen have been so intimidated by Islam fanatics they resist even the slightest criticism or negative comments.

This short ebook is not anti-Islam but cites examples where the Muslim world is pacified at the cost of honesty or bashing of other religious faiths and cultures. I salute the author for speaking out and documenting this worldwide
Stephanie F.
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is great. It is about how people - politicians, musicians, actors, writers - do not critcize Islam. This happens due to the violent or deadly reprecussions that a small, but scary amount of the Muslim population will carry out. It is perfectly acceptable to criticize or poke fun at Christian denominations, Mormons, Jews, but is unacceptable to do the same about Islam. & that is not right or fair. The author is not advocating that everyone start offending every Muslim at all, but ...more
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Somebody had to DO it: Expose the foolishness that fear of Islamic backlash has done to the media, to politicians, and many others. It seems that the Islamisists' propensity for cutting off the heads of anyone who dares to say or do anything that can be perceived as an insult to anything related to Islam has put the fear of god, so to speak, into anyone with a public persona to protect. The author Douglas Murray ridicules the lengths to which people will go to avoid confronting Muslims even when ...more
Mehmet Kır
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-2018
The author has addressed a current issue in the book. The author had to give readers more detailed information in this book and inform them about Islam.
Everyone knows that religious issues are dogmatic and criticism and questioning of these issues is fallacy.Many people, intentionally or unintentionally, produce thoughts about Islam with prejudice nowadays.We mustn't forget that Islam literally means peace in the dictionary and
all sacred books order peace.
Sylvester Kuo
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sylvester by: Rachita
Shelves: religion, history, essays
Douglas Murray delivers us yet another excellent work. Islamophilia is neither a praise nor a critic about Islam, rather, it's a critique of the hypocrisy of the West in allowing this barbaric cult to continue to rampage on the street, be it fear or genuine love. Murray used fresh examples from all around the world to challenge the problematic ideology that is spreading in the world.
Jun 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Half way through the book, I just had to put this down. I couldn't find the motivation to finish reading this. The book gave me some idea that it would be a good read in the beginning, but it just sank in itself. I had to put myself out of reading this misery. Would not recommend.
Nick Lincoln
Aug 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Murray has one insistent theme: how in the west politicians, media, artists and the intelligentsia have given Islam a pass. No other religion gets the kid gloves treatment. It's time to ask why and that is what this very short polemic does.
Joe Fitzpatrick
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Much funnier than I thought, for such a heavy topic. Murray perfectly shows people's bias towards Islam and their tolerance of intolerance, which is not the case for any other religion. But also very clear in separating Islam as a religion and Muslims as people. Definitely worth a read!
Talal Chaudhry
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well written. Funny, surprising and serious at the same time.
Jack Oughton
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ballsy. Also food for thought. I wonder if anyone's tried to kill Douglas Murray yet...?
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
An interesting polemic on why Islam, as a religion, is not discussed at all. Why it get a pass by all in the media, as well as in literary and art world, etc Quite an eye opener and worth reading.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I might be judged even just for reading this, but controversial reads are usually pretty good reads to provide you with food for thought. Nevertheless, I do not regret reading this essay (too short for a book, nah), because the author makes a great point about how current media and politics communicate about Islam, how criticism that can target ANY other religion (e.g. heavy criticism towards Christianism) is avoided in the case of Islam and how often politicians, writers and others basically ...more
Dylan Hamilton
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: islam
Succinct, clear , well researched, witty - isn't that just classic Murray?
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
The book reads like an angry rant and weakens the author's arguments. That being said, his point has some truth: the West treats Islam different than any other religion.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A terse, but also pertinent pamphlet-like piece.
Sofia Anwar
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Though provoking, Islamophilia changes my knowledgements of Wright Brothers into Abbas ibn Firnas of 9th century.
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Douglas Kear Murray is a British neoconservative writer and commentator. He was the director of the Centre for Social Cohesion from 2007 until 2011, and is currently an associate director of the Henry Jackson Society.

Murray appears regularly in the British broadcast media, commentating on issues from a conservative standpoint, and he is often critical of Islamic fundamentalism. He writes for a
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“The claim that Islam is a religion of peace is a nicety invented by Western politicians so as either not to offend their Muslim populations or simply lie to themselves that everything might yet turn out fine. In fact, since its beginning Islam has been pretty violent. ” 17 likes
“The same uneven application of values applies in the weird worlds of academia and the think tanks. Like the media, they choose to close off their minds the moment that the question of Islam comes along. Most bizarre is that you can get away with saying anything, absolutely anything, so long as it is flattering of Islam. It doesn’t matter how soppy, how sentimental, how completely unacademic it is: so long as it’s about Islam, different standards apply.” 10 likes
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