THE SHADOW OF THE SWORDS by Chenar Med

THE SHADOW OF THE SWORDS

Islam, a Religion Specifically for Arabs
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KIRKUS REVIEW

From debut author Med, fiery polemic criticizing the Quran, the Prophet Muhammad, and the rise of Islam.

Med, who was raised Muslim, says, “No matter how many times people tried to explain things to me so I would understand, I did not easily accept those explanations, as they were illogical and I found many contradictions amongst the Quran’s verses.” In this extensive tome, he offers his research on “the ayat of the holy Islamic Quran and the Hadiths by Prophet Muhammad,” offering various criticisms of such works. Maintaining a heated tone throughout, he presents many examples on topics ranging from the role of women—particularly their oppression “under the shadow of Islam”—to the questionable prohibition of alcohol to the prophet’s controversial youngest wife, Aisha: “I personally believe that if the Prophet of Islam hadn’t forcefully claimed Aisha when she was only a child, then today’s young Muslim girls would never have to cover their hair and faces to protect themselves from those who follow in the footsteps of Muhammad.” Though the author hopes his book “contributes to the opening of doors which people thought were locked,” Muslims are sure to be offended in these 600-plus pages of honest, personal criticism—perhaps the kind that only a former adherent can muster. Med doesn’t pull any punches. At times, he addresses readers directly and offers specific directions toward further proof, as when he says, “If anybody wishes to know how the Muslims slaughtered non-Muslims and looted their property, money, and women, then they should read the Islamic sources and books written by al-Tabari and Ibn Hisham about the raid of Hunayn to learn more than I have written in this book!” Readers unfamiliar with the life of the prophet will learn a great deal from intriguing historical nuggets, such as a discussion of battles ordered by Muhammad. However, these lessons come with a highly skeptical tone: “What kind of God is this Allah who only wants four months of peace for humanity?”

Earnest, passionate, and sure to ignite controversy, though it does so with a range of Islamic sources.

Pub Date: Nov. 14th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1496986030
Page count: 606pp
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Program: Kirkus Indie
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