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In Islam Unveiled, Robert Spencer dares to face the hard questions about what the Islamic religion actually teaches — and the potentially ominous implications of those teachings for the future of both the Muslim world and the West.

ix Foreword                                 nothing about Islam. A few may visit one or another Muslim country as tourists or perhaps on busi-ness, and find that the inhabitants, hospitable and vivacious, seem to be getting on with their lives like everybody else. The events of September   therefore appeared to come from nowhere. What was this holy war against the United States and the West, this jihad, declared by Osama bin Laden, and how was it possible that to the Arab and wider Muslim world he became an instant popular hero because he had organized the murder of several thousand innocent people in New York and Washing-ton? Westerners in general, and perhaps Americans in particular, had lit-tle or no idea that there were Muslims out there who so hated them, and little or no idea either of the causes of that hate. In a series of interviews and statements, bin Laden made it clear that in attacking the United States he saw himself as a Muslim doing God’s work. And that is the reason why so many Muslims from Beirut and Baghdad to Indonesia cheered and danced in the streets at the news of September   . Leaders and opinion makers including President George W. Bush, however, were quick to assert that bin Laden was a terrorist pure and simple, whose actions were a violation of Islam rather than a natural expression of it. Islam, these leaders maintained, is essentially a peaceful religion. Apologetics of this kind served a useful purpose. At a time of ten-sion and potential backlash, it was right to ensure that innocent Mus-lims were not held guilty by association. But in Islam Unveiled, Robert Spencer now argues that indeed bin Laden sincerely meant what he said, and that he and the millions of Muslims who admire him find sanction

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Front matterTitle pageCopyright pageDedicationContentsForewordAuthor's NoteContentsWhat Does Islam Really Stand For?Is Islam a Religion of Peace?Does Islam Promote and Safeguard Sound Moral Values?Does Islam Respect Human Rights?Does Islam Respect Women?Is Islam Compatible with Liberal Democracy?Can Islam Be Secularized and Made Compatible with the Western Pluralistic Framework?Can Science and Culture Flourish under Islam?The Crusades: Christian and MuslimIs Islam Tolerant of Non-Muslims?Does the West Really Have Nothing to Fear from Islam?AcknowledgementsNotesIndex
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