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  • By Jim McCrudden
    Oct 18, 2009
    Posted on the net: The blurb on the back says "There are surprises in this book." No kidding. There are surprises on every page. This is the definitive 'everything you wanted to know about Muslims but were too afraid to ask' book. And, actually, you'd do well to be afraid because some of the answers to the faqs are a bit scary. And surprising. And occasionally not an answer at all. It's complicated. Take this answer about whether or not pictures are forbidden by Islam for example. "Given the choice of sticking an icepick up your nose, or reconciling the points of view, go for the icepick. It's all over in a second or two that way". In a lot of ways this is really a very funny book on a very serious subject and the tone, throughout, is conversational rather than conspiratorial. The Question that I most Frequently Asked myself while reading Islam F.A.Q was "Where is the faqing index?" This would be a great reference book for schools etc index.... More > Where's the stuff on Fatwa? Apostasy? Taliban? Jihad? It's all in there, in detail, but unless you dog ear the pages you'll be trawling back and forth trying to find what you want. As I am a school teacher it is possible that I have not taken on board that this is a book for reading, not a dictionary. In fact, it is a new genre perhaps - a non-fiction book to be read and enjoyed for its style and humour as well as its facts. I guess the best way to read it is from the beginning. All the way through. Buy it but be prepared for surprises. 5 stars --------------- WOW ! There are surprises in this book ...... and some shocks too. Easy to read and entertaining in spite of being serious. I like this guy`s style of writing ....... I was hooked ..... couldn`t put it down. Even if you have no interest in religion generally you need to know how this one affects our freedom and our customs. (posted on Powell's books) Written in an engaging conversational style, this book is not heavy reading nor is it the usual dry FAQ type of book. McCrudden, a criminal lawyer, has ascerbic wit and an entertaining turn of phrase (Irish background?). He presents the facts but leaves the reader to draw his own conclusions.This is a book for every person on earth. We can ignore Islam if we dare but it will not ignore us. four and a half stars< Less
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October 18, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.85 lbs.
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6 wide x 9 tall
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