By the early 700s the Persian and Byzantine empires had exhausted themselves fighting each other and, as each was subsequently defeated by a united Arab army, a political structure was required as a unifying and stabilizing force to fill the vacuum. This was the genesis of the theo-political supremacist ideology with an unrelenting hostility towards non-believers known as Islam, which would help the Muslim empire expand and grow ever stronger. The religious aspect of it all, which appealed to the superstitious, the illiterate and those who pinned their hopes on paradise beyond the grave, was grafted on much later and to great effect.
Only 125 to 200 years after his supposed death, noted Spencer, did the first biography of Muhammed appear and then almost miraculously an abundance of records — about someone little known in the world — appear detailing his every thought, word and deed with excruciating minutia and with his behavior served up as a supreme example of conduct to be admired and imitated.
It has been said that while there may be moderate Muslims there is no such thing as moderate Islam. Spencer made the case that the so-called “extremist” voice of Islam is its true voice and that Islamic terrorists are merely executing the commands contained in the Quran, which is their ultimate justification for every move they make and every violent act they commit. No wonder then that they become apoplectic when Spencer’s research seriously questions the actual existence of the very person whose life and actions they seek to emulate. Not even Islamic terrorists like to think they’ve been wasting their time.
In life there are really only two ways to be fooled. Either you believe things that are not true or you refuse to believe things that are true. Robert Spencer’s new book gives the public some of the tools to avoid the former. With any luck, it will go far in preventing people from falling in the latter category as well.
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