A Brief Guide to Islam

  • by Paul Grieve
  • Narrated by Roger Davis
  • 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Exploring the beliefs, history, and politics of the ordinary people of Muslim countries, Grieve cuts through the complexities as he examines all aspects of Islam. He also addresses the big issues: Can Islam support true democracy? Is true democracy what the West really wants for Muslim countries or are we merely seeking a cover of legitimacy for a policy of 'might is right'?
Paul Grieve is an unbeliever - he is not a born-again Muslim, a proselytizer or a frustrated desert romantic. His aim is to inform. The result is an accessible but never simplistic guide that challenges stereotypical views, from women and banking to war and Malcolm X.
Complete with advice for visitors to Muslim countries, and with carefully chosen primary sources, maps, and illustrations, this is the ideal summary for the listener looking for an unbiased overview of the religious and political world issues that have become part of our everyday lives.

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Guess its difficult to please everyone

i see the reviews are extremely polarized, No doubt because any one interested in the subject comes at it from a point of view. I picked this book as I have always wanted to understand the religion and had lived ten years in Saudi Arabia so had many questions to answer.

I think the author tried his best, though claiming to be agnostic he tries to reveal the belief system without any comment or challenge and leaves the reader to make up his own mind. I got the sense he felt he was walking on egg shells a bit.

He also shows a particular ant US bias and quite keen to draw the readers attention to what he perceives to be strongly anti US sentiments within the Middle East Muslim world. He over plays tis aspect

otherwise an interesting if not authoritative read


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-01-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios