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The Truth About Muhammad

Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion
Narrated by: James Adams
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: History, Middle East
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Editorial Reviews

There have been other biographies of the Prophet of Islam, a few written by authors living in non-Muslim countries (Yusuf Islam's splendid audio work The Life Of The Prophet springs instantly to mind here), but not that many by non-Muslims. And it is purely because Robert Spencer is not a Muslim that he is able to discuss, without fear and without any degree of 'political correctness', aspects of the holy man's life that many, both believers and unbelievers, hitherto did not know.  

Mr. Spencer is no stranger to controversy, as his books and his 'Jihadwatch' Web site speak for themselves, yet he manages never to pull his punches. He takes quotations from the Qur'an, and other works held in high regard, and uses them to present different sides of the Prophet's character: his skill as a military leader, his views on other religions, his pressure and agitation for constant war against unbelievers. It's a challenging work, and will probably win him fans and sworn enemies in equal measure.

James Adams reads the audiobook, endowed with a mellow English accent, yet tackling the Arabian pronunciation with skill and aplomb. The English accent surprised me, since Robert Spencer is American, but being a straight factual work I believe a good voice from either side of the Atlantic would suffice. I listened in one sitting; the near seven hours passing remarkably swiftly (always a good sign) and the narration and audio quality were of consistently high quality. Simply an all-round excellent book.

--Brad Jackson, UK 

Publisher's Summary

In The Truth about Muhammad, New York Times best-selling author and Islam expert Robert Spencer offers an honest and telling portrait of the founder of Islam - perhaps the first such portrait in half a century - unbounded by fear and political correctness, unflinching, and willing to face the hard facts about Muhammad's life that continue to affect our world today. Spencer details Muhammad's development from a preacher of hellfire and damnation into a political and military leader who expanded his rule by force of arms, promising his warriors luridly physical delights in Paradise if they were killed in his cause. He explains how the Qur'an's teaching on warfare against unbelievers developed, with constant war to establish the hegemony of Islamic law as the last stage.

©2006 Robert Spencer (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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Educational

This book should be required reading for all western politicians. The accurate version of Islam is actually the extremist view. The religion itself is problematic.

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Enjoyed it, was quite easy to listen to, no real surprises in subject matter but still learnt a lot

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  • Ken
  • 25-11-2016

Excellent Resource

great book. a lot of work and research has gone into the book, and while I am sure some will see it a biased, as some always will, any opinions expressed by the author seem to be well grounded in fact. once you know this much about the founder of Islam, it's hard not to form a strong opinion.

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A concise and excellent insight into an intolerant ideology

This should be compulsory reading for all leaders or 'would be' leaders and journalists in the western democracies.
Only when you truely understand who Mohammad was can you begin to understand what Islam is.

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  • Jonathan
  • 22-01-2009

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It is really fantastic that Audible.co.uk offers such a diverse range of literature on it's website. "The Truth about Muhammad" adds an interesting and balanced account which is more topical today than ever before. Although I am against established religions per se, so have no "angle" (or loyalty to the religion of my ancestors!) It is clear from just browsing Audible.co.uk that there are plenty of books criticising Christianity and the other religions, far more than criticise Islam, but I don't hear people whining about them. That's because people still (at the moment) have a right to write books on topics that they choose to write about and have an expertise and interest in. Most civilised people respect that. It is therefore ridiculous to hysterically demand that someone writes sequels on other religions! My ancestors fought Hitler to ensure that EVERYONE could have an opinion without fear and intimidation. This book is well researched, interesting and fair. Buy it now!

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  • Harris Totle
  • 15-07-2011

Surprised & enlightened

I have passed over this author on several occasions as I did not want to read a one sided polemic against the father of Islam, but then finally downloaded this book and held my breath. Not only was I very surprised at the scholarly approach of the book but was very encouraged by the depth of Spencer's knowledge on the subject. It is encouraging in the sense that he adds credibility to his thesis by avoiding an over-interpretation of the subject matter, and simply lets the Koran/Hadith speak for itself. This is not an attack on Islam or Mohammad or a tyraid by an uninformed blogger spouting a 'western slant' on the patron of Islam, to satisfy some conspiratorial bias against Islam, but simply a well documented and researched collection of written evidence to answer the question 'Is Islam a religeon of peace?'. He is also not suggesting Muslims are not peaceful, but simply if Mohammads actions are to be held in such high esteem as to be considered virtuous above all others, the world is in for a very rough ride. I recommend it for dedicated truth seekers...enjoy!

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  • Mr. M. G. Helliwell
  • 06-05-2016

Interesting and thought provoking read

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The book is clearly read which makes following the arguments easy enough. Some parts, such as bracketed comments, don't work as well being read but they are a relatively minor part.

The book is split into 3 parts. Firstly it discussing the Islamic texts, with a bit about there history and reliability. The major part of the book uses these texts to follow Muhammed's life. It does not attempt to find the "historical" Muhammed but instead takes what is written in the text, as a Muslim might.

The final part of the book talks about the implications of Muslims today taking Muhammed's life as a model for their own.

I don't know enough about Islam to argue how biased this book is or isn't but it is an accessible and interesting introduction to a relevant subject.

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  • Abhishek
  • 27-03-2020

interesting read

an interesting journey all the way from year 570 to present, prophet Mohammed & his teachings live in hearts of Muslims

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  • Annie from Edinburgh
  • 20-08-2018

Difficult to follow

I found Robert Spencer’s delivery very difficult to follow. His monotone voice, his habit of continually running sentences together and adding numerical references to passages in the Qu’ran, makes for a very difficult listen. I ended up putting it on when I went to bed as his monotonous delivery sent me to sleep. The book is obviously well researched and would benefit from a re-recording from an actor or voice professional who knows how to deliver the spoken word.

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  • The_Dark_Knight
  • 02-04-2018

Educational and topical

Would you listen to The Truth About Muhammad again? Why?

No I only listen to books once due to time constraints but there was valuable information in it nonetheless.

What did you like best about this story?

The information given, particularly the examples backed up with references to the Quran.

What about James Adams’s performance did you like?

Good, clear and coherent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Too long. And to be honest tedious at times.

Any additional comments?

No.

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  • brian clark
  • 05-12-2015

At last the real truth at this evil religious nonsense!

This should be made completely available in all schools and universities in the UK!!!!
Very in depth and informative!

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  • Je suis Charlie
  • 10-05-2017

I've read the Koran and this book isn't wrong.

I've read the Koran and this book isn't wrong. A red pill for those who want it.

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  • IDN
  • 18-02-2012

Meticulous presentation with mesmerising evidence!

Robert Spencer audaciously offers a meticulously presentation with mesmerising evidence the bitter truth about Muhamad, his lifestyles and violent ideology, his anti-Semitism and Anti-Christian Bigotry. A must to everyone!

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  • Ned
  • 08-10-2017

Understanding the peaceful /violent Islamic divide

The key to understanding Islam seems to be the fact that during Mohammad's early career he was peaceful but in his later career he used military force. Subsequently, his words can be peaceful or aggressive depending in which period they were written. This is an excellent audio book which presents the details of his life, some of which are 'inconvenient'.

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