Straight from Muslim sources: The bloody life and violent teachings of Muhammad, the founder of Islam
As American and European leaders continue to assure us that true Islam is peaceful, and formulate foreign and domestic policy on that basis, it is more important today than ever before for non-Muslims to know exactly what Islam's founder, Muhammad, actually did and taught. Now, in The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion, Robert Spencer provides a frank and accurate picture of the Muhammad that Muslims around the world revere: a warlord who preached violence, ordered the assassinations of his enemies, and used his "divine revelations" for his personal self-aggrandizement.
Working exclusively from the sources that Muslims themselves revere as most reliable for information about Muhammad, Spencer explains why it matters so much today what Muhammad was like. He traces Mohammad's tumultuous life in depth: from his first "revelation" from Allah (which filled him with terror that he was demon-possessed) to his deathbed (from which he called down curses upon Jews and Christians). It's all here: Muhammad's multiple marriages (including one to a nine-year-old); his convenient "revelations" justifying his own licentiousness; his joy in the brutal murders of his enemies; and above all, his clear marching orders to his followers to convert non-Muslims to Islam or force them to live as inferiors under Islamic rule.
Spencer also shows how modern-day jihad terrorists frequently invoke Muhammad's example to justify their bloodlust and exhort their followers to more violence. The true nature of Islam and the prospects for large-scale Islamic reform have important implications for host of issues -- notably the prosecution of the war on terror; the democracy project in Iraq and Afghanistan; and immigration and border control. That's what makes it crucial for policymakers and every citizen who loves freedom to read and ponder The Truth About Muhammad.