Friday, April 01, 2005

Learning about Islam

To understand the threat of Islam, you must learn about this religion and its history. I have long maintained a web-page of recommended books and articles. Here is an excellent list of questions to keep in mind while studying Islam and its history.

It’s important to get this right. Let’s remember that during the Cold War many assumptions were made about communism, some exaggerated the threat, some trivialized the threat. Learning about Islam doesn’t involve a massive study and exegesis of esoteric passages of the Koran. The general trend – the essence – can be understood even by the non-expert. Once that is done, one can fine-tune one’s knowledge over time if desired. However, as citizens who value our liberty, it is imperative that we become knowledgeable no matter how active a role you intend to play in the intellectual battle.


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