does anyone have an opinion of The Sword of the Prophet: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam ?
I know that there have been claims that the book is racist and alarmist and, while I don't necessarily see it as being that, I can see how such claims have come about. It's certainly a blunt piece of writing. Mr Trifkovic doesn't pull any punches with regard to the history/danger of Islam as he sees the situation and, while I do applaud him for his honesty in that regard, the book does tend to come over as a little polemic.
It's an easy book to read in the sense that the author presents his facts in readable prose, but I'm not actually familiar enough with the history of Islam itself to comment on its accuracy in that regard. While some people claim that Mr Trifkovic is right on the button, others claim him to be myopic and fear-mongering and, in failing to present a balanced viewpoint of Islam, he has merely recited a litany of the horrors perpetrated by Muslims. But, of course, it's very hard to make the statments that Mr Trifkovic makes with regard to the changes that have come about in countries that were once Christian, where Christians were enslaved by Muslims, without getting up someone's nose in the process. The knee jerk reaction of some readers is no yardstick in judging Mr Trifkovic's historical accuracy and how he interprets the threat surrounding the development of Islamic fundamentalism in modern times.
The book certainly speaks to something I have noticed in more recent years; that there has been a lot of whitewashing of the conflicts between Islam and Christiandom, with *our side* coming off as the unwashed barbarians invading peaceful Muslim lands with no regard to the Muslim incursions into what were originally Christian territories in the first place. Still, there can be no doubt that the Crusades and the reasons for them are an ugly piece of history with neither side coming out as the good guy. We both resorted to terrible, terrible things in either the promotion or defence of our beliefs.
It's the kind of book that has a mixed reception. It might have you looking over your shoulder, or scoffing it off as a piece of fear mongering, or simply wishing you hadn't read it in the first place.
In all honesty, if you do read it, I would advise that you make sure that you do so away from any of the emotion that might have been stirred up by 9/11 observances. Try to read it objectively and definitely read something else to balance Mr Trifkovic's strong opinions.
My two cents worth.