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in response to reader comment: Islam and Terrorism: What the Quran Really Teaches About Christianity, Violence and the Goals of the Islamic Jihad

Submitted by Middle Eastern Studies (United States), Jan 21, 2013 at 00:08

I am more familiar with Mark Gabriel than I am with Edward Said. I do not understand why this reviewer would recommend Said. In a nutshell, Said can be described as a writer who exposed Orientalism or unfair ethnic perceptions of the West on the people in a region typically referred to as the Middle East. Said is a scholar that some might enjoy reading his erudite and theoretical writing. Mark Gabriel has what Said does not, scholarly and academic devotion to the texts of Islam. Having completed an M.A. studying Islam and the Middle East at a secular university, Gabriel provides a fresh perspective. Gabriel goes beyond the role of the scholar and exudes emotions and desires for respect, harmony, and love. This is not something you will find reading Donner, Hallaq, Rapoport, Crone, etc...(but please read anyhow ) I find the above reviewer's comments suspicious. You will not find a better account of how historically Sunni Islam's practice of the Qur'an, Sunna, amal, etc of the earliest generations of Islam have been characterized by behaviors and actions based on na'ss (the texts of Islam). Comments above on atrocity of Westerners appears to me as an attempt of censorship. More importantly, If you care to see through the shallow, uninformed, and naive views of this topic and what we typically understand, read Mark Gabriel's book (s) for a loving and truthful man with rare insights into the na'ss and amal (texts and practice) of Islam.


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1World Without America/Israel/zionism [87 words]WideAwakeSueNov 15, 2008 17:15142961
SICK DEGENERATE [69 words]mjDec 26, 2007 09:54116933
Sick Degenerate [146 words]DebbieJul 8, 2008 13:14116933
El Mahdi [33 words]Job 12Dec 18, 2009 05:56116933
ACHMADINEJAD [44 words]mannyDec 20, 2009 10:48116933
Iranian Leadership... [10 words]jasonDec 2, 2007 05:04115568
Ahmadinejad's consistency [1514 words]VijayOct 3, 2007 15:05110227
I agree, we must Stop Ahmadinejad [11 words]AlexanderFeb 1, 2007 02:1175363
No I dont Agree: Its Purely a Christian Interpretation [105 words]QasSep 30, 2007 12:1575363
A cult within a myth... [143 words]donvanNov 12, 2007 15:1375363
america [23 words]meJan 27, 2008 12:2775363
I Agree We must stop Ahmadinejad--Response to Alexander [80 words]AnneOct 21, 2008 09:3775363
day dreaming in caps lock [213 words]muslimpoxbyebyeDec 13, 2009 10:4975363
Mahdaviat [11 words]Taleb al shatriJan 19, 2007 16:4473676
Shia Messiah [18 words]SoundocJun 12, 2007 22:0673676
Anti Christ [173 words]The Real MessiahNov 8, 2007 22:5273676
Islam and Terrorism: What the Quran Really Teaches About Christianity, Violence and the Goals of the Islamic Jihad [848 words]Roger OlsenJan 7, 2007 14:3071992
For Roger was Islam spread by the sword? [16 words]dhimmi no moreJan 7, 2007 17:1671992
to Roger Olson [222 words]ASJan 8, 2007 05:5471992
Question - How was Islam spread? [156 words]MarthaFeb 22, 2007 18:4971992
The Blood On The Sword - Let's Talk About This [48 words]MarthaFeb 22, 2007 18:5571992
Casualties of Islamic Jihad [68 words]Linda HaslamNov 8, 2007 09:2171992
To Roger Olsen regarding Mark Daniels' book 'Islam and Terrorism' [268 words]philsciJun 17, 2010 15:1471992
Huh? [246 words]Middle Eastern StudiesJan 21, 2013 00:0871992
1Strange Arabic! [306 words]dhimmi no moreJan 22, 2013 07:3971992
1Philistine: The Great Deception (All about Arafat, PLO, Islam, lies etc..) [133 words]Roger OlsenJan 7, 2007 14:2771990
For Roger so what did we learn from your book reveiw? [130 words]dhimmi no moreJan 7, 2007 17:3771990
Jerusalem Countdown [184 words]Roger OlsenJan 7, 2007 14:2271985
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Ahmadinejad does want peace - ROP style [37 words]Captain KafirDec 27, 2006 12:0669723
Religion of Peace? [31 words]Linda HaslamNov 8, 2007 09:2569723
BOTTOM LINE [94 words]MNov 14, 2006 09:2766078
umm ...Iran is not going to make a nuclear weapon [342 words]IAmMrTea08Nov 15, 2006 06:2266078
I have a bridge for sale.....interested? [198 words]MNov 16, 2006 14:4466078
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Iran and the bomb [301 words]jake foxFeb 26, 2007 22:5966078
What the Koran says: [143 words]Linda HaslamNov 8, 2007 23:4866078
the Bahais? [95 words]concernedSep 23, 2006 05:4357144
Justice [339 words]danSep 15, 2006 20:2256093
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RE Mahdi/Amadinejad [76 words]Eddie ClarkAug 17, 2006 17:3053266
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so this is what the US media is not telling us... [319 words]dhingeAug 19, 2006 20:1147900
Will he follow Gog into Israel [47 words]T'omaJun 12, 2006 19:1547530
Menace confirmed [114 words]VijayApr 15, 2006 15:1043250
Ahamadinijad's foolish rhetoric [545 words]soundocApr 20, 2006 22:4243250
The President of Iran is right to say this! [40 words]Pir SahabOct 25, 2006 15:2843250
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Mahdi [23 words]MagdielJan 28, 2006 05:4632902
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Nazism as a Religious Movement [554 words]gerhardJan 26, 2006 14:4932480
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'Nazism Was More of a Religion than Islam'...An impossible thesis! [1443 words]IanusJan 28, 2006 08:4132480
Too Early A Stage To Draw Conclusions [810 words]GerhardJan 28, 2006 20:5032480
Too Early A Stage To Draw Conclusions? [1083 words]IanusJan 29, 2006 07:0332480
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1Self-righteous Atheists! [144 words]Bill SweeneyJan 11, 2006 16:2031412
Re: What about Chrisitanity [53 words]RickJan 16, 2006 01:3331412
What about Chrisitanity and atheism - to Rick [339 words]IanusJan 16, 2006 18:1831412
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"Atheists" or on useful religions ( to Max_Normal) [486 words]IanusJan 18, 2006 13:0331412
Atheists think science proves there is no God. Muslims don't care about science... [353 words]IanusJan 18, 2006 17:2431412
Is Islam a religion, or an ideology? [71 words]b ferreiraMar 7, 2006 21:1531412
Jan ... [686 words]ShadiSep 25, 2006 22:2931412
sometimes it really is that simple . . . [349 words]JeruSep 27, 2006 14:5731412
From a comment of Jan 18... [145 words]g mcmeOct 26, 2006 03:5931412
This is some crazy shit [54 words]Andrew (the liberal Muslim)Nov 20, 2006 12:3731412
Well allow me to retort . . [235 words]JeruDec 7, 2006 16:4531412
What About Christianity? [38 words]pingerDec 23, 2006 10:4031412
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But what then Dr. Lee? [439 words]Max_NormalJan 18, 2006 10:2731407
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Another Goy With A Messiah Complex [92 words]Seamus MacNemiJan 10, 2006 13:4631406
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Your observations are Crucial...Please listen. [694 words]Abu SalahuddinJan 10, 2006 12:5331401
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Mahdaviat from New Iranian President [60 words]Elaine NugentJan 10, 2006 12:1731397
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1Mahdi is the Anti-Christ [156 words]Richard BowersJan 10, 2006 22:3531396
To Richard Bowers [179 words]Atty ZohuidyJan 15, 2006 16:3631396
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Keep to the argument Mr Burns [115 words]JKJan 11, 2006 09:2131394
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MrPhlegm [24 words]JKJan 12, 2006 08:0831394
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You're right this ain't no disco [61 words]JKJan 15, 2006 08:3231394
You're right, this ain't no disco [33 words]IanusJan 16, 2006 18:2631394
Saudi Arabia and its ilk [140 words]JKJan 17, 2006 08:1831394
Saudi Arabia and its ilk or two evils [707 words]IanusJan 17, 2006 16:0231394
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The Mahdaviat [37 words]Irv BradleyJan 10, 2006 11:0331390
Christian Fundamentalism do not represent all Christians [157 words]MaggieJan 11, 2006 01:4031390
How Long [304 words]James BigaJan 10, 2006 10:5531389

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