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Ms Armstrong and her chutzpah!

Reader comment on item: Bolstering Moderate Muslims
in response to reader comment: Karen Armstrong : sounds like a brainwashed woman

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), May 10, 2007 at 07:32

What is most amazing about this woman is that she writes very poor and tendentious books case in point here is her biography of Muhammad. She even admits that she is not a trained historian and does not know any Arabic (just imagine a historian writing a book without consulting the primary sources in their primary language and in this case Arabic that is. I think he/she will not have his/her book published) but that did not stop her from writing such a biography.

What is more amazing is that she appears often on the likes of PBS and NPR and no one seem to challenge her and tell her that she does not know very much about her favorite topic: Islam and Muhammad that is. However, I do not know of any serious academic institutions that use any of her poor books as references or must reading, and the reason here is obvious: If we can read about the life of Muhammad from real primary sources (Ibn Hisham's redaction of Ibn Ishaq's Sirat Rasul Allah) why should we read her book? But she does not get it. But I suppose that this must be the ultimate insult to this woman.

But the the most amazing thing about this woman is that she still finds publishers! Go figure.


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