It IS About Islam Exposing the Truth About ISIS Al aeda Iran and the Caliphate

It IS About Islam Exposing the Truth About ISIS Al aeda Iran and the Caliphate❆ It IS About Islam Exposing the Truth About ISIS Al aeda Iran and the Caliphate kindle Epub ❤ Author Glenn Beck – #1 bestselling author and radio host Glenn Beck exposes the real truth behind the roots of Islamic extremism in Muslim teachings in this sharply insightful handbook that debunks commonly held assumpti bestselling author and radio About Islam PDF/EPUB ê host Glenn Beck exposes the real truth behind the roots of Islamic extremism in Muslim teachings in this sharply insightful handbook that debunks commonly held assumptions about Islam and the dream of a renewed caliphateFrom the barbarians of ISIS to the terror tactics of Al aeda and its offshoots to the impending threat of a nuclear Iran those motivated by extreme fundamentalist Islamic faith have the power to endanger and kill millions IS About Islam Exposing the PDF or The conflict with them will not end until we face the truth about those who find their inspiration and It IS PDF/EPUB or justification in the religion itselfDrawing on uotes from the Koran and the hadith as well as from leaders of ISIS Al aeda and the Muslim Brotherhood Glenn Beck seeks to expose the true origins of Islamic extremism as well as the deadly theological motivations behind these agencies of destructionUsing the same uniue no holds barred style from his bestselling books Control and Conform Glenn Beck offers straight facts and history about the fundamental beliefs that inspire so many to kill. This review contains my personal opinion and it is your right to see things differently all i'm asking is for you guys to keep an open mind and to respect it instead of crucifying me for having a different view and position on the issues This is not a negative feedback the book was fine boring at some parts full of facts that religious people won't like but who cares right? my problem with it is about Islam is that it wasn't well developed the interpretation and discussion of the ideology and facts influences the reader into either liking or hating the book for me it was intellectually unstimulatingThirteen Deadly LiesLie #1 “Islam is a religion of peace and Islamic terrorists aren’t really Muslims”Lie #2 “Islam is not much different than Christianity or Judaism” that's not a lie actually wackos come in all shapes race religions ISIS in Islam KKK in christianity the difference is that wackos in Islam are crazier then wackos in other religionsLie #3 “Jihad is a peaceful internal struggle not a war against infidels”Lie #4 “Muslims don’t actually seek to live under sharia let alone impose it on others; there are so many different interpretations of it anyway” believe it or not most people DONT want to live under Shariaa's law because it's unfair to women and some of those laws violate the most basic human rightsLie #5 “America is safe from sharia law” the WORLD is not safe from America Lie #6 “The Caliphate is a fanciful dream”Lie #7 “Islam is tolerant toward non Muslims”Lie #8 “Addressing frustration poverty and joblessness in the Muslim world—maybe even climate change—will end terrorism”Lie #9 “Critics of Islam are bigots”Lie #10 “Islam respects the rights of women”Lie #11 “Iran can be trusted with a nuclear weapon” i agree THEY CANT BE TRUSTED Lie #12 “The Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate mainstream Islamic group”Lie #13 “Islam respects freedom of speech” Terrorism and violent non state actors have emerged in the last several decades as a primary global threat to peace and stability It is a far reaching and immersive cross disciplinary subject that thousands of our nation’s best minds dedicate themselves to tracking and understanding; Glenn Beck is not one of those minds In his new book It IS About Islam Exposing the Truth About ISIS Al aeda Iran and the Caliphate Beck attempts to analyze Islamism and compel the reader to trace his monolithic understanding of it back to Islamic history and what he deems to be core Islamic concepts In essence it is a book about how Islam is fundamentally a religion that naturally yields and encouraged groups like ISIS The book is divided into four parts an introduction a brief account of what Beck believes to be relevant Islamic history a section on the “thirteen lies” of Islam and a conclusion on what Beck sees as the way forward The layout and flow of the book isn’t bad but unfortunately the content is consistently poor and underdeveloped Reading through his work I often found his “facts” to be cherry picked often given without context and subjected to high levels of reductionism Beck routinely falls victim in his writing of the problem of “too much from too little” which occurs when large conclusions are derived from singular narrow or otherwise unrepresentative sources and is a form of deception that is often the fault of the analyst and the lack of caution and standards that they set for themselves One of the first issues I had with Beck’s book was his definition of one of his key terms Islamism Beck himself states that “terminology is critical” and I wholeheartedly agree so when I saw him fail to make clear distinctions between different types and groups of Islamists and indeed making efforts to instead link them all together so that we might treat them all the same while only reluctantly admitting minor differences I was rather troubled Beck makes little differentiation between organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Al aeda and even fewer between groups like Al aeda Boko Haram and ISIS and completely fails to mention liberal or even apolitical Islamists This is a problem because there is wide diversity among Islamists and many may see one another as enemies so than allies with a common cause as Beck would depict them To uote Princeton’s Readings in Islamist Thought compiled by Roxanne Euben and Muhammad asim Zaman “Islamist thought is a complex system of representation that articulates and defines a range of identities categories and norms; organizes human experience into narratives that assemble past present and future into a compelling interpretive frame; and specifies the range and meaning of acceptable and desirable practices” In other words Islamism is an open playing field with ideological gambits that run the spectrum from liberal to conservative from political to apolitical from violent to completely pacifistic from Salafists to modernists and everywhere in between Indeed Islamism is a modern effort to look at religious foundations and attempt to re evaluate them for present day use usually in some sort of political or comprehensive manner under some form of sharia law however such law is interpreted In this sense Islamism is a modern phenomenon that represents a sort of rebellion by some against the traditional schools of formal Islamic jurisprudential thought As Charles Kurzman writes in his book Missing Martyrs Why There are so Few Muslim Terrorists “laypeople have generated a profusion of do it yourself theology and jurisprudence Any college grad in a cave can claim to speak for Islam” As technology has opened up communication networks religious texts have become and easily accessible Theological discussion is thus no longer the purview of only the classically and formally educated though it never was completely exclusionary This opened up religious interpretation to the everyman and indeed most big name Islamists including major personalities such as Hassan al Banna Sayyid utb and even Osama bin Laden all of whom Beck references all lack formal scholarly religious education and were largely poorly versed in traditional Islamic usul al fih formal legal and theological methodology Instead such actors usually claimed to be holders of new revealed messages from God or brought forth new often politicized interpretations of Islam In other words as Beck progresses in his book promoting a singular understanding of Islamists and indeed a conservative violent one at that and as he suggests that said Islamists practice a distinctly medieval version of Islam a popular refrain in general here he is flat out wrong and fails to recognize a bulk of the world’s Islamists when depending on so shallow of a definition In fact Salafism a significant grouping within both Jihadi and Islamist fields by its nature jettisons much of what would normally count as its history and civilizationContrary to Beck’s assertions that the Jihadi agenda is “right on track” Jihadis have long been highly disappointed at the poor turnout among Muslims and at the low level of support they have received “We are most amazed that the community of Islam is still asleep and heedless while its children are being wiped out and killed everywhere and its land is being diminished every day God help us” Al aeda’s affiliate in Saudi Arabia noted Major revolutionaries including bin Laden and Zawahiri have engaged in the same lament with Abu Musab al Suri noting that it was “regrettable” that so few Muslims only “one in a million” have committed themselves to jihad The oft uoted revolutionary Sayyid utb who Beck uses to try to link the Muslim Brotherhood to Al aeda and other modern terrorist groups went even further in his analysis and stated flat out “the Muslim community has been extinct for centuries” Beck of course uoted the same book that this sentiment appeared in but for some reason didn’t feel the need to recognize the fact that utb openly asserted that his viewpoint was wholly unpopular within not only Islam but his own Muslim Brotherhood social circles Indeed While Beck pushes his readers to link splinter movement such as the Egyptian Islamic Jihad to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood he conveniently leaves out the fact that the Brotherhood’s supreme guide at the time Hassan al Hudaybi wrote his own book at the same time as Milestones was published entitled Preachers not Judges which categorically rejected the kind of violence that utb supporters would utilize in their formation of Egypt’s early jihadi groups and which would go on to inspire Al aeda Why Beck decided to ignore Hudaybi’s work despite his role as the supreme guide and despite the books popularity and instead focus only on utb is something of a curious mystery Numerous other examples of seeming intellectual dishonesty or simple mistakes surfaced while reading Beck’s book He tends to lump all Shias together and to then euates Shia beliefs with the revolutionary government of Iran As Vali Nasr notes though in his book The Shia Revival How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future; Such an oversimplification of Shi’ism is not particularly useful in terms of analysis or even in terms of a basic understanding of how 12er Shi’ism traditionally functions Nasr instead showcases the fact that revolutionary and even political Shi’ism is historically new and very uncommon Indeed political Islam is not popular within Usuli Shiism at all where apolitical theology tends to rule the day Most 12er Shias he contends look elsewhere for spiritual guidance and tend to see Ayatollah Khamenei as a state and political authority rather than a truly religious spiritual leader Beck on the other hand incorrectly identifies Khamenei as the most dominant and popular spiritual guide for Shias Instead such religious guidance tends to focus around a cadre of other Ayatollahs usually based out of om and Najaf In fact one of the most popular spiritual guides of 12er Shi’ism Ali al Sistani – who has a larger religious following than Khamenei as I write this is supporting protests in southern Ira against the Shia Irai government which Beck asserts is a puppet state of Iran The notion that Shias are a force that the Grand Ayatollah of Iran can order around or who owe their religious loyalty to the Iranian state completely ignores how Usuli Shi’ism traditionally works and completely ignores the strong tradition within Usuli Shi’ism where ayatollahs by religious custom law hold significantly differing views from one another in order to promote diversity and debate Unity of message within 12er Shi’ism is a rare thing Beck’s inability to notice such wide diversity within a major Islamic community is telling as to his inexperience in and unfamiliarity with the subject matter that he is attempting to write on Another issue that I had with Beck’s work was his depiction of ISIS He uses its apparent popularity to showcase how strongly the group’s message rings with Muslims Yet as David Kilcullen Former Chief Strategist in the Office of the Coordinator for Counter terrorism at the US State Department and previous senior counter insurgency adviser to General David Petraeus notes in his recent work Blood Year Terror and the Islamic State; many ISIS recruits aren’t well versed in the Islamic faith or are even largely secular remnants of the Irai military Indeed he details contrary to Beck’s purely religious ideological depiction of ISIS how ISIS was buttressed by fighting support from factions that don’t share its core ideology but share a common goal in opposition to Ira’s Shia dominated central government A big concern that I further had with Beck’s book and one I freuently run into is his treatment of the uran and the hadith as reference material To his credit Beck makes the uncommonly admitted note that hadiths are all judged based on their independent weakness or strength but despite recognizing this cites hadith as if they were all the same and makes absolutely no distinction between hadith collections as if Shias would be inclined to follow largely Sunni hadiths Similarly while he makes the crucial note that the uran unlike the Bible is written in the first person and thus must be read differently than third person narratives he proceeds to treat uran as a self evident third person narrative in his citations without any care for the crucial historical context under which the revelations were revealed Far from supporting Beck’s interpretations of scripture Islamic theologians would cringe at his severely poor methodology Indeed he often treats many of his personal interpretations of scripture and other texts as universal when they in reality represent minority viewpoints or aren’t even used at all by most Islamists let alone most Muslims At other times Beck routinely take specific works and then attempts to paint them as having universal applicationA good example of the above latter was his use of Reliance of the Traveler as a single source to cover all of Islam when discussing his understanding of the concept of Takiyah Apparently unbeknownst to him he wasn’t citing a work widely used by Islamists or even by most Muslims but rather a text which focuses on discussions within the formal Shafi’I school of Islamic jurisprudence a school that ISIS not only rejects as valid but against which it is in open rebellion Likewise most Salafis through their desire to look to Islam’s roots and who reject most medieval Islamic literature would similarly reject the Reliance of the Traveler given its roots in the 14th century It is simply too modern for such Salafis His historical overview is highly stilted and dishonestly parsed to support his main theme he tries to link Islam with Nazism during WWII while ignoring the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who fought for the allies; he links the Armenian Genocide to Islam without mentioning that it occurred under the auspices of the secular Young Turk movement; He brings up the execution of the males of the Banu urayza as an example his only example of Muhammad’s “massacres” but completely fails to mention that it wasn’t ordered by Muhammad but by a third party arbitrator judging not under Islamic law but under Judaic law as detailed by Karen Armstrong’s Muhammad A Biography of the Prophet Another major point of contention and poor analysis was Beck’s attempt to point to the Arab Spring a proof that Muslims want to overturn liberal democratic forms of political representation with Islamism To do this Beck focuses primarily on Egypt and the fact that after Mubarak was ousted an Islamist party the Freedom and Justice Party was able to capture the presidency and a significant portion of the parliament Beck makes sloppy assumptions here claiming that because an Islamist party was voted into power then it meant that people voted for them specifically because they were Islamist He offers no supporting evidence for this theory and unfortunately for him but fortunately for us the professional analytical world is saturated with research precisely on this topicCaryle Murphy a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist points out in her book Passion for Islam Shaping the Modern Middle East The Egyptian Experience that if Islamist parties were swept into power based on their Islamist ideals then support for Islamist parties should remain durable in the face continuing economic hardship; this is not what we have seen happen though as is clearly evidenced by the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi uickly lost popular support during their rule ushering in widespread protests and an eventual popular coup If it were really all about Islam as Beck suggests then we would have expected to have seen continued strong support from the bulk of the Brotherhood’s supporters even during the constitutional crisis and continued periods of political and economic instability There are numerous other structural social and organizational causal variables but few have to do with leaning purely on religious ideological attitudes Beck continues with his stilted dialogue by painting a picture of the Muslim Brotherhood being allies of Al aeda when in fact the opposite is true Al aeda has remained publicly critical of the Muslim Brotherhood and has directly blamed it for its inability to better radicalize Islamic populations and call them to the task of Jihad Al aeda is fundamentally against participation in political elections and secular governments that the Muslim Brotherhood engages in and groups like ISIS and Boko Haram go as far as to label them unbelievers for such activities Marc Lynch director of the Institute for Middle East Studies notes in his paper Jihadis and the Ikhwan Muslim Brotherhood that “In a series of tapes and writings Zawahiri savaged Hamas and the Egyptian MB for their participation in elections and public life Al‐Baghdadi and Abu Hamza identified the MB as the driving force behind the setbacks of the jihad in Ira pointing not only to the Irai Islamic Party an MB affiliate but also to a wide range of other Sunni Islamist adversaries lumped together under the MB label”In fact Ayman al Zawahiri the current head of Al aeda himself published a work specifically denouncing the Muslim Brotherhood that he titled Bitter Harvest that clearly elucidates major doctrinal divides Likewise the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and its regional affiliates have been similarly highly critical of groups like Al aeda and ISIS with Lynch noting “the group has consistently condemned virtually every al‐a’ida attack in the Muslim world from Morocco and Algeria to Indonesia and India as well as Abu Mus’ab al‐Zarawi’s attacks on civilians and on the Shi’a in Ira” Such a division between these groups is perhaps even larger than the Sino Soviet split was during the Cold War and yet Beck cannot see it because he is too focused on his version of the Red Scare Beck continues his book recounting how successful terrorists have been in executing their “grand plan” and the phases therein; once again the reality is the exact opposite He points to the Arab Spring as the “uprising” that Al aeda had been hoping for but it was anything but Al aeda had no interest in a liberal uprising against governments or movement towards political discourse and engagement by opposition parties such as the Muslim Brotherhood nor were they interested in opposition messages articulated via primarily economic and social grievances Egypt is not an example of how Al aeda and ISIS are winning it is an example of how their influence failed to drive discourse in Egypt Zawahiri stated himself “There is no solution except through jihad all other solutions are futile Rather other solutions would only worsen the state of dilapidation and submissiveness in which we live; purported solutions that exclude jihad are euivalent to treating cancer with aspirin” Thus the notion that they would see the elections in Tunisia for example as a success as Beck would have us believe; instead indicates a fundamental lack of basic knowledge and understanding of these actors Of particular note is his rather disgusting assertion that the fact that Sunnis and Shias are apparently killing each other is a “silver lining;” a grossly inhumane take on the murder of tens of thousands of civilians and relatively innocent individuals who are the primary casualties among such conflicts It is also ignorant the fact that such fighting is good for ISIS and that ISIS indeed depends on it in order to promote their agenda and regional propaganda message of being the “protector of Sunnis” Beck’s silver lining is nothing than an utter disaster for peace and stability anti terrorism campaigns in general and the eradication of ISIS as an entity specifically Overall my largest criticism of Beck’s work is not his lack of knowledge it is not his reductionist or low academic and analytical standards and methodologies; but rather his central thesis that the uran specifically supports terrorism and mass violence and that this is the most accurate method of practicing Islam thus supporting his notion that ISIS is indeed greatly Islamic Never mind his complete lack of analysis of the four main schools of Sunni Jurisprudence and the fact that they all disagree with him or how a majority of Muslims decide to practice their faith The problem with this flat uncompromising stance is that it empowers ISIS and its ilk and showcases it as the only true expression of Islam Beck utilizes the same takfiri sentiment that ISIS does and would deny the validity of how over one billion people chose to define their personal faith and relationship with their God I find that highly arrogant and indeed highly ignorant and it offers us absolutely no tactical advantage but rather alienates possible allies while empowering our most bitter foes He claims he hopes for an Islamic reformation but he would make groups like ISIS the sole drivers of authentic religious discourse Toward the end of his book he makes the comment “We need to see peoples and groups for what they really are not what we want them to be” I couldn’t agree I just wish he would take his own advice I hate Glenn Beck and I always have So the idea of reading anything by him was both embarrassing and repulsive to me Unfortunately I feel like our media has been too politically correct and an apologist towards the threat of ISIS other jihadist groups and so called lone wolves on western civilization so I reluctantly picked up this book to see how the far right view eventsI have to admit that the book was excellent He has provided a lot of uotes from the uran and from Islamist terrorists to support the claim that the terrorist will not stop until Sharia Law is governing everyone on the planet This is not an indictment of all muslims but it is an indictment of jihadists who have taken the words from the uran and used them further their goals of creating an islamic nationIf you want to know how and why ISIS is motivated and why people are flocking to join them this is the book you must readAnd no I cannot believe that I said ANYTHING from Glenn Beck is a must read but if you are concerned about what's going on without a politically correct filter this is a must read With the bombings in Istanbul yesterday I hope Glenn Beck and his publishers will see that it is NOT about Islam ISIS has bombed innocent civilians in a country that is 99 percent Muslim Clearly it is NOT Islam Shame on you Glenn Beck And shame on your publishers for printing this reckless unfair and untruthful bookGet your facts straight You may want to start by visiting the Muslim world Ignorance breeds ignorant writing I read one chapter which is Lie #3 Islam is not much different than Christianity or Judaism There is no thing than superficial information Actually it's like what you see in Fox News I am a very conservative individual that loves America the greatest nation in the history of the earth I generally like Glenn Beck but this was simply an irresponsible effort He repeatedly uses uotes from the world's most odorous terrorists and then says See that's what Muslims believe as if those butchers speak for the 17 billion Muslims of the world He concludes every chapter with a ridiculous manipulative deduction that leaps far beyond what his shallow sources even suggest At best this is crude and reckless yellow journalism I sat here and tried to come up with a decent conclusive review of Glenn Beck's newest book but the longer I stared at my computer screen and tried to formulate something that wouldn't make me seem like a biased reader it uickly became apparent that that wasn't going to happenYou see while I've had my own concerns about Glenn Beck in the past neo conservative nutjob conspiracy theorist I already had my own conceived notions about Islam and terrorism Though I was only 13 when the events of September 11 2001 unfolded before my bowl of Cheerios it was at that moment I realized there were people out there who hated me as an American and would do whatever they could to strike fear in my countryFast forward 14 years and isn't it slightly ironic that I picked up and finished this book just a few days after the 911 anniversary? and those that were responsible for such a significant event are still out there still trying to make Americans feel like there is a target on their back while at the same time celebrities and authors and politicians still try to defend those that practice this form of Islam and continue to wage Jihad upon us our allies and anyone who refuses to bend to their willsI could try and summarize this book but there are a lot of others who have done a far better job than I ever could Let's just say what Beck has managed to cram in a such a short book is eye opening fascinating and utterly scary Other authors wouldn't even dare to publish such a scathing yet true summary of a religion that spews so much hatred and yet Beck bravely wrote here is possibly one of the best non fiction publications I've ever had the pleasure to read Can best sum up this must read by a uote in the epilogue 'Silence in the face of evil is evil itself' Can we stand against the threats to practice our freedoms and resist the fears in order to retain our Constitution as the laws of the land? I hope so but considering the lack of backbone displayed by our leaders of politics and industry I have my doubts Sharia law holds no relevant place in this country We open our doors to all immigrants to share in our rights and privileges not to pollute and destroy our democracy with incompatibilities A must read for all Americans Pretty militant in its tone and if you can get over the author's permanent sense of self righteousness it offers good and fact based insight into why islamism should not be considered the same as islam particularly by constatly referring back to the uoran and higlighting the mistakes that moderates make in trying to argue that Islam is a religion of peaceFYI this book is a cherry picked version of why people should be completely against islamism It is militant and the tone can be downright annoying especially at times when it argues that too much political corectness can hurt everybody that's true but too much of everything can hurt everybody and Beck's pow is definitely on the extreme side of the spectrum not once does he mention prevention or rehabilitation not once does he propose an actual solution to the problem just free speech here free speech there free speech everywhere don't be afraid to say something against ISIS even at the threat of being blown up I find his criticism on South Park refusing to air an episode joking about Mohammed after they have received bomb and death threats to be absolutely ridiculous No not everyone can be one of the righteous ones like Beck hopes to be by puting himself out there and claiming to write a book for your enlightenment you poor coward you I maybe wouldn't want to share a table with Beck but I still believe in the same thing as he does ISIS and all other islamist groups need to be taken at face value and obliterated

It IS About Islam Exposing the Truth About ISIS Al aeda
  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • It IS About Islam Exposing the Truth About ISIS Al aeda Iran and the Caliphate
  • Glenn Beck
  • English
  • 06 May 2015
  • 9781501126123