K.S. Rajan (17 Feb 2012)

What inspires terrorists?

If bin Laden himself could talk, he wouldn't hesitate to answer: the Koran, which he repeatedly pointed to as his motivation and authority. Many policy decisions by Western governments are predicated on the assumption that the Koran teaches peace, and that Muslims who commit violence are perverting the teachings of their own holy book.

But is this true — or just wishful thinking born of ignorance and political correctness? Now, in The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran, Robert Spencer, whose column appears weekly in Human Events, proves that the Koran is just about the opposite of a “book of peace.”

The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran reveals:

  • Infidels: why Allah hates them, and what he has in store for them — straight from the Koran.

  • The passages of the Koran that mandate warfare against unbelievers: Why in traditional Islam these words take precedence over more peaceful passages.

  • Telling signs that the Koran was not delivered from heaven in pristine form, as Muslims believe, but was compiled from Jewish, Christian, and pagan sources.

  • Koranic Jew-hatred: proof that Islamic anti-Semitism is not an import from Christianity, as many have claimed.

  • The disquieting truth behind Islam's professed respect for other religions and their central figures.

  • The alarming teachings of the Koran on women: how it reduces women to the status of commodities.

  • The worst sin of all for Muslims: It's worse than murder, worse than rape, worse than genocide — and guess what? You're probably committing it.

  • The Muslim claim that the Koranic text was never altered — is false, and why this matters.

  • Barack Obama's June 2009 speech to the Islamic world: an object lesson in the hazards of not understanding the Koran.