Primus wrote:To really know why we here are so 'islamophobic' you would have to do some real studying, I highly recommend you start with the Koran itself. If you prefer a shortcut, just read the first chapter of 'Islamic Jihad' written by M.A. Khan, a muslim - you can find it on Amazon.
I would add two more books to the list which are especially useful for Hindu-Americans and Indian-Americans in general.
Both are by Rajiv Malhotra --
Invading the Sacred: This one lays out the Hinduphobia in Indic/Religious/Divinity Studies departments in the American Academy.
RM Ji writes very well and I have given one of his books - Breaking India - to a few friends to improve their understanding. However, the books are not easy to read, there is often too much data and people get tired or bored very quickly, you have to have bought into the idea to begin with, which is a bit of a Catch-22.
In my search for material that can be considered unbiased (i.e. definitely not from a Hindu or Jewish source), I have come across many people who are not afraid to say it, some are ex-muslims, other are still within the religion. Well known people are:
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Anwar Shaikh (the British writer who is now no more)
These are mainstream writers. However, of all that I've read, M.A. Khan's book is the hardest hitting and the first chapter is quite enough to blow away all the misconceptions.
I was once asked by a young niece why I was so against muslims, she had muslim friends and they were all wonderful people. I told her I was not against muslims - hey, even I have some good muslim friends - I am simply against Islam, especially of the kind that advocates all muslims to follow the faith as it was originally intended, i.e. be 'pious''. It is a paradox that is difficult to explain to a non-muslim person in the modern era. The more pious a muslim is, the more likely he or she is to be a radical and jihadi type, because it is the ideology that pushes one towards such behavior.
This is when I realized I had to find a means to educate these youngsters and the quickest way is to let them read something from an Islamic source itself and only the shock of discovery can perhaps get them to thinking. But then, maybe not. One can only try.
Many years ago I found this amazing website, has incredible write-ups and articles, in different languages by a long list of authors, from all over the world, interestingly a large number of them being muslims. This is perhaps the most useful site I have ever come across on this subject.
As the title page suggests, it truly 'tells the truth about Islam'. M.A. Khan's book is featured on the home page. This should be bookmarked by everyone who is interested in the reality of Islam.
One of the greatest triumphs of modern Islam has been the ability of Islamic leaders to completely white-wash the historical record of atrocities committed in its name for over 1300 years (and counting), so much so that any mention of it is instantly responded to with cries of 'islamophobia'. The Jihadis now come out smelling of roses. This is the narrative that needs to be countered, but there is no easy way to do it.
Anyway, this is now becoming OT.https://www.islam-watch.org/