Religion

If Islam Had Never Existed

Graham E. Fuller, A World Without Islam (Hachette Australia, 2011), 352 pages, $19.99  Have you ever read a book that appeared promising—looked as if it might teach you something or contribute to a necessary conversation—but raised your hackles instead? My hackles were raised while reading Graham Fuller’s A World Without Islam. Since Fuller’s argument will ring true to many people, how did this happen? The first reading angered me, when I saw what appeared to be his tactics: his straw-man approach, generalising, stereotyping, obfuscating and dissembling. The second reading made him seem well-intended but confused and one-sided. Both readings are…

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