There are two distinct answers to this
question. The popular message is that Islam is one of the great world religions, a peaceful religion, a foundation of world civilization. The alternative message is that Islam is a brutal, backward, woman abusing, violent, intellectually narrow ideology that is out to annihilate civilization.
Which side is right? How do we resolve this issue? Can it even be resolved? If we turn to the “experts” of any of the opinions, they will tell you that their view is correct. What then is the ultimate authority that will give us a firm foundation for reasoning and judgment about Islam? Is it possible to use critical thought or must we just accept the authority of experts?
Up until now, the answers have been unsatisfactory. We can’t understand Islamic doctrine without understanding its sacred foundations -- the three texts that inform and direct virtually every thought and act in the Muslim world.
Through a new, simpler and more complete system, the Center for the Study of Political Islam offers these sacred texts to the general reader. You want answers. You want understanding. Here they are.
The CSPI Method:
of Islams political doctrine is found in three sacred texts,
The Koran - the words
of the Islamic god Allah, as reported by Mohammed
The Sira - the life of Mohammed
The Hadith - the traditions of Mohammed, governing every
aspect of daily life, great and small
seeing through the eyes of Mohammed, your view of Islam will be
Media accounts of Islam will be seen in a new light
The history of Islam will make sense
The very words you use to discuss Islam will be new and
You will become your own expert, able to discuss political
Islam with anyone
For the first time all of these books are easily understood
The reading level is that of a weekly news magazine. If there
is a technical word, it is defined.
Each paragraph is referenced to the source text. You see exactly
what Mohammed did and said, and if you desire corroboration
or more information, you can easily look it up.
Islam can only be truly known by understanding all three texts,
which for the general reader has not been previously possible.
Why these books are so unique?
Up to now, the knowledge of the Trilogy has been available only
to a few scholars and Islamic imams, in a form virtually impossible
for the general public to access. Scholars at CSPI have made these
texts understandable for the first time.
Now you can learn about political Islam from the only source
that counts -- Mohammed himself.
One of the great questions of the 21st century is: What is the true nature of Islam? The popular message is that Islam is one of the great world religions, a peaceful religion, a foundation of world civilization, its Golden Age was the highpoint of history, and it preserved Western thought while we were in the Dark Ages.
The alternative message is that Islam is a brutal, backward, woman abusing, violent, intellectually narrow ideology that is out to annihilate civilization.
Which side is right? How do we resolve this issue?
Can it even be resolved? [Read more…]