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Review: A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the Cia, and the Rise Of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Robert Finn

For at least the past 30 years, people in the west have been asking urgent questions about Islam. What are the intentions of Muslim nations toward us? Do they really want to wipe us out? Where do their ideas come from, and why are they held with such unbending fanaticism? "...a long and extremely complex story that Johnson feels has real relevance for the west even today." Ian Johnson, a ... Read full review

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As a very passionate anti-extremist Muslim, I found this book both interesting and at times ridiculously false. The author is clearly not a Muslim and appears to not have studied the Quran very well when writing this book. For example, the first false point I noticed is that he considers the Quran as viewing Jews in a lower light than Christians. Moses (SAW) is the most narrated prophet in the Quran. Further, Muslims actually identify more with the Jewish struggle against Pharaoh since it parallels the Muslim struggle against Quraish (the ruling polytheistic tribe of Makkah). Also Muslims have a dietary code of ethics, Halal, the same way Jews have theirs, Kosher.
Another point I want to mention is that, despite the author's ludicrous claims, there is a strong secular undercurrent in the Quran, most famous examples are Chapter of Disbelievers:
"Say, "O disbelievers, I do not worship what you worship. Nor are you worshippers of what I worship. Nor will you be worshipers of what I worship. For you is your religion, and for me is my religion" as well as the Ghashiyah Chapter (21-26): "So remember, [O Muhammad]; you are only a reminder. You are not over them a controller. However, he who turns away and disbelieves -Then Allah will punish him with the greatest punishment. Indeed, to Us is their return. Then indeed, upon Us is their account.", which means Allah (SWT) and NOT the Muslims shall punish those disbelieve.
The author also fails to realize that the anti-Jewish violence of the Brotherhood in Egypt were a means to drive the Jews into Israel, and that the Brotherhood sought political control of Egypt more than they sought Palestine (which was even smaller than Sinai back then). Instead, he naively relies solely on the narrative of members of the Brotherhood that they were fighting for an Arab Palestine, a fact contested by then Egyptian President Abdelnassar who publicly denounced the Brotherhood's supreme leader's refusal to fight with the Egyptian Army against Israel.
Overall, this book deserves a star since the author is clearly knowledgeable on the German history but fails to use his knowledge to bridge the gap of hatred and bigotry practiced by both Christians and Muslims against each other. The majority of Muslims oppose extremist groups like the Brotherhood and just want to lead a peaceful life like any human in this bigotry-ridden planet.
 

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