Books To Read

Speakers Action Group has curated a list of reading material that we recommend to our members to help them keep informed about antisemitism and human rights around the world.

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Unholy Alliance by Jay Sekulow

Unholy Alliance by Jay Sekulow
 
By far, one of the most insightful and comprehensive overviews of the role of Iran as the silent and prime funder of jihadism targeted explicitly towards the absolute and eternal destruction of both America and Israel. The author, Jay Sekulow, is one of the foremost free speech and religious liberties litigators in the United States, and chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice. He engages the complete attention of the reader in addressing his two key themes:
 
(a) How the Jews and other infidels were meant to be perceived in the Qur’an, and 
(b) How a small fraction of Muslims have interpreted its teachings with the ultimate goal of the absolute and final destruction of nonbelievers that include Christians, Jews, and others of non-Muslim faiths.
 
The author makes it clear that Iran is both a perpetrator and the primary funding source for Hezbollah, Hamas, and other Islamist terror groups. Especially fascinating is the author’s explanation of how Iran, a Shiite state, has become a significant source of funding for Sunni terror groups targeting Israel and committed to its final destruction.

 

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The Qur’an Problem and Islamism by Salim Mansur

 
Mansur, a professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario, is an outspoken and courageous  analyst and critic of political Islam, an interpreter of Islam for Westerners, and a Reformer within his own faith community. In this, his second book of what i think of as “a warning,” he clearly and cogently details the history of Islam, including the religion, politics, and perpetual conflicts. In fewer than 200 pages, the professor distinguishes between Islam and Islamism, the roots of antisemitism, the rise of extremism, the domination of Arab culture and its interpretations of Islam in today’s complex, multi-cultural, global world. As the number of Muslims increases, potentially giving demographic dominance to Islam, Mansur shouts warnings of the dangers of an ever-spreading, terrifying, Literalist, supremacist Islam which threatens the West,  rejecting modernity, destroying rival versions of Islam and the Muslims who would interpret the prophet Mohammed’s teachings for the modern world. 
 
The divisions in Islam are at war with one another; the West is often in the middle, but represents for the extremists, all that is tainted, evil, impure, idolatrous.  What is rational, subject to examination and debate, scientific validation  or just curious questioning, is abhorrent to the Islamic fundamentalist. Mansur provides a thoughtful, well documented understanding of how philosophical and scientific exposition gave way to authoritarian doctrinaire theology. 
 
Christendom was awakened and challenged during its Reformation. Judaism in its Orthodoxy went through the Enlightenment and reason prevailed. Islam has balked at the challenges of Reformers, resisted change, or even moved rapidly backwards under dominant theologians who promise their faithful a new World Order, an Islamic Caliphate, and both heavenly rewards and a life on earth lived within the strictures of Sharia Law bringing them closer to Allah, their idea of God.
 

Professor Mansur does not provide answers, does not even sound hopeful in my view, but he clearly and important spells out the the problem, its roots and its trajectory. The people and governments in the West best take note, and step forward to meet this unchecked challenge to life and liberty.

 

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The Tragedy of IslamThe Tragedy of Islam by Imam Mohammed Tawidi of Australia, the Imam of Peace who reveals all the atrocities of Islam since its founding. He’s a very learned scholar who studied 8 years in Iran and Iraq and is from a long line of Imams. He talks about the brainwashing he endured and all the secrets that Imams must keep and never reveal to their Muslim adherents. He advises Western governments to be vigilant against Islamism and tyranny and points out that ISIS merely mimicked all the early caliphs.