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  • Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion
  • Written by: Robert Spencer
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In The Truth about Muhammad, New York Times best-selling author and Islam expert Robert Spencer offers an honest and telling portrait of the founder of Islam - perhaps the first such portrait in half a century - unbounded by fear and political correctness, unflinching, and willing to face the hard facts about Muhammad's life that continue to affect our world today. Spencer details Muhammad's development from a preacher of hellfire and damnation into a political and military leader who expanded his rule by force of arms, promising his warriors luridly physical delights in Paradise if they were killed in his cause. He explains how the Qur'an's teaching on warfare against unbelievers developed, with constant war to establish the hegemony of Islamic law as the last stage.

©2006 Robert Spencer (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

There have been other biographies of the Prophet of Islam, a few written by authors living in non-Muslim countries (Yusuf Islam's splendid audio work The Life Of The Prophet springs instantly to mind here), but not that many by non-Muslims. And it is purely because Robert Spencer is not a Muslim that he is able to discuss, without fear and without any degree of 'political correctness', aspects of the holy man's life that many, both believers and unbelievers, hitherto did not know.  

Mr. Spencer is no stranger to controversy, as his books and his 'Jihadwatch' Web site speak for themselves, yet he manages never to pull his punches. He takes quotations from the Qur'an, and other works held in high regard, and uses them to present different sides of the Prophet's character: his skill as a military leader, his views on other religions, his pressure and agitation for constant war against unbelievers. It's a challenging work, and will probably win him fans and sworn enemies in equal measure.

James Adams reads the audiobook, endowed with a mellow English accent, yet tackling the Arabian pronunciation with skill and aplomb. The English accent surprised me, since Robert Spencer is American, but being a straight factual work I believe a good voice from either side of the Atlantic would suffice. I listened in one sitting; the near seven hours passing remarkably swiftly (always a good sign) and the narration and audio quality were of consistently high quality. Simply an all-round excellent book.

--Brad Jackson, UK 

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Insightful

Gives author's insights and understanding of his research. Thought provoking. Narrated nicely. As usual the final decider is the reader.

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Descriptive but not perfect

I was looking for something that could give me all the facts about the Prophet’s life, and not opinions and interpretations. This book does a fairly good job and better than most content you will find online. He gives all the necessary caveats and context needed to understand such a touchy topic. However, towards the end, it gets into a recommendation mode, which I don’t feel should have been the objective of this book.

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An honest perspective

Kudos to the author for his research on the subject and subsequent publishing of his works.

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  • Cx30
  • 09-12-06

Enlightening

Here is current information not found in news reports, a perspective taken from Islamic documents. In light of hair-trigger reactions, it's amazing that the author and publisher decided to provide this insight.

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  • David Ewing
  • 09-10-08

Eye Opening

This book serves three major purposes. First, it helps you understand the structure and origin of the Islamic Religion. Second it gives a recount of the life and times of Muhammad. Third, it places the puzzling actions of Muslims in a clear and stark light of their traditions and beliefs. While I was somewhat disturbed by the implications of this book it is an invaluable read. No responsible Westerner should overlook this book . . . or disregard its warnings.

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  • Muhammad
  • 01-01-07

Coward attempt

Spenser is a biased writer who breathes hate and his book is a coward attempt to defame the benifector of humanity.

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  • Mark Adams
  • 27-01-07

Good to learn about Muhammad

Given the current political situation in the Muslim world, it's important for westerners to learn about the prophet Muhammad and the origins of Islam. This book presents a clear, concise account of the prophet and his religion, while stimulating thought--and, hopefully, discussion on the topic. Makes for good, interesting listening.

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  • Amna
  • 02-09-08

The worst book i have ever read.

This book is filled with information. Alot true and more untrue. The problem is the writer does not have a clear idea of the quran. He has taken alot of the verses out of its context and made it suit his own point of view.
Alot of the facts of the history is also untrue. I dont know where he got his information from?
I am positive there are much better books out there.
I can challange alot of what was said in this book.

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  • Tom F
  • 27-12-06

Learn More

Spencer’s book will make you want to learn more about early Islamic history. He does not mince harsh words about one of the world’s largest and fastest growing religions.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-09-11

Lacks Accuracy

I have taught World Religions in college and have done some research on Islam in China. I am not a fan of Islam nor of its image of God/Allah in the Q'uran. And yet Robert Spencer's book does a disservice to Christianity by using inaccurate translations of the Q'uran and relying on just a few of the more radical ancient Islamc sources.

Arabic, like Hebrew, is a Northwest Semitic language. I may not be able to read Arabic script but I can read with a phonetic script because of it's close association with Hebrew. Any seminary trained Christian can can read Arabic phonetic by studying Hebrew. So I was surprised at some of Spencer's reading of the Q'uran. Spencer is not an Arabic scholar. He ignores the better translations.

There are pacific and militant Muslims. Within a generation of Muhammad's death, Muslims differed as to the militancy of Allah. It may be safe to say that the origin of the confusion is in the ambiguity of Muhammad himself. By siding with the radical interpretation Spencer sees pacific Islam as a contradiction. It's not. It's the part of Islam that will survive the Islamic age of the Internet more than Jihadist swords of steel.

--Dana Roberts, MA, MTS

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  • Jon
  • 01-01-09

sobering

This book is a careful and scholarly analysis of Muhammad and his legacy based on respected islamic sources.

Muhammad is revered by something close to one billion people and held up as an example of how his followers should live their lives. His apologists often point out his wisdom, his charisma, and the respect he earned from his contemporaries. What his islamic apologists don't mention to non-muslims is that he was a bloodthirsty warlord who married a seven year old girl, his daughter-in-law, and 10 to 15 other women. He conquered the Arabian peninsula in the name of his new religion, and repeatedly commanded his followers to kill non-muslims "wherever they found them". His example reverberates to this day. The "religion of peace" is often anything but, and no amount of wishful thinking will make it so. The West sorely needs a better understanding of the life of Muhammad and the example he set.

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  • John
  • 05-06-08

Well read, packed with facts.

Audio: Narrator James Adams does an excellent job. His British accent and pronounciation of the many Arabic words are both very understandble. The pace is just right, neither dragging nor being a "speed-read". The recording is clear and unobstructed by any interference. I will look for other works J. Adams has read as possible future choices.

Content: As in Spencer's P.I. Guide to Islam that I read, this book is packed with referenced facts. These are largely quotes and accounts from the Quran, Sura, and hadith. The book is largely a fascinating and reasonably brief historical account of the life of Muhammad. As a Protestant Westerner and minor history buff, I enjoyed it and felt educated by it! I was enthralled enough to listen to the 7 hour book within a single 24-hr period. Spencer sticks to the facts throughout and lets them speak for themselves. Only in the final chapter does he coalesce the various points presented and apply them to our modern world. Is 7th century Muhammad a bad example for conduct in the 21st century? (My question.) Read\listen and decide for yourself. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Brady
  • 20-02-07

Enlightening & Frightening

I was shocked to learn about Islam & their prophet, Mohammed. I took those saying Islam is peaceful at their word - it is not. Mohammed was a brutal, warring figure. One has a far better understanding of why the Jihadist are so fanatic in their ways after listening. I would be interested in any books that say otherwise about this religion and their prophet. The book is well-referenced and well read.

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  • Zaid
  • 13-01-09

WIll there be

Although some of what Spencer writes in this book may well be true, a lot of it can easily apply to other "religions" including Judaism and Christianity. His attempt to judge 1400 year old events by today's moral standards calls his judgment and motives into doubt. I wonder if he intends to publish "The Truth About Moses" or "The Truth About Jesus" and how women and slaves are treated in those religions. How about the Crusades! He clearly doesn't seem to have any objections to some of the clearly immoral practices of the other religions when judged by today's standards. His agenda is clearly to go after Islam alone and that makes him more of a propagandist than an objective writer.

I am a secular person but nevertheless can't help but question Spenser's motivations, particularly in light of his known views and "Anti-Islamist" associations. He can be described by some as your average Islamophobe and racist.

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  • Jonathan
  • 22-01-09

Freedom

It is really fantastic that Audible.co.uk offers such a diverse range of literature on it's website. "The Truth about Muhammad" adds an interesting and balanced account which is more topical today than ever before. Although I am against established religions per se, so have no "angle" (or loyalty to the religion of my ancestors!) It is clear from just browsing Audible.co.uk that there are plenty of books criticising Christianity and the other religions, far more than criticise Islam, but I don't hear people whining about them. That's because people still (at the moment) have a right to write books on topics that they choose to write about and have an expertise and interest in. Most civilised people respect that. It is therefore ridiculous to hysterically demand that someone writes sequels on other religions! My ancestors fought Hitler to ensure that EVERYONE could have an opinion without fear and intimidation. This book is well researched, interesting and fair. Buy it now!

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  • Fatema
  • 09-03-09

is it really the truth?

I think its really sad when people instead of working on finding reality, simply build their opinion on the first information they get on a particular subject, without bothering to find balancing information or verifying whether their interpretations of that subject are correct or not. Unfortunately it seems the same with this book.

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  • Harris Totle
  • 15-07-11

Surprised & enlightened

I have passed over this author on several occasions as I did not want to read a one sided polemic against the father of Islam, but then finally downloaded this book and held my breath. Not only was I very surprised at the scholarly approach of the book but was very encouraged by the depth of Spencer's knowledge on the subject. It is encouraging in the sense that he adds credibility to his thesis by avoiding an over-interpretation of the subject matter, and simply lets the Koran/Hadith speak for itself. This is not an attack on Islam or Mohammad or a tyraid by an uninformed blogger spouting a 'western slant' on the patron of Islam, to satisfy some conspiratorial bias against Islam, but simply a well documented and researched collection of written evidence to answer the question 'Is Islam a religeon of peace?'. He is also not suggesting Muslims are not peaceful, but simply if Mohammads actions are to be held in such high esteem as to be considered virtuous above all others, the world is in for a very rough ride. I recommend it for dedicated truth seekers...enjoy!

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  • IDN
  • 18-02-12

Meticulous presentation with mesmerising evidence!

Robert Spencer audaciously offers a meticulously presentation with mesmerising evidence the bitter truth about Muhamad, his lifestyles and violent ideology, his anti-Semitism and Anti-Christian Bigotry. A must to everyone!

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  • brian clark
  • 05-12-15

At last the real truth at this evil religious nonsense!

This should be made completely available in all schools and universities in the UK!!!!
Very in depth and informative!

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  • Je suis Charlie
  • 10-05-17

I've read the Koran and this book isn't wrong.

I've read the Koran and this book isn't wrong. A red pill for those who want it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-12-21

Appalling vitriol

Poor quality book that peddles vitriol as analysis. Not worth downloading - even for free. Avoid.

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  • Mr. M. G. Helliwell
  • 06-05-16

Interesting and thought provoking read

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The book is clearly read which makes following the arguments easy enough. Some parts, such as bracketed comments, don't work as well being read but they are a relatively minor part.

The book is split into 3 parts. Firstly it discussing the Islamic texts, with a bit about there history and reliability. The major part of the book uses these texts to follow Muhammed's life. It does not attempt to find the "historical" Muhammed but instead takes what is written in the text, as a Muslim might.

The final part of the book talks about the implications of Muslims today taking Muhammed's life as a model for their own.

I don't know enough about Islam to argue how biased this book is or isn't but it is an accessible and interesting introduction to a relevant subject.

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  • Annie from Edinburgh
  • 20-08-18

Difficult to follow

I found Robert Spencer’s delivery very difficult to follow. His monotone voice, his habit of continually running sentences together and adding numerical references to passages in the Qu’ran, makes for a very difficult listen. I ended up putting it on when I went to bed as his monotonous delivery sent me to sleep. The book is obviously well researched and would benefit from a re-recording from an actor or voice professional who knows how to deliver the spoken word.

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  • Ali Angori
  • 01-12-21

Very racist and biased book

I went into this book with an open mind but found it extremely biased against muslims and Islam. It portrays Islam as the ultimate evil.

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  • John Robinson
  • 08-02-17

Educational

This book should be required reading for all western politicians. The accurate version of Islam is actually the extremist view. The religion itself is problematic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-12-22

Disgustingly biased

This is a space for this man to simply be hateful. The evidence he uses is poor and the logical reasoning behind his statements is flawed.

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  • John
  • 07-08-22

a good read

very informative going through Muhammad's life.
I think it's important to remember Islam is different. unlike Judaism and Christianity Mulisms follow the teachings of one prophet, who not only waged wars but also is seen a key role model for behaviour. Hate/distain for the Jewish people and Christians is somewhat baked into it.
However ultimately we must allow those who preach Islam as peaceful and move against those who use it for discrimination or war.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-05-22

Excellent Book

Well written, balanced, fair, and informative. Highly recommend. A must-read for anyone trying to understand Islam and Islamism.

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  • Carlos Conteh
  • 04-04-22

Very interesting book!

Great book! Lots of insight and knowledge to the 600th century. Answered a lot of issues and opinions.

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  • Jonathan Stephan Baptiste
  • 25-12-21

Excellent introduction to Muhammad

The author was unbiased as it can get. And did their best to not misrepresent Islam and Muhammad.

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  • Adam
  • 14-08-17

Good

Enjoyed it, was quite easy to listen to, no real surprises in subject matter but still learnt a lot

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  • Ken
  • 25-11-16

Excellent Resource

great book. a lot of work and research has gone into the book, and while I am sure some will see it a biased, as some always will, any opinions expressed by the author seem to be well grounded in fact. once you know this much about the founder of Islam, it's hard not to form a strong opinion.

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  • Scott
  • 08-11-16

A concise and excellent insight into an intolerant ideology

This should be compulsory reading for all leaders or 'would be' leaders and journalists in the western democracies.
Only when you truely understand who Mohammad was can you begin to understand what Islam is.