I spent the most beautiful years of my life in Germany, where I was trained to become a ship's captain; later I kept my connection to Germany alive especially through reading German books. A German colleague brought me a book. Its title was Wallfahrt nach Mecca [Pilgrimage to Mecca], by Baron Heinrich von Maltzan, a German who claimed to have visited Mecca 150 years ago. I read the book with great interest. This book was simply fun to read, and it illustrated Arabs and Muslims in a humorous light. The preface of Baron Heinrich's book, amazed me as it stated that: "When Baron Heinrich von Maltzan published his book about his journey to Mecca in 1865, he was suddenly under the spotlight of society. He revealed himself to be a great scholar of Arab history, people, legend, and tradition. His knowledge of Islam and its commandments proved to be without the slightest doubt, the most accurate, not only for his time, but also throughout the century." I was shocked; the book fell from my hand, and I was speechless. Baron Heinrich's work was considered serious science. I realized very clearly for the first time why the western world is so ignorant about us Arabs and Muslims; is this why Germans used to ask me silly questions? Leon Uris wrote a book once, where he claimed for having penetrated the Arab mind, as if the Arab mind is a locked safe box, which needs to be penetrated. The introduction of Arabs and Muslims should never be left to Baron Heinrich von Maltzan or to Leon Uris, we Arabs and Muslims must open up and tell the world who we are, what we think and how our dreams look like, especially in this time of conflict. Muthanna Al Kurtass
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I was born a Moslem. I spent the first forty six years of my life believing the Qur'an. I had no reason to doubt anything in the Qur'an until a turning point in my life which I will explain later. A t this pivotal moment in my search for true religious practice I made my own comparative study of what the Qur'an tells us and what the Christian bible tells us.Â The first thing I found was that the central message of the Christian bible and indeed Christianity, is that God loves us and He commands us to love our neighbor as we love our selves. I don't find any message of Allah loving mankind in the Qur'an. On the contrary, the Quar'an's consistent message that Allah will send all of mankind to hell without regard to the quality of their life here on earth.Â No where do I see the God I have come to know, the Judaic/Christian God of the bible exalting His people to kill and do other harm to one another in his Name.Â At the very beginning the Qur'an is flawed because it tells of Allah commanding Mohamed to...
The Worship of Baalim in Israel: Based Upon the Work of Dr. R. Dozy, 'the Israelites at Mecca' (Classic Reprint)
Manufacturer: Forgotten Books
Excerpt from The Worship of Baalim in Israel: Based Upon the Work of Dr. R. Dozy, 'the Israelites at Mecca'Human Sacrifice in Israel, pierson, On the Holy Stones in Israel, and' kuenen, On Baal Worship in Israel, - all written in Dutch, a language with which English scholars are not gene rally familiar, though some of the most valuable critical works of the present day, on the Old and New Testaments, are only to be read in Dutch originals. In the course of my own remarks, I have referred occasionally to the above-named writings. But I have felt that I should best serve the interests of Truth, in respect of the cause which I have at heart, and best satisfy the needs and, I trust, also the desires of English students, if I translated one or more of them, with additional notes, either confirming from my own point of view the positions of the writer, or else, where necessary, stating my reasons for dissenting from any of his conclusions.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare an...
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Manufacturer: Tuttle Publishing
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Manufacturer: University of Hawaii Press
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Manufacturer: Kazi Publications, Inc.
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Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Meccah (Classic Reprint)
Manufacturer: Forgotten Books
Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to A l-M adinah &M eccah was written by Richard Francis Burton in 1906. This is a 502 page book, containing 173474 words and 28 pictures. Search Inside is enabled for this title.(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the aged text. Read books online for free at www.forgottenbooks.org
Manufacturer: Oxford University Press
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