Prometheus Books New Releases – September 2012
Sharia versus Freedom–The Legacy of Islamic Totalitarianism
Andrew G. Bostom
Foreword by Andrew C. McCarthy
Shows indisputably the incompatibility of Sharia with universal human rights
“Regarding the subject of Islam, apologists frequently vilify and marginalize truth seekers. Yet Dr. Andrew Bostom is fearless and now provides a third scholarly historical compendium of valuable articles on Islam’s totalitarian nature and its harsh Sharia—all of which unfortunately validate my life experience as a Muslim growing up in a Muslim country.
—Wafa Sultan, author of A God Who Hates
“[Andrew G. Bostom’s Sharia versus Freedom] will prove sobering to even staunch optimists—and should be obligatory reading for all who care about Western freedom and Western understanding of the rule of law.
—Johannes J. G. Jansen, Houtsma Professor for Contemporary Islamic Thought Emeritus, Utrecht University, and the author of The Dual Nature of Islamic Fundamentalism
Author Andrew G. Bostom expands upon his two previous groundbreaking compendia, The Legacy of Jihad, and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, with this collection of his own recent essays on the Sharia—Islamic law. The book elucidates, unapologetically, the Sharia’s defining Islamic religious principles, and resultant consequences of its application across space and time, focusing upon contemporary illustrations. A wealth of unambiguous evidence is marshaled, distilled, and analyzed, including: objective, erudite studies of the Sharia by leading scholars of Islam; the acknowledgment of Sharia’s global “resurgence,” even by contemporary academic apologists for Islam, combined with an abundance of recent polling data from Muslim nations, and Muslim immigrant communities in the West confirming the ongoing, widespread adherence to the Sharia’s tenets; the plaintive warnings and admonitions of contemporary Muslim intellectuals—freethinkers and believers, alike—about the incompatibility of Sharia with modern, Western-derived conceptions of universal human rights; and the overt promulgation of traditional, Sharia-based Muslim legal systems as an integrated whole (i.e., extending well beyond mere “family law aspects” of the Sharia), by authoritative, mainstream international and North American Islamic religio-political organizations.