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Surprising amount of Islamophobia
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2019
The author has a strong bias against Muslims and for Evangelical Christians. Bible stories are presented as history with a Christian tilt. For example, God introduces the Christian version of himself to Abraham (not even in the Bible) and promises Israel to his only son Isaac (not including Ishmael as Muslims believe). The author teaches that God will fight against Abraham's enemies, arguing that God fought against the Egyptians during Moses. This sets the stage to take the Christian side during the crusades and plays into the current debate with the Palestinians.
Christian history is white-washed, with the church fighting slavery, promoting education and with members choosing to follow out of love rather than coercion. Muslims command their followers and are presented as violent with their story altered and the Quran misquoted. Their fighters are one-dimensional, with their only desire being to violently spread Islam. She emphasizes the connection between religion and violence of Muslim conquerors and judges them based on events that happened hundreds of years ago. For Christian conquerors, she emphasizes glory and the resulting peace and stability or ignores their religion altogether, making it seem Christians were never bad and Muslims were never good. She uses scare tactics to justify the crusades (what would happen to Christianity if Islam spread?) which echo the scare tactics we hear today against Muslims.
As I was reading the book with my son, I kept having to correct what he was reading; no, Muslims don't believe in stealing to satisfy their hunger, no, Muslims didn't attack Mecca unprovoked, no Mohammad didn't go around killing all non-Muslims in Mecca and just because his book teaches it doesn't mean it is true. I worry a parent who was less aware of history would not catch all the misinformation.
She favors Catholics throughout the book until the Protestant revolution, which she explains by comparing Catholics to an abusive aunt and Protestants to a loving aunt.
I understand that there are people who want an Evangelical-based history book (this series certainly merges Bible stories with history), but I think you can do that without attacking other people, and you certainly shouldn't change the history in order to do so. Even Jesus taught you should love your enemies and bless those who curse you.
Jesus would not approve of this book.