Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Read Introduction of The Battle For God here

I have found a very charitable homepage of a very commendable book seller in the United States which reproduces online for free and friendly perusal the Introduction of Karen Armstrong's The Battle For God whose book-form has recently been banned here. To read the full book, you have to visit Singapore more often.

There, you can also watch the VCD and DVD of fellow Malaysian Amir Muhammad's Lelaki 'Komunis' Terakhir and read Professor John Esposito's What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam (New York, Oxford University Press, 2002) or Faces of Courage co-authored by another fellow Malaysian, Chen Chin Sheng.

Introduction of Karen Armstrong's The Battle For God
http://www.bookbrowse.com/excerpts/index.cfm?book_number=543

For more book reviews both for and against Karen Armstrong ideas, please google " The Battle for God, book reviews"

Karen Armstrong, Turn, Turn, Turn
http://www.powells.com/authors/armstrong.html

Bill Movers' interview with Karen Armstrong
http://www.pbs.org/now/transcript/transcript_armstrong.html

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly's interview: Karen Armstrong
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week602/armstrong.html

Islam and the West - an interview with Karen Armstrong
http://www.islamfortoday.com/karenarmstrong02.htm

PBS interviews Karen Armstrong
http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/5099

9 Comments:

Blogger malekz said...

James, in reality you don't have to go to Singapore. You can download it from the Net easily. Without mentioning any site, I did get one book before called The Politically Incorrect Guide To Islam - and I don't think its being sold in Malaysia and I don't think its a proscribed book too. But if the govt insists on curbing our freedom to read then I am sure many of us will find ways and means to overcome this.

Sadly, we are becoming Stalinist just like North Korea - the stupid Big Brother does not only dictate who or whom goes to this or that university regardless of qualification, or who or whom get scholarship regardless of meit but now they are imposing upon us what books to read, what religions to profess and sooner what dress to wear esp for women.

The truth is we are not far away from becoming another Orwellian state.

6:36 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

1. I agree with you that we do not have to go to Singapore if there are other ways and means. But, to be honest, I am really impressed by the sizes and the range of titles in Kinokuniya and Borders at Orchard Road. So, there is no harm also of going to Singapore to see what new books have come out.

2. At least, Stalin did what he did in WARTIME facing real military threats from countries and forces hostile to his country -Post Revolutionary Civil War, WWI, WWII and Early Cold War. But we are in PEACETIME in the post-Cold War where PM Abdullah has proclaim Islam Hadhari whose principles are in the spirit of what Karen Armstrong and John Esposito have written. PARANOIA in waryime is normal. PARANOIA in peacetime is scary.

3. North Korea is bit strange.I will talk about it later after I read more.

4. Like it or not, communist China nowadays are much freer than Malaysia as far as selection of books are concerned: you can buy and read even books by Hayek and Karl Popper which are anti-communist.

6:58 AM  
Blogger malekz said...

I have not been to Kinokuniya Singapore - I guess, they have better collection than Kinokuniya here. Maybe on my next trip I will drop by. I will like to find some of our own Malaysian "alternative" history books which are not readily available here.

I have no comment about Islam Hadhari ... but in my opinion (loud and clear) we ought to stick to secularism. Religion is something personal and should be separated from state affairs. And I do believe we ought to impose meritocracy and we ought to introduce free education for all up to university level - and most important, we ought to reform our rotting education system.

Maybe Stalin did a bit better than Pak Lah. Frankly, I have no love for Stalin especially after reading Edvard Radzinsky's Stalin - funnily, I bought that hardcover book a few years ago at Times here and it was cheap around RM60.

As per your comments on Armstrong and Esposito - I think the comments were, for all purposes, mild as compared to, for example, Robert Spencer's The Politically Incorrect Guide To Islam or Solomon Tulbure's Islam Exposed. I have heard about the Italian author Follaci (sic) - but I have yet to find her books. But I'm sure with our declining std of civil service - they would have never heard of the books probably because they don't sell that well or maybe because the authors not somebody famous.

10:28 AM  
Blogger malekz said...

I have not been to Kinokuniya Singapore - I guess, they have better collection than Kinokuniya here. Maybe on my next trip I will drop by. I will like to find some of our own Malaysian "alternative" history books which are not readily available here.

I have no comment about Islam Hadhari ... but in my opinion (loud and clear) we ought to stick to secularism. Religion is something personal and should be separated from state affairs. And I do believe we ought to impose meritocracy and we ought to introduce free education for all up to university level - and most important, we ought to reform our rotting education system.

Maybe Stalin did a bit better than Pak Lah. Frankly, I have no love for Stalin especially after reading Edvard Radzinsky's Stalin - funnily, I bought that hardcover book a few years ago at Times here and it was cheap around RM60.

As per your comments on Armstrong and Esposito - I think the comments were, for all purposes, mild as compared to, for example, Robert Spencer's The Politically Incorrect Guide To Islam or Solomon Tulbure's Islam Exposed. I have heard about the Italian author Follaci (sic) - but I have yet to find her books. But I'm sure with our declining std of civil service - they would have never heard of the books probably because they don't sell that well or maybe because the authors not somebody famous.

10:28 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

1.Kinokuniya and Borders in Singapore are really big. You should visit them. By the way, as far as Alternative Books on M'sia is concerned, there is no need to go that far. Call up Mr. Chong Ton Sin's Gerakbudaya, you will get aplenty: 03-79578342.

2. Will talk about other subject later.

4:39 PM  
Blogger malekz said...

sorry for double posting

12:00 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

it's okay. i often did it too. i'm not a perfectionist.

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