Conservative TV personality Glenn Beck’s polemic on Islam, It IS About Islam, while not as slanted and ranting as his broadcasts, is nonetheless a biased take on Islam, according to Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review of Glenn Beck’s It IS About Islam by Instaread.
The review begins with a fairly comprehensive overview of Beck’s book, which claims that Islam began as a faith aspiring to conquer other regions and non-believers. He equates jihad with converting others and compares it with Christianity’s violent conversion of Native Americans and the European Crusades. The review, while it states that Beck quotes from the Kuran, does not say if he mentions those passages in the Muslim holy book that prescribe treatment of Children of the Book, i.e., Christians and Jews. It does not mention, however, what translation of the Kuran Beck used in doing his book.
In analyzing Beck’s style, the review states that in effect that he does not employ his normal ‘over the top’ style and that his views are somewhat ‘muted.’ It remains clear, though, that he has written a slanted book that supports the American right wing’s view of Islam as the ‘enemy,’ rather than those who distort it to their own purposes, much as Christians once distorted the Bible to justify things such as slavery or subjugation of women.
The Instaread reviews are unauthorized, unofficial analyses, and thus tend to be objective. This one was a good review, but I sense that the editors, in an effort to appear fair and balanced, give Beck more credit for journalistic integrity than he deserves. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.
The Instaread books are an excellent way to be introduced to full works, but I don’t feel that this one lived up to the reputation I’ve come to expect. It was still a useful analysis, but could have been better.
I give it three stars.