God is a super being existing in an entirely different dimension. He does not harbour human emotions like anger, revenge and he would definitely not punish people. This book portrays God as a tyrant who is out to destroy everyone who he considers against Him. This cannot be.
This book preaches violence. The old testament condones stoning people, beheading and other barbarism.
In the new teatament at least, a decent person (the only one)like Jesus stands against such barbaric practices. So one can read the new testament even with all it's impossibilities. Never read O.T which is a study in horror and uncivility.
Adultery has ruined many lives. Whether it it was 17th century or 21st century there is nothing to glorify adultery. There is nothing prejudical if you condemn wayward behaviour that brings ruin to happy homes. This book is a lesson against wrong behaviour.
I read the book. As some of the reviewrs had stated, the book does not read like unresearched. I have also read the Bible and the Koran. The author is giving some plain facts based on these books. When follwers of Christ can be called Christians there was nothing unusual to call the followers of Mohammed as Mohammedans. In fact this was the archaic word for thr muslims. The book gives a clear picture of the situations when Islam was born. Read it with an open mind.
Hearty, Humourous, Hilarious. Kipling in his elements. Read between the lines for some stinging remarks on the British snobbery and their views on the 'barbaric' simplicity of the natives. Lizbeth manifests the conflict between the native innocence and the civilised arrogance. Highly recommended.