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Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out    edited by Susan Crimp & Joel Richardson order for
Why We Left Islam
by Susan Crimp
Order:  USA  Can
WND Books, 2008 (2008)

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* * *   Reviewed by Alex Telander

Currents events and the success of books like Elissa Wall's Stolen Innocence and Escape by Carolyn Jessop underline the relevance of Susan Crimp and Joel Richardson's original collection, Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out. This controversial book doesn't hold back in voicing the vehement opinions of those who have fled life under Islamic regimes and Islam itself.

Twenty-three different people speak about the situations they found themselves in under controlling Islamic regimes. They talk about the sacrifices they made, and the fact that they lacked rights that most American citizens take for granted every day. While real names are rare in Why We Left Islam (given the risks to those who speak out), contributors do not hold back in excoriating the system of government and the faith under which they found themselves oppressed. These real life stories are moving, as the reader learns of the many people who have died under rules that give little respect or recognition to women, while threatening any who oppose their system of government and religion.

The book fails somewhat in that it doesn't show what is good about the Islamic way of life. But then it is called Why We Left Islam, and its stories reveal little but pain and suffering - and now relief at being free - for real people. Why We Left Islam takes a sobering - albeit one sided - look at what many people have had to live through under particular Islamic regimes.

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