Since the attacks of September 11, dozens of books have been rushed to market purporting to “explain” the religion in whose name the terrorists acted.

Since the attacks of September 11, dozens of books have been rushed to market purporting to “explain” the religion in whose name the terrorists acted. Most of them strike a common theme: “true” Islam — as opposed to the “fundamentalist” variety of the hijackers — is a “religion of peace” that promotes charity, tolerance, freedom, and culture no less than “true” Christianity.

Such an viewpoint, argues Serge Trifkovic, foreign affairs editor of Chronicles magazine, is not only false but dangerous, since it blinds to the true nature of the enemy that threatens us. Moreover, it betrays a hidden agenda: to discredit Christianity and the West by comparison to an sanitized, idealized Islam that bears no resemblance to its actual teachings or history.