Apostate: From Christianity to Islam in times of secularisation and terror
Joram van Klaveren, also called ‘the crown prince of Wilders’, was a famous critic of Islam. As a former member of the Dutch Parliament and a representative of the Party for Freedom, he submitted numerous bills related to Islam, such as those calling for the closing of mosques, for removing the Quran from parliament and for banning Islam from the Netherlands.
In order to reinforce these thoughts and opinions, he — as a Christian — began to write a book critical of Islam. During the process of writing, however, he found an increasing number of matters that challenged his views of Islam. In this book, Joram describes his personal and theological journey and the development he has undergone.
During this journey, questions arose such as: does God even exist? Is the God of the Quran the same as the God of the Bible? Does Islam teach people to hate disbelievers and oppress women? How did Joram’s negative view of Islam develop? What emotional and social struggles did he have to face? And where has this journey eventually led him?
A must read for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
“Joram’s sincerity enabled him to shift his perspective, to remove the blind spot, to look at something objectively, and to really try and understand it on its own terms. This led to an extraordinary search, the result of which is the book that you are now reading. This book tells the story of an uncommon trajectory, the journey of a man from animosity to charity, from despair to hope, and from belligerence to peace.” — Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
“To admit that one has been wrong is seldom easy, but to write in careful detail about one’s error, and then to document one’s painful road to truth, reveals considerable strength of character, and restores one’s confidence in human nature and in the prospects for change.” — Prof. Abdal Hakim Murad
|Author||Joram van Klaveren|
|Publisher||’t Kennishuys (Den Haag) & Sunni Publications (Rotterdam)|
|Year||Rabi al-Thaani 1441 AH / December 2019 CE|
Apostate is an excellent read about Joram van Klaveren's journey to Islam. There are a couple of passages, however, that inadvertently contradict Muslim belief and do not behoove the lofty status of Sayyiduna RasūlAllāh ﷺ.
As such, the following link has a clarification regarding these passages.
All customers who order the book will also receive a physical copy of this clarification. We insist customers keep it with the book so that they and other readers do not get confused by the passages in question. For a PDF copy, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite the above, readers will benefit from the book as they gain insight about a former prominent non-Muslim's thought process that led him to Islam (just keep in mind it is not meant to be a literal aqeedah or fiqh text).
A special thanks to Mawlana Abu Hasan al-Ridawi for his significant assistance in drafting the paper.