Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World

Get the ebook in PDF format. Right click and select ‘Save Target As’: Alms_For_Jihad

From Wikipedia:

In August 2007, the publisher, Cambridge University Press, removed the work from circulation under pressure from a libel action lawsuit filed against them in the British legal system by wealthy Saudi Khalid Salim A. Bin Mahfouz because the book accused him of funding al-Qaeda. Mahfouz had previously also forced the censorship of four other books:

Within hours, Alms for Jihad became one of the 100 most sought after titles on Amazon.Com and eBay in the United States. Cambridge University Press sent a letter to libraries asking them to remove copies from circulation. CUP subsequently sent out copies of an “errata” sheet. The American Library Association issued a recommendation to libraries still holding Alms for Jihad: “Given the intense interest in the book, and the desire of readers to learn about the controversy first hand, we recommend that U.S. libraries keep the book available for their users.”

The decision did not have the support of the book’s authors and was criticised by some who claimed it was incompatible with freedom of speech and with freedom of the press and that it indicated that English libel laws were excessively strict. In a New York Times Book Review (7 October 2007), United States Congressman Frank R. Wolf described Cambridge’s settlement as “basically a book burning.”

CUP pointed out that, at that time, it had already sold most of its copies of the book. Kevin Taylor, intellectual property director at Cambridge University Press, stated that the book cited sources, “whose falsity had been established to the satisfaction of the English courts” in previous cases.

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4 Responses to “Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World”

  1. defendingfreespeech Says:

    There is a copy floating around that has an error, unfortunately. Some pages are out of order. I fixed them and made a new PDF, and it is available in this blog. I’ll check on the one from Scribd. If you look at page 172, you can see that it jumps from Southeast Asia to Russia and the sentence doesn’t even go together between 171 and 172.

  2. defendingfreespeech Says:

    Scribd also has the copy with the error. Pages 172-180 are repeats and can be taken out (they are from a different chapter). If you get the PDF from this blog (see top), the pages will be in their proper places.

  3. ryno Says:

    http://www.calameo.com/books/0003216899266665755b2 is another copy and is in flash so it reads like a book. It’s just a part of it more to come though…

  4. Alms for Jihad (video) « Creeping Sharia Says:

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