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The Trouble with Religion - Books that look critically at the violence and harm caused by organised religion and dogmatic beliefs.

Related categories: Spirituality / Peace & Human Rights /
Related booklists: Atheism, Abuse by Religious Institutions & Clergy, Islam & Politics,

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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 29 books in this booklist

This list represents some of the books on this subject that we have had in our shop - but there will be many more that we can order for you!

  • Cover image of book The God Delusion (10th Anniversary edition) by Richard Dawkins
    The God Delusion (10th Anniversary edition) - by Richard Dawkins

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781784161927 | ISBN 10: 1784161926

    The God Delusion caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all ty ... more

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  • Cover image of book Boko Haram: Inside Nigeria
    Boko Haram: Inside Nigeria's Unholy War - by Mike Smith

    £8.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781784535537 | ISBN 10: 1784535532

    An insurgency in Nigeria by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has left thousands dead, shaken Africa's biggest country and worried the world. Yet it remains a mysterious - almost unknowable - organisation. rough exhaustive on-the-ground reporti ... more

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  • Cover image of book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism by Karima Bennoune
    Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism - by Karima Bennoune

    £10.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780393350258 | ISBN 10: 0393350258

    Karima Bennoune interviewed journalists, doctors, musicians, museum curators, lawyers, street vendors and women’s rights activists, among others, in her three-year investigation of opposition to the rising tide of Muslim fundamentalism from Lahore to ... more

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  • Cover image of book Radical: My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening by Maajid Nawaz
    Radical: My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening - by Maajid Nawaz

    £9.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780753540770 | ISBN 10: 0753540770

    Born and raised in Essex, Maajid Nawaz was recruited into politicised Islam as a teenager. Abandoning his love of hip hop music, graffiti and girls, he was recruited into Hizb ut-Tahrir (the Liberation Party) where he played a leading and internatio ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Spiders of Allah: Travels of an Unbeliever on the Frontline of Holy War by James Hider
    The Spiders of Allah: Travels of an Unbeliever on the Frontline of Holy War - by James Hider

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780552775496 | ISBN 10: 0552775495

    The bloodshed perpetrated in the name of religion in the world today is nowhere more obvious than in the Middle East. Whether we are talking about hardcore Zionist settlers still fighting ancient Biblical battles in the hills of the West Bank or Shii ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Horrors and Absurdities of Religion by Arthur Schopenhauer
    The Horrors and Absurdities of Religion - by Arthur Schopenhauer

    £4.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780141191591 | ISBN 10: 0141191597

    A fascinating examination of ethics, religion and psychology, this selection of Schopenhauer's works contains scathing attack on the nature and logic of religion, and an essay on ethics that ranges from the American slavery debate to the vices of Bud ... more

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  • Cover image of book God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens
    God is Not Great - by Christopher Hitchens

    £10.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781843545743 | ISBN 10: 1843545748

    God is Not Great is the ultimate case against religion. In a series of acute readings of the major religious texts, Christopher Hitchens demonstrates the ways in which religion is man-made, dangerously sexually repressive and distorts the very origin ... more

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  • Cover image of book Holy Warriors: A Journey into the Heart of Indian Fundamentalism by Edna Fernandes
    Holy Warriors: A Journey into the Heart of Indian Fundamentalism - by Edna Fernandes

    £8.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781846270970 | ISBN 10: 1846270979

    Home to all the major religions, India is also, inevitably, host to virtually every type of religious fanatic. For centuries, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and Muslims have waged bloody wars, sought violent conversion and declared jihad against their ene ... more

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  • Cover image of book Frontline Pakistan: The Path to Catastrophe and the Killing of Benazir Bhutto by Zahid Hussain
    Frontline Pakistan: The Path to Catastrophe and the Killing of Benazir Bhutto - by Zahid Hussain

    £10.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781845118020 | ISBN 10: 1845118022

    Pakistan has been home to the world's most dangerous terrorists. Osama Bin Laden himself is believed to be hiding close to its border. After 9/11, Pakistan's military leader, General Pervez Musharraf, took an astonishing about-turn, and pledged his s ... more

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  • Cover image of book Nine Parts of Desire: the Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks
    Nine Parts of Desire: the Hidden World of Islamic Women - by Geraldine Brooks

    £9.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780141029405 | ISBN 10: 0141029404

    Geraldine Brooks set out to discover the truth about women and Islam. She was granted meetings with everyone from Queen Noor of Jordan to Palestinians protesting about honour killings for adultery. Her book examines the evidence about Mohammad's wive ... more

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  • Cover image of book The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris
    The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason - by Sam Harris

    £9.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780743268097 | ISBN 10: 0743268091

    An impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely book delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. With penetrating clarity and accessibility, Sam Harris offers a vivid histor ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Roots of Radical Islam by Gilles Kepel
    The Roots of Radical Islam - by Gilles Kepel

    £9.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780863565090 | ISBN 10: 0863565093

    Gilles Kepel, one of the world's leading experts on Islamist movements, was amongst the first to identify Egypt as the cradle of contemporary Islamism. This seminal work, now with a new introduction, gives a profoundly perceptive account of the found ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Pope in Winter: The Dark Face of John Paul II
    The Pope in Winter: The Dark Face of John Paul II's Papacy - by John Cornwell

    £18.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780141020716 | ISBN 10: 0141020717

    The late John Paul II was portrayed by admirers as one of history's great popes. But in "The Pope in Winter", leading Vatican expert John Cornwell seriously questions the workings of his papacy and points to fundamental flaws - his apparent contempt ... more

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  • Cover image of book Suicide Bombers: Allah
    Suicide Bombers: Allah's New Martyrs - by Farhad Khosrokhavar

    £21.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780745322834 | ISBN 10: 0745322832

    In Palestine, Iraq, Saudia Arabia, Indonesia and elsewhere, the results of suicide bombing have been devastating. What drives young men and women to become suicide bombers? This remarkable book provides some of the answers and explores how the suicid ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf
    The Crusades Through Arab Eyes - by Amin Maalouf

    £14.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780863560231 | ISBN 10: 0863560237

    European and Arab versions of the Crusades have little in common. For Arabs, the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were years of strenuous efforts to repel a brutal and destructive invasion by barbarian hordes. Under Saladin, an unstoppable Muslim arm ... more

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  • Cover image of book With God on Their Side by Esther Kaplan
    With God on Their Side - by Esther Kaplan

    £21.99   hardback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9781565849204 | ISBN 10: 1565849205

    Subtitled "How Christian Fundamentalists Trampled Science, Policy and Democracy in George W Bush's White House", Kaplan's book shows that no condom fact sheet or obscure scientific advisory panel is too minor to escape the watchful eyes of the many p ... more

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  • Cover image of book Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel by Israel Shahak & Norton Mezvinsky
    Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel - by Israel Shahak & Norton Mezvinsky

    £21.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780745320908 | ISBN 10: 0745320902

    New edition of a classic and highly controversial book that examines the history and consequences of Jewish fundamentalism in Israel. It is essential reading for anyone who wants a full understanding of the way religious extremism has affected the po ... more

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  • Cover image of book Behzti (Dishonour) by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
    Behzti (Dishonour) - by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti

    £9.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9781840025224 | ISBN 10: 1840025220

    Past her prime, Min happily spends her life caring for her sick, foul-mouthed mother, Balbir. With Elvis the home help in tow, mother and daughter head to the local Sikh Temple. When Balbir encounters old friends, a past trauma rears its ugly head. M ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Myth of the Holy Cow by D.N. Jha
    The Myth of the Holy Cow - by D.N. Jha

    £13.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9781859844243 | ISBN 10: 1859844243

    Hugely controversial upon its publication in India, this book has already been banned by the Hyderabad Civil Court and the author's life has been threatened. Jha argues against the historical sanctity of the cow in India, in an illuminating response ... more

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  • Cover image of book Atheism: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Baggini
    Atheism: A Very Short Introduction - by Julian Baggini

    £7.99   paperback   (2003) - ISBN 13: 9780192804242 | ISBN 10: 0192804243

    Julian Baggini sets out to dispel the myths that surround atheism and to show how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful and moral. He also confronts the failure of officially atheist states in the twentieth century, such as the ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity by Tariq Ali
    The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity - by Tariq Ali

    £21.99   paperback   (2003) - ISBN 13: 9781859844571 | ISBN 10: 185984457x

    In this timely book, Tariq Ali puts the events of September 11 into sweeping historical perspective. As we have come to expect from him, he is lucid, eloquent, literary and painfully honest, as he dissects both Islamic and Western fundamentalism. ... more

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  • Cover image of book Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill by Jessica Stern
    Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill - by Jessica Stern

    £9.99   paperback   (2003) - ISBN 13: 9780060505332 | ISBN 10: 0060505338

    For four years, Jessica Stern interviewed extremist members of three religions around the world, Christians, Jews and Muslims. Travelling eztensively - to refugee camps in Lebanon, to religious schools in Pakistan, to prisons in Amman, Asqelon and Pe ... more

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  • Cover image of book Sectarian Violence: the Liverpool Experience 1819-1914 by Frank Neal
    Sectarian Violence: the Liverpool Experience 1819-1914 - by Frank Neal

    £18.00   paperback   (2003) - ISBN 13: 9780954501303 | ISBN 10: 0954501306

    Until the onset of the Ulster conflict most people outside Northern Ireland had never heard of the Orange Order. Yet in Liverpool Orange lodges have been a feature of working class life for at least 180 years, providing Protestant working men with a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Fundamentalism Reborn? Afghanistan and the Taliban by William Maley (editor)
    Fundamentalism Reborn? Afghanistan and the Taliban - by William Maley (editor)

    £25.00   paperback   (2001) - ISBN 13: 9781850653608 | ISBN 10: 1850653607

    A comprehensive account of the history, ascendancy and decline of the Taliban movement, the most dramatic manifestation of Islamic fundamentalism since the Iranian revolution. ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Karen Armstrong
    The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam - by Karen Armstrong

    £10.99   paperback   (2001) - ISBN 13: 9780006383482 | ISBN 10: 0006383483

    The late twentieth century has witnessed the emergence in every religious tradition of a strain of threatening and militant fundamentalism, yet, significantly, fundamentalists remain beyond the comprehension of the rest of the world. In 'The Battle f ... more

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  • Cover image of book God and the Gun: The Church and Irish Terrorism by Martin Dillon
    God and the Gun: The Church and Irish Terrorism - by Martin Dillon

    £35.99   paperback   (1999) - ISBN 13: 9780415923637 | ISBN 10: 0415923638

    'Faith and fatherland are indivisible ingredients of the conflict and have produced barbarity.' God and the Gun asks Roman Catholic and Protestant paramilitaries how they can reconcile murder with their Christian convictions, and what the men of God ... more

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  • Cover image of book Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism: The Limits of Postmodern Analysis by Haideh Moghissi
    Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism: The Limits of Postmodern Analysis - by Haideh Moghissi

    £26.99   paperback   (1999) - ISBN 13: 9781856495905 | ISBN 10: 1856495906

    As a religion, Islam has been demonized for its gender practices like no other. This book analyses that Orientalism, with particular reference to representations of Muslim women and describes the real sexual politics of Islam. In a major feminist cr ... more

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  • Cover image of book Buddhist Fundamentalism and Minority Identities in Sri Lanka by Tessa J Bartholomeusz & Chandra R De Silva (eds)
    Buddhist Fundamentalism and Minority Identities in Sri Lanka - by Tessa J Bartholomeusz & Chandra R De Silva (eds)

    £25.00   paperback   (1998) - ISBN 13: 9780791438343 | ISBN 10: 0791438341

    Explores Sinhala-Buddhist fundamentalist ideology and its power to shape the identities of Sri Lanka's ethnic and religious minorities. The ideology asserts a vital link between the island of Sri Lanka and the Sinhala people, especially in their role ... more

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  • Cover image of book Why I Am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell
    Why I Am Not a Christian - by Bertrand Russell

    £15.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780415325103 | ISBN 10: 0415325102

    Considered one of the most blasphemous documents ever written, and at a time when we have faith schools and wars over religious beliefs, its message today could not be more relevant. Russell snatches away religion's comfortable responses to the etern ... more

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