I have long been amazed at the hypocrisy of the far left on the history of Islam and anti Semitism. The mere discusion of the facts about Islamic history draw hysterical cries of racism. This becomes astounding when Muslims Arabs and fictitional Palestinians do not constitute a race. The far left does not like when Conservatives like myself use the Zinn model in the same exact manner that it is used to bash Western Civ by the far left.
Ibn Warraq in the introduction traces the sanitization of Islam back to the Noble Savage idiocy, this in fact was based in a type of racism itself. Thomas Jefferson contrary to popular belief scoffed at the Noble Savage idiocy.
The left historicaly used this myth to bash Christianity, the Industrial revolution and now Capitalism. The original adherents as doccumented by Warraq could not read Arabic and had zero contact with actual socities based on Islam. Thus the left is really not interested in Islam because the game is tearing down Capitalism by any means available.