WTF? Book on Jefferson and Islam among Hamilton Award winners at University of Texas Austin

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 11.45.22 AMAUSTIN, Texas — University of Texas at Austin History Professor Denise A. Spellberg has been named the $10,000 grand prize winner of the 2014 University Co-op Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards for her work “Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders.”

The Hamilton Awards are among the highest honors of literary achievement given for UT Austin authors. This year’s winners were announced Wednesday, Oct. 15.

The awards are named for Professor Robert W. Hamilton, the Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair-Emeritus in Law, who served as chair of the board of the University Co-op from 1989 to 2001.

In “Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders” (published by Alfred A. Knopf), Spellberg recounts how a handful of the country’s founders, Jefferson foremost among them, drew upon Enlightenment ideas about the tolerance of Muslims to fashion a practical foundation for governance in America…

At Amazon, the reviews are mixed. (Click on link for book to see them all). One person wrote:

Deceptive, misleading, and trickery title. Horribly written book. This book mentions Thomas Jefferson only fleetingly on several pages. I thought this book would be comparable to The Jefferson Bible, where Jefferson cut / removed passages from the Bible which he considered laughable or unbelievable. Jefferson did not do that with the Koran. He read enough of it to disgust him with the Moslem faith and practices.

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