Historian Al-Djazairi argues that the scientific and economic achievements of Islam in the last 1500 years has been countered by the creation and repitition of the myth of barbaric Muslims. He says this is present in the Pope Urban II's fiery justifications for the First Crusades, to the death squads roaming US occupied Iraq in 2007. The myth has continually been retold to paint Islam and all Muslims as backward fanatics.
In this book the author details the nature of the myth, examining its inception and how parties have used it as a tool. He also demonstrates the fallacies at the heart of each of its aspects including charges of intolerance, misogny, slave-trading etc.