Islam for Nerds

500 Questions and Answers
on the world’s most misinterpreted religion

November 2016, 752 pages; language: English
ISBN-13: 978-3-9819848-9-7
ISBN-13 (Hardcover): 978-3981984835

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Islam for Nerds


Islamic history and anecdotes are part of everyday conversation in the Arab world.

This book provides a fascinating journey into one of the biggest and probably most misinterpreted religions via anecdotes and facts about Islam and its history, the Qur’an, the prophet Muhammad and his traditions, the Dos and Don’ts for Muslims, and how Islam spread around the world, summarized in 500 questions and answers, which the author has derived from his experiences.

The author has lived in North Africa and the Middle East for ten years and immersed himself in Islamic culture and society. He gradually learned the things kids in the Arab world already know, but most people in other parts of the world never heard of, by talking to his neighbors, teachers, scholars and ordinary people in the street.

This book explains Islam in its complexity. The author also addresses current topics: Islam in the West, women’s issues and Jihad.

It can be read without knowing Arabic. However, the author provides the fully vocalized Arabic source in addition to the English translation, which may be beneficial for Arabic-speaking readers.


It's very succinct and a great primer for someone who wants a quick and easily digestible book on Islam. The author discusses quirky cases in Islamic practice and law that make this all the more enjoyable. This is a book both regular people and nerds will enjoy.

John Honohan

You also learn rather bizarre things (which one can easily remember), e.g, what the Prophet's favorite perfume was, whether Osama bin Laden was actually buried "Islamic", who was "the drawn sword of Islam", etc.

Ulli on

In the form of questions and answers and in English, Gerald Drißner gets to the bottom of this complicated religion - based on sources that Muslims consider "authentic". He therefore does not engage in scientific discussions, but treats Islam as a religion - in which one believes or not.

Nathalie on
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