As part of my job I have to lecture for 24 hours to a masters class for a university in France. Following the terror attacks in Mumbai, India, my last class transformed into a 4 hour debate on Religion, primarily Islam, started by the students.
I am a skeptic. More then half the of the students are from North Africa, some are very religious, to point of saying that the Taliban are an acceptable form of government and also they would vote for Sharia law.
The beliefs they have stated have been at times shocking, from Mecca being the center of the universe, to being openly against women’s rights to work, etc.
I have two weeks left with the class, I would to buy them a book (in French) which would make them think.
I planned to buy “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins. The title of this book in French ensures that anyone mildly religious will not read it.
Can anyone recommend a gentle introduction to skeptical thinking with a focus on Islam?