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Interpreting Muslim words and deeds around the world and demonstrating doctrinal and historical continuity.

“Muslims Have the Right to Lie in a Good Cause”—Paki President to Reagan

Ben Carson recently created controversy by warning against the Muslim doctrine of taqiyya, which allows Muslims to deceive non-Muslims.  I already addressed the accuracy of Carson’s statements here, and the media’s attempts to discredit him here. Soon thereafter, Daniel Pipes, the president of the Middle East Forum, brought an interesting anecdote to my attention. Back [...]

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Video: Raymond Ibrahim Talks Islam and Christianity at North American Lutheran Church

On August 11 in Dallas, I delivered an hour-long talk as part of the North American Lutheran Church’s “Braaten/Benne Lectures in Theology.” The title of my presentation was “Muslim Persecution of Christian Martyrs: Past and Present.”  Topics discussed include Islamic doctrine concerning Christianity; Islamic history as a manifestation of said Islamic doctrine; and, continuity — [...]

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Russia Declares ‘Holy War’ on Islamic State

While Obama sides with the jihad, or “freedom fighters”…

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Muslim History vs Western Fantasy: The ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Context

Those who forget or ignore history are destined to be conquered by those who remember and praise it

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Video: Raymond Ibrahim Discusses the World’s ‘Most Dangerous Ideology’

I am the featured instructor in the latest Prager University course: “Radical Islam: The Most Dangerous Ideology.”  Since the video was published on YouTube less than 24 hours ago, it has been viewed almost 150,000 times.  Watch the course below and share it on social media:

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MSM Lies about Muslim Lies (Taqiyya)

Gatestone Institute  Dr. Ben Carson’s recent assertion that the Islamic doctrine of taqiyya encourages Muslims “to lie to achieve your goals” has prompted the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler to quote a number of academics to show that the presidential candidate got it wrong: The word “taqiyya” derives from the Arabic words for “piety” and “fear [...]

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Ben Carson Exposes Islamic Taqiyya

PJ Media Of all the points presidential candidate Ben Carson made in defense of his position that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” most poignant is his reference to taqiyya, one of Islam’s doctrines of deception. According to Carson, whoever becomes president should be “sworn in on [...]

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Al Azhar Promoting ‘Anti-Christian’ and ‘Anti-Infidel’ Violence

Coptic Solidarity While discussing how the Islamic State burns some of its victims alive—most notoriously, a Jordanian pilot—Egyptian journalist Yusuf al-Husayni remarked on his satellite program that “The Islamic State is only doing what Al Azhar teaches… and the simplest example is Ibn Kathir’s Beginning and End.” Located in Cairo, Egypt, Al Azhar is the [...]

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Why Hungary’s Victor Orbán Got It Right on Islam

FrontPage Magazine Some central and east European countries are being criticized by more “progressive” Western nations for not wanting to take in Muslim refugees. Chief among them is Hungary, specifically in the person of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.  Western media are characterizing him as “xenophobic,” “full of hate speech,” and Europe’s “creeping dictator.” Sounding like [...]

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Raymond Ibrahim on the Glazov Gang: The Disturbing Truth about Historical Islamic Conversion

Ari David recently interviewed me on the Glazov Gang.  The discussion revolved around the topic of my recent article, “How the Islamic World was Forged: An Exercise in Common Sense.”  The 10-minute interview follows:  

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