Islam’s history with the West has been one of unwavering antagonism and seismic clashes, often initiated by the former. By the standards of history, nothing between the two civilizations is as well documented as this long war. Accordingly, for more than a millennium, both educated and not so educated Europeans knew—the latter perhaps instinctively—that Islam […]
What drives Muslim animus for Israel: brotherly love for “oppressed” Palestinians or religious hatred for “infidel” Jews? A recent incident in Jerusalem goes a long way in answering this question. Hizb al-Tahrir—the “Liberation Party”—held a large, outdoor event near al-Aqsa mosque to commemorate the anniversary of the Islamic conquest of Constantinople (May 29, 1453). There, […]
Note: The following book review appeared on Moonbattery: We might reverse the decline and fall of Western Civilization if only we could get enough people to read Sword and Scimitar, a new book by Raymond Ibrahim. This highly readable military history of the ongoing 1,400-year war between Islam and the West focuses on eight key […]
Ben Bergquam, of Frontline America, recently interviewed me about my book Sword and Scimitar — with a focus on Chapter 2, the Siege of Constantinople (717-718) — and a number of other more current matters. The nearly 30-minute podcast follows. Also, Part 1 can be viewed here.
Filling in for Jerris Jackson (talk radio, 1680 KGED), Ben Bergquam, of America’s Voice, recently interviewed me on Sword and Scimitar — with a focus on Chapter 1, the Battle of Yarmuk — and a number of related matters. The 31-minute podcast follows:
FrontPage Magazine A British girl was “passed around like a piece of meat” between Muslim men who abused and raped her between the ages of 12 and 14, a court heard earlier this month. Her problems began after she befriended a young Muslim man who, before long, was “forcing her to perform sex acts on […]
“If Islam is terrorizing the West today, that is not because it can, but because the West allows it to. For no matter how diminished, a still swinging Scimitar will always overcome a strong but sheathed Sword.” Those are the very last words of my 352-page book, Sword and Scimitar, which chronicles fourteen centuries of […]
It’s official: Islamic jihad and generic criminality are intimately connected. According to an earlier UK study: The lines between terrorism and criminality are becoming blurred as an increasing number of former criminals join the Islamic State… Nearly 60 percent of European jihadists studied by researchers had been jailed previously… Once recruited by ISIS, these people easily transition to […]
Yesterday, Fr. Robert McTeigue, host of the radio program, The Catholic Current, which airs on The Station of the Cross, interviewed me on a variety of topics related to the segment’s title, “The Unholy War Against Christians.” The comprehensive, hour long interview can be listened to here.
FrontPage Magazine Turkey’s little remarked on but ongoing mistreatment of historic churches is increasingly reflective of that nation’s growing sense of Islamic supremacism. Before the Turks invaded it, Anatolia (present day Turkey) was an ancient Christian region; a large chunk of St. Paul’s epistles were sent to or dealt with its churches, including the seven […]