The Battle of Kosovo, 1389: Islam Enters and Conquers Eastern Europe

PJ Media Editor’s note:  The following account is partially excerpted from the author’s new book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West (with a foreword by Victor Davis Hanson).  Why Eastern Europeans are much more reluctant to accept Muslim migrants than their Western counterparts can be traced back to circumstances surrounding a […]

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Egypt Tries to ‘Reconcile’ Coptic Churches to Non-Existence

Coptic Solidarity From attacks by Muslim mobs to closures by Muslim authorities, the lamentable plight of Coptic Christian churches in Egypt always follows a pattern, one that is unwaveringly only too typical. Thus, last April 14, a Muslim mob—predictably riled by the previous day’s Friday mosque sermons—attacked the church of the Holy Virgin and Pope […]

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Barbary: Islamic Terrorism and America’s First Military Victory

PJ Media Editor’s note:  The following account is partially excerpted from the author’s new book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West (with a foreword by Victor Davis Hanson).  Many Americans erroneously trace the roots of Islamic terrorism against their nation to September 11, 2001.  In reality, the United States’ […]

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A History of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East

A History of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East By Heather J. Sharkey Middle East Quarterly Summer 2018 Volume 25: Number 3 Editor’s note: The following is a longer version of a review by Raymond Ibrahim that first appeared in the Middle East Quarterly. Despite its broad and ambitious title, the book deals […]

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“Islam Was a Yoke to My Heart”: Muslim Persecution of Christians, November 2017

Gatestone Institute Muslim Attacks on Christian Churches Germany: According to a November 11 report in The European, approximately 200 churches have been attacked and desecrated in the Alps and Bavarian regions alone. Large summit crosses atop mountains have also been felled and destroyed by axes and saws.  “Young Islamists” are believed to be behind the […]

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Islam’s Three ‘Claims’ to Jerusalem

PJ Media An Islamic preacher who recently appeared on official Palestinian Authority television made all the usual angry remarks that Muslims often make concerning Israel’s right to exist, particularly in the context of its claim to Jerusalem.  Although his comments may suggest to the casual Western listener that “by rights” and as a matter of […]

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Popularity of the Name ‘Muhammad’ in Europe Is an Element of Jihad

PJ Media Muhammad is slowly gaining ground against the infidels — and in their own homelands. As one recent report notes, the German city of Bremen is the first in the country for which it is the most popular name for newborn boys. It’s the same in other Western European cities. “Mohammed [is the] most popular name […]

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Sword and Scimitar: A Look into Raymond Ibrahim’s New Book

Editor’s note: The following is the most comprehensive interview to date concerning my forthcoming book, Sword and Scimitar.  It was conducted earlier this week by Frontpage Magazine’s Jamie Glazov. Frontpage: Raymond, welcome to Frontpage interview. Ibrahim: Good to be back Jamie, thank you. FP: Congrats on your new book coming out. Introduce us to it. Raymond Ibrahim: Thanks, Jamie.  The […]

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Islam’s Erasure of Christianity

FrontPage Magazine A recent article titled “Passages from the Bible discovered behind Qur’an manuscript” is a reminder that for centuries Islam has been literally and figuratively erasing Christianity. The report tells of how an eighth century Koran was found to be written over a Christian book, possibly the Bible: “French scholar Dr Eléonore Cellard … […]

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Video: Raymond Ibrahim on ‘Muslim Persecution of Christians: Past and Present’

Earlier this week I appeared on Ratio Christi’s “Truth Matters,” hosted by Tony Gurule. The topic of discussion revolved around the episode’s title, “Muslim Persecution of Christians: Past and Present,” and was connected to my latest book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West. The 30-minute video follows:

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“Go to Hell!” Egypt Responds to French Call to Revise Koran

PJ Media Recently I explained how, by Muslims’ own (inadvertent) logic, various Koran verses stand to be banned on the basis that they defame and incite violence against non-Muslims. Two days later, the French newspaper Le Monde published a letter signed by some 300 French public figures across the party lines including former president Nicolas […]

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Islam’s Impact on the West’s Identity

PJ Media What role if any did Islam play in shaping Europe’s identity, both in the past and the present? Akbar Ahmed, Chair of Islamic Studies at American University, Washington, DC, and author of the new book, Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity, claims that Islam had a largely positive impact on Europe’s identity […]

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Without Weapons the West Dies

FrontPage Magazine What would happen if the world took Pope Francis’ advice (via a tweet)?  “Do we really want peace? Then let’s ban all weapons so we don’t have to live in fear of war,” said the pontiff. While on the surface, the disappearance of all weapons might suggest the inability to do violence, in […]

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The Tired Lies of Taqiyya

FrontPage Magazine Attempts to whitewash the Islamic doctrine of taqiyya are becoming redundantly desperate. Consider BuzzFeed’s recent, “‘Taqiyya’: How An Obscure Islamic Concept Became An Obsession Of Anti-Muslim Activists.”  It offers the same claims and defenses that have been repeatedly discredited. After quoting  Ezra Levant, founder of The Rebel Media, saying that taqiyya “means deliberate […]

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Christian Genocide in Nigeria

Gatestone Institute Two days ago in Nigeria, on April 24, around 30 Muslim herdsmen stormed a church during early morning mass and massacred nearly 20 parishioners and two clergymen. Rev. Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha were slaughtered while officiating at the altar of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Mbalom village, Benue. Worshippers were gathered in the […]

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Islamophobic, Arabic Cartoons: Not an Oxymoron

While some in the West bend over backwards not to be “Islamophobic” or critical of Islam — and while Muslim heads of state and the OIC scold the West for the same — below is an idea of the sorts of cartoons that appear regularly in Arabic language media (my translations appear beneath each image): […]

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“In Reality,” Judaism and Christianity Are Not Religions, Says Top Egyptian Cleric

Coptic Solidarity Although many in the West insist Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are “sibling” religions with a foundation to build on—also known as the Abrahamic Myth—top Egyptian cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb says that Judaism and Christianity are not even religions.  In a televised interview, he gave the mainstream Islamic view on “religions”: There is only […]

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Muslims Inadvertently Call for Ban on Islam

PJ Media The very same logic that Muslims cite in their ongoing efforts to criminalize anti-Islamic speech in Western nations would require the criminalization of Islam itself. Secretary-General of the Muslim World League Mohammed al-Issa argues that “Europe must do more to … criminalize religious hate speech.” In an April 9 interview with Reuters, this prominent Saudi […]

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Yes, “Italy Must Remember Its … Past” with Islam

FrontPage Magazine Although the conflict between Islam and the West is a continuation of history, the strategy of those who seek to whitewash and thus empower Islam is to fixate on peaceful aberrations while suppressing the continuum of hostility. Thus, in “Italy must remember its pluralist past,” Akbar Ahmed, Chair of Islamic Studies at American […]

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“May Allah Destroy Your Houses and Burn You All!” Muslim Persecution of Christians: October, 2017

Gatestone Institute In one of the most brazen attacks on Egypt’s Christians, a Muslim man slaughtered a Christian bishop in broad daylight.  Security camera footage (viewable here) captured a man with a large butcher knife chasing and stabbing Bishop Samaan Shehata—including in the head, neck, and torso—in the streets of Cairo on October 12.   According […]

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