[Editor’s Note: Please also consider our UCI Exclusive interview, inspired by this book, in which she recounts a much more brief history of Jihad (with Middle East focus) in our 6-part series of the same title, A History of Jihad, by clicking HERE.]
Above video published on Apr 19, 2018 by the JihadWatchVideo YouTube channel – Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer discusses European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans’ statement, “The Commission is strongly committed to promoting diversity in Europe. Islam is part of our history, Islam is part of our present and Islam will be part of our future.”
“A sweeping historical epic, comprehensive and meticulously documented, readable and vivid”
“‘The History of Jihad’ an Epic Account the World Needs to Know,” by Steve Gruber, Newsmax, August 15, 2018:
Robert Spencer’s “The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS” contains a wealth of information that Americans (and perhaps especially those entrusted with our foreign and domestic policies) do not know, and need to know. At the same time, it is a sweeping historical epic of an astonishingly broad scope, comprehensive and meticulously documented, yet readable and vivid in its retelling of triumph and conquest, defeat and loss, cowardice and collaboration.This book not only makes clear how it came to be that the United States is faced with the internal and external challenge that threaten the world’s lone superpower today, but illustrates the human cost of ideas. “The History of Jihad” demonstrates just how important it is that we approach what has been known as the war on terror not just as a military or national security matter, but as an ideological struggle against an enemy that challenges our most basic premises as a free society and a free people.
What is “The History of Jihad’s” most astonishing lesson is that, for all the confusion and denial surrounding that ideological antagonist today, we face the same ideological adversary that has threatened non-Muslim societies around the world for fourteen centuries. One would think by now, we would know exactly whom and what we are dealing with, and how best to do so. Instead, the willful almost gleeful ignorance is more pervasive than ever, which only shows all the more why Americans today need to read and understand “The History of Jihad.”
It’s all here: the story of how the Arab armies swept out of Arabia in the 630s with amazing force, and how the Islamic jihadis were from the earliest days of the global jihad emboldened by a religious doctrine that created for them a situation in which they could not lose: if they defeated their enemies on their battlefield, they would receive the possessions and the women of the vanquished; and if they were killed, they would be greeted by the fabled virgins of Paradise.
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