Jihad Watch writer Nicolai Sennels recently interviewed me for the excellent Danish publication Dispatch International. “Robert Spencer — the Prophet’s worst nightmare,” by Nicolai Sennels at Dispatch International, November 4:
There is no evidence that Muhammed, the prophet of Islam, ever lived but Islam is very much alive and as warlike as ever. So is Robert Spencer, who started his much-read blog JihadWatch exactly ten years ago. 44,415 posts later he shares his thoughts with Dispatch International.Â
For ten years Robert Spencer has tirelessly been putting up news and commentary about jihad activity, domestic and international, violent and stealthy. The point, as Spencer remarks,Â has not been to “demonize” Islam or Muslims, but “to prove that there is a problem within Islam that needs to be addressed by people of good will, Muslim and non-Muslim”….
In your recent book, Did Muhammad Exist, you express doubt that he ever did. Why?
— There is no historical basis for Muhammad the prophet of Islam as depicted in the Hadith [the deeds and sayings of the prophet, ed.]. The Hadith themselves date from around 200 years after he is supposed to have lived, and the first biography of Muhammad wasn’t written until 125 years after his death. For the first 60 years of Islamic history, there is no mention in any extant records of the many people that the Arabs conquered — and there are many such records — that the conquerors came with a new prophet, a new holy book, or a new religion. There may have been an Arab warlord named Muhammad to whom these legends were attached, but that is virtually all we know about Muhammad. He is legend, not history.
Do you think that jihad is capable of destroying Western culture and if so, how could it happen?
— Certainly. Right now the Obama Administration has dedicated itself to pushing businesses and educational institutions into accommodating Islamic law. Numerous precedents have been set in this way.
What could stop this trend? Surveys show that Islam critical parties will become the biggest or among the biggest parties in several European countries — including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Austria and France. Is there a similar growth in awareness concerning Islam in the US?
— Not at all. The Republicans are as clueless and compromised as the Democrats. Islamorealistic politicians are few and not powerful.
There is much more here.