ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is the author of eighteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) (Regnery Publishing) and The Truth About Muhammad (Regnery Publishing). His latest book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS (Bombardier Books).
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He is a consultant with the Center for Security Policy.
Spencer is a weekly columnist for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine, and has written many hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning News, Fox News Opinion, National Review, The Federalist, The Hill, the Detroit News, TownHall.com, Real Clear Religion, the Daily Caller, the New Criterion, the Journal of International Security Affairs, the UK’s Guardian, Canada’s National Post, Middle East Quarterly, WorldNet Daily, First Things, Insight in the News, Aleteia, and many other journals. For nearly ten years Spencer wrote the weekly Jihad Watch column at Human Events. He has also served as a contributing writer to the Investigative Project on Terrorism and as an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation.
Spencer has appeared on the BBC, ABC News, CNN, FoxNews’s Tucker Carlson Show, the O’Reilly Factor, Megyn Kelly’s The Kelly File, the Sean Hannity Show, Geraldo Rivera Reports, the Glenn Beck Show, Fox and Friends, America’s News HQ and many other Fox programs, PBS, MSNBC, CNBC, C-Span, CTV News, Bill O’Reilly’s No Spin News, France24, Voice of Russia and Croatia National Television (HTV), as well as on numerous radio programs including The Sean Hannity Show, Bill O’Reilly’s Radio Factor, The Mark Levin Show, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Herman Cain Show, The Joe Piscopo Show, The Howie Carr Show, The Curt Schilling Show, Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, Michael Savage’s Savage Nation, The Alan Colmes Show, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Neal Boortz Show, The Michael Medved Show, The Michael Reagan Show, The Rusty Humphries Show, The Larry Elder Show, The Peter Boyles Show, Vatican Radio, and many others.
Robert Spencer has been a featured speaker at the University of California-Irvine, Temple University, Dartmouth College, Penn State University, the University of California-Los Angeles, Stanford University, New York University, Brown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, State University of New York-Binghamton, State University of New York-Stony Brook, Florida State University, DePaul University, the College of William and Mary, Washington University of St. Louis, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Boise State University, Cal Poly, Portland State University, and many other colleges and universities. He has also addressed the Heritage Foundation, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in New York City, the Hudson Institute, the Temple of the Arts in Los Angeles, the San Diego Jewish Book Fair, the Young Presidents’ Organization, Calvary Chapel Pacific Coast, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), FreedomFest, Young America’s Foundation, Hershey’s Sweet Retreat, the John W. Pope Civitas Institute, the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley, Train the Trainer, and many other audiences.
A complete listing of Robert Spencer’s books:
- Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World’s Fastest Growing Faith (Encounter Books)
- Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West (Regnery Publishing)
- Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics (with Daniel Ali) (Ascension Press)
- The Myth of Islamic Tolerance: How Islamic Law Treats Non-Muslims (Prometheus Books)
- The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) (Regnery Publishing)
- The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion (Regnery Publishing)
- Religion of Peace? Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn’t (Regnery Publishing)
- Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs (Regnery Publishing)
- The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran (Regnery Publishing)
- The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War On America (with Pamela Geller) (Threshold Editions/Simon & Schuster)
- Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry Into Islam’s Obscure Origins (ISI Books)
- Not Peace But A Sword: The Great Chasm Between Christianity and Islam (Catholic Answers Press)
- Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We’re In (Regnery Publishing)
- The Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS (Regnery Publishing)
- The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran (Regnery Publishing)
- The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies) (Regnery Publishing)
- Confessions of an Islamophobe (Bombardier Books)
- The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS (Coming in 2018 from Bombardier Books)
Spencer’s books have been translated into many languages, including Spanish, Italian, German, Finnish, Korean, Polish, Portuguese and Bahasa Indonesia. His Qur’an commentary at Jihad Watch, Blogging the Qur’an, has been translated into Czech, Danish, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
Spencer (MA, Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has been studying Islamic theology, law, and history in depth since 1980. His work has aroused the ire of the foes of freedom and their dupes: in October 2011, Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups wrote to Homeland Security Advisor (and current CIA director) John Brennan, demanding that Spencer be removed as a trainer for the FBI and military groups, which he taught about the belief system of Islamic jihadists; Brennan immediately complied as counter-terror training materials were scrubbed of all mention of Islam and jihad. Spencer has been banned by the British government from entering the United Kingdom for pointing out accurately that Islam has doctrines of violence against unbelievers. He has been invited by name to convert to Islam by a senior member of al-Qaeda.
What They’re Saying About Robert Spencer
“My comrade-in-arms, my pal, my buddy.” — Oriana Fallaci
“A hero of our times and one of the bravest defenders of liberty that I have ever met.” — Geert Wilders
“No one has upset the Islamophobia cabal more than Robert Spencer. First, he knows more about Islamic doctrine than they do. Next, he has outed all the tricks they use in their taqiyyah bag to disinform the public. Finally, and most importantly, Robert will not be cowed.” — Ayaan Hirsi Ali
“One of the top two or three experts in the world on this great war…against fundamental Islam.” — Stephen K. Bannon, former Trump Administration Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor
“A brave crusader against the dopier multiculti illusions.” — Mark Steyn
“I highly recommend that you listen to this guy.” — Glenn Beck
“J’apprécie beaucoup ce que vous écrivez sur l’Islam.” — Fr. Samir Khalil Samir, S.J., internationally renowned Islamic scholar
“Robert Spencer incarnates intellectual courage when, all over the world, governments, intellectuals, churches, universities and media crawl under a hegemonic Universal Caliphate’s New Order. His achievement in the battle for the survival of free speech and dignity of man will remain as a fundamental monument to the love of, and the self-sacrifice for, liberty.” — Bat Ye’or
“A leader in this war for over a decade, documenting not just what is happening but explaining why.” — PJ Media
“Perhaps the foremost Catholic expert on Islam in our country.” — Fr. C. John McCloskey, National Catholic Register
“Distinguished scholar.” — Akbar Ahmed, Ibn-e-Khaldoon chair of Islamic Studies, American University, Washington, D.C.
“You simply cannot seriously argue about the question of the conflict between Islam and modernity if you have not carefully read his work.” — Standpoint Magazine
“One of the most insightful and learned scholars of Islam.” — Catholic Insight
“Robert Spencer is indefatigable. He is keeping up the good fight long after many have already given up. I do not know what we would do without him. I appreciate all the intelligence and courage it takes to keep going despite the appeasement of the West.” — Ibn Warraq
“A top American analyst of Islam….A serious scholar…I learn from him.” — Daniel Pipes
“Recognized worldwide as an authority on Islam.” — Phyllis Schlafly
“America’s most informed, fearless, and compelling voice on modern jihadism.” — Andrew C. McCarthy, Senior Fellow at National Review Institute
“The consummate Islam critic and expert….A serious and cogent American critic of Islam.” — Bruce Bawer
“Over the years, we have become friends, and I have received his assistance on several pieces of legislation I proposed.” — Former Congressman Tom Tancredo
“Few people are capable of applying scholarship, analytical reasoning, and objectivity to their topic — while simultaneously being readable and witty — as can Robert Spencer.” — Raymond Ibrahim
“A national treasure…The acclaimed scholar of Islam. Robert Spencer is arguably the most knowledgeable, authoritative and prolific of American infidels with respect to sharia and jihad.” — Frank Gaffney, Center for Security Policy
“I am indeed honored to call him my friend.” — Brad Thor
“A courageous, fearless warrior…a voice in the wilderness.” — Monica Crowley
“A brilliant scholar and writer.” — Douglas Murray
“Robert Spencer is an Islamic scholar. He knows the Qur’an better than most imams.” — Pat Condell
“One of my best teachers.” — Ashraf Ramelah, Voice of the Copts
“Thank God there’s at least one man with balls left in the West.” — Kathy Shaidle, Five Feet of Fury
“I read people like [Mark Steyn] and Bob Spencer and the rest of them, and I say, ‘Boortz, you’re pretending you’re an author. These people really are. They really write some entertaining, some standup stuff.’” — Neal Boortz
“Robert Spencer is the leading voice of scholarship and reason in a world gone mad. If the West is to be saved, we will owe Robert Spencer an incalculable debt.” — Pamela Geller
“Armed with facts and fearlessness, Spencer stands up for Western civilization.” — Michelle Malkin
“Widely read in conservative foreign policy circles.” — New York Times
“Widely read in many quarters in Washington.” — Washington Post
“A canny operative who likely has the inside track on the State Department’s Middle East affairs desk should the tea party win the White House.” — New York Magazine
“A hero of the American right.” — Karen Armstrong
“Spencer’s comprehensive understanding of his Christian faith and Islam along with lucidly insightful writing give the lie to his international notoriety as a bigoted ‘Islamophobe.'” — Institute on Religion & Democracy
“A renowned anti-Islam scholar.” — PolicyMic
“The leading anti-Islamic intellectual in the United States….The go-to Islam expert for the right wing.” — Salon Magazine
“Darling of the Fox News Network who runs the popular website ‘Jihadwatch’ and who is quoted almost every day by other prominent conservative commentators.” — Huffington Post
“Robert Spencer is an Edward Said turned upside down.” — Stephen Suleyman Schwartz
“Robert Spencer looks like an anti-Semitic parody cartoon.” — Richard B. Spencer, white supremacist
“One of the nation’s most notorious Islamophobes.” — Hamas-linked CAIR
“Grand pooh-bah of the legion of American Islamophobes.” — Kecia Ali, associate professor of religion, Boston University
“An extremist, right-wing anti-Muslim rabble rouser.” — Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation magazine
“Geller and Spencer are probably the most important propagandizing Islamophobes in the world. These people’s voices speak very loudly — not just here in the United States but overseas.” — Heidi Beirach, Southern Poverty Law Center
“Satanic ignoramus.” — Khaleel Mohammed
“The Likud anti-Christ.” — Dar al-Hayat newspaper (Saudi Arabia)
“Zionist Crusader, missionary of hate, counter-Islam consultant.” — Al-Qaeda’s Adam Gadahn, “Azzam the American”
Hugh Fitzgerald is a student of history and literature, primarily of America and Europe. He admires Jacques Barzun, J. D. Salinger, and Alan Bennett, reads dictionaries for profit and pleasure, and finds particularly appealing the words “recompense,” “quondam,” “magari,” and “degringolade.”
By far the best way to reach him is through the good offices, in every sense, of Robert Spencer; Fitzgerald has an email account, the address of which is firstname.lastname@example.org, but almost never looks at it.
Christine Douglass-Williams is a nine-time international award-winning broadcast journalist and author of the book The Challenge of Modernizing Islam. She is a former Director with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, appointed by the Harper Conservative government, but terminated by the Trudeau government for her writings against political Islam on Jihad Watch. She was also an advisor to the Conservative Government’s Office of Religious Freedom, shut down by the Trudeau Liberal government.
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Andrew E. Harrod is a freelance researcher and writer who holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a JD from George Washington University Law School. He is admitted to the Virginia State Bar. He has published hundreds of articles concerning various political and religious topics at the American Spectator, American Thinker, the Blaze, Breitbart, Capital Research Center, Daily Caller, FrontPage Magazine, Institute on Religion and Democracy, Independent Journal Review, Investigative Project on Terrorism, Jihad Watch, Mercatornet, Philos Project, Religious Freedom Coalition, Washington Times, and World, among others. He is a fellow with the Lawfare Project, an organization combating the misuse of human rights law against Western societies. He is a Middle East Forum Campus Watch Fellow. He can be followed on twitter @AEHarrod.