THE HISTORY OF JIHAD FROM MUHAMMAD TO ISIS
Bombardier Books, 2018
The comprehensive history of the role of war and terror in the spread of Islam.
It is taken for granted, even among many Washington policymakers, that Islam is a fundamentally peaceful religion and that Islamic jihad terrorism is something relatively new, a product of the economic and political ferment of the twentieth century. But in The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS, Islamic scholar Robert Spencer proves definitively that Islamic terror is as old as Islam itself, as old as Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, who said “I have been made victorious through terror.”
Spencer briskly traces the 1,400-year war of Islamic jihadis against the rest of the world, detailing the jihad against Europe, including the 700-year struggle to conquer Constantinople; the jihad in Spain, where non-Muslims fought for another 700 years to get the jihadi invaders out of the country; and the jihad against India, where Muslim warriors and conquerors wrought unparalleled and unfathomable devastation in the name of their religion.
Told in great part in the words of contemporary chroniclers themselves, both Muslim and non-Muslim, The History of Jihad shows that jihad warfare has been a constant of Islam from its very beginnings, and present-day jihad terrorism proceeds along exactly the same ideological and theological foundations as did the great Islamic warrior states and jihad commanders of the past.
The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS is the first one-volume history of jihad in the English language, and the first book to tell the whole truth about Islam’s bloody history in an age when Islamic jihadis are more assertive in Western countries than they have been for centuries. This book is indispensable to understanding the geopolitical situation of the twenty-first century, and ultimately to formulating strategies to reform Islam and defeat jihad terror.
“Robert Spencer is one of my heroes. He has once again produced an invaluable and much-needed book. Want to read the truth about Islam? Read this book. It depicts the terrible fate of the hundreds of millions of men, women, and children who, from the 7th century until today, were massacred or enslaved by Islam. It is a fate that awaits us all if we are not vigilant.” (Geert Wilders, member of Parliament in the Netherlands and leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV))
“From the first Arab-Islamic empire of the mid-seventh century to the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the story of Islam has been the story of the rise and fall of universal empires and, no less importantly, of never quiescent imperialist dreams. In this tour de force, Robert Spencer narrates the transformation of the concept of jihad, ‘exertion in the path of Allah,’ from a rallying cry fro the prophet Muhammad’s followers into a supreme religious duty and the primary vehicle for the expansion of Islam throughout the ages. A must-read for anyone seeking to understand the roots of the Manichean struggle between East and West and the nature of the threat confronted by the West today.” (Efraim Karsh, author of Islamic Imperialism: A History)
“For those who still think — and, alas, there remain many — that Islamic terrorism has emerged only in the last forty years or so, Robert Spencer’s carefully researched work on Jihad from the beginning of Muhammad’s political and prophetical career to the acts of terrorism of September, 11, 2001, will be a salutary shock. It will not be at all easy to refute Spencer’s account, which shatters many myths. Robert Spencer’s work is essential reading for all of us, for all those who want to defend our values from the relentless jihad that has not ceased for fourteen centuries.” (Ibn Warraq, author of The Origins of the Koran and The Quest for the Historical Muhammad)
“Spencer argues, in brief, ‘There has always been, with virtually no interruption, jihad.’ Painstakingly, he documents in this important study how aggressive war on behalf of Islam has, for fourteen centuries and still now, befouled Muslim life. He hopes his study will awaken potential victims of jihad, but will they—will we—listen to his warning? Much hangs in the balance.” (Daniel Pipes, president, Middle East Forum and author of Slave Soldiers and Islam: The Genesis of a Military System)
“Robert Spencer, one of our foremost analysts of Islamic jihad, has now written a historical survey of the doctrine and practice of Islamic sanctified violence. With crystal clarity and rigorous argument, he relentlessly marshals the facts that put the lie to the sophistries of apologists and the delusions of Western appeasers. To fight the enemy we must know the enemy, and Robert Spencer’s page-turner is the place to start.” (Bruce Thornton, Research Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and Professor of Classics ad Humanities at the California State University)
“The most important book you will read about the fifteen-hundred-year war that Islamic jihadists have waged on us. Spencer’s brilliant book is also the only book you can read on this history, since appeasers of Islamic bigotry and bloodthirstiness have worked so diligently to suppress it.” (David Horowitz, founding president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center and author of Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey)
“Jihad is not mere terrorism. Ironic as it may seem, that is Western wishful thinking. From its inception, as Robert Spencer incontestably illustrates, jihad has been the outward, aggressive expression of a conquest ideology. The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS is as relentless in relating unvarnished truth as is the phenomenon it tracks in seeking domination—and never being satisfied with less, however long it takes. Those who care to preserve Western rationalism, civil liberties, and free societies must confront this history, and its implications, with eyes opened.” (Andrew C. McCarthy, bestselling author, former federal prosecutor, and National Review contributing editor)
“In a time of cowardice and deliberate falsehood, the courageous and scholarly exposure of the greatest challenges and dangers of our time by Robert Spencer is priceless.” (Bat Ye’or, author of The Dhimmi and The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam)
CONFESSIONS OF AN ISLAMOPHOBE
Bombardier Books, 2017
Which is the greater threat: jihad terror or “Islamophobia”?
While the United States, and indeed most of the Western world, fights an active war against Islamic terrorism, we remain in deep denial about who truly is the enemy. Elites across North America and Europe fight to silence those who argue, compellingly, that the roots of terrorism are within Islam itself which has evolved into far more than a religion—it is a radical and dangerous political ideology which consciously, if often tacitly, places itself in opposition to democracy and basic human rights.
Robert Spencer, one of the world’s foremost critical scholars of Islam, has been labeled Public Enemy #1 by those who apologize for Islam and its violent excesses. He has been called a propagandist, a racist, and an “Islamophobe”—a term that he willingly embraces in this provocative and important book.
There needs to be a thoroughgoing and honest public discussion of the acceptable parameters of criticism of Islam in light of genuine interests not only of national security but of civilizational survival. Our lives, quite literally, could depend on it, as could those of our children and our children’s children. Confessions of an Islamophobe is an attempt to begin that discussion.
“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. Please read this important book and make sure you share it with as many people as possible.” (Ayaan Hirsi Ali, human rights activist, author of Heretic: Why Islam Needs Reformation Now)
“Again, a truly historic book by truth-teller Robert Spencer, hero of our times and one of the bravest defenders of liberty that I have ever met. Read it and learn how much we need courageous ‘Islamophobes’ as Robert in order to stay free people.” (Geert Wilders MP, Chairman Party for Freedom, The Netherlands)
“Robert Spencer writes with courage, wit and erudition about the most pressing problem of our times. His work is must reading for anyone who wants to understand why Islam produces so many violent outcomes and so many threats to life in the West.” (David Goldman, author of How Civilizations Die: (And Why Islam Is Dying Too))
“Robert Spencer is one of the most informed scholars on the nature of Islam and the jihadist threat. He is also one of the bravest. Confessions of an Islamophobe is an indispensable guide to how American leftists from Linda Sarsour to Bernie Sanders have joined forces with the Islamic enemies of women, gays, Jews, Christians, and other infidels, in an unholy alliance against America and its freedoms.” (David Horowitz, bestselling author and founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center)
“For years now, legitimate concerns about Islamic terrorism and related issues have been dismissed as ‘bigotry’ and ‘Islamophobia.’ In this masterful new book, Robert Spencer explains why those charges are unjustified. He details what is at stake, and how the genuine threat is being ignored and enabled by those who direct campaigns of abuse against those who are sounding the alarm. Confessions of an Islamophobe is a clarion call, a clear and heartfelt appeal to those who think terrorism is a matter of partisan politics, and that this threat has been trumped-up or exaggerated. As Spencer shows, the stakes couldn’t be higher. This is one book to give to lawmakers and all Americans who don’t realize the full extent of what is happening today.” (Steven Emerson, The Investigative Project on Terrorism)
“Don’t want to get run down by a truck on a New York street by a maniac screaming ‘Allahu akbar?’ Object to polygamy and female genital mutilation? You must be an Islamophobe. Whether you are a dedicated Islamophobe or merely Islamophobia-curious, Robert Spencer’s brilliant new book is for you! Confessions of an Islamophobe will convince all but the clinically insane that Islamophobia is at least as virtuous as the media’s all-consuming Nazi-phobia — and somewhat more urgent.” (Ann Coulter, author of Adios America!)
THE COMPLETE INFIDEL’S GUIDE TO FREE SPEECH (AND ITS ENEMIES)
Regnery Publishing, 2017
“Stay Quiet and You’ll Be Okay”
That’s what Mohamed Atta told the doomed airline passengers on 9/11.
And we still hear the exact same message today, from the powerful but shadowy lobby that is working behind the scenes to gut the First Amendment and prohibit “hate speech”—or any criticism—of Islam.
As bestselling author Robert Spencer shows in his startling new book, The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies), Islamists and their appeasers have mounted a dangerous and disturbingly successful campaign against our constitutional rights. Spencer reveals:
- How social media behemoths Facebook and Twitter—not to mention student groups at American college campuses—are doing the bidding of anti-First Amendment Muslim activists
- Why core Islamic teachings make criticism of Islam punishable by death
- How American representatives at the United Nations have already agreed to limit freedom of speech
- How Curt Schilling and other outspoken conservatives have lost their jobs for criticizing Islam
- Why Twitter and Facebook now regularly censor speech critical of Islam—while allowing death threats against its critics
- How blasphemy laws in Muslim countries are used as a pretext for arresting—even lynching–Christians
- How European “hate speech” laws are used to prosecute and harass critics of Islam
- Why appeasement of radical Islam is endangering our First Amendment freedoms and could lead to your prosecution for “hate speech”
If you value your First Amendment rights, you owe it to yourself to read The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). It will give you the information and tools you need to fight back—because radical Islam and its progressive fellow travelers have only begun their campaign to define what you can read, say, and think.
“Robert Spencer’s The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies) is the most important book on the most important right by the most courageous defender of free speech in America today.” (David Horowitz, founding president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center and author of Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey)
“Robert Spencer has written a courageous and enormously important book, analyzing Islam’s global effort to destroy free speech. This is the most important book of the year. Read it and act! The choice is simple: Speak out against Islam or lose freedom forever.” (Geert Wilders, member of Parliament in the Netherlands and leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV))
“The ‘War on Terror’ has nothing on the jihad against free speech. The ability to express ideas and information is essential to a functioning democracy, which is why snuffing it out has been the top agenda item of Islamic supremacists, abetted by useful idiots in the West. Fortunately, it will not be enough to silence Robert Spencer, who turns his characteristic clarity and scholarly rigor to a compelling defense of our most precious right.” (Andrew C. McCarthy, former federal prosecutor, bestselling author, and National Review contributing editor)
“A tour de force. A precise and irrefutable defense of our foremost and foundational freedom – and an extraordinary expose of how deeply threatened it is. Must-reading for all elected officials and anyone who is even contemplating public office, as well as for every patriot in the land.” (Pamela Geller, President, American Freedom Defense Initiative)
THE COMPLETE INFIDEL’S GUIDE TO IRAN
Regnery Publishing, 2016
Our Most Dangerous Enemy
Think it’s ISIS? Think again.
Iran is the terrorist powerhouse of the world—made all the more dangerous by the disastrous “nuclear deal” that restricts Iran’s nuclear ambitions hardly at all.
The Iranian government is an open enemy of the United States—and of anyone who dissents from Shia Islam.
Iran confronts U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf “on a near daily basis.”
It executes more of its citizens than any other nation.
It is a country torn by hypocrisy—lectured by mullahs, and with brutally enforced Islamic religious laws, but rife with alcoholism.
Once America’s ally, Iran now claims leadership of the global jihad, and the ayatollahs’ aim is nothing less than world conquest for Islam.
In his extraordinary new book, The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran, New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer reveals:
How the Iranian “nuclear deal” is sheer capitulation to the mullahs, allowing Iran to inspect its own facilities and pursue nuclear weapons
Iran’s long-standing support for terrorists—including shocking evidence that Iran helped plan the 9/11 attacks
Why Iran wants nuclear weapons—clue: it’s not about deterrence
American diplomatic folly—why the Obama administration has grossly underestimated the Iranian threat
A new grand strategy: how Iran’s Shi’ite terrorism might be contained and its threat to the United States reduced
The Islamic Republic is already at war with America. If we refuse to recognize that fact, we are only falling prey to the mullahs’ campaign of duplicity.
The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran exposes the true nature of the threat, lays out what America must do to defeat it, and gives you all the information you need about America’s least understood yet potentially most lethal foe.
“The brilliant and courageous Robert Spencer rips to shreds the claim that the Iran nuclear deal will bring peace to the world, and shows the truly shocking extent to which Iran is a threat to the stability not just of the Middle East, but of the entire world — and has been for decades while all too many American leaders have dithered, temporized and appeased it. The Islamic Revolution (enabled by Jimmy Carter), the hostage crisis, the Green Movement — it’s all here, including little-known facts about Iran’s role in 9/11 and its sponsorship of terror around the globe. Here is the one book that will put to rest forever the idea that the Islamic Republic will ever be a peaceful member of the family of nations, and shows what’s at stake if our leaders continue to pretend otherwise.” (Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (2002-2007))
“Robert Spencer has succeeded where many fail, sweeping through Iran’s history with a sure touch and an eye for the essential. He has also understood the monumental significance of Iran’s material contribution to the September 11, 2001 plot. Despite sectarian enmity, Sunnis and Shia can get along just fine when it comes to killing Jews and Americans.” (Kenneth R. Timmerman, President, Foundation for Democracy in Iran)
“Robert Spencer is arguably the most knowledgeable, authoritative and prolific of American infidels with respect to sharia, jihad and their most dangerous state sponsor: the Islamic Republic of Iran. Naturally, his is the complete guide for what all of us — Muslim and non-Muslim alike — need to know about Iran.” (Frank Gaffney, Center for Security Policy)
“Simultaneously, Iran is the modern iteration of one of human history’s richest civilizations and a paranoid jihadist state bent on global conquest, the destruction of Israel, and ‘Death to America.’ It is our most immediate threat, yet one strangely remote from our understanding. In The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran, Robert Spencer punctures our common misconceptions and Washington’s dangerous delusions about Iran, bringing to bear his unique blend of fearlessness, erudition, and clear-eyed analysis. All Americans, and most especially the political class, would do well to read this highly accessible book and grasp the challenge that confronts us.” (Andrew C. McCarthy, bestselling author, National Review contributing editor, and former federal prosecutor)
“Iran is the gravest threat to world peace today, and in this essential new book, Robert Spencer explains why. From all the astonishing details of just how disastrous Obama’s nuke deal is to Iran’s continuing war footing toward the U.S. and Israel and the shocking beliefs that may lead the Iranians to decide to nuke Israel, it’s all here. The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran should be placed on the desk of every official in Washington — especially in the Oval Office.” (Steve Emerson, Investigative Project)
“This masterpiece illuminates the most lethal threats against America and civilization today. Iran aims at global and hegemonic control through its terror networks, which are widely dispersed over the planet. Robert Spencer’s vivid, lucid and comprehensive record of Iran’s genocidal apocalyptic nuclear program gives us an invaluable and perspicuous tool for understanding current crucial topics. Essential reading to prevent mass extermination.” (Bat Ye’or, author of Eurabia : the Euro-Arab Axis)
“Eye-opening. Sobering. Informative. Gripping. The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran is a comprehensive and unique look at the world’s foremost and most dangerous rogue state. It’s what every American needs to know about the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Robert Spencer makes it all clear: Iran’s magnificent history and terrible present, the full horror of the Obama/Kerry nuclear deal, Iran’s global anti-U.S. and anti-Israel adventurism, its role in 9/11, and the warped theology that makes it so eager to destroy Israel. No one who cares about America’s future and the survival of the free world should miss this book.” (Pamela Geller, President, American Freedom Defense Initiative)
THE COMPLETE INFIDEL’S GUIDE TO ISIS
Regnery Publishing, 2015
The astonishing rise of the world’s richest and most lethal jihad terror group
ISIS rocketed onto the world stage seemingly out of nowhere, beheading American hostages, bulldozing international borders, routing the American-trained Iraqi Army, and carving out a new state that rules eight million people. Now, after the shocking San Bernardino and Paris attacks, it has become devastatingly clear that no one is safe from the threat of ISIS. The group has managed to radicalize and recruit Muslims all over the world and is staging an all-out “holy war” against the West, while U.S. leaders remain stumped.
In The Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS, New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer reveals the terrifying inner workings of the Islamic State—its successful recruitment program, how it is financing its expansion, and the ideology that is driving its success. As Spencer explains, the Islamic State has taken the first steps on the path to becoming a serious world power—steps that Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda dreamed of but were afraid to take. The Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS is your one-stop easy reference for all you need to know about ISIS—including how “infidels” can stop its reign of terror.
“The first rule of warfare—indeed, of survival in a dangerous world— is to know your enemy. As always, Robert Spencer is scholarly, thorough, fearless, and insistent in making sure we know the Islamic State. The Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS dispenses with the politically correct handwringing and connects the dots between jihadist ideology and savage action. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.” (Andrew C. McCarthy, contributing editor of National Review and New York Times bestselling author of The Grand Jihad, Willful Blindness, and Islam and Free Speech)
“Robert Spencer’s The Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS contains every- thing the people of the free world need to know about the Islamic State. Islam is the foremost threat to freedom, and to every free person, in the world today. This book shows how ISIS plans to sow murder and mayhem in our countries, how it is setting out to realize those plans, why it is so appealing to Islamic youths in the West, and above all, how it can and must be stopped, namely by confronting its Islamic ideology. As Robert Spencer writes, we should challenge mosques and Islamic schools in the West and act upon the knowledge that our ideas, our way of life, and our civilization are better than the Islamic ideology of ISIS. Everyone should read this fantastic book by one of the most courageous Islam experts of our time.” (Geert Wilders, member of parliament in the Netherlands and leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV))
“Robert Spencer has been telling, and warning, us of the activities of the jihadists since 2003. Every single day for twelve years he has kept a vigilant eye on all the barbarisms of the Islamic terrorists and is surely the best informed and almost the only truly qualified expert capable of analyzing the emergence, development, and ideology of the monstrous death cult known as ISIS. Spencer also offers ways to com- bat this group, a group that President Obama refuses to recognize as posing any threat to American security and interests. On so many sad occasions when he was not taken seriously enough, Spencer was forced to remind us, ‘I told you so.’ It is time to listen to Robert Spencer.” (Ibn Warraq, author of Why I Am Not a Muslim and Defending the West)
“Robert Spencer has given us a series of immensely informative and accurate books, enlarging our knowledge on vital current issues. This latest one adds a potent analysis of ISIS, the most pressing danger of our time, which Spencer knows to its core. This essential book pro- vides us with the intellectual tools that are indispensable for successfully overcoming this threat to our civilization, and should be widely read. It is an urgent necessity.” (Bat Ye’or, author of Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis and Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide)
“Here is everything you need to know about the gravest threat to the U.S. and the free world today. Spencer goes way beyond the superficial cable headlines and the misleading conventional news reports into the deepest levels of ISIS that no other analyst has ever gone before. It is an eye opening masterpiece that will leave you absolutely shocked. Robert Spencer is truly amazing in how he breaks through the fog of denial and peels away layer upon layer of misinformation surrounding ISIS; how he shows the unparalleled savagery of ISIS and why Western leaders are living in lala land when they ludicrously assert that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam; and discards and destroys the political correctness in Washington that has masked the existential danger to our society by the continued growth of ISIS and the continued charade that it is merely a ‘death cult.’ If you want to know the truth and full story, you have to read Spencer’s book. If you want to blind yourself to reality and the true danger to your family and friends, then ignore this book at your peril. I have been investigating Islamic terrorism for nearly twenty-five years and I can honestly state that this book is one of the most important books on terrorism I have ever read. Buy copies for your family members, for your friends, and last but not least for your elected political leaders.” (Steven Emerson, author of American Jihad and Jihad Incorporated)
“ISIS is here. The threat it poses is real. It means to bring blood and chaos to the US, while our leaders deny and dissemble about what the group is, why its appeal is so strong, and what can and should be done about it. Robert Spencer is a singular voice unafraid to tell these unwelcome truths. If sanity still prevailed in our government and media, this book would be required reading for all elected officials and journalists. Here at last are the truths they’re afraid to tell and abjectly ignorant of how to confront.” (Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative)
ARAB WINTER COMES TO AMERICA: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WAR WE’RE IN
Regnery Publishing, 2014
The shocking truth about Obama-era appeasement and infiltration of Islamic groups
Overlooked by our media, purposely obscured by our own government, and unnoticed by the vast majority of Americans, the turmoil of the Islamic world’s “Arab Spring” has become an “Arab Winter,” bringing new threats of terror to America. New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer, an expert on Islam and terrorism, reveals why America is shockingly unequipped to face this threat. In Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth about the War We’re In, you’ll learn why the Obama administration has opted to appease rather than confront Islamic extremists in the United States; how Muslim organizations are pressuring witnesses to terror crimes not to cooperate with authorities; why the Justice Department has buried select news stories; and much, much more.
The “Arab Spring” uncorked a jihadist genie in North Africa and the Middle East. It is about to wreak its mayhem here, with renewed terrorism. Americans need to inform themselves of the threat—and ensure that their elected government in Washington takes action. Robert Spencer’s Arab Winter Comes to America sounds the alarm and shows what needs to be done. It is essential reading.
“It was a tragedy, to say nothing of an unmitigated foreign policy disaster, for the United States government to misdiagnose the Arab Spring as a democratic uprising rather than a windfall for Islamic supremacists. As Robert Spencer demonstrates with his signature blend of intellectual rigor and fearlessness, our continued refusal to grapple with the ideology that fuels jihadism has significantly increased the terrorist threat here at home. When you pretend your enemies are your friends, you don’t get peace, you get terror.” (Andrew C. McCarthy, bestselling author of Willful Blindness and The Grand Jihad, policy fellow at the National Review Institute, and contributing editor of National Review)
“Nothing is so important as telling the truth about Islam, especially in an age when few want to hear it because it is so disturbing. America is fortunate to have an indomitable truth-teller such as Robert Spencer. In this book, he explains how Islam is subverting America’s freedoms and values. The Arab Winter will be upon America, unless America starts listening to people such as Robert Spencer. This is an extremely timely and important book by one of the West’s most perceptive analysts of Islam.” (Geert Wilders, MP and leader of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands and author of Marked for Death: Islam’s War Against the West and Me)
“Between 2010 and 2013, Robert Spencer relates, he has ‘gone from being a trainer for the FBI and the U.S. military to being shunned by the U.S. government and a Roman Catholic bishop and banned from Great Britain’— even though his views have remained the same. What has changed is the willingness to discuss Islamism, jihad, and Shari‘a. Written in response to this shift, Spencer’s helpful survey of efforts to impose Islamic law on Americans irrefutably shows the dangers of succumbing to a medieval code.” (Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum and author of In the Path of God: Islam and Political Power and Militant Islam Reaches America)
“This book is a wake-up call that every one of our elected representatives and law enforcement and intelligence officials should heed. Robert Spencer shows the price of the prevailing refusal to study the ideology of Islamic jihad terrorists—and that price is only going to rise, unless the lessons of this book are heeded.” (Steven Emerson, author of Jihad Incorporated: A Guide to Militant Islam in the United States and producer of Jihad in America: The Grand Deception)
“Robert Spencer shows in this book just how serious the situation has become regarding the jihad against the U.S. Few people realize how much our government, law enforcement, and media elites have endangered us all with their denial of the jihad threat. But it’s all in this book, along with a pathway back to sanity. If the West is to be saved, we will owe Robert Spencer an incalculable debt.” (Pamela Geller, popular blogger at Atlas Shrugs and president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative)
“Robert Spencer has been banned in Great Britain, canceled in Massa- chusetts, and shunned by the Obama administration. So what is it about Spencer’s insights on Islam and the jihadist threat that has the Left and its smooth-talking Islamist allies in the West so eager to silence him? Look no further than Arab Winter Comes to America. Bold, eloquent, witty, and uncompromising in its assessment of the massive Islamic jihadi penetration of a feckless West, it is vintage Spencer. Snatch it up and give copies to your friends, family, and neighbors while you still can—and before the Spencer censors come to your town.” (Erick Stakelbeck, author of The Brotherhood: America’s Next Great Enemy and host of CBN’s The Watchman program)
NOT PEACE BUT A SWORD: THE GREAT CHASM BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM
Catholic Answers Press, 2013
Islam…Is it a religion of peace?…Are Muslims an easy ally in the fight against global secularization and the culture of death?…Are their beliefs really so different than our own?
Some Christians view Islam as a sister religion, a branch of the same Abrahamic tree—lacking the fullness of revelation but nonetheless a religion of peace. Others are more critical of Islamic teachings but still see Muslims as valuable partners in the global fight against secularization and the Culture of Death.
In Not Peace but a Sword, Robert Spencer argues they’re both wrong—and warns Christians against the danger of thinking that Islam is an easy ally.
Many Christian groups, including the Catholic Church, do recognize whatever is good and true in Islam, and their leaders rightly pursue peaceful accord and common ground with all religions. Spencer argues, however, that real peace can come only from truth. Where there is falsehood in Islamic doctrine, morals, and practice, papering over the truth actually hurts the cause of peace.
And so Spencer, the New York Times best-selling author of more than a dozen books dealing with Islam and the West, shines the light of truth on areas where Christians and Muslims don’t just quibble over small details but fundamentally disagree, including:
- The character of God, Jesus, and divine revelation
- The nature of truth and the source of moral law
- Religious freedom and other basic human rights
- Life issues, marriage, and sexual morality
- The rights and dignity of women
He demonstrates how these differences are not academic but real-world. They are critical and drive Muslim behavior toward Christians and others. If we fail to open our eyes to these differences, we do so at our peril.
“Robert Spencer is a careful observer of Islam and a courageous voice on behalf of Christians. In his new book, Not Peace But a Sword, he shows Catholics how to take Islam seriously without falling into alarmism, hatred, or bigotry. He provides a needed corrective to the misinformation and disinformation propagated by so many media today.” (Scott Hahn, author of The Lamb’s Supper, Understanding the Scriptures and many other books)
“In Not Peace but a Sword, Robert Spencer carefully examines the multifaceted challenge posed to Christianity by an increasingly militant Islam. His case is calm, lucid, accurate, and uncompromising in its presentation of the facts of history. He provides an honest and unflinching account of the roots of Christian/Muslim tensions, a robust defense of Jesus Christ and Christianity in response to Muslim claims, and a sobering wake-up call to all Christians everywhere that objects in the mirror are closer (much closer) than they appear.” (Patrick Madrid, author of Envoy for Christ and host of The Patrick Madrid Show)
“Dialogue with Islam may be the order of the day, but what exactly should we talk about? Before we can discuss what we, as Catholics, might have in common with Muslims, we had better be aware of the defining differences as they are understood by Muslims themselves. This is the invaluable service Spencer provides in this book, which directs our attention to what the Islamic revelational texts actually say and how they are understood by the majority of Muslims today. With his usual clarity and insight, Spencer gets to the essence of the problems that anyone who thinks we can talk our way out of the challenge Islam presents must face. Catholics need to know this material.” (Robert Reilly, author of The Closing of the Muslim Mind)
“As Robert Spencer clearly shows in this much-needed book, a great many Catholics know only a Disneyfied version of Islam. While Christians in North Africa and the Middle East are being exterminated in the name of Islam, Catholics in the West still cling to the dangerous illusion that Muslims and Christians share much in common. But beneath the surface similarities, as Spencer ably demonstrates, lies a deep and possibly unbridgeable gulf. This is must reading not only for Catholics but for all Christians.” (William Kilpatrick, author of Christianity, Islam, and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West)
DID MUHAMMAD EXIST? AN INQUIRY INTO ISLAM’S OBSCURE ORIGINS
Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2012
Are jihadists dying for a fiction? Everything you thought you knew about Islam is about to change.
Did Muhammad exist?
It is a question that few have thought—or dared—to ask. Virtually everyone, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, takes for granted that the prophet of Islam lived and led in seventh-century Arabia.
But this widely accepted story begins to crumble on close examination, as Robert Spencer shows in his eye-opening new book.
In his blockbuster bestseller The Truth about Muhammad, Spencer revealed the shocking contents of the earliest Islamic biographical material about the prophet of Islam. Now, in Did Muhammad Exist?, he uncovers that material’s surprisingly shaky historical foundations. Spencer meticulously examines historical records, archaeological findings, and pioneering new scholarship to reconstruct what we can know about Muhammad, the Qur’an, and the early days of Islam. The evidence he presents challenges the most fundamental assumptions about Islam’s origins.
Did Muhammad Exist? reveals:
•How the earliest biographical material about Muhammad dates from at least 125 years after his reported death
•How six decades passed before the Arabian conquerors—or the people they conquered—even mentioned Muhammad, the Qur’an, or Islam
•The startling evidence that the Qur’an was constructed from existing materials—including pre-Islamic Christian texts
•How even Muslim scholars acknowledge that countless reports of Muhammad’s deeds were fabricated
•Why a famous mosque inscription may refer not to Muhammad but, astonishingly, to Jesus
•How the oldest records referring to a man named Muhammad bear little resemblance to the now-standard Islamic account of the life of the prophet
•The many indications that Arabian leaders fashioned Islam for political reasons
Far from an anti-Islamic polemic, Did Muhammad Exist? is a sober but unflinching look at the origins of one of the world’s major religions. While Judaism and Christianity have been subjected to searching historical criticism for more than two centuries, Islam has never received the same treatment on any significant scale.
The real story of Muhammad and early Islam has long remained in the shadows. Robert Spencer brings it into the light at long last.
“Spencer’s careful, detailed, well-reasoned survey and analysis of the historical evidence offer strong evidence that Muhammad and Islam itself were post facto creations of Arab conquerors who needed a ‘political theology’ delivered by a ‘warrior prophet’ in order to unify the vast territories and diverse religious and ethnic groups now subjected to Muslim power, and to provide a potent basis for loyalty to their new overlords….The great service Spencer provides goes beyond popularizing the critical study of one of the world’s largest religions in order to advance our knowledge and establish historical reality. At a time when the threat of jihadist violence has silenced many people and intimidated them into voluntarily surrendering their right to free speech and the pursuit of truth, Spencer’s brave book also demonstrates the importance of those quintessential and powerful Western ideals.” (Bruce Thornton, Research Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and Professor of Classics and Humanities at the California State University
“In an impeccably researched book, Spencer shows that all our Arabic sources for the life of Muhammad are very late, tendentious, and unsupported by any archaeological or epigraphic evidence, while the non-Islamic sources are scant and ambiguous. Thanks to this book, skepticism regarding what we can know about Muhammad must now and forever be taken seriously.” (Ibn Warraq, editor of What the Koran Really Says and The Quest for the Historical Muhammad)
“Robert Spencer has displayed brilliant scholarship and fierce courage in his previous books. In this one he perseveres and confronts with deep erudition the most topical problem of our century.” (Bat Ye’or, author of The Decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam)
THE COMPLETE INFIDEL’S GUIDE TO THE KORAN
Regnery Publishing, 2009
The most controversial book in the world explained
The Koran: It may be the most controversial book in the world. Some see it as a paean to peace, others call it a violent mandate for worldwide Islamic supremacy.
How can one book lead to such dramatically different conclusions? New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer reveals the truth in The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran: not many Westerners know what’s in the Koran, since so few have actually read it — even among the legions of politicians, diplomats, analysts, and editorial writers who vehemently insist that the Koran preaches tolerance.
Now, Spencer unveils the mysteries lying behind this powerful book, guiding readers through the controversies surrounding the Koran’s origins and its most contentious passages. Stripping out the obsolete debates, Spencer focuses on the Koran’s decrees toward Jews, Christians, and other Infidels, explaining how they were viewed in Muhammad’s time, what they’ve supposedly done wrong, and most important, what the Koran has in store for them.
“Meticulous, comprehensive, indispensable. ‘I read the Koran so you don’t have to,’ Spencer writes, but even for those of us who have read the Koran, this is a richly illuminating work.” (Bruce Bawer, author of Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom and While Europe Slept)
“Governing officials and media spokesmen may ignore Spencer’s warnings, but they do so at their own risk, because Islamic jihadists are not ignoring what’s in the Koran, and are working to destroy our freedoms in obedience to Koranic dictates. In illuminating for Westerners exactly what the Koran teaches, Spencer has performed a valuable service in the defense of Western civilization against the Islamic jihad.” (Geert Wilders, Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Party for Freedom (PVV), the Netherlands)
“Unlike most of today’s self-styled experts, Robert Spencer won’t tell you that ‘slay the idolaters wherever you find them’ really means ‘love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.’ In The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran, Spencer shows once again that he is America’s most informed, fearless, and compelling voice on modern jihadism, insisting that we come to grips with the words behind the ideology that fuels international terror.” (Andrew C. McCarthy, senior fellow at the National Review Institute and author of Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad)
“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. In our epoch of intellectual jihadism, this honest book is essential to understand the challenges of the twenty-first century.” (Bat Ye’or, author of Eurabia; The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam and Islam and Dhimmitude)
“Tony Blair calls the Koran ‘progressive [and] humanitarian’ but Robert Spencer has actually read the scripture and begs to differ. In an informed, sardonic antidote to the usual soft-peddling of the Koran, he concludes that its actual contents should alarm infidels and prompt them to defend their ‘freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the legal equality of all people.’” (Daniel Pipes, director, Middle East Forum)
“For 1,400 years Muslim leadership spread misinformation and covered up what is in the Koran, even criminalizing exposing the truth or asking questions. The truth is too scary for many, both Muslims and non-Muslims. I thank Robert Spencer for bringing the truth of what is in the Koran to non-Muslims.” (Nonie Darwish, ex-Muslim and author of Now They Call Me Infidel)
“This book is an incisive analysis of how Islamic jihadists read the Koran and understand it to be commanding them to wage war against non-Muslims. Military and intelligence analysts, as well as all Americans interested in protecting our freedoms, will find The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran to be a valuable guide to the thought processes and core beliefs of Muslim terrorists.” (Steven Emerson, author of American Jihad)
STEALTH JIHAD: HOW RADICAL ISLAM IS SUBVERTING AMERICA WITHOUT GUNS OR BOMBS
Regnery Publishing, 2008
Beyond jihad terror
Does America face a jihadist threat that’s even bigger than terrorism?
While our homeland security efforts are focused on preventing terrorist attacks, another jihadist threat is growing right here in America–in plain sight.
In Stealth Jihad, Islam expert and New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer blows the whistle on a long-term plot by Islamic jihadists to undermine the United States. This effort aims not to bring America to its knees through attacks with guns or bombs, but to subvert the country from within–by gradually Islamizing America. The ultimate goal, the stealth jihadists themselves declare, is nothing less than the adoption of Islamic law in the United States.
Describing the disturbing ease with which stealth jihadists have already become ensconced in the American political and media landscapes, Spencer exposes the full modus operandi of the movement as revealed in a stunning document unveiled in a recent terrorism funding trial. In this unsettling book, he explains:
* Which Islamic fundamentalist organization is behind the stealth jihad
* How stealth jihadists have reinvented themselves as mainstream civil rights activists–despite their many past declarations of Islamic supremacism
* How stealth jihadists played a key role in formulating U.S. government guidelines for the War on Terror
* How insistence on “accommodating” Islamic cultural and religious practices in America is part of a calculated strategy to achieve a dangerous larger agenda
* The effort by stealth jihadists to whitewash the teaching of Islam in schools
* What can be done to defeat the stealth jihad and preserve America’s liberty
America, Spencer demonstrates, is all but oblivious to a new kind of threat presented by a loosely organized movement whose activists are well funded, highly motivated, and relentless in pursuit of their agenda. This book is a wake-up call for a country so focused on foreign threats that it has left itself vulnerable to a growing danger much closer to home.
“Robert Spencer makes a solid case that the major threat to our way of life does not come solely from those radical Islamists who embrace violence and terrorism. It also comes from those who do not accept that they must live side-by-side on a basis of equality with those of other faiths in a civil society and who instead work in multiple ways toward obtaining special standing for Islam in our society and, ultimately, toward theocracy. A vital wake-up call of a book.” (R. James Woolsey, former director of U.S. Central Intelligence)
“Stealth Jihad puts a provocative hypothesis to the test of empirical reality with forcefulness and clarity. Many will disagree with this-including our likely next president and vice president-but the burden is now on them to disprove this book.” (John Bolton, former U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations)
“Robert Spencer’s Stealth Jihad proves that radical Muslims try to subvert America, not only by terror attacks but by a whole range of other tactics. Robert Spencer wrote an indispensable document for all people who want to know the truth about jihad and the Islamic effort to take over the West.” (Geert Wilders, member of the Dutch parliament and producer of the short film Fitna)
“With his signature research, accuracy, and boldness, Robert Spencer has written a pioneering survey of the ‘stealth jihad’ whose ambition and subtlety threaten the continuity of Western civilization.” (Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University)
“Robert Spencer has written the definitive book on radical jihadists. It’s a brilliant and remarkable analysis and exposé of how Western society has succumbed corruptively to intimidation and appeasement and the demands of radical Islam. This book is a MUST READ for anyone wanting to know the truth about radical Islam’s threat to the West and to moderate Muslims.” (Steven Emerson, author of American Jihad: The Terrorists Living among Us)
“Legions of jihadists are determined to advance the cause of a universally dominant Islam-not just by violence, but by encroaching Islamic law and custom through litigation, political correctness, and exploitation of the West’s crisis of confidence. In exposing this agenda, no writer has been more fearless, relentless, and effective than Robert Spencer. In Stealth Jihad he unfolds the comprehensive threat as well as it’s ever been done.” (Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review legal affairs editor and bestselling author of Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad)
“In Stealth Jihad, Robert Spencer has performed an invaluable public service. He has ‘connected the dots’ on the enemy within, the Fifth Column that the Muslim Brotherhood and its foreign enablers have established in America — and other nations of the West — to advance the seditious program they call Sharia. This book should be required reading for every government official — and everyone else committed to the survival of our country in the face of this ominous threat.” (Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy)
RELIGION OF PEACE? WHY CHRISTIANITY IS AND ISLAM ISN’T
Regnery Publishing, 2007
Christianity or Islam: which is the real “religion of peace”?
Almost any liberal pundit will tell you that there’s a religion bent on destroying our Constitution, stripping us of our liberties, and imposing religious rule on the U.S. And that religion is…Christianity! About Islam, however, the Left is silent–except to claim a moral equivalence between the two: if Islam has terrorists today, that’s nothing compared to the Crusades, inquisitions, and religious wars in Christianity’s past.
But is this true? Are conservative Christians really more of a threat to free societies than Islamic jihadists? Is the Bible really “just as violent” as the Qur’an? Is Christianity’s history really as bloodstained as Islam’s? In Religion of Peace? Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn’t, New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer not only refutes such charges, but also explains why Americans and Europeans must regain an appreciation of our Christian heritage if we ever hope to defeat Islamic supremacism. In this eye opening work, Spencer reveals:
* The fundamental differences between Islamic and Christian teachings about warfare against other religions: “Love your enemies” vs. “Be ruthless to the unbelievers”
* The myth of Western immorality and Islamic puritanism and why the Islamic world is less moral than the West
* Why the Islamic world has never developed the distinction between religious and secular law that is inherent in Christianity
* Why Christianity has always embraced reason–and Islam has always rejected it
* Why the most determined enemies of Western civilization may not be the jihadists at all, but the leftists who fear their churchgoing neighbors more than Islamic terrorists
* Why Jews, Christians, and peoples of other faiths (or no faith) are equally at risk from militant Islam
Spencer writes not to proselytize, but to state a fact: Christianity is a true “religion of peace,” and on it Western civilization stands. If we are not to perish under Islam’s religion of the sword–with its more than 100 million active jihadists seeking to impose sharia law–we had better defend our own civilization.
“Brilliantly written and argued, Religion of Peace? is the perfect book to give liberals who fervently believe that Christianity is as dangerous — if not more dangerous — than Islam. Robert Spencer skewers the liberals’ paranoid and suicidal hatred of Christianity while reminding us how they ignore the real threat: Islamic jihadists with bombs. This splendid book demonstrates that what Islamic terrorists hate about the West is not its MTV, not the easy availability of pornography and abortion, but its Christian tradition. This goes a long way toward explaining why liberals never wanted to fight this war in the first place. Spencer’s book is well written, heavily researched, and a clarion call to America to wake up and fight back.” (Ann Coulter)
“It took guts to write this book. And Robert Spencer has them to spare. He also has the scholarship, expertise, and passion to cut through the clichés and expose the jihadist cult for what it is. This is a long overdue, in-depth refutation of the Islam-is-a-religion-of-peace tommyrot. Spencer also cogently explains why Jews and Christians need to stand together against the growing menace of a creed that targets adherents of both faiths. If there were a Nobel Prize for demolishing inanities, I’d nominate Robert Spencer.” (Don Feder, writer and media consultant, former columnist for the Boston Herald)
“If you are sick of attacks on the West, tired of Judeo-Christian-bashing, and unwilling to succumb to jihad-friendly propaganda, buy this book and spread the word. Robert Spencer’s latest salvo — careful, thorough, and meticulously researched as always — offers a crash course comparison of the history and teachings of Christianity and Islam. Conclusion: ‘No, Virginia, not all religions are equal.’ Armed with facts and fearlessness, Spencer stands up for Western civilization. How about you?” (Michelle Malkin, bestselling author of Culture of Corruption and Unhinged)
“Robert Spencer’s meticulously researched and powerfully argued book counters the moral equivalence arguments that attempt to excuse or divert attention from the actions of radical Islamic jihadists by attacking Christianity, Judeo-Christian civilization, and the West. In Religion of Peace? Spencer critically examines the history and teachings of Islam, the history of Muslim anti-Semitism, and Muslim views of Christianity, and in so doing helps us better understand the ideological background of the anti-Semitic and anti-Western hatred and violence that the Islamic jihadists espouse. Spencer’s thought-provoking book persuasively demonstrates the ways in which Western civilization, rooted as it is in the Judeo-Christian tradition, is profoundly different from the model of society dictated by Islamic sharia. Rich in its insights and analysis, this is a book that should be read and appreciated by Christians and Jews alike.” (Rabbi David G. Dalin, author of The Myth of Hitler’s Pope)
THE TRUTH ABOUT MUHAMMAD: FOUNDER OF THE WORLD’S MOST INTOLERANT RELIGION
Regnery Publishing, 2006
Meet the REAL Muhammad
As American and European leaders continue to assure us that true Islam is peaceful, and formulate foreign and domestic policy on that basis, it is more important today than ever before for non-Muslims to know exactly what Islam’s founder, Muhammad, actually did and taught. Now, in The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion, Robert Spencer provides a frank and accurate picture of the Muhammad that Muslims around the world revere: a warlord who preached violence, ordered the assassinations of his enemies, and used his “divine revelations” for his personal self-aggrandizement.
Spencer, author of the bestselling Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Islam (and the Crusades) and four other books on Islam and jihad, here works exclusively from the sources that Muslims themselves revere as most reliable for information about Muhammad. He explains why it matters so much today what Muhammad was like, and traces his tumultuous life in depth: from his first “revelation” from Allah (which filled him with terror that he was demon-possessed) to his deathbed (from which he called down curses upon Jews and Christians).
Spencer details Muhammad’s development from a preacher of hellfire and damnation into a military leader who commanded his followers to carry out surprise raids on his opponents, and who promised his warriors luridly physical delights in Paradise if they were killed in his cause. He shows how Muhammad’s faulty knowledge of Judaism and Christianity has influenced Islamic theology, and colored Muslim relations with Jews and Christians to this day. It’s all here: Muhammad’s multiple marriages (including one to a nine-year-old); his convenient “revelations” justifying his own licentiousness; his joy in the brutal murders of his enemies; and above all, his clear marching orders to his followers to convert non-Muslims to Islam or force them to live as inferiors under Islamic rule.
Spencer also shows how modern-day jihad terrorists frequently invoke Muhammad’s example to justify their bloodlust and exhort their followers to more violence. The true nature of Islam and the prospects for large-scale Islamic reform have important implications for host of issues – notably the prosecution of the war on terror; the democracy project in Iraq and Afghanistan; and immigration and border control. That’s what makes it crucial for policymakers and every citizen who loves freedom to read and ponder The Truth About Muhammad.
Meet the real Muhammad:
- Muhammad’s bizarre reaction to his first “revelation”: “I will go to the top of the mountain and throw myself down that I may kill myself”
- The heretical Christian who convinced Muhammad he was a prophet – and may have taught him his erroneous views of Christianity
- Islamic borrowings from Judaism, Christianity, and Zoroastrianism – and Muhammad’s enraged replies to charges that he borrowed material rather than received actual divine revelations
- The “revelation” that allowed Muhammad to marry his beautiful daughter-in-law
- The strange incident in Muhammad’s life that makes it virtually impossible to prove rape in Islamic countries today
- The real “Satanic Verses” incident (not the Salman Rushdie version): how Muhammad’s attempt to win over his opponents ended with his saying he had been inspired not by God, but by Satan
- How the Qur’an’s teaching on warfare against unbelievers developed – with constant war to establish the hegemony of Islamic law as the last stage
- The first year of the Muslim calendar: not when Muhammad was born or became a prophet, but when he became a warlord
- How Muhammad used the graphic lure of Islamic Paradise to urge his warriors to fight furiously to extend his rule
- “Kill every Jew who comes into your power”: why Muhammad became so angry with both Jews and Christians – with disastrous consequences that are still playing out in the world today
- The momentous command by Muhammad that led to good being identified with anything that benefited the Muslims, and evil with anything that harmed them –without reference to any larger moral standard
- Muhammad’s child bride – and the terrible consequences his marriage to a nine-year-old still has in the Islamic world
- “This is the caravan of the Quraysh possessing wealth. It is likely that Allah may give it to you as booty”: how Muhammad gave divine sanction to the Muslims’ bloody raids
- “War is deceit”: the permission Muhammad gave his followers to lie in order to gain an advantage over their enemies
- How Muhammad broke the principal treaty he entered into, again setting a pattern for Muslim states thereafter
- Muhammad’s commands to his followers to wage perpetual war against non-Muslims, including Jews and Christians
- Muhammad on women’s rights: women “are prisoners with you having no control of their persons”
- “If justice is not to be found with me then where will you find it?” Why Muhammad still stands for Muslims as the supreme model for human behavior
- “I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula, and will not leave any but Muslims” – and other statements by Muhammad that contemporary jihadists take very seriously
- Islamic tolerance? The onerous tax burden and other discriminatory regulations mandated for non-Muslims under Islamic law
- How Muhammad ordered the killing of apostates from Islam
- The massacre of a Jewish tribe by Muhammad that was invoked by modern-day jihadists at the beginning of Israel’s July 2006 operations against Hizballah in Lebanon
- “Embrace Islam, and your lives and property will be safe”: Muhammad’s threatening letters to the rulers of the lands around Arabia
- Muhammad’s frequent avowals that the Muslims would overcome the empires bordering on Arabia and one day stand as masters of the world
- “I have been made victorious with terror” – and other statements of Muhammad on his deathbed
- Six steps that American leaders can and must take in order to protect our nation from Islamic jihad terrorism
“Intrepid Robert Spencer continues his quest to dispel myths, cure ignorance, and open our eyes to hard truths about Islam. Spencer trades platitudes for scholarship; delusions for reality. If we are going to win ‘the War on Terror,’ we need to know how Muhammad really lived — and why he endures as the inspiration for global jihad. This book is a threat to ‘religion of peace’ propaganda that lulls the West into submission. Strike a blow for survival: buy it.” (Michelle Malkin, nationally syndicated columnist and bestselling author of Unhinged, In Defense of Internment, and Invasion)
“At a time when, even in the West, the pious narrative of Muhammad has gained a near-hegemonic hold, Robert Spencer offers a rare skeptical biography and interpretation of the prophet of Islam. Relying exclusively on Islamic sources, The Truth About Muhammad argues that, for fourteen hundred years, the ‘words and deeds of Muhammad have been moving Muslims to commit acts of violence.’” (Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum and author of Slave Soldiers and Islam)
“With boldness and courage, Spencer examines one of the most controversial subjects of our time. His extensive scholarship and clear style, together with his forceful argumentation, explain the complexities of contemporary politics. This fascinating book is essential reading to understand the crucial issues of the twenty-first century.” (Bat Ye’or, author of Islam and Dhimmitude and Eurabia)
“One of the chief merits of Spencer’s biography of Muhammad is that he relies entirely on the earliest extant Arabic sources, and if the picture that emerges of the Prophet of Islam is far from flattering, Muslims, at least, cannot complain that it is a portrait painted by the enemy or infidels. Unfortunately, much of the subsequent bloody history of Islam can be said to derive from the example set by its founder: his intolerance of non-Muslims, his anti-Jewish sentiments, his attitude to women, all are attested to in the Islamic sources. Thanks to Spencer’s biography, we can no longer pretend that Islamic fundamentalism is an aberrant form of Islam. The seeds of violence and intolerance are already there in Seventh Century Arabia, and in the life of Muhammad.” (Ibn Warraq, author of Why I Am Not A Muslim and editor of What the Koran Really Says, The Quest for the Historical Mohammed and Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out)
THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO ISLAM (AND THE CRUSADES)
Regnery Publishing, 2005
Everything (well, almost everything) you know about Islam and the Crusades is wrong
This is because most textbooks and popular history books are written by left-wing academics and Islamic apologists who justify their contemporary political agendas with contrived historical “facts.” But fear not: Robert Spencer (author of the bestseller Islam Unveiled) refutes the popular myths in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). Spencer reveals facts that you won’t be taught in school and will never hear on the evening news, supplies a revealing list of “Books You Must Not Read” (as far as the PC left is concerned), and takes you on a fast-paced politically incorrect tour of Islamic teaching and Crusades history that will give you all the information you need to understand the true nature of the global conflict America faces today.
Bet your teacher never told you:
- Muhammad did not teach “peace and tolerance” — he led armies and ordered the assassination of his enemies.
- The Qur’an commands Muslims to make war on Jews and Christians
- The much-ballyhooed “Golden Age” of Islamic culture was largely inspired by non-Muslims
- What is known today as the “Islamic world” was created by a series of brutal conquests of non-Muslim lands
- The Crusades were not acts of unprovoked aggression by Europe against the Islamic world, but a delayed response to centuries of Muslim aggression
- The jihad continues today: Europe could be Islamic by the end of the twenty-first century
- Ex-Muslims must live in fear even in the United States, where pressure groups intimidate the media into silence about Islamic terrorism
“To win the War on Terror, we must understand our enemies. The courageous and indefatigable Robert Spencer busts myths and tells truths about jihadists that no one else will tell. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) is indispensable reading.” (Michelle Malkin, author, In Defense of Internment)
“With a provocative and irreverent style, Robert Spencer assails, with much erudition, the taboos imposed by the Politically Correct League. A daring tonic that teaches fundamental truths.” (Bat Ye’or, author, Eurabia and The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam)
“The jihad that the Western world faces today is identical in its motivations and goals to that which Europe managed to stave off almost a thousand years ago thanks in large part to the Crusades of which the West is now ashamed. In this book, Robert Spencer tells the truth that few in the U.S. or Europe wish to face. Today’s jihad, as Spencer illustrates here, is proceeding on two fronts: one of violence and terror, and another of cultural shaming and the rewriting of history. Here is a devastating riposte to that revisionism — and a clarion call for the defense of the West, before it is too late.” (Ibn Warraq, author of Why I Am Not A Muslim and editor of Leaving Islam and What the Koran Really Says)
“The value of Spencer’s book is twofold. He reminds us of the consequences of our failure to come to grips with the message and implications of Islam. And he warns against the spirit of masochistic self-loathing that permeates the Western elite class. In a sane world Spencer’s recommendations — notably that the upholders of sharia should be treated as political radicals and subjected to appropriate supervision — would not be deemed ‘politically incorrect’ but eminently sensible.” (Serge Trifkovic, author, Sword of the Prophet)
“With the 2005 ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ movie trying to visualize the actual scenes that occurred between European Crusaders and Arab Muslim armies in the Middle Ages, the whole issue of the clash of civilizations came back to haunt politicians. Traditional historians used to relate facts. Politicized historians, such as Amine Maalouf, insisted that Western Crusaders were evil, and their enemies were righteous. Robert Spencer, an expert on historical Jihad, responds with a ‘politically incorrect’ but academically sound and challenging work. Spencer displays an enormous amount of well-researched material. He throws the ball back into the camp of Arabist historians.” (Walid Phares, author, Lebanese Christian Nationalism: The Rise and Fall of an Ethnic Resistance)
“Sweeping away the politically correct myths about a tolerant, peaceful Islam brutalized by demonic Christian Crusaders, Robert Spencer in this powerful, important book lets the facts of history speak for themselves. The truth he recovers is simple: an aggressive, violent Islamic creed for fourteen centuries has waged war against the infidel West, a scourge of conquest and persecution that roused the Crusaders to restore the Near East to the Christian and Hellenic culture devastated by the armies of Islam. Spencer’s rousing, straight-talking book is a much-needed antidote to the poisonous propaganda that compromises our current battle against jihadist murder.” (Bruce S. Thornton, author, Greek Ways: How the Greeks Created Western Civilization)
ONWARD MUSLIM SOLDIERS: HOW JIHAD STILL THREATENS AMERICA AND THE WEST
Regnery Publishing, 2003
Contrary to popular notions that dissociate modern terrorism from religious concepts, jihad, Islamic holy war, is the primary reason why terrorism threatens our nation today. In this shocking new book, author Robert Spencer explains why.
He details how jihad warriors have already established numerous footholds right here in America, and are an established, growing, and ominous threat in Europe. Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West (Regnery) reveals the open violent contempt of radical Muslims in the United States and around the world for Western freedom and tolerance, and details why a clash of civilizations is already upon us.
Spencer exposes truths about radical Islam that the media denies and disregards, including:
- Why Iraqi democracy will have a tough time no matter how long American troops stay in the country
- The American Left: its unholy alliance with radical Islam
- The concept of jihad: how it poisons chances for peace in Israel and in other conflicts
- The myth of Islamic “tolerance” in history and today
- Why the threat of violent jihad is growing daily, despite claims that Islam is a “religion of peace”
- How Muslims are undermining Western Europe’s commitment to freedom
- Why moderate Muslims have been unable to stop the spread of violent Islam
Using Muslim sources, author Robert Spencer (Islam Unveiled) uncovers the tracts that influence radical Muslims — material full of naked hatred and intolerance; material that is freely and popularly available, and that is almost completely ignored by the establishment media.
This explosive book concludes with a series of practical steps that we must take to combat jihad terrorism — before it’s too late.
“This is an amazing book. Brilliantly argued and meticulously documented, this book contains a devastating expose of the murderous deceit behind contemporary apologists for militant Islam — in the media, political arena, academia and ‘mainstream’ radical Islamic groups. Read this book to learn why Islamic extremism is dangerously entrenched within the institutional Islamic leadership in Saudi Arabia and the United States.” (Steven Emerson, author of American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us and Director of the Investigative Project)
“To understand the ideological sources of the terrorist enemy, read Robert Spencer’s succinct, knowledgeable, and important book, Onward Muslim Soldiers. His systematic survey of such vital topics as radical Islam’s aspirations, its unlikely alliance with the far left, and the need to encourage a moderate Islamic alternative are all valuable. But Spencer’s signal contribution is his focus on the ‘global threat to the West’ that so many Western analysts and policymakers persistently refuse to see: jihad, or sacred war for Islam. There is no more important topic for citizens to comprehend.” (Daniel Pipes, author, Militant Islam Reaches America)
“This book is a necessary tool for students of History, Politics, Civilization and Ideologies. Spencer takes the reader into the world of Islamic Fundamentalism to show not only how the world views it, but how it views the world. While most experts on Islam and the Middle East focus on a narrow interpretation of Jihadist actions around the world, Spencer connects the dots and opens our eyes to the big picture. This book is a must read for all those who want to understand the world after September 11.” (Walid Phares, professor of Middle East Studies and Religious Conflict at Florida Atlantic University)
“Robert Spencer’s latest book makes easy reading due to his immense scholarship. Written with brilliant intellectual honesty, it is an indispensable companion for reference, understanding and knowledge of a most crucial subject of our time.” (Bat Ye’or, author, Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide; The Dhimmi: Jews & Christians Under Islam; and The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam: From Jihad to Dhimmitude)
“A ground-breaking and thoroughly researched work that courageously exposes the greatest danger to civilized existence in the twenty-first century: radical Islamism with its belligerent ideology of jihad and its demonstrated intolerance.” (Habib C. Malik, Ph.D., a 1995 visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, author of Between Damascus and Jerusalem: Lebanon and Middle East Peace, and professor of history and cultural studies at the Lebanese American University in Beirut)
“Onward Muslim Soldiers gives us a realistic and therefore disturbing assessment of the greatest threat to civilized life in the coming century. There will be many Westerners who will reject the author’s diagnosis of the jihadist malaise and his proposed therapy, in the name of ‘tolerance,’ ‘diversity,’ and ‘inclusiveness.’ They are like the Bourbons of old, learning nothing and forgetting nothing. It is to be hoped that there will be many others who will heed Spencer’s wake-up call and respond by exerting pressure on their political leaders to act now, lest the remnant of the West is reduced to a reeking Camp of Saints.” (Serge Trifkovic, author, Sword of the Prophet)
“Onward Muslim Soldiers explains, clearly, scrupulously, meticulously, the central political tenets of Islam (not the tenets of ‘political Islam’), that make so many of its adherents such a threat to the entire non-Muslim world . . . Spencer cuts through the sentimentalism, fear, confusion, and ignorance in the West carefully exploited by Muslim apologists. . . . Onward Muslim Soldiers is the clearest and most intelligent guide to what the ‘war on terrorism’ really is: a war of self-defense, by non-Muslims, a war imperfectly understood and imperfectly articulated by those whose duty it is to instruct and to defend us against the Jihad.” (Hugh Fitzgerald, Outpost)
“Spencer offers detailed, referenced accounts of how militant Muslims are at work in the West, and how many Western sympathisers have been duped by their words of peace and tolerance. … While we must do all we can to encourage Muslim moderation, we dare not ignore Muslim extremism. This book helps us to do both, and deserves a wide reading.” (Bill Muehlenberg, NewsWeekly)
ISLAM UNVEILED: DISTURBING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WORLD’S FASTEST GROWING FAITH
Encounter Books, 2002
Can Islam coexist peacefully within the West’s multicultural mosaic?
In Islam Unveiled, Robert Spencer dares to face the hard questions about what the Islamic religion actually teaches–and the potentially ominous implications of those teachings for the future of both the Muslim world and the West. Going beyond the shallow distinction between a “true” peaceful Islam and the “hijacked” Islam of terrorist groups, Spencer probes the Koran and Islamic traditions (as well as the history and present-day situation of the Muslim world) as part of his inquiry into why the world’s fastest growing faith tends to arouse fanaticism. “Islam Unveiled” evaluates the relationship between Islamic fundamentalism and “mainstream” Islam; the fixation with violence and jihad; the reasons for Muslims’ disturbing treatment of women; and devastating effects of Muslim polygamy and Islamic divorce laws. Spencer explores other daunting questions–why the human rights record of Islamic countries is so unrelievedly grim and how the root causes of this record exist in basic Muslim beliefs; why science and high culture died out in the Muslim world–and why this is a root cause of modern Muslim resentment. He evaluates what Muslims learn from the life of Muhammad, the man that Islam hails as the supreme model of human behavior. Above all, this provocative work grapples with the question that most preoccupies us today: can Islam create successful secularized societies that will coexist peacefully with the West’s multicultural mosaic?
“Alarmingly cogent.” (Booklist)
“All readers will find it challenging, if not disturbing, as it provides insight into a rigid, fundamentalist Islamist view of the world.” (Choice)
“The questions Islam Unveiled poses and the answers it provides are hard to dismiss, and given the urgency of the times, necessary to ask.” (National Review)
“This is a bracing argument that can help Americans think through what might well turn out to be the greatest religious, cultural, and political conflict of this century.” (Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, author of The Naked Public Square)
“Robert Spencer has explained very ably some of the misconceptions about Islam. The reader will be greatly enriched in understanding Islam and how Muslims act, in the light of the attack on America.” (Dr. Anis Shorrosh, author of Islam Revealed)
“Heartily recommended to all those who want to understand the global challenge of Islam.” (Bassam Madany, Middle East Resources)
THE POST-AMERICAN PRESIDENCY: THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S WAR ON AMERICA by Pamela Geller with Robert Spencer
Simon & Schuster Threshold, 2010
Inside Obama’s disastrous presidency
Popular conservative blogger Pamela Geller and New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer sound a wake-up call for Americans to stop the Obama administration from limiting our hard-won freedoms, silencing our democratic voices, and harming America for generations to come—now available in paperback.
America is being tested in a way that she has never been tested before. Since taking the oath of office in January 2009, President Barack Obama has cheered our enemies and demoralized our allies. He is hard at work “remaking” America by destroying the free-market system and nationalizing major segments of our economy, demonizing dissent and restricting freedom of speech, turning against our longtime friends, and above all, subjecting us to the determinations of foreign authorities. In this timely and urgent battle cry, Pamela Geller, founder of the widely popular website AtlasShrugs.com, and bestselling author Robert Spencer team up to expose the Obama administration’s destructive agenda—largely ignored by the mainstream media—and rally Americans to protect the sovereignty of a country that is under siege. Geller and Spencer critically examine the Obama administration’s ominous and revealing moves against our basic freedoms, particularly as he seizes control of the three engines of the American economy: health care, energy, and education. The Post-American Presidency is a vital guide to helping conservatives prepare for the tough battles ahead.
“Sheer brilliance! Sharp, well-written and to-the-point. The ultimate patriot’s handbook. Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer lay bare Barack Hussein Obama’s radical agenda and how to stop it. No true American’s library will be complete without this book.” (Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Foreign Influence)
“This book is a chilling analysis of how the policy of President Barack Obama is chipping away at the very foundation of America’s leading role in the world. It exposes his philosophy of near universal ‘moral equivalency’ a philosophy that is a dead ringer for the cultural relativism that has been poisoning Europe for the past decades. America is the last man standing and it is vital that the people of Europe adopt the attitude of proud American citizens and learn that it is not shameful to be proud of one’s heritage. This book is incredibly fascinating and at the same time holds a deeply disturbing message we should all take to heart.” (Geert Wilders, Dutch MP)
“Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are two of the most incisive analysts of events at home and abroad, and you could not ask for better guides to where ‘hope,’ ‘change’ and czars are taking us – and what Americans can do about it.” (Mark Steyn, New York Times bestselling author of America Alone)
“Barack Obama is the most radical individual ever to occupy the White House. This excellent book by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer explains exactly what that means and why its implications are fraught with such dangers for this great Republic.” (David Horowitz, author of Radical Son)
“In The Post-American Presidency, Pamela Geller shines her laser on President Barack Obama – his life, his values, his friends and his perceptions of the country he leads. What she reports will disturb not only every American who believes in that America is the Shining City on the Hill and that the American people are what Abraham Lincoln referred to as ‘the almost chosen people.’ It should also disturb people around the world who recognize that the international system stops working when the American Atlas shirks the burden of its uniqueness.” (Caroline Glick, author of The Shackled Warrior)
“With their characteristic attention to detail, clarity and fearlessness, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer assay the wreckage. The Post-American Presidency is must reading for every concerned American who needs to know why we’re in this perilous moment, and where we’re headed if we don’t take our exceptional country back.” (Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review legal affairs editor, author of Willful Blindness)
INSIDE ISLAM: A GUIDE FOR CATHOLICS by Daniel Ali and Robert Spencer
Ascension Press, 2003
A solid introduction to Islam’s basic teachings
Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics utilizes a popular question-and-answer format so that all Catholics both the theological novice and the well-catechized can learn the basics of Islam.
Co-authors Robert Spencer and Daniel Ali, a convert from Islam, give you a solid understanding of Islam’s unique teachings including:
● The Islamic view of God.
● The role of Jesus in Islamic theology.
● Islam’s controversial theology of jihad, or “holy war”.
● Why Islam’s strong beliefs are so attractive to secularized Western societies.
● The role of women in Islam.
Inside Islam is an essential resource for anyone who wants to know more about this historic religion from the Middle East. After reading this book, you will have a better understanding of the issues discussed every day in the news.
“This is an excellent guide to Islam coauthored by Daniel Ali, a convert from Islam, and Robert Spencer, an authority who has written two previous books on the subject. It has a foreword by Father Mitch Pacwa, and is set out in question and answer format. The questions range through all the basic sorts of queries that anyone interested in finding out more about Islam might want to ask, and the authors do not pull any punches.” (Donal Anthony Foley, Theotokos.org)
THE MYTH OF ISLAMIC TOLERANCE: HOW ISLAMIC LAW TREATS NON-MUSLIMS edited by Robert Spencer
Prometheus Books, 2004
This enlightening collection of essays by some of the world’s leading authorities on Islamic social history focuses on the pervasive legal and cultural oppression of non-Muslims in Islamic societies. The authors of these-in-depth but accessible articles explode the widely advocacy groups, of a largely tolerant, pluralistic Islam. In fact, the contributors lay bare the tyrannical legal superstructure that has treated non-Muslims in Muslim societies as oppressed and humiliated tributaries, and they show the devastating effects of these discriminatory attitudes and practices in both past and contemporary global conflicts.
The insightful chapters presented in The Myth of Islamic Tolerance explain how the legally mandated subjugation of non-Muslims under Islamic law stems from the Muslim concept of jihad–the spread of Islam through conquest. Historically, the Arab Muslim conquerors overran vast territories containing diverse non-Muslim populations. Many of these conquered people surrendered to Muslim domination under a special treaty called dhimma in Arabic. As such, these non-Muslim indigenous populations, mainly Christians and Jews, were then classified under Islamic law as dhimmis (meaning “protected”). Although protected status may sound benign, this classification in fact referred, most importantly, to “protection” from the resumption of the jihad against non-Muslims. The authors maintain that underlying this religious caste system is a culturally ingrained contempt for outsiders that still characterizes much of the Islamic world today and is a primary catalyst for jihad terrorism, jihadist-martyrdom bombers, and a Nazi-like racist antisemitism taught in school systems and propagated via the media.
Included are Ibn Warraq writing about Edward Said and the “intellectual turbans” he has placed on today’s academic establishment, forestalling honest discussion about Islamic tolerance; Bat Ye’or on the devastating effects of the dhimma, the system that actually defines the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims in Islamic states; Walid Phares on the little-noted oppression of Middle Eastern Christians; and much more–including a devastating series of articles by UN expert David G. Littman on the advancement of Islamic intolerance at the United Nations and other provocative topics usually ignored by Muslim apologists.
This hard-hitting and absorbing assessment of Islamic teachings and practices regarding non-Muslim minorities uncovers a significant human rights scandal that rarely receives any mention either in academic circles or in the mainstream press.
“Original articles, primary source documents, and in-depth study contribute to The Myth of Islamic Tolerance: How Islamic Law Treats Non-Muslims, a hard-hitting, critical assessment of Islamic teachings and practices regarding non-Muslim minorities, exploring a human rights issue which rarely receives in-depth press. The world’s leading authorities on the issue of Islamic religion and social history appear under one cover, exposing the legal superstructure which has treated non-Muslims in Muslim societies as oppressed peoples, and showing how the effects of discriminatory attitudes continue to affect Muslim societies today. Expertly compiled and deftly edited by Robert Spencer, The Myth Of Islamic Tolerance is a powerful, hard-hitting probe.” (Midwest Book Review)
“Anyone in doubt about the rules of the game should read a new book edited by Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, The Myth of Islamic Tolerance: How Islamic Law Treats Non-Muslims (Prometheus Books). Spencer and a fine collection of knowledgeable authors unmask the enemies of freedom and document how much of the West is being duped into believing that the radicals are part of a “fringe” and that the overwhelming majority of Muslims wish no one harm and seek to live at peace with all.” (Cal Thomas, syndicated columnist)
“Robert Spencer has here assembled a collection of documents devastating to PC myth and multiculturalist wishful thinking. Anyone concerned about the dangers of politically motivated distortions of Islamic theology and history should not miss this explosive and enlightening volume.” (Jeffrey Rubin, editor, Conservative Book Club)
“A necessary corrective to the prevailing opinion fostered among academics by Karen Armstrong, Abou El Fadl, et al. that Islam is a religion of peace, justice, and tolerance. The work brings to light the total suppression of human rights in Islamic society, the true meaning of jihad (armed conflict against all nonbelievers), and the horrors of dhimmitude (life for Christians and Jews under Islamic law). It should be required reading for all those who seek a true understanding of the socioreligious basis for the rise of Osama bin Laden and his network of international Islamic terror.” (Paul L. Williams, author, Osama’s Revenge)