CHARLOTTE, NC: Anyone truly interested in understanding the struggle between Islam and Western civilizations would do well to read Raymond Ibrahim’s latest book, Sword and Scimitar, Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West.
As the Moonbattery website so accurately points out,
“We might reverse the decline and fall of Western Civilization if only we could get enough people to read Sword and Scimitar.”
Raymond Ibrahim is an American translator, author, and columnist. Ibrahim’s writings on Arabic history and current events are among the most insightful commentaries of the day.
Born to Coptic immigrants from Egypt, Ibrahim studied at California State University, Fresno. At CSU, Ibrahim’s Master’s thesis was on an early military encounter between Islam and Byzantium based on medieval Arabic and Greek texts.
He is fluent in Arabic and studied toward a Ph.D. in medieval Islamic history at Catholic University. Today he is among the best researched and most insightful experts on the subject of Islamic studies.
Sword and Scimitar, Ibrahim’s third book, is perhaps his best.
Though political correctness and Islamic apologists have wrapped their wearisome and woefully uninformed support around in the 18 years since 9/11, Moonbattery gets it right when it says,
“It would be hard to come away from the book without understanding what many felt in their gut after 9/11 and have had reinforced ever since. Islam is the enemy, has always been the enemy, and always will be the enemy until either it or we are eradicated.”
Using eight major battles between Islam and the West (four victories on each side), Ibrahim’s military history demonstrates that it is the West that has changed over the centuries rather than Islam.
“Muslims still venerate their heritage and religion—which commands jihad against infidels—whereas the West has learned to despise its heritage and religion, causing it to become an unwitting ally of the jihad,” writes Moonbattery.
It’s discomforting to admit that, “(I)f Islam is terrorizing the West today, that is not because it can, but because the West allows it to,” adds the social media website.
While it may be easy to be cynical and slough off Ibrahim’s research at first, consider this tiny bit of trivia that should raise your eyebrows the very moment it registers in your brain;
“The United States of America’s first war (emphasis added)—which it fought before it could even elect its first president—was against Islamic slavers. When Thomas Jefferson and John Adams asked Barbary’s ambassador why his countrymen were enslaving American sailors, the ‘ambassador answered us that it was founded on the laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that … it was their right and duty to make war upon them (non-Muslims) wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners.'”
*Note: (The ambassador was citing the Koran (Surah 9:5)
If the fact that we were at war with Islam before we had a president does not resonate, there is nothing that will alter your opinion of the perpetual war we are continuously enduring with the Islamic faith.
Recounting some important facts, Ibrahim quotes historian Thomas Madden who wrote,
“Before Islam burst onto the scene, most of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East were part of the same religio-civilizational block. As such, Islam did not merely invade and eventually get repulsed from Europe; rather, ‘Muslim armies conquered three-quarters of the Christian world’.”
Words which have not been forgotten so much as they have gone unrecognized by most Americans, Sadly, this fact is frequently overlooked by Islamic apologists when discussing the Crusades.
Later, Ibrahim addresses the growth of Islam over the centuries. Offering a brief but poignant explanation of why so many so-called “moderate Muslims” detract from its reality:
“(O)nce Muslims overran Africa and the Middle East, most of its Christian subjects, to evade fiscal and social oppression and join the winning team, converted to Islam, thereby perpetuating the cycle, as they became the new standard bearers of jihad against their former coreligionists north and west of the Mediterranean.”
Citing a prophetic statement by the prolific 20th-century Anglo-French writer and historian Hilaire Belloc in The Great Heresies, 1938, “(Islam) is, as a fact, the most formidable and persistent enemy which our civilization has had.”
As has so often been said Islam never sleeps.
The tenets have remained steadfast for 14 centuries. In a Western world that thrives on complacency and instant gratification, time and patience are powerful weapons that favor Islamic ideals and goals.
We may be able to kick the can down the road for a while. However, if we are not vigilant, we will eventually be barreled over due to our unwillingness to comprehend the warnings of people such as Raymond Ibrahim.
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor is an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is also a founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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