The Jihad on Christianity: Then and Now

I was recently interviewed by Sandy Rios on American Family Radio.  We discussed the jihad on Christians, then and now, in the context of my new book  Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West.  The 45-minute interview can be listened to by clicking here or below: https://streamer1.afa.net/afr-aod/sandyrios/sr_20180810.mp3

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A Military History of Islam and the West

In an episode titled “A Military History of Islam and the West,” Todd Wilken of the radio show, Issues, ETC, interviewed me earlier this week on my forthcoming book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West.  Click here to listen to the 45-minute-long discussion.

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“Be Cursed Forever”: Muslim Persecution of Christians, January 2018

Gatestone Institute The Slaughter of Christians in Egypt Three masked gunmen targeted and killed Bassem Attallah, a Christian man, 27, after identifying him as a Christian by the cross tattoo on his wrist.  According to his older brother, Osama, 38, the siblings and a Muslim colleague, Muhammad, were walking home after work when three armed […]

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The Dhimmi in the Mirror

PJ Media During a recent ceremony that was attended by more than 50 ambassadors and diplomats, many from Western nations, Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II reportedly said “that Egypt had a long history and civilization and has been a model for coexistence between Christians and Muslims for 14 centuries,” to quote the online website, […]

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Lessons From the Past: Why Eastern European Nations Reject Muslim Migrants

PJ Media (Editor’s note: All quotes and facts of history appearing in the following article are documented in the author’s new book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West.) What accounts for the stark difference between how Western and Eastern European nations respond to Muslim migrants?  The former—including Great Britain, Germany, and […]

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“It Was Like a War against the Church”: Muslim Persecution of Christians, December 2017

Suicide attack on pre-Christmas church service killed 9 worshipers in Pakistan Gatestone Institute Christian Carnage and Attacked Churches in Egypt As a reflection of the enmity that Christmas provokes in the Islamic world, “Egypt’s interior ministry … said it would be allocating 230,000 security personnel to secure the country’s Christmas celebrations,” Ahram reported, “to protect […]

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Does Islam’s ‘Hippocratic Oath’ Turn Christian Doctors into Muslims?

PJ Media “Egypt’s version of the Hippocratic Oath, which all of the nation’s doctors—both Muslim and Christian—are required to take, contains wording that is not unlike the Islamic confession of faith,” says Coptic Solidarity, a human rights organization dedicated to ameliorating the plight of Egypt’s Christian minority. This development is significant: Anyone required to recite the oath—including […]

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When Islam’s Largest Army Came: The Siege of Vienna, 1683

Note: Portions of this article were excerpted from Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West. All quotes are sourced therein.  Earlier this month, when Polish lawmaker Dominik Tarczyński was asked how many “refugees” Poland has taken in, he flatly responded: “Zero.”  When the British interviewer, whose nation has taken in millions of […]

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Video: ‘Societal Denial and Deception’ Concerning the Persecution of Egypt’s Christians

Last month I chaired a panel at Coptic Solidarity’s ninth annual conference, held in Washington, D.C.  The panel was titled and dedicated to exploring “Government, Media and Societal Denial and Deception” concerning the persecution of Egypt’s Christian minority.  Also on the panel were: Robert Herman, Senior Advisor for Policy, Freedom House; Mansour al-Hadj, Director Reform Project, […]

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How Islam Apologists Like John Esposito Dupe Americans About Sharia

PJ Media Does Islam itself promote hostility for and violence against non-Muslims, or are all the difficulties between the West and Islam based on secondary factors—from “radical” interpretations of Islam, to economics and grievances? This is the fundamental question. Obviously, if “anti-infidel” hostility is inherent to Islam itself, then the conflict becomes existential—a true clash […]

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When July 4 Meant Defeat by Islam: The Battle of Hattin

PJ Media [Editor’s note: The following account, which originally appeared on July 4, is adapted from the author’s new book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West.  All quotes are cited there.] Soon after liberating the ancient Christian city of Antioch from Muslim oppression, the First Crusaders managed to realize their primary […]

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The Battle of Antioch: “Here the Name Christian Was Born”

                                     Bohemond                                                                      The siege […]

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The ‘Mustard Seed’ that Liberated Christian Spain from Islamic Rule

National Review Online Editor’s note: The following account is excerpted and adapted from the author’s new book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West. Exactly 1,300 years ago, in the year 718, a little remembered kingdom was born in and led to the liberation of Spain from Islamic occupation. To appreciate its […]

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The Folly of Multiculturalism

PJ Media Exactly how beneficial to a society is multiculturalism, this word that is so celebrated in the West? First one must define the word: It is “the view that cultures, races, and ethnicities, particularly those of minority groups, deserve special acknowledgement of their differences within a dominant political culture.” Note the immediate inaccuracies within this standard definition. “Races,” which indicate a […]

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The Battle of Kosovo, 1389: Islam Enters and Conquers Eastern Europe

PJ Media Editor’s note:  The following account is partially excerpted from the author’s new book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West (with a foreword by Victor Davis Hanson).  Why Eastern Europeans are much more reluctant to accept Muslim migrants than their Western counterparts can be traced back to circumstances surrounding a […]

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Egypt Tries to ‘Reconcile’ Coptic Churches to Non-Existence

Coptic Solidarity From attacks by Muslim mobs to closures by Muslim authorities, the lamentable plight of Coptic Christian churches in Egypt always follows a pattern, one that is unwaveringly only too typical. Thus, last April 14, a Muslim mob—predictably riled by the previous day’s Friday mosque sermons—attacked the church of the Holy Virgin and Pope […]

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Barbary: Islamic Terrorism and America’s First Military Victory

PJ Media Editor’s note:  The following account is partially excerpted from the author’s new book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West (with a foreword by Victor Davis Hanson).  Many Americans erroneously trace the roots of Islamic terrorism against their nation to September 11, 2001.  In reality, the United States’ […]

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A History of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East

A History of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East By Heather J. Sharkey Middle East Quarterly Summer 2018 Volume 25: Number 3 Editor’s note: The following is a longer version of a review by Raymond Ibrahim that first appeared in the Middle East Quarterly. Despite its broad and ambitious title, the book deals […]

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“Islam Was a Yoke to My Heart”: Muslim Persecution of Christians, November 2017

Gatestone Institute Muslim Attacks on Christian Churches Germany: According to a November 11 report in The European, approximately 200 churches have been attacked and desecrated in the Alps and Bavarian regions alone. Large summit crosses atop mountains have also been felled and destroyed by axes and saws.  “Young Islamists” are believed to be behind the […]

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Islam’s Three ‘Claims’ to Jerusalem

PJ Media An Islamic preacher who recently appeared on official Palestinian Authority television made all the usual angry remarks that Muslims often make concerning Israel’s right to exist, particularly in the context of its claim to Jerusalem.  Although his comments may suggest to the casual Western listener that “by rights” and as a matter of […]

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