| Robert Spencer’s Indispensable Account of the 1400-Year War Islamic Jihadists Have Waged Against the West
| Monday, August 20, 2018
Jihad Watch : If the West manages to avoid doom from the forces of Jihad, it will be
in large part due to books like this. Here is my review of Robert
Spencer’s The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, as published in FrontPage: " Robert Spencer’s The History of Jihad
tells, in magnificent measure, the story of how, over 1400 years, the
votaries of Islam have observed the religious duty of holy war, or
Jihad, warfare against the Unbelievers.
Reviewers sometimes insist that
“if you can only read one book on the subject, read this one.” Here such
insistence is not hyperbole. Spencer tells in lively fashion a deadly
story, of how what started with a few dozen followers in a dusty town in
western Arabia became today’s ideological empire of 1.6 billion members
of the Islamic community or umma, mostly to be found in 57
Muslim-majority countries, but now also including hundreds of millions
of Muslims in Europe, North America, and India.
Muhammad’s death in 632 did not halt the Muslim armies in their
seemingly unstoppable Jihad, or rather, series of Jihads against the
Infidels: first they took Syria, then Iraq and part of Sassanid Persia,
then the rest of Persia, and Egypt. They carried Islam’s conquests
forward in the West, across North Africa, and entered Spain, under the
command of a freed Berber slave, Tariq ibn Ziyad. Ziyad was ultimately
aided by a Christian, Julian of Ceuta, who wanted to take his own
revenge against the last Visigothic ruler of Spain, Roderic, for taking
sexual advantage of one of Julian’s daughters.
This would not be the
last time that Muslims were helped in their conquests by divisions among
their enemies. There have been many such instances since, including
the catastrophic effect of the deep divisions between the Catholics and
the Orthodox, that prevented an alliance against the rampaging Turks.
Read it all here..................
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 10:47 AM