Anyone that follows me is no stranger to the name Robert Spencer and the incredible work he does with Pamela Geller. For everyone else, Robert Spencer is the Director Of Jihad Watch, and Author Of the new book, The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS. This is his eighteenth book.
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council, and the U.S. intelligence community.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Spencer about the book, the ongoing lawsuits he is counseling Geller on, the Trump administration, bias and rewriting history in our classrooms and worldwide Islamic Radical Terrorism.
I asked Spencer what readers can learn from this book and what makes it a must-read for every patriot, historian and Zionist.
I am extremely proud of this book as it is the first book that deals in detail about how deals in the facts, and not the myths of Islamic Rule. Within the book, readers connect with accurate facts, not opinion, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as part of a bigger, global Jihad.
Spencer feels 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.
Spencer and I spoke in detail about his long working relationship with Pamela Geller, starting in 2008. He described how Geller and he started as they sued in defense of Honor Killing victims and how their first amendment rights were violated. From there, lawsuits that are currently ongoing, from billboards exposing facts about Islam, to a ban in Britain, have kept these two activists front and center of promoting opposition to Islam.
Geller has been vocal about her support for President Donald Trump. Spencer cited how the Obama administration was a disaster for Israel and how the Trump administration is turning around the global wrongdoings, even by calling Radical Islamic Terrorism by its name.
Back To School
Robert Spencer has a homework assignment for you:
Check every textbook, handout, assignment and school program. Look for the following: Compare how facts are shared by comparing what is taught about Judaism, Christianity and Islam. If lessons are filled with criticism of Judeo-Christian values, distorts history and sounds more like opinions, then contact the local elected officials, school board and media immediately. These classrooms often paint Islam as “rosy,” never mentions Jihad and changes the facts of September 11th.
Students are subjected to fake history, an example being modern Spain, its ties to a Islamic rule and a political agenda.
I urge everyone to read the book, follow his work with Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
You can buy his book here.
Cindy Grosz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org