How War with Islam Shaped and Defined Us

Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen centuries of war between Islam and the West by Raymond Ibrahim De Capo Press/Hachette Book Group 394 pages with notes and index Every once in a while, I come across a book that I can say changed the way I understand the world I live in.  Raymond Ibrahim's new book, Sword and Scimitar, altered the way I understand the development of our civilization – I mean the one that America inherited from Europe and made our own.  It drove home to me how little I knew about the way Islam – in the form of attempted and often successful conquest – really changed the way our civilization evolved and the way it grew to understand itself.  For one thing, prior to Mohammed, our predecessors didn't think of themselves as part of "Western" or even "European" civilization.  Back when Mohammed kicked off the promise of eternal jihad in 630 (recorded in Koran 9:29), our civilizational...(Read Full Article)

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