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Sword and Scimitar

Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West
Narrated by: John McLain
Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
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A sweeping history of the often-violent conflict between Islam and the West, shedding a revealing light on current hostilities

The West and Islam - the sword and scimitar - have clashed since the 17th century, when, according to Muslim tradition, the Roman emperor rejected Prophet Muhammad's order to abandon Christianity and convert to Islam, unleashing a centuries-long jihad on Christendom.

Sword and Scimitar chronicles the decisive battles that arose from this ages-old Islamic jihad, beginning with the first major Islamic attack on Christian land in 636 through the Muslim occupation of nearly three quarters of Christendom which prompted the Crusades, followed by renewed Muslim conquests by Turks and Tatars to the European colonization of the Muslim world in the 1800s, when Islam largely went on the retreat - until its reemergence in recent times. Using original sources in Arabic and Greek, preeminent historian Raymond Ibrahim describes each battle in vivid detail and explains how these wars and the larger historical currents of the age reflect the cultural fault lines between Islam and the West.

The majority of these landmark battles - including the battles of Yarmuk, Tours, Manzikert, the sieges at Constantinople and Vienna, and the crusades in Syria and Spain - are now forgotten or considered inconsequential. Yet today, as the West faces a resurgence of this enduring Islamic jihad, Sword and Scimitar provides the needed historical context to understand the current relationship between the West and the Islamic world - and why the Islamic State is merely the latest chapter of an old history.

©2018 Raymond Ibrahim (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • KL
  • 2019-05-28

Well written book about forgotten history

The parallels to radical Islam today and Islamic expansion in the past are disturbing. Once you listen to this audio book you'll understand what the likes of Sam Harris are saying about a 1400 y.o. operating system in the minds of individuals who join ISIS. There's a lot of historical precedent documented here that explains the mentality and resulting behaviours of ISIS fighters. Great book that sheds light on history post-Roman Empire that always seemed taught in a peculiar, sparse manner.

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  • stevearcia
  • 2019-01-20

Sword and Scimitar

Excellent, superb audible book by Mr. Abrahim






Ray Ibrahim. Excellent fact references! Historically precise dates and John Mclain vocal is excellent as well.
14 Hrs is a lot of time to dedicate to an audio, but we'll with every minute. The five minute prolly is well with the entire book but one must absorb the vast timeline and detail to fully understand why every American should read this book. Swiss, Germans, Spaniards and all Europeans, considering the current criminal and law changes taking place.
A Student of Dr. Victor Hansen and fellow Fresno State U. Student happens to be a happy coincidence for me personally, but this not diminish the gravity of the subject.
A serious backdrop for what is now taking place in our world.
We need more Jeffersons our government today. Listen and learn the answer to this riddle.
SEA. San Francisco, Ca.

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  • Susan Stone
  • APO, AE United States
  • 2019-01-25

Excellent read

Great non PC historical perspective on 14 centuries of war, well worth the time, very enlightening.

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  • Matthew D. Greene
  • 2019-04-03

Spectacular!

Along with a couple of other books I've read in my lifetime, this book has had a profound impact on not only my knowledge of Islam & Christianity, and the interactions between these two belief systems in the world, but a refreshed and renewed perspective on the current state of geopolitics, especially as it pertains to interactions between the West and Islam. This book is truly a must read for anyone interested in this topic.

The stories are at simultaneously, informative, brutal, and--in my opinion--inspiring. The stories told within have inspired me to probe more deeply the origins of Christianity, and in particular, the specifics of Byzantine Christianity.

Furthermore, I've never felt so well-informed regarding Western military history, the geopolitical forces that have lead us to our current state of being, and about the state of modern Islam.

Simply put, I can't recommend this book enough.

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  • Garren Forth
  • 2019-03-12

Excellent Historical Information!

Americans need to read this book. War is coming to America whether we like it or not. The question is whether we will be prepared to fight back.

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  • Patriot_Cowgirl
  • 2019-06-26

Must read for ALL Westerners!

A terrifying but terrifyingly accurate account of the very real animosity Islam possess of us Westerners, particularly Christians. Want to be enlightened about what is really going on, read Sword and Scimitar!

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  • KB
  • 2019-04-13

Excellent History lesson

This book should be required reading in our schools lest we forget what we are up against.

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  • Bryan
  • BUFFALO, WV
  • 2019-07-11

The Definition of Historical Perspective

An I sightful journey into the historical landscape of our current fight with Islamic extremists. An eye opening account of historical islamic fanaticism and violence. Made my blood boil in multiple occasions. Not a story for the light hearted.

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  • Kevin Crystal
  • Chanhassen, MN USA
  • 2019-07-09

Amazing historical context

Goes into great detail on the history of Islamic conquests and Christian responses. Includes some military history, but concentrates on the ideological divide and the directives of the Koran on treatment of people who aren’t Muslim.

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  • M. Hill
  • Vancouver, BC
  • 2019-06-09

Read and understand where we are. Very important.

A must read. Heavily referenced and very well researched. Jihad never was about any "internal struggle", it was domination, conquest and booty.

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  • Shelly D. Daugherty
  • 2019-06-01

Islamic Christendom Historical Reality

This is a perfect look at the reality behind Islam and its emergence. This is stuff we all need to know. The author has no axe to grind or spindoctored take. For the last 1300 years Islam has become a pretty pretty sizable part of history. “People who can’t grasp 3000 years of history are living hand to mouth.” Von Gothe.

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