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The comprehensive history of the role of war and terror in the spread of Islam. 

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 20th 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.

The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS is the first one-volume history of jihad in the English language, and the first book to tell the whole truth about Islam’s bloody history in an age when Islamic jihadis are more assertive in Western countries than they have been for centuries. This book is indispensable to understanding the geopolitical situation of the twenty-first century, and ultimately to formulating strategies to reform Islam and defeat radical terror.

©2018 Robert Spencer (P)2018 Post Hill Press

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A must read. Very interesting book.

I think one of the best books by this Author, lots of references so one can validate.

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A Walk in the Fields of History into the Present

Very thorough and worth listening to again to when there is so much material to absorb.

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  • Lloyd Chappell
  • 2018-11-14

Outstanding!!!

This is the first in depth study of Jihad, holy war. This verifiable history is shocking to Westerns and many Muslims. There is an unbelievably dark side to Islam.

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  • Frank Dunford
  • 2018-11-10

Should be required reading!

Robert Spencer narrates this brilliantly researched and compiled foray into the true nature of Islamic Jihad with great fervor. From Muhammad's robbing of caravans, to the reality of Islamic infiltration of the U.S. government, this book leaves no stone unturned in exposing the exact meaning and consequences of Jihad.

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  • Historian
  • 2019-01-21

The true and nearly complete history of Islam’s reign of terror

None of this is taught in schools, mentioned in newspapers and magazines, or shown on television. Worse than Hitler, worse than Stalin, worse than Mao, Worse than Polpot, Islam’s Reign of terror goes back to the first massacre of Muhammad. The author reviews in chronological order and significant detail the rape, murder, plunder, subjugation of people around the world in the name of Allah, but to the pleasure in richness of Muslims.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-12-30

Great book!

Amazing! It showed me the big picture. Now I can much better understand present events in their historical context.

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  • Joe Z. Wells
  • 2018-11-19

Clear, informative & enlightening!

Very pleased. Great audio book. Bought the hardcover after finishing the audio book. Going to read the book with the idea of discovering something new. A must have audio book!

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  • Daniel Thompson
  • 2019-03-12

Complete Historical Account

Robert Spencer offers the most complete historical account of Muslim jihad and quotes Islam's support for jihad within their holy books. A must read for all people.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-16

A must read.

If you are curious about Islam and how it's effects has shaped the World, this is the book to read.

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  • Rob Garces
  • 2019-04-13

All the history real history we must not know.

Before 911 I knew little of Islam accept their were two big denominations and they hate Israelis, Jews and the US, and various radical groups within love bombing us when they feel aggrieved.
Now after 911 I only hear it is all the United States fault going back to the Crusades in the 12th century from several of my Presidents; you guess which ones.
Its always our fault because we are " the greedy white Capitalist, Imperialists men and we are bad, bad, bad. It reminds me of the Cold War in the 80s when the Soviets and the Leftist Democrats use to blame us for all the worlds problems too. It seems nothing has changed accept now by reading these books I understand the real history of fundamentalist Islams radical plan for peace going back 1400 years to its founders and its not peaceful unless you Submit to Sharia law as interpreted by the most psychopathic Imam within the Uma: (Their version of the Catholic Holy Sea). everyone else pays the Jizya tax or dies, again up to the Psychopaths. Attractive women get to be slaves and produce children for these monsters.
The Truth will set you free.

Rob G.
Newberg Oregon

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  • snozek
  • 2018-12-23

Caveat Kaffir

I am unaware of another history of world Jihad. and since the author himself reads the text, it is represented very accurately in relationship to his intent.

I have studied the topic early broadly as well, and Spencer's work always provides me with something more from the detailed study of the history.

It is almost impossible any longer to find honest analysis of Islam. This work provides an excellent and holistic threat analysis to the institution of jihad as a whole.

I would like to add particularly that the book is not anti-muslim. There are points in the book that Spencer gives particularly differential benefit of the doubt to a number of historical Muslim figures. I am familiar with these figures and would not have been generous considering the surrounding circumstances, but the author did so with the intent of maintaining objectivity it seems.

For those critical of the book, I would suggest they review the citations, and familiarise themselves with the Quran, Hadith and Sunnah. I do not find inconsistency in his analysis of the available text.

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  • calvin13
  • 2018-12-14

Important book. Also one random cough 3/4 of the way through

This is a really important book and I think more should read it. Also there's a random spot in the book where the narrator coughs and they didn't edit it out. Kind of funny. If you listen look for it.

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