Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Islam in Islamic Terrorism: The Importance of Beliefs, Ideas, and Ideology

Editorial Reviews
Ibn Warraq exemplifies the rarely combined qualities of courage, integrity, and intelligence.
   BERNARD LEWIS, Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.

Ibn Warraq, one of the great heroes of our time
  DOUGLAS MURRAY, The Spectator.

Ibn Warraq is a hero of mine, and it is shameful that he and his writings have not been recognized for their scholarship, courage, and relevance. Ever since Leon de Winter gave me Ibn Warraq s book Why I am Not a Muslim I have cherished it. It has had a profound influence on me, and gave me courage in my own work and activities. His subsequent books have defended Western civilization and have reminded us what we are fighting for. Ibn Warraq deserves our attention and thanks."
AYAAN HIRSI ALI, Activist and Author of Nomad: From America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of  Civilizations (2010) and Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now (2015)

--New English Review
Ibn Warraq, the celebrated apostate, author of Why I Am Not A Muslim and of scholarly works on the Koran, Muhammad, and early Islam, as well as polemical works in defense of the West, has now written The Islam in Islamic Terrorism, showing, in the words of the Islamic fundamentalists (or, more exactly, revivalists) themselves, what really motivates Islamic terrorists today, and what has motivated them since the time of the Kharijites in the first century of Islam: the belief in the need to recover the pristine Islam of the time of Muhammad, by removing all innovations (bid a), the further belief that it is the duty of Muslims to wage Jihad against all Unbelievers until Islam everywhere dominates, and to bring about the resurrection of the caliphate, and the imposition of Islamic Law, or Sharia, all over the globe.

Ibn Warraq s The Islam In Islamic Terrorism is a brilliant series of reported echoes down the corridors of Islam, where the same complaints about bid a, the same insistence on regulating every area of a Believer s life, the same refusal to allow freedom of religion or thought, the same duties of violent Jihad and Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong, the same demands for a return to the same pristine Islam of Muhammad, the same virulent antisemitism, the same quotes from the Koran and Hadith, the same hatred of Infidels, the same insistence that we love death more than you love life, the same call for bloodshed and Muslim martyrdom, the same dreary fanaticism, are thoroughly described and dissected, and above all the various violent manifestations of this revivalism over the centuries are linked to one another, as Ibn Warraq brings to bear the massive research he has been conducting over many years, in primary and secondary sources, and here deploys to splendid effect.
--Hugh Fitzgerald
--Jihad Watch
About the Author

Ibn Warraq is the highly acclaimed scholar of Islam and author of Why I Am Not a Muslim and Defending the West. He is also the editor of The Origins of the Koran, What the Koran Really Says, The Quest for the Historical Muhammad, Leaving Islam, and his latest with New English Review Press, Sir Walter Scott's Crusades and Other Fantasies. He is also a Senior Editor for the popular Anglo-American webmagazine, New English Review.


Here are a few  quotes from the book:

As the Ayatollah Khomeini once put it, “Eleven things are unclean: urine, excrement, sperm, blood, a dog, a pig, bones, a non-Muslim man and woman, wine, beer, perspiration of the camel that eats filth.” 


"If you refuse the jizyah, I will bring against you the tribes of people who are more eager for death than you are for life. We will then fight  you until God decides between us and you “(emphasis added). A little later, Khalid repeats the threat with a slight variation: "then we will bring against you a people who love death more than you love drinking wine."

Again during the caliphate of 'Umar, al-Mughirag b.Shu'bah says to his Persian adversary Rustam, 'If you kill us, we enter Paradise, if we kill you, you shall enter the Fire," while the Muslim commander Zuhrah b.Hawiyyah al-Tamimi say to Rustam , "we do not come to you looking for things of this world, our desire and aspiration is the hereafter."