Raymond Ibrahim recently did the first of a three-part interview on a radio programme of the Christian Research Institute. The nearly hour long interview covers the history of Islam, the centrality of the person of Muhammad and how dreadfully troubling that is for all of us.
Remember, Ibrahim is a native Arabic speaker and historian. He brings valuable insights.
- the Crusades;
- classical expansionist Islamic territorial aggression;
- Barack Obama and Islam;
- the parallels between ISIS & Saudi Arabia;
- "Moderate" vs. "Radical" Islam;
- the migration crisis;
- "Conspiracy Theories";
- harsh criticisms of Islam by many famous historic Western leaders;
- whether our problem is mere ignorance or a disturbing wilful blindness;
- the appalling treatment of religious minorities under Islam, including the fallacy of the Andalusian "Golden Age" (the supposed period of inter-faith harmony in Spain simply did not exist. Even the West's top historian of Islam, Bernard Lewis, noted that the Andalusian Golden Age was almost certainly a creation of later European Jews in an attempt to shame Christians of their time to treat them more equitably).
Buy Ibrahim's book here.
There is a fair bit of unrelated natter in this interview, but still some real jewels when Ibrahim is allowed to speak.