Sword and Scimitar by Raymond Ibrahim audiobook

Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West

By Raymond Ibrahim
Foreword by Victor Davis Hanson
Read by John McLain

Blackstone Publishing 9780306825552

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781982587291

  • ISBN: 9781982587284

  • ISBN: 9781982587307

Runtime: 14.04 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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 mid-seventh 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Enlightening for readers unfamiliar with the long history of war between these two faiths.” New York Journal of Books
“Impressively informative, Sword and Scimitar is an exceptional work of outstanding scholarship that is so well written, it reads more like a deftly crafted novel than a non-fiction history.” Midwest Book Review
“Raymond Ibrahim has the humility to take seriously the voices and opinions of history’s Christians and Muslims; the result is a refreshingly honest account of Islamic expansion and Christian reaction.” Paul F. Crawford, Crusades historian, California University of Pennsylvania
“With passion, Raymond Ibrahim offers an edgy and eye-opening introduction to a millennium of warfare between the Muslim and Christian worlds before the modern age.” Thomas Madden, author of Concise History of the Crusades
“An accessible and well-researched examination of extremely important but often neglected cultural phenomena and historical events that have impacted several civilizations up to the present day.” Darío Fernández-Morera, author of The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

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Author

Author Bio: Raymond Ibrahim

Author Bio: Raymond Ibrahim

Raymond Ibrahim, an expert in Islamic history and doctrine, is the author of Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West; Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians; and The Al Qaeda Reader. He has appeared on C-SPAN, Al-Jazeera, CNN, NPR, and PBS, and been published by the New York Times Syndicate, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Weekly Standard, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst. Formerly an Arabic linguist at the Library of Congress, Ibrahim has guest lectured at many universities, including the U.S. Army War College, briefed governmental agencies such as U.S. Strategic Command, and testified before Congress. He has been a visiting fellow/scholar at a variety of Institutes—from the Hoover Institution to the National Intelligence University—and is currently a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and a Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 14.04
Audience: Adult
Language: English