Foreword by Ibn Warraq
“[P]rovides a comprehensive history of jihad.”
Middle East Journal
"[A]n impressive compendium that meticulously documents the terror that is jihad...[this] wide-ranging anthology…takes the reader from the religious roots of the jihad ideology to the havoc that it has wrought across the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe, and, now, America…an unparalleled documentary history of nearly 14 centuries of jihad, and of the non-Muslims who have been subjugated as a result of that relentless campaign. His account is a sober warning of the mortal challenge posed to free societies by the ongoing jihad of the militants. Scholars as well as general readers owe a debt of gratitude to Bostom for making available a number of very important texts…"
“Bostom’s 759-page volume ... could be called Everything Westerners Need to Know about Jihad – But are Afraid to Ask. Often letting the jihadists’ ferocious words speak for themselves, the book chronicles 13 centuries’ worth of Islamic attempts to conquer and slaughter non-Muslims. The scholarly articles and original documents – some published in English for the first time – debunk the popular ahistorical, superficial explanations for the current Islamicist terror wave....[an] invaluable volume.”
Canadian Jewish News
“[A] resource which should be consulted by U.S. and European legislators, policy makers and media opinion-shapers.”
Writing in 1991, the late French theologian and philosopher Jacques Ellul observed:
“In a major encyclopedia, one reads phrases such as: ‘Islam expanded in the eighth or ninth centuries....’; ‘This or that country passed into Muslim hands....’ But care is taken not to say how Islam expanded .... Regarding this expansion, little is said about jihad. And yet it all happened through war!”
The Legacy of Jihad provides a comprehensive, meticulously documented corrective to the genre of ahistorical assessments decried by Ellul. This unique, extensive compilation includes Muslim theological and juridical texts, eyewitness historical accounts by both Muslim and non-Muslim chroniclers, and essays by preeminent scholars analyzing jihad war and the ruling conditions imposed upon the non-Muslim peoples conquered by jihad campaigns.
The Legacy of Jihad reveals how, for well over a millennium, across three continents — Asia, Africa, and Europe — non-Muslims who were vanquished by jihad wars, became forced tributaries (called dhimmi in Arabic), in lieu of being slain. Under the dhimmi religious caste system, non-Muslims were subjected to legal and financial oppression, as well as social isolation. Extensive primary and secondary source materials, many translated here for the first time into English, are presented, making clear that jihad conquests were brutal, imperialist advances, which spurred waves of Muslims to expropriate a vast expanse of lands and subdue millions of indigenous peoples.
Finally, the book examines how jihad war, as a permanent and uniquely Islamic institution, ultimately regulates the relations of Muslims with non-Muslims to this day.
Scholars, educators, and interested lay readers will find this collection an invaluable resource.
Book Binding: Hardcover
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Andrew G. Bostom, M.D., M.S. is associate professor of medicine in the Division of Renal Diseases of Rhode Island Hospital. He has published articles and commentary on Islam in the Washington Times, National Review Online, Revue Politique, FrontPage Magazine.com, American Thinker, and other print and online publications. More on Andrew Bostom's work and The Legacy of Jihad can be found at www.andrewbostom.org.