The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades)

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The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades)
Book cover
Author Robert Spencer
Series The Politically Incorrect Guide
Published (2006) Regnery Publishing
Media type Paperback

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades) is a book by Robert Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch. It is part of The Politically Incorrect Guide series by Regnery Publishing.


The book criticizes Islam as militant and oppressive, and provides a historical perspective of the Crusades arguing that they were a late response of European civilization to centuries of invasion and occupation which had begun at the turn of the 8th century in the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Sicily, France, and the majority of Eastern Europe. The author attributes the civilizational clash between Islam and the West in the 21st century to a continuation of a 14 century long jihad began at the inception of Islam and discusses the difficulties of treating this topic in the current political climate.

Public reception in the United States[edit]

The book spent 15 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list page, although it stayed in the "Also Selling" section for most of the time, and made it to the list proper only once.[1][2]

  • Andrew C. McCarthy wrote in National Review Online:

    Spencer's theory is as logical as it is controversial: when the single common thread that runs through virtually all of the international terrorism of the modern era is that its perpetrators are Muslims[...] we should seriously consider the probability that Islam is a causative agent, even the principal causative agent, of their terrorist actions.[3]

  • Steven Stalinsky of the conservative journal Middle East Quarterly said about the book:

In providing readers an exposé of Islam that "won't be taught in school" or "heard on the evening news," Spencer paints the religion in a broadly negative light[...]He offers "a few modest proposals," excluding the role Muslim reformists/moderates must play for he worries that their theological foundations are weak. Still, the war on terror can finally be won only if allies within the Muslim world are supported; these reformists and moderates can create an environment in which it is possible to challenge the ideology of hate that fuels the very jihad that Spencer identifies.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Regnery Best Sellers". Retrieved 2007-01-14. 
  2. ^ "Paperback Nonfiction". The New York Times. 2005-10-16. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  3. ^ Andrew C. McCarthy (April 26, 2006). "Not for the Faint of Heart". National Review Online. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  4. ^ Steven Stalinsky (Fall 2007). "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades)". Retrieved 2007-12-05. 

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