Islam: What the West Needs to Know

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Islam: What the West Needs to Know
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Directed byGregory M. Davis, Bryan Daly
Produced byQuixotic Media
StarringRobert Spencer, Walid Shoebat, Bat Yeor, Serge Trifkovic, Abdullah Al-Araby
Release date
  • January 15, 2006 (2006-01-15) (American Renaissance Film Festival)
  • July 7, 2006 (2006-07-07) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States

Islam: What the West Needs to Know is a 2006 documentary film produced by Quixotic Media. It features discussions using passages from religious texts and includes commentaries by Robert Spencer, Serge Trifkovic, Bat Ye'or, Abdullah Al-Araby, and Walid Shoebat. The film premiered at the American Film Renaissance Festival in Hollywood on January 15, 2006, and had a limited theatrical release in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta in summer 2006.

Critical reception[edit]

While some reviewers have had a positive reception to the film,[1] others have criticised the film as being inaccurate, simplistic, biased and propagandist against Islam.[2][3][4] The Chicago Tribune's reviewer, Michael Phillips, describes it as a "deadly dull anti-Islam propaganda piece".[4] The Washington City Paper's reviewer, Louis Bayard, argues that "If [the directors] Davis and Daly had a little imagination, they might see that the devil they’re chasing isn't Islam but fundamentalism, which assumes many forms."[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 'Hot-button film should provoke discussions now' by Lawrence Toppman, The Charlotte Observer
  2. ^ Dann Gire, "War and terrorism: What more could moviegoers want?", Chicago Daily Herald, 7 July 2006, p. 37.
  3. ^ "Islam: What the West Needs to Know" **1/2Chicago Sun-Times. 7 July 2006
  4. ^ a b 'Movie reviews: 'The War Tapes' and 'Islam: What the West Needs to Know' by Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
  5. ^ Bayard, Louis (July 7–13, 2006). "Islam: What the West Needs to Know".

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