Raymond Ibrahim (born in 1973) is an American research librarian, translator, author and columnist. His focus is Arabic history and language, and current events. He is the author of two books, Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians (Regnery, 2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (Doubleday, 2007). Along with his two books, Ibrahim has written for publications that range from conservative websites such as Breitbart and NRO to media outlets such as the LA Times, CNN, and Fox News, to more academic venues, such as the Hoover Institution and the World Almanac of Islamism.
Early life and education
Ibrahim was born in the United States to Coptic immigrants from Egypt. He is fluent in Arabic and English. Ibrahim studied at California State University, Fresno, where he wrote a Master's thesis under Victor Davis Hanson on an early military encounter between Islam and Byzantium based on medieval Arabic and Greek texts. Ibrahim also took graduate courses at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and studied toward a PhD in medieval Islamic history at Catholic University.
Ibrahim was previously an Arabic language specialist for the Near East section of the Library of Congress, and the associate director of the Middle East Forum. He is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, an American conservative think tank.
Ibrahim is the editor and translator of The Al Qaeda Reader, which he published after discovering a hitherto unknown Arabic al-Qaeda document; Ibrahim believes the document "proves once and for all that, despite the propaganda of al-Qaeda and its sympathizers, radical Islam's war with the West is not finite and limited to political grievances— real or imagined- but is existential, transcending time and space and deeply rooted in faith".
Ibrahim has appeared on and been interviewed by Al Jazeera, MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, and Reuters, and “regularly lectures, briefs governmental agencies, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and testifies before Congress.”
An article Ibrahim wrote on taqiyya, which was commissioned and published by Jane's Islamic Affairs Analyst on September 26, 2008, was later characterized by another author in Jane's Islamic Affairs Analyst as being "well-researched, factual in places but ... ultimately misleading". Ibrahim responded to this charge in his rebuttal, "Taqiyya Revisited: A Response to the Critics.
- Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians, Regnery, 2013, ISBN 1621570258
- The Al Qaeda Reader (editor and translator), Doubleday, 2007, ISBN 978-0-385-51655-6
- "How Taqiyya Alters Islam's Rules of War", Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2010, pp. 3–13
- "Are Judaism and Christianity as Violent as Islam?", Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2009, pp. 3–12
- "An Analysis of Al-Qa'ida's Worldview: Reciprocal Treatment or Religious Obligation", Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 12, No. 3, September 2008
- "Studying the Islamic Way of War", National Review Online, September 11, 2008
- "Islam's Doctrines of Deception", Jane's Islamic Affairs Analyst, The Middle East Forum, September 26, 2008
- "Jesus and Mohammad, Version 2.0", National Review Online, September 10, 2007
- "The Two Faces of Al Qaeda", The Chronicle of Higher Education, Vol. 54, Issue 4, p. B3, September 21, 2007
- "Islam gets concessions; Infidels get conquered", Los Angeles Times, December 5, 2006
- "Terrorist letter's validity doubted", The Washington Times, October 18, 2005
- "Raymond Ibrahim, Author at Breitbart". Breitbart.
- "Raymond Ibrahim".
- Ibrahim, Raymond. "Extremism fuels abuse of Christians in Mideast". CNN.
- Ibrahim, Raymond (28 May 2013). "Islam's rule of numbers and the beheading in London".
- "ISIS: The Latest Phase Of The Jihad".
- "Raymond Ibrahim - The World Almanac of Islamism". almanac.afpc.org.
- "In Their Own Words; Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri explain their bloody actions.", The Washington Post, October 7, 2007
- "Raymond Ibrahim". Hoover Institution. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
- "Bin Laden writings to be translated", USA Today, Associated Press, January 20, 2005
- Sroblog http://sroblog.com/2011/07/15/david-horowitz-freedom-center-press-release-raymond-ibrahim-joins-the-freedom-center-sroblog/. Missing or empty
- Ibrahim, Raymond. "Taqiyya Revisited: A Response to the Critics".
- "Interpreting Taqiyya: Special Report", Jane's Islamic Affairs Analyst. IHS Jane's Information Group. November 12, 2008.
- "Taqiyya Revisited: A Response to the Critics". Raymond Ibrahim. 26 February 2009.