Raymond Ibrahim

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Raymond Ibrahim (born in 1973) is an American author and columnist. 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).


Ibrahim was born in the United States to Coptic immigrants from Egypt.[1]


Ibrahim was previously an Arabic language specialist for the Near East section of the Library of Congress,[2] and the associate director of the Middle East Forum.

The 9/11 attacks played a pivotal role in framing Ibrahim's outlook. As he explained in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the attacks occurred while he was researching for his M.A. thesis, which centred on the role of jihad in early Islamic conquests; consequently, Ibrahim's study expanded from history and theology to politics, current events, al-Qaeda, Islamist organizations, and watching Al Jazeera.

Ibrahim is the editor and translator of The Al-Qaeda Reader, which he published after discovering a hitherto unknown Arabic al-Qaeda document; Ibrahim holds that 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".[1]

Ibrahim is a regular contributor to FrontPage Magazine.


An article Ibrahim wrote on taqiyya that was commissioned and published by Jane's Islamic Affairs Analyst on September 26, 2008,[3][4] was later characterized by another author in Jane's Islamic Affairs Analyst as being "well-researched, factual in places but ... ultimately misleading".[5] Ibrahim responded to this charge in his rebuttal, "Taqiyya Revisited: A Response to the Critics.[6]"



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