The Legacy of Jihad

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The Legacy of Jihad by Andrew G. Bostom

The Legacy of Jihad is a book by Andrew Bostom, a medical doctor who has written several other works discussing Islamic intolerance. The foreword was written by author and ex-Muslim Ibn Warraq.

The book provides a textual analysis of the concept and practice of jihad by examining Islamic theological and legal texts, eyewitness historical accounts of Muslim and non-Muslim chroniclers, and essays by scholars analyzing jihad - "war against unbelievers in the path of Allah" - and the conditions imposed upon the non-Muslim peoples conquered by jihad campaigns.[1]

The book is framed as a rejection of the notion that Islam is a peaceful religion and sets out to prove that Islam is violent and intolerant. Some readers[who?] have said that Bostom's choice of source material is overly selective and one-sided.[weasel words]

From the book's foreword: "Dr. Bostom is the first scholar to have had translated from the Arabic the works of commentators on Sura IX.29 like al-Badawi, al-Suyuti, al-Zamakhshari, and al-Tabari. Other primary sources translated for the first time into English include documents on Jihad such as the one written by al-Ghazali.... Similarly, Dr Bostom is the first scholar to have overseen the translations of important, and in some cases, neglected or forgotten secondary sources from French works on Jihad by Edmond Fagnan, Roger Arnaldez, Charles-Emmanuel Dufourcq, Clément Huart, Dimitar Angelov, and Maria Mathilde Alexandrescu-Dersca Bulgaru."[2]

The Jerusalem Post calls The Legacy of Jihad "a breakthrough inasmuch as the enormous task of assembling together all the major sources which govern the holy war in Islam had never been attempted before,"[3] Matt Carr writing in Race & Class, described Bostom as a "protégé" of Bat Ye’or, and described Bostom's perspective of Islam as reducing to the acronym "‘MPED’ – massacre, pillage, enslavement and deportation".[4]



  • Bostom, Andrew, ed. (2005). The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims. Prometheus Books. ISBN 1-59102-307-6.
  • The Legacy of Jihad
  • The Legacy of Jihad Reviewed by Lee Harris
  • All Jihad All the Time


  1. ^ Johannes J.G. Jansen (Winter 2008). "The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims". The Middle East Quarterly. XV (1).
  2. ^ Bostom, Andrew G. (25 October 2005). "The Legacy Of Jihad: Islamic Holy War And The Fate Of Non-muslims". Prometheus Books – via Amazon.
  3. ^ /servlet/Satellite?cid=1210668642954&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull Archived May 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Carr, M. (2006). "You are now entering Eurabia". Race & Class. 48: 1–22. doi:10.1177/0306396806066636.