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Raymond Ibrahim is associate director of the Middle East Forum and author of The Al Qaeda Reader. A widely published author on Islam, he regularly discusses that topic with the media, lectures at colleges, briefs governmental agencies, and has testified before Congress. He received his B.A. and M.A. in history, and took Arab studies at Georgetown University, in Washington D.C., where he began his career at the Library of Congress' Near East Section.

ARTICLES BY: Raymond Ibrahim

December 22, 2017 10:34 am

Will the Return of ‘Jihad’ to Intelligence Trump Decades of Indoctrination?

President Donald Trump’s new national security strategy is set to feature the return words relevant to understanding Islamic terrorism -- such as “jihad” -- that had been expunged from...

October 14, 2016 6:37 am

Pope Francis and Radical Islam

Pope Francis recently made some ostensibly refreshing remarks. During an early morning Mass in memory of Fr. Jacques Hamel — the 85-year-old priest who was...

November 19, 2015 7:31 am

Why Prisons Are Prime Recruiting Centers for Radical Islam

Islam's Rule of Numbers holds that, wherever and whenever Muslims grow in numbers, the same acts of "anti-infidel" violence that are endemic to the Islamic world...

April 1, 2015 8:39 am

Obama Cites Ayatollah’s Fatwa on Road to Nuclear War

As Iran continues edging closer to developing nuclear weapons—a major threat to the entire Mideast region, especially longstanding US ally Israel—US President Obama has come...

March 3, 2015 12:49 am

Obama’s Self-Professed ‘Confusion’ About Islamic Terror

During the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month, US President Obama tried to shield Islam from criticism by depicting Christianity as equally violent and intolerant (via...

February 25, 2015 12:43 am

Saudi Arabia Now Fights Terrorists it Helped to Create

In a move reminiscent of "ancient history," Saudi Arabia is building a 600-mile-long "Great Wall"  -  a combined fence and ditch  -  to separate itself from...

January 20, 2015 7:19 pm

Sisi’s Brave New Egypt?

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi continues to be the antithesis of longstanding mainstream media portrayals of him. First there was his historic speech where he, leader...

January 5, 2015 8:38 am

Egyptian Ruler Sisi Says Islamic ‘Thinking’ is ‘Antagonizing the Entire World’

Speaking before Al-Azhar and the Awqaf Ministry on New Year's Day, 2015, in connection to Prophet Muhammad's upcoming birthday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a...

October 14, 2014 1:53 pm

Ben Affleck Misunderstands the Middle East

The value of actor Ben Affleck's recent outbursts in defense of Islam on HBO's Real Time is that here, in one 10-minute segment, we have all the leftist/liberal...

July 28, 2014 1:09 am

Presbyterian Church Criticizes Israel, Remains Silent on Brutal Anti-Christian Persecution in Middle East

Days before the recent Israel/Hamas conflict erupted, the Presbyterian Church USA withdrew $21 million worth of investments from Israel because, as spokesman Heath Rada put...

July 10, 2014 12:55 am

Jihadi Rhetoric: Tiresome, Repetitive, and Deadly

I just spent the better part of the day reading and listening to sermons by the leaders and jihadis of the new "caliphate" in Mesopotamia, the...

June 18, 2014 1:24 pm

Is Egypt’s New Government Promoting Anti-Christian Measures?

Overlooked in the midst of all the celebrations in Egypt concerning the presidential victory of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, is that his predecessor, President Adly Mansour...

June 10, 2014 7:12 am

The Western Media Can Help Victims of Islamic Extremism

Evidence has again emerged indicting that if Western mainstream media actually reported more on the sufferings of Christians throughout the Islamic world, their lot would...

May 5, 2014 7:26 am

Radical Islamist Extremists Permit Incest Under ‘Sex Jihad’ Fatwa

Last year, according to Arabic media accounts, "Saudi cleric Nasser al-'Umar issued a fatwa permitting mujahidin [jihadis] in Syria to have sex-jihad with their sisters [muharamhum]...


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s ‘Superman’ … at the Kotel - American actor Dean Cain, known for his role as “Superman” in the hit 1990s’...


Jewish Groups Weigh-in on Pompeo for Secretary of State - Many major American Jewish organizations are pleased by the nomination of CIA director Mike Pompeo to succeed Rex Tillerson...

Training for War in Gaza as Hamas Lurks in Tunnels and Towers - Since Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip more than a decade ago, it has built, trained and...

Israeli Attractions: Givat Sher, the Judean Lowhills - In the town of Modi’in, which is situated between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, lies Givat Sher (“The hill of...


European Powers Propose New Iran Sanctions to Meet Trump Ultimatum

Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria's war, according to a confidential document, in a bid to persuade Washington...


Israel Ranks 11th in UN ‘World Happiness Report’ - Israel just missed out on a place in the top 10 happiest countries in the world, placing 11th in the latest world happiness index. “The World Happiness Report 2018,” compiled by the United Nations Sustainable...

Middle East

Abbas Meets With Released Prisoner Who Was Accomplice in Murder of Israeli - In the presidential office in Ramallah on March 14, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas met with Rajaei Haddad, a terrorist from eastern Jerusalem released from prison after serving a...