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Robert Spencer on His New Book, Did Muhammad Exist?

Muhammad: The Man Who Wasn’t There By Robert Spencer When I mention the title of my new book Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry Into Islam’s Obscure Origins, many are startled, as they had no idea that there was any question that such a larger-than-life character might be legendary rather than historical. But in reality, no…

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Save the Misunderstanders of Islam!

Save the Misunderstanders of Islam!By Robert Spencer Why don’t the leading Muslim groups in the United States care about Muslims? It’s a serious question. Its urgency became clear yet again last week, when three more warriors of Allah got their just desserts: Tarek Mehanna, a young Muslim in Massachusetts, got seventeen and a half years…

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Framing Geller and Spencer For Murder

Framing Geller and Spencer For MurderBy Robert Spencer Shaima Alawadi, murdered in her home, and for awhile, it was the fault of Pamela Geller and me. A hijab-wearing mother, in death Alawadi quickly became much more prominent than she had ever been in life. Paired with Trayvon Martin, she was made into the symbol of…

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Accommodating Islam On the Checkout Line

Accommodating Islam On the Checkout LineBy Robert Spencer Wegman’s, a supermarket in Rochester, New York, has set up a special checkout line for a hijab-wearing Muslim cashier, directing customers to go to other lines if they have pork or alcohol. Islamic law forbids Muslims not just to eat, but to handle or sell pork or…

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Atlas Exclusive: Robert Spencer: The Empire of Fear

The Empire of FearBy Robert Spencer As I wrote last week, Muslim and non-Muslim analysts often tell us that Muslims hate the West for its decadence, its immorality, its lasciviousness, which they contrast unfavorably with the supposed morality and uprightness of the Islamic world. Often this boils down to a Muslim critique of Western “freedom,”…

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Sex, Jihad and Islam

Sex, Jihad and Islam By Robert Spencer They hate us because we’re pigs. No, not the apes and pigs into which Allah transforms the Sabbath-breaking Jews in the Qur’an (2:62-66; 5:59-60; 7:166), but pigs as in…dogs. Wolves. Immoral, lecherous, lustful, fornicating creeps. Western immorality is a frequent feature of the Islamic critique of the contemporary…

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Why Can’t Non-Muslims Criticize Islam?

I am happy to announce a new feature: Robert Spencer's popular column, called Jihad Watch like his weblog (which is also essential daily reading), has run weekly for nearly ten years elsewhere and been widely acclaimed. Now it is exclusively here at Atlas. Here's the first, "Why Can’t Non-Muslims Criticize Islam?": The Organization of Islamic…

Al Qaeda in your ‘hood

Here, in an Atlas exclusive, Robert Spencer on this news story Atlas covered here: Mr Jihad's Neighborhood Is the Jihad On Its Way to Your Neighborhood?By Robert Spencer National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair said last Thursday that some of the 240 prisoners who are still being held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base may be…

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