Raymond Ibrahim was disinvited from speaking at the Army War College.
His book Sword and Scimitar is about the military conflicts between Islam and the west.
I won't be reading the book.
Ibrahim makes a very elementary mistake here.
Can you see it?
"Although the book and its narrative revolve around historic warfare, it offers, as you observe, many lessons of contemporary relevance. Take for example the question of whether the behavior of Islamic groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is Islamic or not."
" Those many 'experts' who insist ISIS is just a gang of 'terrorists' who have 'nothing to do with Islam' will be hard pressed to explain why over a millennium of leading Muslims—caliphs, sultans, emirs, ulema and jurists of the highest order—have said to and done in Europe the same exact things ISIS says and does to 'infidels' today."
What is Ibrahim's mistake?
""Al-Azhar officials explain their position by saying that a Muslim remains a Muslim as long as he has not renounced the shahada – that is, the declaration that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet – and that terror organization activists' actions are criminal and that all-out war should be waged against them, but that they should not be declared heretics because only a shari'a judge can issue such a ruling."
This whole issue is being approached in multiple pre-failed ways.
Al-Azhar is correct: They have no religious grounds to declare terrorists non-Muslims.
So Ibrahim is making the argument that Muslims are disavowing terrorism as being non-Islamic, but in reality the highest authority in Sunni Islam--Sunnis make up 90 percent of Muslims--is stating that terrorists are Muslims.
There was never a real answer. All they did was point out problems that we all already knew.
Mohammed bin Salman carried out the Stealth Reformation, which took place from 2015 to late 2017.
What he did was brilliant.
First, he DENIED that a reformation was taking place.
I approve. All I care about are actions.
Those who label words as violence do so with the sole purpose of justifying violence against words.