Jihad and Genocide

Jihad and Genocide is a 2009 book by Richard L. Rubenstein.[1]


According to Michael Berenbaum writing in The Jewish Daily Forward, the book explores the question "do Islamic leaders mean what they say when they call for genocide of the Jews?"[2]

According to Berenbaum, Rubenstein "offers compelling evidence that significant and prominent Muslim thinkers mean what they say and say what they mean when they speak of world peace only following Islamic world conquest."[2]

Rubenstein concluded: "Muslim ire has been aroused. At least among Islamists. It will not be calmed until the shame and the disgrace of Muslim defeats from the Battle of Lepanto (1571) to the 1947–1949 Palestine war (1948) and the Six-Day War (1967) have been erased. If we take the Islamists at their word, nothing less than genocide would suffice."[2]


In an essay entitled, "Why I Have Written "Jihad and Genocide"", Rubenstein explains that for most of his adult life he "believed that the Arab-Israeli conflict was primarily a dispute over territory that might with time, patience, and compromise be amenable to a viable solution both sides could live with." He goes on to discuss the process by which he began to listen to and take Muslims "at their word."[3]


  1. ^ Leder, Frederic (February 3, 2010). "Book Review: Jihad and Genocide, by Richard L. Rubenstein". Jewish Ledger. Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Berenbaum, Michael (February 17, 2010). "Do Islamic Leaders Mean What They Say?". The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  3. ^ Rubenstein, Richard L. (February 2010). "Why I Have Written "Jihad and Genocide"". New English Review. Retrieved 10 October 2010.