Muslim Persecution of Christians

Muslim Persecution of Christians


The popular image of the Crusades is of Christian warriors terrorizing non-Christians, forcing them to convert or expelling them from their lands, and establishing Christian rule. In the eyes of many, the Crusades are not just a relic of history; they’re going on right now. To avoid further accusations of following in their dark footsteps, former President George W. Bush dropped the word from his vocabulary when Europeans scolded him for speaking of America’s crusade against terror. In fact, however, the Crusades were an attempt to rescue Christian lands that had been conquered by Islam, while today’s political correctness obscures the terrible reality of a resurgent Islam. There is no Christian Crusade (and only a weak-kneed, inconsistent campaign against terror). But there is a persecution of Christians in Muslim lands, where they are being victimized more relentlessly and brutally today than they have been since the defeat of the Islamic empire at the gates of Vienna on September 11, 1683.

Yet the world continues to avert its eyes. Fearful of offending Muslim sensibilities, the international community has largely ignored this persecution, allowing it to go on under the cover of silence. Thus unchallenged, Muslim persecution of Christians has become a drearily familiar narrative, repeated with terrifying frequency in Muslim-controlled areas throughout the world. An especially disturbing dimension of these persecutions is that in no other instance of violence around the world today is religious bigotry, hatred and bloodshed legitimized by holy writ, in this case the Qur’an and other Islamic texts and teachings. Nowhere else does religious bigotry have such bloody consequences. And yet nowhere else does such religious bigotry take place almost entirely without comment, let alone condemnation, from the human rights community.

The text above is excerpted and adapted from Muslim Persecution of Christians (by Robert Spencer, 2011).

For extensive details about incidents of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world, see:

Muslim Persecution of Christians, Month By Month
By Raymond Ibrahim

Additional Resources:

Muslim Persecution of Christians (pamphlet)
By Robert Spencer

Muslim Persecution of Christians, Month By Month (compilation)
By Raymond Ibrahim

215 Million Christians Persecuted, Mostly by Muslims
By Raymond Ibrahim
January 21, 2018

The Most Tragic Story Never Told: The Muslim Persecution of Christians
By Raymond Ibrahim
April 7, 2021

“Too Many to Count”: The Global Persecution of Christians
By Raymond Ibrahim
November 15, 2019

Christian Persecution in Africa Grew More Intense and Widespread in 2022
By John Hayward
December 23, 2022

Christianity: The #1 Target of Hate Crimes
By Raymond Ibrahim
December 10, 2021

World Ignores Christian Exodus from Islamic World
By Raymond Ibrahim
August 6, 2014

The Mass Exodus of Christians from the Muslim World
By Raymond Ibrahim
May 8, 2013

The Existential Elephant in the ‘Christian Persecution’ Room
By Raymond Ibrahim
January 17, 2014

The Forgotten Genocide: Why It Matters Today
By Raymond Ibrahim
April 25, 2013

The Tip of the Iceberg of Christian Persecution
By Raymond Ibrahim
September 13, 2012

Islamists Targeting Christians “Wherever They Can Reach Them”
By Raymond Ibrahim
December 3, 2010

Christianity “Close to Extinction” in Middle East
By The Telegraph
December 24, 2012

Killings of Christians by Islamists Doubled in 2013
By Majid Rafizadeh
January 17, 2014


The Christian Era in the Middle East is Over
By Israel Nation News
April 4, 2012


Death to Churches Under Islam: A Study of the Coptic Church
By Raymond Ibrahim
April 25, 2013

Islam’s Collective Punishment of Christians
By Raymond Ibrahim
April 23, 2013

An Islamic Declaration of War on Christianity
BY Raymond Ibrahim
April 17, 2013

Christians Under Siege in Egypt
By Rick Moran
October 11, 2011

Muslim ‘Inferiority Complex’ Kills Christians
By Raymond Ibrahim
May 14, 2011


World Ignores Christian Exodus from Islamic World
By Raymond Ibrahim
August 6, 2014

The Silent Extermination of Iraq’s ‘Christian Dogs’
By Raymond Ibrahim
April 19, 2011


Christian Slaughter in Libya
By Raymond Ibrahim
February 17, 2015

Hatred of Christians Unleashed in Libya
By Raymond Ibrahim
March 6, 2013

Mass Arrest and Torture of Christians in Libya
By Raymond Ibrahim
March 1, 2013


Islam’s Persecution of Christians in Malaysia
By Front Page Magazine
June 22, 2011


A Day in the Tortured Life of Christians in the Middle East
By Theodore Shoebat
February 13, 2013

World Ignores Christian Exodus from Islamic World
By Raymond Ibrahim
August 6, 2014

Muslim and Non-Muslim Persecution of Christians, Compared
By Raymond Ibrahim
February 5, 2015


3,462 Nigerian Christians ‘Hacked to Death’ by Jihadists in 200 Days
By Thomas D. Williams
July 30, 2021

Nigeria: Where Jihad and Christian Persecution Run Rampant
By Raymond Ibrahim
October 2, 2013

U.S. at Easter: When Christians Are Slaughtered, Look the Other Way
By Raymond Ibrahim

The Black Lives That Don’t Matter
By Raymond Ibrahim
June 15, 2022


Christian Genocide in Somalia
By Frank Crimi
August 19, 2011


Syria’s Christians Nearing “Extermination”
By Raymond Ibrahim
September 24, 2013

“Largest Massacre of Christians in Syria” Ignored
By Raymond Ibrahim
November 21, 2013


When Islam Came: Rape and Devastation in Constantinople
June 5, 2020


Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians
By Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Nina Shea

In the Lion’s Den: A Shocking Account of Persecution and Martyrdom of Christians Today, and How We Should Respond
By Nina Shea

Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians
By Raymond Ibrahim

The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians Under Islam
By Bat Ye’or


The World’s Most Persecuted Minority: Christians
By Raymond Ibrahim

Why Muslim Persecution of Christians Has Escalated
By Robert Spencer

The Worst Year of Christian Persecution
Interview with Raymond Ibrahim
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