Victor David Saints, Victor Davis, Victor David Sanchez discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show


And so we're just really grateful to you for coming on. And tell my audience a little bit about yourself. I mentioned that you're the author of a brand new book called defenders of the west, the Christian heroes who stood against Islam. What is your own background? I know you have an Egyptian background as well. Yeah, so my family is the cops Coptic every time I say that word coughs have to people ask me what precincts I come from, but cops Coptic of course the indigenous Christians from Egypt so my parents immigrated to the United States in the mid 60s. I was born and raised here. Because of that background being coming from a Christian minority sect from the Middle East, surrounded by Islam. I was always interested in, of course, in those issues, but then in college, as you mentioned, Victor David saints and was my professor for many years and I'm proud to say a friend and mentor and so forth. I naturally gravitated towards history, military history, and then long story short in 2001 when I was writing my master's thesis with the Victor Davis as Victor David Sanchez my chair. It was actually about the first military encounter between Islam and the west for really Christianity, Christendom. And because I was employing the languages I was studying, Arabic and Greek and so forth. And anyway, long story short, and then that's when 9 11 happened and I went to Georgetown university, studied there for a little bit in their contemporary center for Arab studies, which is, as I later found out, it was very ideologically charged. And I left there. Despite stellar performance, I might add straight age, but I had to leave there just because of the political reasons and then I got a job at the Library of Congress in the near east section where I dealt with Arabic materials and other Middle Eastern languages. Sounds writings by Al-Qaeda in the early 2000s and long story short. That got translated into my first book, the Al-Qaeda reader, which came out in 2007 from Doubleday. And since then, I've just really been involved in this nexus of Islam in the west. And I've also gravitated very much again to my own personal interests, which is the Christians, you know, how Christians fit into this. And so for the longest time I write about the persecution that Christians encounter that I did that in my 2013 book crucified again, which I continue because I write monthly reports for the gatestone institute collating all of the anecdotes of persecution that arise at the hands of Muslims, these to be Christians. Any of these, of course, if it was the opposite, it was a Christian or a western person doing this to a Muslim would be old plastered all over the media, but of course we don't hear about it. So I really get it from alternate sources, small websites, Arabic language sources, and so forth. And most recently, as you indicated, I'm going back to my original interest, which is the historical, including military historical setting and some of my recent book defenders of the west, the Christian heroes who stood against Islam. You know, I look at men that identify as really the warriors. I identify as heroes because they were, they were understood as heroes. And what's refreshing to me in writing that book as opposed to what I've been doing is for once, I'm finally now writing about Christian standing their ground, fighting back and oftentimes actually becoming victorious Vis-à-vis the Jihad as opposed to what I'm normally reading and writing about, which is what's happening today, which is Christian just getting annihilated. And western Christians thinking it's making a virtue out of cowardice and basically, you know, becoming doormats and saying they're not doing anything they're not judging because that's their faith. And again, so I wanted to contrast it with how actual other Christians and the preceding centuries, the preceding millennium, really, how they understood it, especially in the context of just war theory..

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