Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch—a blog that claims to raise awareness of global jihadist activities—and the author of numerous books post-9/11, including The Truth about Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion, The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran, and Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs. He is one of five key Islamophobes cited in CAP's Islamophobia report.
Spencer, a Melkite Greek Catholic, said his fascination of Islam began in childhood stories of his grandparents' lives in and subsequent forced emigration from present-day Turkey due to their Christian faith. As an undergraduate student, Spencer further studied Quranic interpretation, Islamic tradition, and Islamic law. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, he wrote his first book, Islam Unveiled.
According to Spencer, "the doctrines of jihad and Islamic supremacism threaten the peace and human rights of all free people. If it is not confronted and resisted, it will prevail." Spencer's critics, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, argue that his rhetoric presents a one-sided view. "Spencer never cites the Koran's condemnation of all warfare as an 'awesome evil', its prohibition of aggression or its insistence that only self-defense justifies armed conflict," said British author Karen Armstrong.
Spencer was quoted sixty-four times in Norway bombing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik's manifesto denouncing the Norwegian government's lack of defense against Islamic influence.