This is part 1 of the three part podcast series that look at the history of Islamic Extremism.

JB Shreve looks at the early history of Islam to separate fact from fiction, or in this case revisionist history. The extremist ideas of many of the religious terrorists today were not a part of Islam’s religious history even if they did have a part in the history of military and political conquest of these early empires.

This is part 1 of JB Shreve and the End of History’s series on the history of Islamic extremism – Killers in the Name of God.

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JB Shreve is the author of "How the World Ends: Understanding the Growing Chaos." He has been the host of the End of History podcast since 2012. He has degrees in International Relations and Middle East Studies. His other books include the Intelligence Brief Series. Regular posts and updates from JB Shreve are available at