Muslim Acts of Beheadings in the US and the West

The gruesome murder of a soldier outside London by a Muslim convert, Michael Adebolajo, is just one example of throat slitting and beheading, which are Islamically sanctioned forms of execution. Although these occur particularly often in the course of family-related crimes – think, for example, of the case of Aasiya Hassan in suburban Buffalo, N.Y., killed by her husband in 2009, stabbed with two hunting knives more than forty times in the face, back and chest, then beheaded – this monstrous form of violence is also used in non-family instances.

Here are some examples that have taken place over the past decade in the West:

In addition, Ibragim Todashev, who was shot and killed while being interviewed about the Waltham murders. He reportedly grabbed a knife and stabbed an officer several times, including in the head. It was so threatening that the officers used deadly force and on the spot killed Todashev.

This list is only part of the story: other characteristically Muslim crimes taking place in Western countries include honor killings, female genital mutilation, and slave holding. These, sadly, are among Islam's contributions to the lands of immigration.

Daniel Pipes is founder and president of the Middle East Forum, a Philadelphia-based research institute. He can be followed at