Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide


Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide
by Authors: Bat Yeor , Miriam Kochan , David Littman
Released: December, 2001
ISBN: 0838639437

Sales Rank: 20837

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Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide > Customer Review #1:
Classic work about people subjugated under Islam

I think Andrew Bostoms review should have convinced you to read this book, and you should also read Dr. Bostoms The Legacy of Jihad, an in-depth, well-researched, scholarly tome, my favorite book on the subject. Bat Yeor is a formidable historian, and her book describes in detail what is basically hell on earth---the painful consequences of letting Muslims subjugate ones culture by foolishly ignoring ALL manifestations of jihad, which include not only armed warfare, but also demographic warfare (Muslims multiplying faster than infidels) and Dawa (deceiving and confusing infidels by claiming that Islam is a religion of peace, etc.).

Dont fall victim to Muslim Dawa---be an informed infidel. Read this book, as well as


The Legacy of Jihad

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam

Why I Am Not Muslim

The alternative to successfully resisting Islam is not pleasant (to put it mildly), as you will learn from reading this excellent book.

Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide > Customer Review #2:
Testmony from Jews about Islam

I think its not wise to refer to only one source here is one of the testmonies:

"I was born in Israel (Palestine then) to a well-known Jewish religious family. We are living in Israel for many generations; well before the Zionists infiltrated the Middle East. Jews and Moslems always lived in peace in Palestine until the Zionists came from Europe, massacred the Palestinians (Dir Yassin, etc.) and forced them to run away from their lands and get locked into the refugee camps across the borders for almost three generations.

Studying in a Jewish religious school in Tel Aviv, I was taught that the bad Arabs conducted pogroms all over Palestine killing Jews. My family told me the opposite: we lived in Palestine in peace for generations with our Moslem brothers. When the Zionists started their pogroms (Dir Yassin), the Moslem acted in revenge and started their own pogroms, killing Jews. However, our Moslem friends actually saved the lives of our family by hiding us in their own houses at a risk to their own lives. "

you can make your search with many of the Anti-Zionism Jewish organization all over the world.

Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide > Customer Review #3:
Does this society sound tolerant? I didnt think so.

Among the good ways to morally judge a society is in how it treats those without power. This can include, depending on the time and place, women, racial or ethnic minorities, religious minorities, children, prisoners, etc. How do a people behave towards those who actually have no means of resisting or issuing retribution for wrongdoing? In Islam and Dhimmitude, Bat Yeor takes a lingering look at how Muslim societies (Arab in particular) have treated their religious minorities living under Muslim rules. Such unfortunate people are described by the word dhimmis, which means non-Muslims living under Muslim rule. Religious minorities, in other words (though in the early days dhimmis could easily be a numerical majority of the population). The results of such a set-up were usually appalling beyond compare.

From the start, such dhimmis had to follow a set of formal rules. The rules varied from place to place and time to time, but where they existed they were horrid. It was and remains a part of Islamic society that all, all, non-Muslims are in revolt against Islam, and are being deliberately offensive towards Muslims. The superiority is absolutely built into the system. Thus, though the specifics could vary, it was considered criminally unacceptable for a non-Muslim to hold a position of strength over a Muslim. And that means any strength. A Muslim could outright attack a non-Muslim in the streets, and even fighting back could get that unfortunate dhimmi a death sentence. A Muslim could accuse a dhimmi of blaspheming the Koran, and the death sentence would generally follow unless a Muslim could be found to refute the original testimony. A dhimmis word was automatically invalid in court against a Muslim. Even an elderly dhimmi (Jewish in this case) couple that hired a Muslim cleaning woman could be punished for their temerity. The idea that a non-Muslim could employ and thus control a Muslim was and remains outrageous in the Islamic world.

The other major topic is how the various minorities have dealt with each other, and this probably takes up even more of the book than the straightforward account of Muslim atrocities. Jews and Christians made up most of the dhimmi populations covered here. Yeor shows that in most cases, the Christian populations (often with the aid of Western churches) would attempt to side with the Muslims and against the Jews in the hope that they could win some concessions for themselves by making common cause. It was a cynical game, and one with no winners, but it happened. Thus, the Jewish populations found themselves at the hands of a smug Muslim society, and just as fiercely attacked by a rabid anti-Semitic Christian population. Sad history indeed.

Structurally, Yeors work is roughly chronological. The writing is awkward, and was translated from the original French (though Yeor is Egyptian by birth). Though detailed, the aim did wander a bit, and the book lacks some overall focus. Trying to cover fourteen centuries of material over such a large geographical area is fraught with peril. The work is a professional level historical book, so expect some dry passages. It is not a work for first-time readers by any means. But it does begin to show how a people with a common history, the dhimmis lived and suffered in some of the most barbaric circumstances imaginable. Read it and prepare to learn something.

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