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The Decline of Eastern Christianity: From Jihad to Dhimmitude

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In this study, newly translated into English, Bat Ye'or provides a lucid analysis of the dogma and strategies of jihad, offering a vast panorama of the history of Christians and Jews under the rule of Islam. A pioneer in a virgin field of research for which she coined the word "dhimmitude," the author has included in this essential work a documentary section illuminating the decline of Eastern Christianity. In two waves of Islamic expansion the Christian and Jewish populations of the Mediterranean regions and ...
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In this study, newly translated into English, Bat Ye'or provides a lucid analysis of the dogma and strategies of jihad, offering a vast panorama of the history of Christians and Jews under the rule of Islam. A pioneer in a virgin field of research for which she coined the word "dhimmitude," the author has included in this essential work a documentary section illuminating the decline of Eastern Christianity. In two waves of Islamic expansion the Christian and Jewish populations of the Mediterranean regions and Mesopotamia, who had developed the most prestigious civilizations of the time, were conquered by jihad. Millions of Christians from Spain, Egypt, Syria, Greece, and Armenia; Latins and Slavs from southern and central Europe; as well as Jews were henceforth governed by the shari'a (Islamic law). Knowledge of this historical background is essential in order to understand contemporary events and developments so that future challenges can be faced within a context of positive religious dialogue and reconciliation.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780838636886
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.34 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2003

    Disturbing study of Islamic prejudice against the 'infidels'.

    This very courageous book describes in considerable detail the condition of non-Muslims living under Islamic rule, referring mainly to the plight of Jews and Christians and the painful decline of these communities due to oppression and prejudice. I find this book very appropriate for our time where the politicisation of racial prejudice, segregation, apartheid and indeed genocide have become quite common-place in the Middle East. I of course refer to their erroneous use by Islamic entities against Israel in relation to the Palestinian issue. This book reveals how these claims lack any true substance and fall flat on their face when compared with the realities of `dhimmitude', (which the writer describes as the status of conquered Jews & Christians under Islam), that reveal the painful, disturbing policy of prejudice, racial hatred and segregation of countless people who were classed as inferior on the basis of their religion alone. No actions here being taken as deterrents against the terrorism and violence of today's Mid-East. Just socially acceptable Islamic conduct against peoples who were classed as inferior. The book, drawing heavily on quotes from the Quran, the Hadith and writings from many renowned Islamic historians, reveals many distinctions drawn and prejudices applied upon Jews and Christians who refused to accept and bow to Islam. The veracity behind any profession of Islam as a tolerant and peaceful religion will soon reveal itself to the reader. One example revealed by the writer is that Islamic legislation does not even recognise any validity in the sworn oath of a `dhimmi' against that of a Muslim. The principle being based on the Islamic belief in the 'perverse and mendacious' character of the Jewish/Christian `infidel', which even extends into matters involving the frequent allegations of blasphemy directed against `dhimmis' which were punishable by death ! Other reviewers have commendably dealt with the wealth of detail and information here. Suffice to say that this book is highly recommended for anyone who wishes a further insight into the Islamic/Muslim mindset and much of the culture of the Middle East. It will send chills down the spines of readers when they consider that Islamic activists today still seek the `Islamisation' of the West.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2002

    Highly Recommended by Muslim Convert to Christianity

    The book comes highly recommended by a former Muslim who lives in a Muslim country. He was raised Muslim and has lived in a large Muslim country for all of his life. He converted to Christianity several years ago and therefore speaks with some awareness, authority, and personal credibility on the subject. I read the review by Sebastian and looked for Christian View news on the web but was unsuccessful. I would be interested in seeing the books that he believes are better researched and invite him to share those titles with the other readers. I have just ordered the book and plan to read it when it arrives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2002

    This book has given me the best insight on what is going on around the world of Islam

    This book has opened my eyes and my understanding of the Arab world.As I was studying the book I would read presant accounts of muslim and chistian conflicts in Indonisia that would be sheer mimics of muslim actions from 632AD tothe fall of the turkish empire during WWW1.This book is a must read!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2002

    Righting Misconceptions

    This book makes an effort to understand large scale events but stumbles due to its narrow focus. Major historical facts and trends are overlooked in coming to conclusions. This work disregards many Christinan and other faith based communities that have thrived within Islamic countries and the freedom and equality they have experienced. When such facts and statistics are taken into account, the reader will realize that the views perpetrated by this work are highly skewed with very thin, onesided research as support. There are definately more informational and better researched works on this topic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2000

    ALWAYS WONDERED WHY MOST CHRISTIANS VANISHED IN THE EAST

    In no area should the infidel triumph over the Muslim, as theological dogma has confirmed Muslim superiority to the withdrawal of the dar al-Islam within itself since it despised the entire culture of the dar al-harb, has also perpetuated a cultural intolerance toward the dhimmis, who were branded with contempt, whatever their merits. The irreplaceable skills and higher qualifications of certain dhimmis, being a source of humiliation to those around them, forced them to convert. The Islamization of culture included the Islamization of geography, a phenomenon linked to every conquest. Cities often lost their original names: Amid in Armenia became Diyarbakir; Constantinople, Istanbul; Jerusalem; al-Quads; Hebron was Arabized to al-Khalil. There are endless examples throughout the dar al-Islam, and it is a curious fact that the Jewish and Christian chroniclers continue to refer to the original names, almost as if their national history was continuing sotto voce in its ancestral geographical framework, uninterrupted by the Islamization of their country. The concealment of the dhimmis¿ history arises from the silence imposed on them and the ban on any criticism. In effect, the refusal of a dhimmi testimony against a Muslim determines behavior patterns and reveals the psychology of both groups. The dhimmi group, stripped of its means of defense, is placed in a hostage situation at the mercy of unfounded accusations. This constant and degrading vulnerability engenders servility, flattery, and corruption. After emancipation, European consuls noted the dhimmis¿ fear to assert their rights. In fact, blackmail and assassination punished dhimmi ¿arrogance.¿ In the dominating group, this refusal of testimony by the suppression of speech-the distinctive sign of humanity-reflects a denial of rights. This mutilated speech, this rejected testimony, is transposed from the individual to the group and is perpetuated in time. History being also the testimony of a people and the foundation of its rights, the effacement of its past abolishes its rights. The official version of events then becomes a single voice epic, thereby perpetuating the mechanism of the obliteration and exclusion of the dhimmi nations. This process of obliteration-what Vidiadhar S. Naipaul calls ¿killing history¿ continues to function in our days.

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