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In this study, Bat Ye’or gives an analysis of the dogma and strategies of jihad, offering a vast panorama of the history of the Jews and Christians under the rule of Islam. A pioneer in a virgin field of research for which she has coined the term “dhimmitude,” the author has included a documentary section illuminating the process of Eastern Christianity’s Islamization. In two waves of Islamic expansion, the Christian and Jewish populations of the Mediterranean regions and Mesopotamia, who had developed the most prestigious civilizations, 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). A knowledge of this historical background is essential in order to understand contemporary events.
Posted August 23, 2011
Difficult read for experts. Lacks timeline and organization. The argument is difficult to follow and the evidence does not speak for itself. It promotes a one-sided view of Islamic violence that will not stand the test of time. The author does not attempt to explore the historic foundation of Islam, which can not possibly be the "romantic" emergence as suggested by the consensus. The evidence is uncritically assessed and often rests on writers with obvious vested interests from centuries later.
The document section is excellent.
I highly recommend the book called The Great Leap-Fraud. It if very insightful and all of the facts are backed up with primary evidence.