The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims

The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims

by Andrew Bostom
     
 

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This book reveals how, for well over a millennium and across three continents - Asia, Africa, and Europe - non-Muslims who were vanquished by jihad wars became forced tributaries (called dhimmi in Arabic) in lieu of being slain. Under the dhimmi religious caste system, non-Muslims were subjected to legal and financial oppression, as well as social isolation.

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This book reveals how, for well over a millennium and across three continents - Asia, Africa, and Europe - non-Muslims who were vanquished by jihad wars became forced tributaries (called dhimmi in Arabic) in lieu of being slain. Under the dhimmi religious caste system, non-Muslims were subjected to legal and financial oppression, as well as social isolation. Extensive primary and secondary source materials, many translated here for the first time into English, are presented, making clear that jihad conquests were brutal, imperialist advances, which spurred waves of Muslims to expropriate a vast expanse of lands and subdue millions of indigenous peoples. Finally, the book examines how jihad war, as a permanent and uniquely Islamic institution, ultimately regulates the relations of Muslims with non-Muslims to this day. Scholars, educators, and interested lay readers will find this collection an invaluable resource.

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"[P]rovides a comprehensive history of jihad."
- Middle East Journal

"[A]n impressive compendium that meticulously documents the terror that is jihad.…an unparalleled documentary history of nearly 14 centuries of jihad, and of the non-Muslims who have been subjugated as a result of that relentless campaign. His account is a sober warning of the mortal challenge posed to free societies by the ongoing jihad of the militants."
- National Review

Middle East Journal
[P]rovides a comprehensive history of jihad.
National Review
[A]n impressive compendium that meticulously documents the terror that is jihad..an unparalleled documentary history of nearly 14 centuries of jihad, and of the non-Muslims who have been subjugated as a result of that relentless campaign. His account is a sober warning of the mortal challenge posed to free societies by the ongoing jihad of the militants.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591026020
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
03/18/2008
Pages:
759
Sales rank:
616,787
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

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