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This collection of essays by some of the world’s leading authorities on Islamic social history focuses on the juridical and cultural oppression of non-Muslims in Islamic societies. The authors of these in-depth but accessible articles explode the widely diffused myth, promulgated by Muslim advocacy groups, of a largely tolerant, pluralistic Islam. In fact, the contributors lay bare the oppressive legal superstructure that has treated non-Muslims in Muslim societies as oppressed and humiliated tributaries, and ...
This collection of essays by some of the world’s leading authorities on Islamic social history focuses on the juridical and cultural oppression of non-Muslims in Islamic societies. The authors of these in-depth but accessible articles explode the widely diffused myth, promulgated by Muslim advocacy groups, of a largely tolerant, pluralistic Islam. In fact, the contributors lay bare the oppressive legal superstructure that has treated non-Muslims in Muslim societies as oppressed and humiliated tributaries, and they show the devastating effects of these discriminatory attitudes and practices in both past and contemporary global conflicts.
Besides original articles, primary source documents here presented also elucidate how the legally mandated subjugation of non-Muslims under Islamic law stems from the Muslim concept of jihad — the spread of Islam through conquest. Historically, the Arab-Muslim conquerors overran vast territories containing diverse non-Muslim populations. Many of these conquered people surrendered to Muslim domination under a special treaty called dhimma in Arabic. As such these non-Muslim indigenous populations, mainly Christians and Jews, were then classified under Islamic law as dhimmis (meaning "protected"). Although protected status may sound benign, this classification in fact referred to "protection" from the resumption of the jihad against non-Muslims, pending their adherence to a system of legal and financial oppression, as well as social isolation. The authors maintain that underlying this religious caste system is a culturally ingrained contempt for outsiders that still characterizes much of the Islamic world today and is a primary impetus for jihad terrorism.
Also discussed is the poll tax (Arabic jizya) levied on non-Muslims; the Islamic critique of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the use of jihad ideology by twentieth-century radical Muslim theorists; and other provocative topics usually ignored by Muslim apologists.
This hard-hitting and absorbing critique of Islamic teachings and practices regarding non-Muslim minorities exposes a significant human rights scandal that rarely receives any mention either in academic circles or in the mainstream press.
|Foreword : the genesis of a myth||13|
|Pt. 1||Islamic tolerance : myth and reality||27|
|1||The myth of Islamic tolerance||29|
|Pt. 2||Islamic law regarding non-Muslims||57|
|2||Rights of non-Muslims in an Islamic state||59|
|3||The Jizya tax : equality and dignity under Islamic law?||73|
|Pt. 3||Islamic practice regarding non-Muslims||91|
|4||Protected peoples under Islam||92|
|5||Historical amnesia : naming Jihad and Dhimmitude||107|
|6||Dhimmi peoples : oppressed nations||115|
|7||Dhimmitude : Jews and Christians under Islam||147|
|Pt. 4||The myth and contemporary geopolitics||159|
|8||Past is prologue : the challenge of Islamism today||161|
|9||Oriental Jewry and the Dhimmi image in contemporary Arab nationalism||169|
|10||Aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict||180|
|12||The oppression of Middle East Christians : a forgotten tragedy||227|
|13||A Christian minority : the Copts in Egypt||232|
|14||Eastern Christians torn asunder : challenges - new and old||247|
|15||Christians in the Muslim world||252|
|16||Persecution of Jews and Christians : testimony versus silence||257|
|17||What is happening in Indonesia?||264|
|18||Documentation of oppression of religious freedom in Aceh, Indonesia||267|
|19||Jihad and human rights today : an active ideology incompatible with universal standards of freedom and equality||271|
|20||Culture of hate : a racism that denies the history and sufferings of its victims||275|
|21||The Dhimmitude of the west||278|
|22||Beyond Munich : the spirit of Eurabia||283|
|23||Eurabia : the road to Munich||289|
|24||The Islamic conquest of Britain||294|
|25||Something rotten in Denmark?||300|
|Pt. 5||Human rights and human wrongs at the United Nations||305|
|26||Islamism grows stronger at the United Nations||308|
|27||Universal human rights and "human rights in Islam"||317|
|28||"Blasphemy" at the United Nations and Judeophobia in the Arab-Muslim world||333|
|29||Dangerous censorship of a UN special rapporteur||337|
|30||Judeophobia today = anti-Judaism/anti-Zionism/Antisemitism : a growing "culture of hate"||351|
|31||The ideology of Jihad : antisemitism/genocide/slavery in the Sudan||360|
|32||The alarming growth of Judeophobia/antisemitism since the Vienna world conference on human rights (1993) and the UN decade for human rights education : 1995-2004||364|
|33||"Free at last" : slaves in Sudan/disappearing Jews of Iran : their history||372|
|34||The ancient Jewish community of Iran : end silence, disappearances, discrimination, "Dhimmitude"||374|
|35||The remnant Dhimmi populations of the Middle East and North Africa : forgotten Jewish refugees and persecuted indigenous Christian communities||383|
|36||Historical facts and figures : the forgotten Jewish refugees from Arab countries||385|
|37||Discrimination in the Egyptian criminal justice system : the exemplary case of Dr. Neseem Abdel Malek - grave attacks and discrimination against Copts||392|
|38||"Rushdie affair" : syndrome and historical overview - the right to life and human rights mechanisms||398|
|39||Blasphemy legislation in Pakistan's penal code||407|
|40||Universality of international human rights treaties||412|
|41||Homage to UN High Commissioner Sergio Vieira de Mello||415|
|42||International bill of human rights : universality/international standards/national practices||418|
|43||Combating defamation of religions||426|
|44||Apostasy, human rights, religion, and belief - new threats to the freedom of opinion and expression : a general view of apostasy||428|
|45||Apostasy, human rights, religion, and belief - new threats to the freedom of opinion and expression : a concrete proposal||438|
|46||Apostasy, human rights, religion, and belief - new threats to the freedom of opinion and expression : Pakistani blasphemy law||444|
|47||Apostasy, human rights, religion, and belief - new threats to the freedom of opinion and expression : the problem of apostasy in an Islamic-Christian context||448|
|48||Utopia : a "United States of Abraham"||453|
|49||Yasir's terrorist Jesus||469|
|Pt. 6||The myth in contemporary academic and public discourse||473|
|50||Edward Said and the Saidists : or Third World intellectual terrorism||474|
|51||Jihad and the professors||517|
|52||The Islamic disinformation lobby : American Muslim groups' politically motivated distortions of Islam||526|
|53||'Isa, the Muslim Jesus||541|
|54||Islam and the Dhimmis||556|
|56||Islam, taboo, and dialogue : reclaiming historic truths in seeking present-day solutions||566|
|57||Israel, Christianity, and Islam : the challenge of the future||568|
|58||Honest intellectuals must shed their spiritual turbans||587|
Posted August 9, 2005
Having recently acquired Robert Spencer's most recent work entitled 'The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam ...' in addition to his study 'Islam Unveiled ...', I was hesitant as to whether this book would be able to provide me with any more relevant information upon Islam. However, having accessed the vast amount of information contained in this book I am personally glad that I took the time to make this additional purchase. As already described by others, much of this study consists of a considerable array of articles/essays by a number of knowledgeable and learned people with much experience of Islam and it's many facets. A knowledge that emanates from the text of this well written and extremely easy to read investigation. Rather than taking the personal opinions of the authors at face value, where possible I have personally taken the time to measure the context of the quotes from the Koran and their context, against those illustrated in the commentaries provided. My prime concerns being the subjects of Islamic 'tolerance' of non-Muslims as specified in the title, and it's parallel issue of being a 'peaceful' religion. I found the results of my analysis to be both informative and illuminating. The book proceeds to cover many aspects such as the alleged 'oppression of Middle East Christians', the 'persecution of Jews and Christians under Islam¿, 'Jihad and human rights', the strength of 'Islamism' at the United Nations and an article labelled 'Judeophobia Today = Anti-Judaism/Anti-Zionism/Anti-Semitism A growing culture of hate'. The latter issue, for example, alleges that under an increasing 'Judeophobia' and the purported guise of 'anti-Zionism', a 'culture of hate' is seeping into Europe and the West. (For those interested in a further study on this particular issue I would respectfully recommend the book entitled 'Eurabia The Euro-Arab Axis' by Bat Ye'or.) An article is even provided which addresses the establishment of CAIR (Council of American-Islamic Relations) and their described agenda of 'promoting a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America'. The latter being cited as necessary due to the perception that 'misrepresentations of Islam are most often the result of ignorance' by non-Muslims. This subject is addressed in some depth and makes interesting reading. Attention is also paid to how alleged Islamic 'intolerance' and fundamental beliefs allegedly underlie the Arab-Israeli conflict itself, where it is emphasised herein that solving the conflict in the Middle East does not depend upon the 'cession of land'. The underlying 'hostility' pertaining to the Jews is cited as being 'appalling' and being described as a reflection of the ideology engendered by Jihad throughout the ancient Muslim conquests of lands populated by Christians and Jews on the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe. Reference also being made to the historic treatment of these populations under Islamic rule. Indeed, the variety and number of subjects addressed in this work is impressive in it's own right and all are provided with a considerable list of references. As with the other titled Islamic studies from the same source mentioned earlier, many will perhaps find the contents to be contentious or even offensive. To those readers I can only recommend that the views expressed here be thoroughly examined by the individual reader by taking into account the references and sources provided herein, together with any independent information that may be deemed relevant. I can but personally commend and endorse this book for it¿s depth and scope. A study which I consider to be essential reading at this time.
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Posted January 6, 2006
The author must have been dreaming of utopia when he was writing this book for which section of people in the world are free from defects? You cannot label a religion or a culture based on a few instances that have obviously been hand-picked to reflect a certain bias and to promote a certain agenda. Nor can you judge a people based on what some of their corrupt leaders have chosen to do. What would one then write about societies where crimes against children and women are committed openly and in large numbers? It is best to read the types of books that clear biases and myths we harbour in our own minds rather than those which tell us to judge other people harshly which help to better a situation for the general masses than worsen it.
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Posted October 7, 2005
Most of Spencer's works on Islam are totally biased. No he does not know the truth of Islam because obviously he hasn't read the Quran. Don't take this book seriously because this author clearly is trying to distort the image and true meaning of Islam. If you really want to know more about Islam first look at the man who founded Islam: Muhammad (PBUH) and refer to the holy Quran.
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Posted January 11, 2013
Islamic Law is for Muslims--from the beginning of Islam those who wanted to benefit from living amongst Muslims in an Islamic setting could do so but they had to pay a tax, much like our property taxes today. Spencer has spent an inordinant amount of his life fighting Islam which he sees as a big threat. There is one man behind him paying him big bucks to write his drivel. Don't believe a word this man says about Islam. Read The Cross and the Crescent by Jerald Dirks to compare Islam with Christianity scripturally.Muslims are not to be feared they are to be admired.
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Posted June 6, 2005
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