Understanding Dhimmitudeby Bat Ye'or
"Bat Ye'or's pioneering studies of the Islamic concept of dhimmitude have revolutionized our understanding of Islam's past, present
UNDERSTANDING DHIMMITUDE brings together for the first time twenty-one talks and lectures in which Bat Ye'or explains in layman's terms the essential concepts from her studies, the fruit of over four decades of groundbreaking research.
"Bat Ye'or's pioneering studies of the Islamic concept of dhimmitude have revolutionized our understanding of Islam's past, present and future. She remains one of the few analysts in the world with the courage and insight necessary to tell the truth."
-Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch
"[Bat Ye'or is] the acknowledged expert on the plight of Jews and Christians in Muslim lands, and their vigorous champion."
-Sir Martin Gilbert
"Bat Ye'or's scholarship is highly impressive, and her analysis is as persuasive as it is terrifying. (. . .) It is imperative that these issues are openly discussed. There are, however, alarming signs of attempts in the West to shut down such discussion on spurious grounds of prejudice. This is, of course, itself a prime example of the condition of 'dhimmitude' which Bat Ye'or so graphically describes."
-Melanie Phillips, Jewish Chronicle
"It is not surprising that [Bat] Ye'or's study of jihad and dhimmitude has been stimulating substantial and disturbing discussion in academic and ecumenical circles. (. . .) Perhaps the single most significant contribution of the author is her definition and development of the concept of 'dhimmitude' (. . .) [Bat] Ye'or's books on dhimmitude and jihad have an essential place in the ecumenical world; ignoring them will only perpetuate illusion."
-James E. Biechler, Journal of Ecumenical Studies
"Bat Ye'or has enriched our understanding of how Islamic societies are structured by defining the concept of dhimmitude. Her contribution to Islam critique can't be underestimated. Yes, she and her late husband, the human rights activist and historian David Littman, are the king and queen of the genre."
-Professor Johannes J.G. Jansen
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This book of lectures and talks by Bat Ye'or is a book for our times. It explains what jihad is (the struggle to spread Islam across the entire globe) and what dhimmitude is (the fate of Jews and Christians who've been conquered by Islamic jihad). The fate of these Jews and Christians, also known as "dhimmis," isn't good at all. As conquered peoples, the dhimmis live in a state of constant fear and humiliation. Why? Because the Muslim conquerors want the dhimmis to be aware that they've rejected Allah and Muhammad. The life of a dhimmi isn't pretty, and it's not a stretch to say that they live like dogs. Furthermore, the regime of dhimmitude ensures that Jewish and Christian communities under Islamic rule are always in a state of decay and eventual destruction so that these communities can't compete with Islam, thus ensuring that Allah's religion reigns supreme. This book is relevant today because not only is the regime of dhimmitude still somewhat in place (Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Iran, and so on) but it could return with a vengeance to the world stage, especially if Muslims were to ever consolidate military and political power. This poses a great danger to the Judeo-Christian West, because if Muslims were to finally conquer it, then the nightmare of dhimmitude would occur all over again. And the Jews and Christians who don't convert to Islam or who don't agree to become dhimmis will be fought against by the Muslims-that is, the Jews and Christians will be killed or enslaved. Readers of this book would also like "Jenna's Flaw," a novel about the death of Western civilization and how to save it.