- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press,U.S.; 1st Edition edition (30 Sept. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0838636888
- ISBN-13: 978-0838636886
- Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,372,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam: From Jihad to Dhimmitude Paperback – 30 Sep 1996
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Ye'or's books on dhimmitude and jihad have an essential place in the ecumenical world.--James E. Biechler, Journal of Ecumenical Studies (Philadelphia) "Journal of Ecumenical Studies "
[I]t must be allowed that behind Muslim thinking was the distinction between dar al-islam and dar al-harb; and while this may have had little effect on the actual course of events, it seems to have been present in the background. It is at this point that the basic question raised by Bat Ye'or's book--the condition of the Peoples of the Book under Muslim rule--ties up with contemporary problems...It is of the utmost importance that Muslim jurists should consider whether such treatment of non-Muslims is in accordance with the Shari'ah or contrary to it. More generally, does the Shari'ah allow Muslims to live peaceable with non-Muslims in the 'one world' or must they regard it as dar al-harb? To have an answer to these questions may be a matter of urgency in a few years times.--William Montgomery Watt, Journal of Semitic Studies (London)
It seems likely that in the new century of clashing civilizations there will either be heightened conflict or a breakthrough to something like the beginnings of a dialogue... A good place to start is to understand the history that brought us where we are, and to that end I warmly recommend a careful and critical reading of Bat Ye'or's The Decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam.--Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, First Things --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Bat Ye'or is a recognized specialist on the dhimmis and "dhimmitude." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I find this book very appropriate for our time and it goes a long way to revealing the true context behind the politicisation of racial prejudice, segregation, apartheid and indeed genocide which have become quite common-place in the Middle East with reference to the selective and erroneous use of these terms 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.Read more ›
Bat Ye'or does not pull any punches. She makes clear the fact that the early gains of Mohammed's successors were almost entirely due to the complacency, moral weakness and the divisions within the 'christianised' nations. She does not ignore the sins of our forefathers which paved the way for the depredations of the muslim hordes. She does, however, very effectively disclose the real agendas of conquest, and in so doing sets the scene for the current strategies of misinformation and assimilation which are Islam's chief tools in the West. This book is essential to help us understand the position we now find ourselves in, and is a clarion call for us to take our history seriously.
This is a really important book - read it alongside Andrew Bostom's excellent treatise, 'The Legacy of Jihad'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A well informed and thorough introduction to the history of dhimmitude under islam and a very good colletion of primary sources, that illustrate the same history. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. P. Hansen
What is the history of non-Muslims under Muslim rulers? Where Muslim historians stress the cases of tolerance and protection for non-Muslims, Bat Ye'or seeks to expose those... Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2006
If Amazon allowed to rate a book 0 stars this is what I would give. The author presents a view of Islaam as complete rubbish. Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2001 by M. Rehman
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