Dhimmitude: Today

The text that introduces Dhimmitude: Today examines the condition of non-Muslims as stated by key contemporary Muslim jurists. Except for some changes due to modernization, their rulings are based on the legal ordinances established by the founders of Muslim jurisprudence. Hence the fundamentalist movement - presented as a radical movement that has hijacked the traditional tolerant Islam - is a restoration and a renovation of the classical doctrine of Islamic jurisprudence in regard to dhimmis (here Zimmis), that was applied until the 19th and 20th centuries.

In pre-modern times, dhimmis were judged by their own religious courts, except when a Muslim was involved; in this latter case, the Islamic law prevailed. But in the 20th century, Muslims and dhimmis are subjected to the same civic Islamic law. As the author stressed it below, dhimmis consider that this change has worsened their condition.

Rights of Non-Muslims in an Islamic State, by Samuel Shahid
Teaching Hatred in Saudi Arabia and Egypt: The UN Response, by David G. Littman

This historical overview summarizes the fate of the Christian indigenous peoples reduced to dhimmitude after the Islamization of their homeland. It is especially useful as it provides objective information on current events which are ignored by most of the media.

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