Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Announcing the Third Choice
The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom, by Mark Durie, published by Deror Books.
Foreword by Bat Ye'or.
Endorsements of The Third Choice
Expected release date: February 15, 2010
In the classical Islamic ideology of conquest, the first choice offered to non-Muslims was conversion to Islam; the second choice was the sword; and the third was surrender. Mark Durie’s innovative book exposes the history and ideology of surrender - the ‘third choice’ - which determined the lived reality of dhimmis (non-Muslims) under Muslim rule. Durie bases his analysis of the dhimmi condition in the teachings of Islam and the life of Muhammad. His ground-breaking analyses show how the ideology of the terms of surrender – known as a dhimma pact – determined life for non-Muslims under Islamic dominance. The worldview of dhimmitude, Durie argues, offers indispensable keys for understanding current trends in global politics, including the widening impact of sharia revival, deterioration of human rights for non-Muslims in Islamic societies, jihad terrorism, recurring patterns of Western appeasement, and the often fraught relationship between migrant Muslim communities in the West and their host societies.
About the Author
Dr Mark Durie is a theologian, human rights activist and pastor of an Anglican church. He has published many articles and books on the language and culture of the Acehnese, Christian-Muslim relations and religious freedom. A graduate of the Australian National University and the Australian College of Theology, Mark Durie has held visiting appointments at the University of Leiden, MIT, UCLA and Stanford, and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1992.
About the Cover
The Third Choice will be widely available from internet bookstores throughout the world.
It will be distributed internationally by Ingram Books.