While browsing through a Barnes and Noble in Westport, Connecticut in 1988, I chanced upon a book on the bottom shelf of the Judaica section with the curious title, The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians under Islam, by Bat Ye’or. Bat Ye’or is a nom de plume meaning in Hebrew “daughter of the Nile.” I perused the paperback volume shocked by the revelations that the Muslim realm was not the tolerant Islam that Medievalist scholars had conveyed..... Click here to read on.
Also included in the February 2010 edition of New English Review is an essay The Dhimma's Return, which analyses the modern day re-imposition of Sharia conditions upon non-Muslims living under Islam, as well as the creeping advance of the 'dhimmitude of the West', as dual manifestations of the world-wide Sharia revival. I argue that one of the distinctive characteristics of dhimmitude is silence: there is the silence of historians (see my critiques of Bernard Lewis and revisionist history text books), the silence of politicians, clergy and police, and machinations at the United Nations to impose silence as a legal requirement upon the whole world:
When the Ayatollah Khomeini ushered in the Iranian Islamic revolution in 1979, Muslims all over the world greeted this event with enthusiasm. At last, so it was thought, Islam would be implemented rigorously to reinstitute an Islamic utopia on earth. Yet along with the Islamization of Iran came the return of the laws of the dhimma. Click here to read on.