Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bat Ye'or's 'Understanding Dhimmitude' reviewed

The person who popularised the term 'dhimmitude' to describe the submissive attitude of non-Muslims, is a slight, fragile, shy Jewish refugee from Cairo calling herself 'the Daughter of the Nile'. Mordechai Nisan reviews Bat Ye'or's latest work in Front Page Magazine: Understanding Dhimmitude, a compilation of 21 talks and lectures.  

With her five major books in hand, and a growing reputation as a woman of courage and truth, with a call for justice for the defenseless dhimmi victims of Islam, Bat Ye’or lectured in a variety of forums in Europe, America, Canada, and Israel. She was consistently forthright  and precise, teaching and warning. The major themes that Bat Ye’or expresses and explains in her lectures can be summarized as follows:
  1. Islam in its religious doctrine and civilizational aspirations demands a superior status in replacing and superseding Judaism and Christianity, its ancient forerunners;
  2. Islam has from its origins constructed a “regime of dhimmitude [over the inferior and tolerated non-Muslims], the laws of dhimmitude…the mentality of dhimmitude” (p. 118) that has imposed insecurity and oppression on the native peoples of the Orient/Middle East;
  3. Islam succeeded to bring about a situation such that “the whole of Oriental Christendom was destroyed” (p. 40), a kind of “religious cleansing” rolling on to this very day;
  4. There is no validity to “the myth of a marvelous Muslim-Christian symbiosis” or a “Middle East Golden Age” (p. 161), not in the past nor to its present formulations and offshoots, like the Euro-Arab Dialogue and the Alliance of Civilizations, which are deceptive plots for Muslim conquest;
  5. The Islamic jihad mentality of conquest overwhelmed Eastern Christianity and now targets “the Christian West” (p. 83) – with the goal “to force us all to live in the shadow of dhimmitude in Europe” (p. 52).
  6.  In the face of Islamic jihad, “Israel represents the national liberation of a dhimmi people” (p.55), as the Jews have risen up in rebellion against the forces of Muslim repression and degradation to secure their political independence in their ancient homeland.
While historian Georges Bensoussan refers to a history of “conviviality and contempt” to describe the fantasy and reality of Muslim relations with non-Muslims over 14 centuries, Bat Ye’or shows a canny insight into the intricacies and interconnections touching this complex subject.

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Christian slides said...

God bless Bat Y'or. I read every book she wrote and find her information well referenced and well analysed.

Sylvia said...

<The person who coined the term 'dhimmitude' to describe the submissive attitude of non-Muslims, is a slight, fragile, shy Jewish refugee from Cairo calling herself 'the Daughter of the Nile'. "

The person who coined the term "dhimmitude" was Bashir Gemayel of Lebanon in 1982 :"we refuse to live in dhimmitude".

If I am not mistaken, he was assassinated on the day he said it.

Bat Yeor is the one who has popularized the term in western discourse.

bataween said...

Apologies - have changed 'coined' to 'popularised'.

Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

actually, I think that Gemayel got the term dhimmitude from Bat Yeor. If I'm wrong, let me know.

Sylvia said...

It's too late for the Jews, but Copts in Egypt should read very carefully about Jewish experience (although they already know) and prepare for that day well in advance.
They should put their property deeds and securities and liquidity documents and chattel in safe places and send copies to trusted parties abroad. Update as needed.

They should make a precise inventory of their belongings along with photographs and send abroad.

Plan well ahead of that day when someone wants to force them to sign over their property to them under the usual pretexts.

As many people as possible should record all collective properties as well in their town or villages (schools, cemeteries, churches, communal real estate, community centers, etc) with photos inside and out.

And more importantly, organize so as not to leave it up to their own Carmen Weinstein to decide what to do with it.

Golden rule: never sell your house immediately after a pogrom or a riot.

Sylvia said...

Bat Yeor used the term for the first time in an article in 1983. Bashir Gemayel was assassinated the previous year.