The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims

The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims by Andrew G. Boston

This book reveals how, for well over a millennium, across three continents—Asia, Africa, and Europe—non-Muslims who were vanquished by jihad wars, became forced tributaries (called dhimmi in Arabic), in lieu of being slain. Under the dhimmi religious caste system, non-Muslims were subjected to legal and financial oppression, as well as social isolation. Extensive primary and secondary source materials, many translated here for the first time into English, are presented, making clear that jihad conquests were brutal, imperialist advances, which spurred waves of Muslims to expropriate a vast expanse of lands and subdue millions of indigenous peoples. Finally, the book examines how jihad war, as a permanent and uniquely Islamic institution, ultimately regulates the relations of Muslims with non-Muslims to this day. Scholars, educators, and interested lay readers will find this collection an invaluable resource. http://www.infidels.org/kiosk/book1047.html

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Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife by Lisa Miller. Harper, an imprint of Harper Collins, 2010

A history of the hereafter, Heaven draws from both history and popular culture to reveal how past and presage visions of heaven have evolved and how they inspire both good and evil. http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Heaven-Lisa-Miller/?isbn=9780060554750

 

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