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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

When Muhammad launched his aggressive push to spread Islam throughout the world, his armies were instructed to allow people in conquered cities the freedom to continue their religion, especially if they were "people of the book"—Jews and Christians.

Theoretically, non-Muslims still have the right to practice their religion in Muslim-controlled societies. These people are called dhimmi (pronounced de-hem-ee).

With the resurgence of radical, fundamentalist Islam in some Near Eastern countries, however, dhimmi have sometimes found it difficult to insist on their legal rights when faced by angry mobs, cultural pressures, or repressive regimes. With Muslim rulers focusing their rhetoric on the "devil" of American materialism and imperialism, it becomes difficult to control the actions of fervent, religious zealots who consider it their duty to defend their faith and way of life by focusing their anger on targets close at hand.

This problem is not limited to Islam. Jews, especially, have been victims of similar cultural forces, and witches and American Indians can attest to the same kind of persecution at the hands of Christians.

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Spencer (2007) argues that Islam makes non-Muslims second-class citizens in the form of dhimmis. Islam does not differentiate between classes, and all are equal in the face of law and enjoy the same citizenship rights (Al-Buti 1993, 121).
(12.) Dhimmi were members of the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) who lived among Muslims within the Islamic Empire under Islamic rule; they had a special status and special rights, such as freedom of worship, and special obligations, such as paying the jizya tax.
The status would remain valid only for a year after which the Mustamin could either become a dhimmi or leave the state's territory.
This admirable translation of Tajrid sayf al-himmah li-stikhraj ma fi dhimmat aldhimmmah (Unshething Ambition's Sword to Extract What the Dhimmis Hoard) by "an unemployed Egyptian scholar and former bureaucrat", 'Uthman ibn Ibrahim al-Nabulusi (d.
The Islamic term "dhimmi" designated certain rights to non-Muslims in an Islamic state.
In the entirely laudable project of seeking to communicate the Gospel in an Islamic milieu, there is always the lurking danger of lapsing into a dhimmi mentality which assumes the validity and priority of an Islamic worldview and value system.
Islam's acceptance of Moses as a prophet, coupled with the institution known as dhimmi, through which minorities were protected, had allowed the Talmud to develop freely alongside, and even in partnership with Islamic legal tradition."
(13) It would not be long before the Jews were once again reduced to dhimmi status.
(34) As non-believers are the chief source of jahiliyya, for Qutb, they must be placed in a dhimmi (protected) status that declared them both "protected" but also inferior to Muslims; a status that most Muslim countries eliminated years ago.
Even today, Salafi Islamists - including Al Qaeda-linked groups - often impose variations of the humiliating dhimmi status on non-Muslims under their control, which also includes the payment of a regular jizya tax to their Muslim rulers.