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Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Though her scholarship has attracted important and considerable criticism for being partial, polemical, and in some cases tendentious, even some of her critics, such as Sidney Griffith, have acknowledged that at the very least we owe a debt to Bat Ye'or (a nom de plume) for making the concept of dhimmitude more widely known to such an extent that it can no longer be ignored by those studying the encounter between Eastern Christians and Islam. As I have noted on here several times, other scholars have now come out with other, serious books from major publishers deepening our understanding of dhimmitude, that second-class status affixed to many Jews and Christians under various Islamic governments up to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

Ye'or herself has recently published another book, Understanding Dhimmitude (RVP Publishers, 2013), 242pp.

About this book we are told:

Understanding Dhimmitude brings together for the first time twenty-one talks and lectures in which Bat Ye’or explains in layman’s terms the essential concepts from her studies, the fruit of over four decades of groundbreaking research.

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