Mark Durie has written a book entitled “The third choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom.” A review of the book states
“In the classical Islamic ideology of conquest, the first choice offered to non-Muslims was conversion to Islam; the second choice was the sword; and the third was surrender. Mark Durie’s innovative book exposes the history and ideology of surrender – the ‘Third Choice’ – which has determined the lived reality of non-Muslims – known as ‘dhimmis’ – living under Muslim rule. Durie grounds his analysis of the dhimmi condition in the teachings of Islam and the life of Muhammad. His ground-breaking analyses show how the ideology of the terms of surrender, known as a ‘dhimma’ pact, determines life for non-Muslims under Islamic dominance. The worldview of dhimmitude, he argues, offers indispensable keys for understanding current trends in global politics, including the widening impact of sharia revival, deterioration of human rights in Islamic societies, jihad terrorism, recurring patterns of Western appeasement, and the increasingly fraught relationship between migrant Muslim communities in the West and their host societies.
Here are excerpts which explore in detail the potential for a deadly descent into dhimittude.
Mark Durie is an Anglican Pastor, Theologial and Human Rights Activist from Melbourne – with importants insights as listed on his blog.
Daniel Greenfield in Sultan Knish pursues a related theme when he states that ” There are two ways to disarm a people. You can disarm them by taking away their weapons, or you can disarm their minds by taking away their willingness and ability to fight back. Disarmament a people by confiscating their weapons is a weak solution, because people can always make or smuggle new weapons. And without weapons they can still use their numbers and their fists. They can continue fighting so long as they believe that they have the right to defend themselves.
And then is the far greater disarmament, the disarmament not of bodies, but of minds. The disarmament of the moral right of self-defense by convincing entire peoples that they are the perpetrators and their attackers are the victims. And that in any case self-defense is futile.”