According to urban dictionary.com: “Dhimmi,” is a word used by Muslims to describe a Christian or a Jew, and most folks that don’t subscribe to Islam but live in an Islamic country or another country that does not follow Islam.
Dhimmitude: the Islamic system of governing populations conquered by jihad wars, to include all of the demographic, ethnic, and religious aspects of the political system.
The word “dhimmitude” as a historical concept, was coined by “Bat Ye’or” in 1983 to describe the legal and social conditions of Jews and Christians subjected to Islamic rule.
The word “dhimmitude” comes from dhimmi, an Arabic word meaning “protected”.
Dhimmi was the designation applied by the Arab-Muslim conquerors to indigenous non-Muslim populations who surrendered by a treaty (dhimma) to Muslim domination.
Islamic conquests expanded over vast territories in Africa, Europe and Asia, for over a millennium (638-1683). The Muslim empire incorporated numerous varied peoples which had their own religion, culture, language and civilization.
For centuries, these (conquered) indigenous, pre-Islamic peoples constituted the great majority of the population of the Islamic lands. Although these populations differed, they were ruled by the same type of laws, based on the shari’a.
This similarity, which includes also regional variations, has created a uniform civilization developed throughout the centuries by all non-Muslim indigenous people, who were vanquished by a jihad-war and governed by shari’a law. It is this civilization which is called dhimmitude.
It is characterized by the different strategies developed by each dhimmi group to survive as non-Muslim entity in their Islamized countries.
Dhimmitude is not exclusively concerned with Muslim history and civilization. Rather it investigates the history of those non-Muslim peoples conquered and colonized by jihad.
Dhimmitude encompasses the relationship of Muslims and non-Muslims at a theological, social, political and economical level.
It also incorporates the relationship between the numerous ethno-religious dhimmi groups and the type of mentality that they have developed from their particular historical condition which lasted for centuries, even in some Muslim countries, till today.
Dhimmitude is an entire integrated system, based on Islamic theology. It cannot be judged from the circumstantial position of any one community, at a given time and in a given place.
Dhimmitude must be appraised according to its laws and customs, irrespectively of circumstances and political contingencies.
In other words, and/or, in 21st Century slang…
Question: Why in the hell am I critiquing the word…
..blame my friend Bob, he sent the word to me, suggesting that I might find it interesting, ..and I have.
Although Bob didn’t share where he came by the word, after a simple search, it is my pondered conclusion that Bob most likely came by the word from an “anti-Obamacare” message currently circulating throughout cyberspace.
Which of course, has every bit as much “validity in truth,” as the word (illegal) has when defined by “our government” as undocumented.
According to Snopes.com; This rhetoric originated with a person, and/or, persons (bent on) providing the public in America and around the world with more untruth, and/or, misinformation.
Which of course, at least (in my opinion), is a tremendous waste of time, when the actual truth about Obama’s “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and/or, “Obamacare” is more damning than the misinformation.
The word (Dhimmitude), does not appear on page 107 in the (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), also known as; “Obamacare,” nor does it appear anywhere within its text, or in the text of the subsequent healthcare legislation.
Anyway, the intention the fool and/or fools that produced this “literary composition,” was of course to (poke the bear) with a word “unheard” by 95% of the worlds population.
Not that it isn’t a “prodigious ” word, because it definitely is, otherwise a witty “word monger” like myself wouldn’t spend two minutes researching its meaning or history to share with you good folks that haven’t got anything better to do on any given day, than spend part of it reading my blather. 🙂
Which of course I appreciate!
Wikipedia’s two cents…
Dhimmitude is a neologism from the French language. It is derived by adding the productive suffix -tude to the Arabic noun dhimmi, which refers to a non-Muslim subject of an Islamic state.
The term has several distinct, albeit “related” meanings depending on the author; its scope may be historical only, contemporary only, or both.
It may encompass the whole system of dhimma, look only at its subjects (dhimmis), or applied outside the established system of dhimma, often polemically.
The term has also been called a “myth” or “Islamophobic.”
The term was coined in 1982 by the Lebanese President Bachir Gemayel, who was later assassinated, in reference to perceived attempts by the country’s Muslim leadership to subordinate the large Lebanese Christian minority.
In a speech of September 14, 1982 given at Dayr al-Salib in Lebanon, he said: “Lebanon is our homeland and will remain a homeland for Christians… We want to continue to christen, to celebrate our rites and traditions, our faith and our creed whenever we wish… Henceforth, we refuse to live in any dhimmitude!”
The concept of “dhimmitude” was introduced into Western discourse by the writer (Bat Ye’or) in a French-language article published in the Italian journal La Rassegna mensile di Israel in 1983.
In Bat Ye’or’s use, “dhimmitude” refers to allegations of non-Muslims appeasing and surrendering to Muslims, and discrimination against non-Muslims in Muslim majority regions.
Ye’or further popularized the term in her books “The Decline of Eastern Christianity: From Jihad to Dhimmitude,” and the 2003 followup “Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide.”
In a 2011 interview, she claimed to have indirectly inspired Gemayel’s use of the term.
Associations and usage…
The associations of the word “dhimmitude” vary between users: …
Bat Ye’or defined dhimmitude as the condition and experience of those who are subject to dhimma, and thus not synonymous to, but rather a subset of the dhimma phenomenon: “dhimmitude […] represents a behavior dictated by fear (terrorism), pacifism when aggressed, rather than resistance, servility because of cowardice and vulnerability.
By a peaceful surrender to the Islamic army, they obtained the security for their life, belongings and religion, but they had to accept a condition of inferiority, spoliation and humiliation.
As they were forbidden to possess weapons and give testimony against a Muslim, they were put in a position of vulnerability and humility.”
The term plays a key role in the allegedly Islamophobic conspiracy theory of Eurabia.
A more recent pejorative usage variant of “dhimmi” and “dhimmitude” divorces the words from the historical context and applies them to situations where non-Muslims in the West and India are championing Islamic causes above others. “Dhimmi” is treated as analogous to “Quisling” within this context.
According to Webster: “quis·ling,” n. A traitor who serves as the puppet of the enemy occupying his or her country.
Sidney H. Griffith states that it “has come to express the theoretical, social condition” of non-Muslims “under Muslim rule”.
According to Bassam Tibi, dhimmitude refers to non-Muslims being “allowed to retain their religious beliefs under certain restrictions”. He describes that status as being inferior and a violation of religious freedom.
Mark R. Cohen, a leading scholar of the history of Jewish communities of medieval Islam, has criticized the term as misleading and Islamophobic.
Bernard Lewis, Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, proclaims that, “If we research the considerable literature available about the position of Jews in the Islamic world, we find two well-established myths.
One is the story of a golden age of equality, of mutual respect and cooperation, especially but not exclusively in Moorish Spain; …
The other is “dhimmi”-tude, of subservience and persecution and ill treatment.
Both are myths and like most myths, both contain significant elements of truth, however when it comes to the “historical” truth, (as usual), it is somewhere in the middle between the extremes.”
So come on “wadda ya say” people, let’s give Bob a rousing round of applause for making it possible for me to expose another blatant attempt to mislead the American public…
Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow