Sunday, November 20, 2011

Open Thread



  1. Y'know, I am looking at our list of "what you can't discuss" and, I have to say, one could write an entire book on the subject.

    When it comes to the Arab war against the Jews, the amount of material that is taboo among progressives is just huge.

    The question is, where to start?

    Our list is in no particular order. I think that it needs to be organized in a logical manner, although number 1 makes sense as number 1:

    The centuries of Jewish dhimmitude under the boot of Islamic imperialism.

    In looking at that material, an important contemporary work is Gilbert's, In Ishmael's House: A History of Jews in Muslim Lands.

  2. A lot of people like to suggest that Jews had it pretty good under Muslims compared to others who ruled over them. They should read this.

  3. Well, Jews had it better under Islam than under Christendom, but we were still dhimmis.

    We were second and third class citizens without rights to self-defense. In certain times and places under Islam, Jews did OK.

    But, per your link, "peaceful coexistence between the two groups involved the subordination and degradation of the Jews. In the ninth century, Baghdad's Caliph al-Mutawakkil designated a yellow badge for Jews, setting a precedent that would be followed centuries later in Nazi Germany."