Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
The Legacy of Jihad provides a comprehensive,
meticulously documented compilation, which includes Muslim
theological and juridical texts, eyewitness historical accounts by
both Muslim and non-Muslim chroniclers, and essays by preeminent
scholars analyzing jihad ("holy war") and the conditions imposed
upon the non-Muslim peoples conquered by jihad campaigns.
The Legacy of Jihad reveals how, for well over a
millennium, across three continents - Asia, Africa, and Europe -
non-Muslims who were vanquished by jihad wars, became forced
tributaries (dhimmi in Arabic), in lieu of being slain. Under the
dhimmi religious caste system, non-Muslims were subjected to legal
and financial oppression as well as social isolation. Extensive
primary and secondary source materials, many translated here for
the first time into English, are presented, making clear that jihad
conquests were brutal, imperialist advances, which spurred waves of
Muslims to expropriate a vast expanse of lands and subdue millions
of indigenous peoples. Also examined is how jihad war, as a
permanent and uniquely Islamic institution, ultimately regulates
the relations of Muslims with non-Muslims to this day.
More About the Speakers
Dr. Andrew G. Bostom
Author of The Legacy of Jihad and
Associate Professor of Medicine,
Division of Renal Diseases,
Rhode Island Hospital
Laurent Murawiec, Ph.D.
Hudson Institute and
Author of The Mind of Jihad
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy, The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies