“But it is only a woman” – Islam and Women

Women have historically suffered discrimination and ill-treatment to some degree and that is an unfortunate fact. But modern civilised societies in the developed world have safeguards to protect them and laws to treat them as equals. When it comes to categorically victimising and degrading women, however, there is no system more effective than Islam. While countries vary in their extremes, the treatment of women in certain Islamic societies, by and large, is highly objectionable and deeply concerning. Wife-beating, polygamy, child … Read More

Understanding Islam and Dhimmitude

“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, [even if they are] of the People of the Book, until they pay the jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”   Protected or subdued? The above verse (Koran 9.29) refers to the jizya – the special “protection” tax which non-Muslims must pay for themselves and their property in … Read More