EP 047: The Dhimmis | Dr. Jonathan Brown


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Mahin, SIM and Sh. Amir talk to Dr. Jonathan Brown about the controversial subject of the Dhimmis, Hadith, Albani, Slavery, Muslim Alliances and the MLI-BDS Rift.

Jonathan A.C. Brown is an American scholar of Islamic studies. Since 2012, he has been an associate professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. In 2014, he was appointed Chair of Islamic Civilization. He is the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law.

He has authored several books including Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy, Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World, and The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim. He has also published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, Salafism, Sufism, and Arabic language.


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6 comments on EP 047: The Dhimmis | Dr. Jonathan Brown

  1. Nabeel says:

    “Don’t learn your religion from a university course.”

    Most important point of the show.

    Jazakumullahu khairan.

    1. sabrina says:

      Currently there is no Dhimi status in any Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia or Iran . This shows the changeability of Shariah law . Dhimi was there when one could not trust another group of people to be full member of the society , but ready to provide them their rights instead of enslavement , killing or conversion . We are talking about a time when Muslims could not live in any Christian land and minority religious people faced prosecution eg prosecution of Muslims in Hindu Kingdoms , prosecution and outright banning of Christians in Japan , China etc

      1. ibn Ata says:

        The jizya is not a choice. There is a hadith that mentions only when Nabi Isa (as) returns, he will abolish jizya since there will be no disbelievers left on Earth. No human can abolish jizya or say it is not obligatory, nor does this show changeability in the Sharia.

        1. Talha says:

          Salaam Bro,

          May not be a choice, but it has historically had a lot of flexibility. I remember coming across references (from traditional Sunni schools) that state that it can be levied at the same rate as zakat or even be called by another name if non-Muslim residents fine that term humiliating. All based on how Hazrat Umar (ra) dealt with Bani Taghlib. Really, the only thing that has mattered – beyond terms and details – is that they pay taxes and be loyal. That is what any empire or nation has ever asked irrespective of what they’ve called the practice.

          Wa Salaam

    2. Talha says:

      Absolutely golden!

  2. Dhimmis were exempt from certain duties assigned specifically to Muslims, and did not enjoy certain political rights reserved for Muslims, but were otherwise equal under the laws of property, contract, and obligation.

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