Essay heading: Origins of Islamic Policy

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By paying the tax, the dhimmi were treated as everyday citizens. “Whether Christian or Jew or Magian, of those who are now subject to the jizya…shall enjoy all the privileges of the Muslims and shall be subject to all duties laid upon them.” (p. 3) The dhimmi were protected by the jizya, and were able to remain whatever faith they chose...
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The payers of the jizya were broken into three categories, each allowed to pay in different ways: “the cultivator, who pays his jizya from its produce; the artisan, who produces his jizya from his earnings; and the merchant, who lays out his money and pays his jizya from that.” (p. 6) The dhimmi’s property, however, was now under state control...
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