Oct. 6, 2019
The initial incident story is as appalling and horrifying as any you’ll read this week: according to Australia’s The Age, “a 12-year-old Jewish student was forced to kneel down and kiss the shoes of a Muslim classmate,” as the children around them took video that circulated widely on social media. Even worse, “no disciplinary action has been taken against the group of boys involved in the incident, which took place in a public park.” Maybe the school authorities who did nothing about this were aware that to do so would be “Islamophobic,” because this wasn’t just a simple act of bullying: it was an act in full accord with Islamic law.
The Qur’an mandates that the “People of the Book” – that is, primarily Jews and Christians – must be made to “pay the jizya [poll tax] with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (9:29). This submission had to be acted out.