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The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom

About the Cover

A depiction of the annual collection – known as devshirme – of Christian children. In a system of human tribute, boys were enslaved from the dhimmi communities of the Ottoman Empire, and either sold or converted to Islam and trained to serve as janissaries in the sultan’s army. A minority also became administrators.

In this scene, set somewhere in the Balkans, selected Christian boys, clothed in their new uniforms, stand ready for travel under the watchful eye of a guard, as functionaries count funds and write up lists of names. To one side, a mother and her priest remonstrate with a janissary officer, once a devshirme boy himself; at the back a distressed woman stands with arms wide as a girl clings to her dress; and at the lower right a father stands ready to hand over his son, as an older man looks on with compassion. (From the Süleymanname, a sixteenth century illustrated history of Süleyman the Magnificent, preserved in the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul.)

The Third Choice — A Book On Understanding Islam

The Third Choice provides a compelling introduction to Islam on the basis of its primary sources, the Qur'an and the life of Muhammad.  Topics covered include the sharia; interpretation of the Qur'an; abrogation; women's rights (including female genital mutilation); lawful deception (taqiyya); Muhammad's responses to opposition; Islamic antisemitism; religious freedom; and prospects for reforming Islam.

After this critical introduction of Islam, there follows an explanation and critique of Islam's policy for non-Muslims living under Islamic conditions.  The doctrine of the three choices (conversion, the sword, or the
dhimma pact of surrender to Islam) is explained, including an analysis of the meaning of tribute payments (jizya) made by non-Muslims (dhimmis) to their Muslim conquerors.  Durie describes the impact of dhimmitude on the human rights of non-Muslims in Islamic contexts around the world today, in the light of global Islamic resurgence and advancing Islamization, including pressure being exerted through the United Nations for states to conform to sharia restrictions on freedom of speech. 

The Third Choice
offers indispensable keys for understanding current trends in global politics, including the widening impact of sharia revival, deterioration of human rights in Islamic societies, jihad terrorism, recurring patterns of Western appeasement, interfaith dialogue initiatives, and the increasingly fraught relationship between migrant Muslim communities in the West and their host societies.

About The Third Choice

ISBN 978-0-9807223-0-7 Paperback
ISBN 978-0-9807223-1-4 Hardback
ISBN 978-0-9807223-4-5 Paperback [Large Print]
ISBN 978-0-9807223-7-6 Kindle

Published by  Deror Books
+1 616 827 7481 (USA)
+61 3 9018 7862 (Australia)

By December 2015 more than 10,000 copies of
The Third Choice had been sold.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Bat Ye’or   
Preface by the author   
1.    Worldviews and Truth

2.    Setting the Stage
3.    The Basics
4.    Islam for Non-Muslims
5.    Muhammad against the Unbelievers   
6.    The Dhimma: Doctrine and History (read excerpts)
7.    The Lived Reality
8.    The Dhimma’s Return (read excerpts)
9.    A Way Forward

Index of Quranic verses

Awards for The Third Choice

Short-listed for Australian Christian Book of the Year

Short-listed for the Caleb Prize

Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Awards for Independent Publishing


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