Convert, pay tax, or die, Islamic State warns Christians

islamIslamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq’s dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death, according to a statement distributed in the militant-controlled city of Mosul.

The statement issued by the Islamic State, the al Qaeda offshoot which led last month’s lightning assault to capture swathes of north Iraq, said the ruling would come into effect on Saturday.

It said Christians who wanted to remain in the caliphate that the Islamic State declared this month in parts of Iraq and Syria must agree to abide by terms of a dhimma contract – a historic practice under which non-Muslims were protected in Muslim lands in return for a special levy known as jizya.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/convert-pay-tax-die-islamic-state-warns-christians-181415698–business.html

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