Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi laid out a sliding scale for the levy: twice a year, wealthy Christians must pay the equivalent of half an ounce of gold, middle-class Christians must pay half that amount, and poor Christians a quarter.
The directive evokes the ancient “dhimmi pact”, a 7th-century Islamic law that lays out the terms on which Christians and Jews may practise their religions in Muslim countries. The ISIS leader also ordered Christians not to renovate churches or monasteries in Raqqa or to display crosses in public. They may not use loudspeakers in prayer or read scripture indoors loud enough for Muslims standing outside to hear, or carry out any religious ceremonies outside the church.