A leading Turkish Islamic cleric with close ties to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed that one day there will be a single Muslim state in which non-Muslims will be permitted to live if they pay “a simple tax.”
Writing in the Turkish newspaper GazeteOku on 22 October, Hayrettin Karaman stated, “When the conditions are available, there will be a single [Muslim] state … if non-Muslims accept it, they become citizens of this state and pay basic taxes and pay a simple tax.”
Until the late nineteenth century, non-Muslims living in the Ottoman Empire were forced to pay jizya, a tax paid by non-Muslims to an Islamic government as a sign of subjugation, according to classical Islam.
You can take Muslims out of the seventh century, but you can’t take the seventh century out of some of them.
hat-tip Stephen Neil