Islamic State forces Syrian Christians to sign contract under threat of death

An Islamic State terrorist (left) presides over a Syrian Christian's signing of a "dhimmi" contract. Credit: MEMRI.

( The Islamic State terror group published photos of the terror group forcing Syrian Christians to sign a dhimmi (non-Muslim) contract that forces the Christians to pay a “jizya” tax and severely curtails their freedom to practice their faith under the threat of death.

According to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which obtained and translated the photos and contract text, the Christians signed an 11-article contract that requires them to “pay the jizya poll tax, abide by Islamic rules, and refrain from certain activities.”

Some of these stipulations include Christians being forbidden to build churches, perform religious rituals or show a cross in public, and drink alcohol in public. Additionally, they must respect Muslims and not criticize Islam. The terror group said that if Christians violate any of these rules, they will be “treated as a combatant.” 

The contract said that “wealthy Christians must pay an annual jizya of four gold dinars; middle-class Christians must pay two gold dinars, and the poor must pay one.” 

Last month, Islamic State took control of the Christian village of al-Qaryatain in central Syria, where the terror group bulldozed the ancient Mar Elian monastery and took more than 100 Christians hostage.

Posted on September 4, 2015 .