Zee News begins this story with this assertion: “After massacring hundreds and thousands of Christians, the Islamic State rulers have now decided to allow them the right to live, provided they sign ‘Dhimma’ contract, follow its 11 strict rules, and pay Jizyah tax.”
That sentence gives the impression that the Islamic State had originally intended to kill all the Christians, and has now changed its mind and is letting some of them live. That is not the case. The Islamic State offered dhimmitude, the state of subjugation under the rule of Islamic law, to the Christians from the beginning, demanding from them the jizya soon after conquering the territories where they lived. But at that time the Christians refused or fled the area, making them, in the eyes of the Islamic State, kuffar harbi, Infidels at war with Islam, who according to Islamic law should be killed.
The Christians who remained in Islamic State domains, however, and were not refusing the Islamic State’s demands, were able to take on dhimmi status. These rules listed below are not inventions of the Islamic State. They are as old as the concept of dhimmitude itself. Compare the Islamic State’s rules to the rules for dhimmis enunciated in Umdat al-Salik (Reliance of the Traveller), a classic manual of Islamic law: